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Agnijaat Agrahayan 1427, November 2020 critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Agrahayan 1427 November 2020
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Agnijaat Agrahayan 1427, November 2020
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Agnijaat Agrahayan begins with Jagaddhatripuja greeting, another pretty painting. Wish you all a very blessed Jagaddhatripuja, Chhat, Kartikpuja and other festivals of Agrahayan. Be safe and keep others safe!

Indie Author Speaks: A golden tip, if you have a tendency of getting bored and have enough time to invest change your boredom to creativity, do something that will enrich you. What? Select yourself.

FTQFS: Another wise suggestion. Human beings are very good to hide ill-intentions behind the guise of love and friendship. Seen too many back-stabbers to deny it!

Techbabble: This was a horrible experience! Well, I will keep it in mind and won’t trust tech forums blindly!

Corona diaries 3 and Kolkata blues: It is quite evident now that our once trustworthy Press is no longer trusted by educated people of this country, the only people they can fool are the illiterate majority, and that is scary! Just like the corrupted nature of Indian main media. Well, all we Bengalis can hope and pray that Bengal won’t be sold to fanatics, thugs and goons.

SOS: Treat time like a gem.

Intriguing Tales: Cyclops- another story about Shumbha, Nishumbha who destroyed themselves trying to force their attention on an uninterested Goddess. Corruption and arrogance are inseparable.

History of India: Another interesting piece of Indian history, about pre historical time of Indian history, the Mohenjodaro and Indus Valley civilization.

My Pen: wake up India 3: A real eye-opener about unworthiness of our current rulers, how they have money for fun and not for public, even if the public desperately needs it.

Fun and Frolic section:

Proposition by Pat Ritter: This one sounds like a great, fascinating story.

SBPnB Book 11 meadows: Sounds like a beautiful book with lots of illustrations. Maybe, I will ask for these books in return of critique.

Pikatron May 2019 critique by Editor: Will have to get the newsletter from Troy or Agni.

Top ten books: Authoress shared her favorite books from childhood, I have read a few and have not read a few. Will try out the ones in Bengali or English.

Indian Raga Now:

Ismail Azad- I too love qawwali songs, will check him out in YouTube.

SPOTLIGHT ON- Kenny Rogers- What a voice, what a singer! RIP!

Window to West – Shadows on the wall: Sounds like good movie, will try it out if I can.

Kartik Shots: Five beautiful shots of Durgapuja arati. Loved them.

Youtube channel: Already checked them all out.

Storytime: Sonica Chemarin from Patreon: This time a piece of the long story from SBPnB, it would have been fun to have a little bit more to read, the name is intriguing!

Kalbhairava Jayanti: I have not read about this deity, quite an interesting read, will read in details as soon as I can.

Theme: elves- Seven cute paintings.

The cartoon Mr Stick: Who will teach these spitting cobras? In general Indians don’t have much sense of public hygiene or personal hygiene, who will teach them? Only God may!

In the end quite enjoyed the Ezine, and its colourful sketches/paintings especially they are refreshing and pretty!

That is it I guess! See you again next month, and thank you Agni/Sharmishtha for translating my works!

Yours sincerely,
Labanya

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Agnishatdal Book 13, Durgapuja 1427, 2020 critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Book 13, Durgapuja 2020
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Agnishatdal Book 13 (Durgapuja 1427)
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Agnishatdal book 13 Shares works of Mr. Pat Ritter, extremely talented Australian author. I really enjoy his writings. They are opening up an absolutely unknown world to me, Australia rural.

There are first chapters of his books in the book, check out the full books in his site https://www.patritter.com.au , encourage this extra-ordinary author!

Click goes the shears: It is the story of Joe and Hanna or so it seems, stuck in the turmoil created by strike of shearers, shearers are people who picked wool from sheep. The story has just begun, it is first chapter and very well written piece!

The full book is here

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/497192

The drover : The drover are those who transported herds of sheep from one place to other. This one is the beginning of the story of Harry, a boy who loved his job and shone well, the story is very interesting.

The full story is here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95766

The shearer: It is the story of another drover, sounds interesting till the end. The thing I love most about these stories is the glimpse they give in Australian past, something we don’t see anywhere else.

The full story is here:

SMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395642
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HR5E8QI/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

Tilbaroo Station: A cute and heartwarming beginning of a newlywed in old era in Australian outback, they have been gifted a lucrative property by the bride’s father to build their world. Loved the warmth and tenderness of the story!

