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A small gift on New Year 2022!

Happy New Year 2022 my dear friends! The year started real good here, hope it was good at your end too!

As a parting gift of 2021 some angel bought one of my works in Red Bubble
https://www.redbubble.com/people/sharmishthabosu/shop

and paid a hefty amount of money for one of my Mother Goddess Kali images, the front facing one to be precise and gave me immense happiness.

A little gift for all of you hoping you will like these, and maybe, you know just maybe, some enthusiast patron will enjoy them so much that s/he will join my only patron there, one is better than nothing but still it is a very lonely no. and hurts the author/artist ego so much! LOL

Here are they:

Please share your views, let me know what do you think of them, BTW Agnijaat and Agnishatdal are no longer available in Patreon, they are to be bought from Shoptly and Gumroad only.

The project for which I took this long break from blogs was crushed in November LOL, so to soothe my bruised ego I pounced on YT and was absolutely blessed with a group of amazing YouTubers, we have built a nice nook there, you are most welcome to join us there!

https://youtube.com/c/sharmishthabasu
https://youtube.com/c/agnikahinibysharmishthabasu

Have a blessed 2022.

Click to access agnijaat-magh-1428-jan-2022.pdf

Click to access agnilipi-january-2022.pdf

Click to access agnimalya-jan-2022.pdf

Click to access agnipat-january-2022.pdf

Click to access agnishatdal-magh-1428-january-2021.pdf

Click to access coming-kingdom-january-2022.pdf

Click to access sbpnb-jan-2022.pdf

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Hey canon your powershot cameras stink!

I sincerely hope that one of your hotshots will read this blog and will do something about it.

I love taking photographs in camera, not phones, all my smartphones have cameras but still when I want to photograph I pick up my canon camera.

Why canon not nikon or other makes? Because I love the colours that canon cameras offer.

Why not cellphone cameras that are much weatherproof and sturdier than canon cameras [way much weather proof and sturdier] because their picture quality is too worse than canon or any other digital camera. I have used Nikon too, a borrowed one, that is sadly no longer available.

Why am I grumbling then?

Well, I first used a canon camera regularly in 2015, a powershot, that is all I can afford! That too because they were gifted by my brother who was earning quite a hefty amount of salary back then. It was mediocre, actually quite mediocre in performance but had one advantage over the second one I used, it could take the photos of flying birds etc, very hazy but it captured them.

But getting its batteries was like tossing coins in a wishing well! That BTW applies for my new camera too! Bro bought one from USA after paying a whopping lot of extra money for that! Your Kolkata showrooms do not sell every battery for every canon camera! Awesome huh? Spend 500 bucks to go to Park Street where your showroom is to know that they don’t have the battery!

Well after we returned to Kolkata from Hyderabad I took a lot of rain photos and recklessly, then one fine morning the camera started taking white pictures, absolutely white, the video was working fine though, it took videos clearly with sound. It also took photos in darkness, like in dim light or bulb, tubelight etc, even in candle light! Finally it stopped completely within a couple of month.

I was given my next camera in 2019, another powershot it burnt whopping 20000 bucks – read it as only for a camera, I could buy a nice enough smartphone with that money with a camera. But no, I wanted to take really nice pictures so I was gifted with a photograph only gadget!

It worked nice enough for a year, and right before its first anniversary there was a cyclone in Kolkata and I took a lot of photos and videos, and I will clearly say that I stayed indoor and took care that the camera does not gets wet. Voila! Within a month I was gifted by white photos, perfect videos and night photography. Bro was still working so he took the camera to your showroom in Park Street after spending 500 bucks on taxi-fare [up and down] just because there was no lock-down and we were dreaming that covid will be gone for good before 2021, well the guy in showroom replaced the camera with a new one.

This time I treated it like a china doll, not the modern ones, the antique ones, when the next cyclone simply brushed by kolkata I took a few videos and rain shots taking strict care that my touch me not camera does not gets a drop of moisture on its precious body but voila! one fortnight and now I am suffering with white photos, the minute I zoom the photos become white, the videos are clear till date but they are soon going to go, I can feel it in the air.

The reason behind writing this whole book is draw your attention. If you really want people to buy more camera make them sturdy, you can, we know it and you know it, you do it to make people buy new camera every year. Well, in western countries that is possible, 22000 rupee is nothing for them, but in India 22000 rupee is LOT, MORE THAN A LOT! NO ONE WILL REFER A CAMERA THAT WILL CRASH AFTER USING ONE OR ONE AND A HALF YEARS!


FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS THE MAKE OF MY CAMERA IS: CANON POWERSHOT SX430 IS

DON’T BUY IT!

As for me I seriously am toying with the idea of giving up on canon cameras or cameras altogether and practice the cellphone cameras instead!

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Scott Hastie’s Press Release!

Published with permission from author:

Thursday Rhymes 4.7.19

Scott Hastie is a successful British born poet and writer, who has been has been commercially published in the UK for over thirty years now. He currently has no fewer than fourteen titles in print, including a novel and eight collections of poetry, all of which also available in e book format.

Scott’s current poetry is very much a positive and sparkling affirmation of human potential, with a growing emphasis on spiritual awareness and, in recent years especially, the spiritual tone in his maturing poetic voice is starting to draw increasing acclaim and attention from a worldwide audience, especially in the U.S. Asia & the Middle East.

