Agnishatdal and Agnijaat 2nd quarterlies will be published on 1st february

Agnishatdal and Agnijaat 2nd quarterlies on 1st Feb 2017

Are you thinking about them? Well they will be up on 1st February, if things stay the way they are now. Alongwith them, you will be checking out two of my old books in new form, that is their names will be same, and so will be their paperback version, but the ebooks will be changed, almost completely.

Black Mist and other stories
Tell me a story.

Why 1st February? That is because it is Saraswatipuja 🙂 The country will be worshipping Mother Goddess Saraswati, giver of knowledge, wisdom, art and other lovely things, so will I.

The first quarterlies are here, in case you wanted to buy-



17th july issues



If you want the fresh copies write to me- and

the ezine sites are:

Oh Kolkata!

Well, you know these words have been itching inside me for quite a few years – ever since I shifted to South Kolkata I believe, after the few month stay in north Kolkata (right after leaving burdwan).

Kolkata people do think that they are very decent, the reality is they were very decent, that was before communist regime, I have seen both communist and trinamul regime, they are equally disgusting to women. Even though communist supporters try to say that Trinamul is worse, but I just will never agree with them! Believe me! If you ask me I think latter is better, after all they did not turned the state into a dustbin, in cold blood. You have to be an ordinary woman to know these b****

So, what do you think of this series? Can I share a poem every week? with this title? Fridays will be fine 🙂

Do leave a comment if you think they are good.

Oh Kolkata! POEM 1

Guess it is high time that I dedicate my version to this place, I wonder if it was instinct, sixth sense or something more powerful that made me hate this city when I was younger, then for a very brief span of time I made myself belief that this city is good to women, that is, after I returned from Jodhpur and faced the shit that followed me to Burdwan and made my living there impossible, then I started believing that Calcutta is nice to single women. Then I lived in Hyderabad for 11 months and absolutely changed my mind about Bengalis and Kolkata folks. One poem wont be enough, my new neighbourhood is stimulating! so help me into venting out! 🙂

Once I was red,
then I became green,
now it is time to become red again.
The common people are dumb,
they think
times changed
those stupids don’t know,
time never changed,
we changed colours and made them believe
that time has changed,
now it is time again
to change the colours
and we will convince them again
that time has changed.
They do believe us
gullible fools!
That is how
our kind rules.

Wipe out every tree Mr. Modi!


Fifty-five-year-old Gautam Adani is not just amongst the richest Indians – being the owner of Adani Group that among other things operates India’s largest private port and is India’s largest private electricity producer – but he is also perhaps the most powerful and politically influential man in the country.

His rise has corresponded with that of Narendra Modi. Their cordial relation has come under much public scrutiny and yet it has flourished despite critical attacks from opposition. The mutually beneficial relation has again come under the scanner with the Business Standard reporting how Rs 200 crore fine on Adani has been withdrawn by the Prakash Javadekar-led environment ministry.

The rest is here:

magh agnishatdal agnijaat announcement

Magh, January Agnishatdal and Agnijaat have been published on 15.1.17

The ezines, as always are with me as pdf files, if you want to read them write to me, I will give you a pdf file but you will have to give me a critique in return. my email ids are and

You can write it in your blog (that will be fab) and tag it by the ezine and my name for example : sharmishtha basu, agnishatdal or sharmishtha basu, agnijaat. Or you can post the critique as comment in the ezine’s blog, their blogs are:

Whichever you do, please send me a copy of your critique with your bio, so I can add it in the next ezine.

If you want to write for agnishatdal, send me your copyrighted work in the above email ids, and please add your bio with them.

You can share anything, I will let you know if I cant publish them.

agnishatdal poush december CRITIQUE by Troy David Loy

The Critique of Agnishatdal Poush, 1423:
By Troy David Loy @

Rani Laxmibai:
Here was a patriot of India, whose struggle for freedom from British rule against overwhelming odds, even in defeat, showed her mettle as a ruler and military leader par excellence.

Suchitra Mitra:
As an iconic singer of poetic works, it would have been lovely to hear her voice bring forth the harmonies it undoubtably did. She deserves to be remembered by students of music as well as those of history.

Swati offers a good take on what makes us who we are, and the queries we ask of that.

‘Who am I?,’ is something we all ask, yet not fully answered by even our best philosophical enquiry.

The cook is a spy. An African Childhood:
What happens when living in a nation torn by revolution and suspicion of outsiders? Here is an answer to what can happen when the social order is turned on its head by violent upheaval.