The full story:

Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf lrf pdb txt html
Buying Link: http://www.patritter.com.au/
Tilbaroo Station
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/681247

The year that never was: This seems another chapter from the newlyweds of Tilbaroo station, revolving around a challenging year when drought struck hard Australian outback, the couple taking a walk down the memory lane!

The full story:

TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK: CLICK ONTO THESE LINKS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/758644.

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Agnijaat Book 13, Durgapuja 1427, 2020 critique by Labanya

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Agnijaat Book 13 (Durgapuja 1427)
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Agnijaat book 13 shared a set of paintings about Durgapuja and Mother Goddess Durga. Rather enjoyed the beautiful paintings and few photographs that were added in.

Will be looking forward to next year’s sketches, Durgapuja and Mother Goddess Durga holds such a place in our Bong hearts that everything about Her tastes sweet!

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Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020 critique by Labanya

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Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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Hi friends, let us begin!

Shraban issue begins with tribute to legendary writer Michael Madhusudan Dutta. I have not read any of his works outside the ones that were in text book, am not a big fan of his writing, the only reason is I can’t understand his works!

Paise hotel salesman by saptarchi: This is exactly the level to which Indian politicians have reduced themselves during last election and they have gone so much lower since then!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 5: It would have been nice if there had been no human babies, mother earth would have been really pleased!

When Gold went on a trip by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: This was a smart twist in the story, let us see where it leads the story.

Split impunity by Troy David Loy: Dr. Jeckyl and Miss Hyde? Will love to read more of this one.

I see it NOW… by Dom Collucci: another great poem Mr. Collucci, beautiful words of wisdom. Simple and beautiful.

Bitter Pill dose 34 by Bitter Pill: Secular India 1: Hindus are the huge majority of India, but that did not prevented Indian governments for decades to subdue them and neglect them, turning them into the thugs they are now.

Crows 4 by Brendan: Beautiful peace. The feelings of the narrator could be felt so vividly. Well written!

The Tilbaroo station by Pat Ritters 2: Beautiful story of a newlywed couple’s new life!

Treats:

5 lovely shots- from Agni’s July photography, a cute selfie and a beautiful set of pix.

It is a very nice gesture to share the request made by her friends in Linkedin, you can never tell who may get interested in one of their offers. I just sifted through them, not into this line so…

His life worth living by Pat Ritter: Sounds like a good story.

Pikatron by Troy David Loy sounds like a great reading material with fractals as added beauty!

SBs’ book in amazon, Moments from the Journey and butterflies for life’s garden, two books in Amazon. Will be checking on them, maybe grab a copy and critique them too!

Interview with an intercultural person Kiran Bhat, great interview, thanks for sharing Agni. Kiran certainly has lived a full life! His book sounds interesting if not cheerful!

Rasoolan Bai- Never heard her name before here. Heard a few songs in YouTube and liked them.

Linda Blair: She was quite an actress. Wonder what prevented her from becoming a star.

Girish Karnad- Always loved this actor. He was so gentle, sophisticated and sweet!

Youtubia-Dhruv Rathi- Watched a few episodes, he is smart and the type of person India really needs these days.

Minutes Together: The slap is hilarious.

Loved the Bengali poem and the hindi poem both. Thank you for adding my work Shraban in your ezine Agni.

Shatadhanu- Being born as a dog only for talking with a hypocrite! Really harsh punishment!

TnW- good tip!

Scaredy Stick- True again Mr. Stick, your fears are quite valid.

The sketches all through the ezine were pretty, very colourful and lovely.

That is it I guess! See you again next month, and thank you Agni/Sharmishtha for translating my works!

Yours sincerely,
Labanya

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Agnishatdal Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020 Citizen Null Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020
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Agnishatdal book 12 shares works of Citizen Null.

Both feet grounded: I am not much aware of the political condition of USA, heck I don’t know much about Indian politics, but it seems misguiding people is the latest trick of politicians.

Returning to enlightenment value? : This one is a scary piece, a story how people are being turned against each other AGAIN and AGAIN by politicians.

The challenge now and ahead: no wonder #45 and Feku are buddies, their way are eerily similar.

Should we punch Nazis?: The Nazis should be punched but not physically by exposing their intentions and the effect of their actions on society!

When weaponized church conquers Government: It becomes modern day India!

Cynicism just another bias: Cynicism is limited. It is narrowed point of view mostly.

Horror and hope when the world is on fire: The way it seems the politicians all over the world are desperate to turn people against each other and ultimately destroy this world!

I see you: It seems #45 and Feku and co. had similar modus operandi, destroy the countries that blundered by electing them and get filthy rich too!

Let the senate confirm him: The patterns of USA and India are spookily similar. The government is slowly swallowing the courts via judges. We had faith on Supreme Court before Feku and Co. grabbed the throne, but not anymore!

The future looks bright from here: Not knowing the issue being talked about I will simply say that if children are wiser than adults that means there is hope for the future.

The game gets serious: Well at least #45 is getting exposes, Feku and his bought media is ensuring that he never gets exposed!

Very serious pieces but gave some solid insight about USA’s present political, social condition and that is so like India!

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Agnijaat Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020 My Pen critique by Labanya

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Agnijaat book 12 shared a set of personal essays by Sharmishtha Basu.

Arrogance is suicidal: is about arrogance you can guess, as per authoress arrogant people are actually pitiable. Don’t fully disagree.

Vanity is worse: vanity truly is toxic, people without any quality actually believing that they are better than others! Oh boy!

Mother earth’s verdict: Well authoress thinks mother nature too hate politicians!

Pseudo scholars: They are all over the world these days, open any social media platform or media too you will see these people throwing their personal views in the garb of knowledge at others. It is almost impossible to distinguish truth from crafty lies these days!

True Tragedy: A heart-breaking story about fatal suffering of children in the country after 73 years of independence, a tragedy that might have been averted had the government cared for its people.

Sleaze: Indian politicians are downright repulsive. After the covid19 pandemic they are proving it more clearly every single day!

Bad sales pitches: This one was bit funny!

Embrace your age: I agree, every age has its advantages, disadvantages and beauty. Accept them and enjoy them as much as you can!

Everything in time: Life most probably is like that!

Preferences change: Is personal view of the authoress about her own life. Our preferences do change with age.

Bhaiphonta: Is about the favorite festival of many Bengalis, especially those who have a close bond with sibling(s).

Unexpected: Something we all should do, keep something aside for rainy days!

With these there was a set of lovely photographs, they were really beautiful. Loved the book!

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Agnishatdal Book 11 saraswatipuja 1427 Critique by Labanya

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Agnishatdal Book 11 shares a set of works by author Bitter Pill.

Twain Shall never meet- Talks about BP’s belief in the words of old wisdom that said good and evil should not mingle too freely, too much. I sort of agree with that, because being good does not means we are saints, we too can get tempted and fall!

These abused victims- Not everyone who is labeled a victim is always a victim, sometimes wolves do wear sheep skin to trick.

Shapeshifters- In this world of stolen identities this one seems quite possible.

Sita was a rare soul- Quite true, even though Indian women quite believe that they are angels incarnate, and men often say so if not believe, but in reality they are just human beings capable of doing the worst and the best.

Kolkata Kulture- Little blunt but true.

Khoka Khuki- Again, blunt but quite true.

Third K of Kolkata- Oh boy, anyone with ear will agree to this article!

Get ‘em boys- It may be true or not, if it is true then Hindu men should start treating their women right, stop asking for dowry and see what happens next!

Haters aplenty- well, check out social media platforms and you will agree with the words.

Religion- A long article divided in parts about religion. It is pretty interesting read.

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Agnijaat Book 11 saraswatipuja 1427 Critique by Labanya

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Agnijaat Book 11 shares a set of quotes from the book, titled “From the quill of femme sole”.

They share the authoresses’ views on the way single women and women in general are heckled in societies like ours. Most of the quotes will hit women directly in their heart.

Any woman who has not been Miss goodie two shoes have faced these people in life and swallowed the bitter gulp again and again. Few have tried fighting back but most have suffered in silence.

Liked quite a few of them very much.

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Sfulingo 4 17.7.2020 [Kindle] Critique by Labanya

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Sfulingo 4, 17.7.20

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Sfulingo 4 the Kindle version contains a set of stories, without any illustration of course.

Most of the stories are paranormal, sci-fi, one is a fun romance. I rather enjoyed the twelfth room, quite an interesting story for sure, loved the flow of the story and the story. “Cop-haters” was another piece that rather impressed me, loved reading all the stories, but these two were best!

It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Grab your copy and check it out yourself. It is really cheap too!

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Sfulingo 4 17.7.2020 critique by Labanya

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Sfulingo 4 shares a set of poems written by Sharmishtha, first set was written in 2012 and the second set was written in 2019. The book also contains a set of beautiful illustrations, quite a lot of them to be precise.

There is not much to discuss about poetry I think, one should read them and feel them!

I loved the way the mind of the authoress played, on same dates of two distant years. Maybe I will try it too! Write down a set of poems on a specific month every year and then repeat it next year. It can be quite fun!

Thanks for the idea Agni.