Stone Ventricles:
Freya offers a good set of verse, which I must admit touched more than a few neuronal clusters in the grey matter with both form and meaning.

Student is the Teacher:
Dom’s piece shows an uncommon understanding of human nature, and its place in a student-teacher relation, in which, to take a page from science communicator Bill Nye, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something that you don’t.”

Treats of D Month:
The interviews with both Melinda Kucsera and Loel Sreejib were both fascinating, as were the discussions of their books, Curse Breaker and Aqson. Miss Basu’s review of the latter raised my interest in reading it, not only as a work of fantasy, but a fictional reflection of politics.

Creator’s Quill:
Miss Basu’s story The Skeleton, a tale of supernatural time-travel and skullduggery, and her short verses Ajo Phote and Sone de, completed this section, and once more I find myself admiring her ability to play with words so well in three languages.

Miss Jain’s and Aayush’s verse pieces were excellent, takes on different aspects of love demanding both delicate wordplay and subtle command of imagery therein.

India (and Bengal) This Month:
Very cool that there are two celebrations this month, both for Christmas and the month’s end festival leading into next year! Interesting the way both are held, the former very different from Christmas here in the US!

Indus Valley cities:
Some interesting proposals on what happened to this early society. I too think it implausible that it fell to Aryan settlers, as that would require the civilizations be close contemporaries which doesn’t seem to have been the case. I’d add to this the possibility that some of the Indus Valley civilization may have relocated to Southern India as the forebears of the Dravidians, which could explain in part the differences between Indo- Aryan and Dravidian languages and cultures prior to the first contact between them.

I await the Magh 1423 issue with eager anticipation! My thanks to the creator and her stellar contributors to this ezine!

agnijaat poush december CRITIQUE by Troy David Loy

The Critique for Agnijaat Poush, 1423:
By Troy David Loy @

An interesting bit of trickery this, and to hear it said, annoying! Good thing that there exist countermeasures for the mischievous-minded who try to pull this on someone!

Vedic Era Women:
The historical status of women on the Indian subcontinent is a continued interest of mine, and here status during the early history of Northern India is discussed. History is contingent, and someday perhaps the social pendulum will swing the other way, with more status accruing to the feminine gender than is usually the case today.

Hotmail is becoming nightmare:
It’s been a while since I’ve used hotmail myself, but here the authoress brings out recent issues experienced with the service, such as that often is!

Indian Muslims:
I’d not known much of the practice of Islam among Indians, save a few details. But here are I think good reasons to not paint them in excessively large brushstrokes as though a monolithic group.

Don’t fall in love with a dreamer:
Hear, hear! In a world where success comes from action taken, reality is indeed like a woman spurned…vengeful and ready to strike those who ignore or dismiss her!

Bhaktivad or Bhakti movement:
Fascinating how religious movements often influence each other, as here in the adaptation of Hinduism, and the blending of ideas of Sufi Islam with what became Bhakti Hinduism. I’m reminded of the late George Harrison formerly of the Beatles and his devotion to Lord Krishna.

The Child of Woods:
Very cool story, of a woman desperate for a child who gains the favor of faeries for a good turn given a child and mother of their own.

It’s my life!:
A romance complex from the very beginning, that has a very nice resolution. It shows that even the most disheartening events can lead to good things.

Prior to this year, I’d not known much of the celebration of Christmas in India, save among Christians. As it turns out, I was quite wrong, as non-Christians enjoy it as well.
Another gap in my knowledge filled!

Here are a few verses seen before and after revision, ‘Shattered vine,’ ‘My songbird,’ ‘Hope,’ and ‘Unite.’ This shows the value of taking a step back and looking carefully to make one’s writing even better. It’s worth considering in my own work as well. Valid critique does you a favor!

Shots from Kolkata Agrahayan:
Unfortunate that this is going away, but understood as to why. One must make do with what one can. There are some good shots here, even given the new camera!

Your humble critic awaits the Magh 1423 issue of Agnijaat! Thanks much to the authoress for her works and words, as there is much to inspire!

Oh Kolkata! POEM 2!

Women are wicked,
they tempt us to sin!
We old f**** loiter around,
stand staring inside their houses,
watch what they are wearing
when inside their home,
or if they are smooching with
twenty and five folks,
if they allow us too
then it is fine,
but if they don’t allow us,
no matter what they wear or do
inside their four walls,
we label them,
and then,
with this society to help us
we make victims culprit.