Given the sudden and unexpected impact made in 2013 by some of his work, first published in the soulful and beautifully designed anthology Meditations, a much more comprehensive collection of all his more recent work, entitled Angel Voices was soon brought forward for publication by Centuria the following year,
Then, only two years later in 2016 and somewhat miraculously, along came Threads… Quickly establishing itself as the signature collection of Scott Hastie’s poetry at that time… A real breakthrough volume, since widely translated and published to worldwide acclaim, covering as it does the sheer scale of this stunning poet’s sublime creative journey.

Scott then threw himself headlong into an extended period of personal spiritual investigation, the fruits of which eventually arrived in the form of an entirely fresh and significant collection of brand new work, entitled Pranic Poetry, eventually published in March 2020.

Seemingly always destined to be released at the very beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, this volume really struck a chord with readers all around the world. Hence the accelerated release of his first fully retrospective collection Timeless: the best of Scott Hastie’s poetry 1990-2020 and it’s companion volume Splinters of Light: quotations from the poetry of Scott Hastie. The planned publication of both these titles soon being advanced by six months, into the autumn of the same year, to help satisfy the ever accelerating international demand for his work.

“It is at times like these that we need the fairest glimpses of hope, rejuvenation and a deeper understanding of the potential to realize our very best – especially in the face of such on-going adversity. Perhaps this is why Scott Hastie’s poetry achieves such an impact and is so well received around the world.“
“Scott Hastie’s writing inspires such clarity of thought, perception and heartfelt compassion for the emotional rainbow that is the human spectrum of existence, shedding multitudes of color and light where otherwise there might have only been storms, darkness, sorrow and pain, all without any real hope of joy and redemption.” 

“Timeless is surely an appropriate trademark for some highlights of Scott Hastie’s body of work to date. After all, he has produced some of the most gallant and elegant poetry of the 20th & 21st Centuries.”

“As in deep prayer, the quotes in Splinters of Light will bring you to the depths within your soul. These are not quotes you can read only once. They will call you to write them and paste them on mirrors and desks as constant reminders of who you really are and the true meaning of your life. These quotes will feed you in places you didn’t know you were hungry. A marvellous poetic work.”

Interest grew to such a level following the publication of both Timeless and Splinters that it was quickly then decided to also re-issue his two earliest ‘Younger Man’ collections, Selected Poetry and New Poetry (first published in 1991 and 1995 respectively) as ebooks. Both of which also went on to receive levels of acclaim that only confirmed Scott Hastie’s new-found popularity around the world.
Fortunately, it is already very easy to freely dip into Scott Hastie’s poetic writing. Samples from his whole back catalogue of poetry are readily available at his highly visual and popular new web site, which freely displays samples of both his already published and latest unpublished work.

As a writer, Scott is very open and likes to encourage maximum participation and feedback from his readers. His web site offers the chance to post comments, both on individual pieces or more generally… The site encourages more general dialogue about writing and Scott offers mentoring services to other creative writers/students around the world.

Scott is also passionate about visiting and learning from other cultures and his web site offers the bonus of featuring many fascinating images and glimpses from his extensive travels around the world.

Features/Photos – contact Centuria – written proposal in the first instance please to centuria@hotmail.co.uk

All rights reserved.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Hastie
Official website: http://www.scotthastie.com

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Addicted to reading and love encouraging writers and artists?

Addicted to reading and love encouraging writers, artists?

I was one of them when I was employed, I used to buy books and cassettes by dozens and books on painting, photography were my favorites. I could never have enough of them! Since becoming dependent I get my quota from blogs and YouTube. But if I start making my own living I will again start buying books and audios.

Are you in my league and wont mind spending a few dollars each month?

My patreon pledges are at your disposal in that case:

My profile there:
https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

If you pledge $1 per month Agnilipi every month
If you pledge $2 per month Agnipat, Agnishatdal every month
If you pledge $3 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya every month
If you pledge $4 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush every month.
If you pledge $5 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush and glimpses of my upcoming books in form of another mini book every month.

There are two more pledges go to the profile and check them out from there if you are feeling interested.

Agnimalya contains stories
Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush contains you can guess fully illustrated works of any possible type I can create!
Coming Kingdom will share pieces of upcoming books.
Agnilipi will share my new passion, selected photos.
Agnipat will share few paintworks each month

Patreon 5- Agnilipi, Agnimalya, Agnipat, Coming Kingdom and SBPnB

Agnilipi
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnilipi will share a set of photography each month, they maybe versatile or one single topic. Do share your views after checking them out.

I am not a great photographer, let me tell you, just an amateur one armed with a point and shoot camera most of the time and am honing my skill on a DSLR lately but am far from getting satisfied with my handling it yet!

Agnimalya
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnimalya is a book of stories, some old stories and mostly new stories are included in it. The mood depends on the stories included- that is- they are unpredictable! I try to make them as versatile as possible and sometimes throw in some flash-fictions lavishly illustrated for you!

You will have to check out a few copies to get the feel. But just as I said I try to add all genres but not in the same book, and I don’t really stick to one genre for one book mostly, maybe I will in future, but not at present. Most probably you will enjoy a dose of love in the February Issue or Durgapuja in autumn….

Agnipat
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnipat will share a set of digital paintings each month, will decide each month the contents to be shared. If you like my clumsy paintings you will like this book.

Coming Kingdom
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Coming kingdom at present is sharing stories of upcoming books, right now it is sharing stories from the books to be published (republished) in Amazon Kindle. Every month it will share few stories.

Check out the stories and share your views!

SBPnB
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

SBPnB is a book of illustrations mainly. As you can guess from the name the priority has been given to the illustrator inside me! I love to paint and this is the book through which I am sharing my paintings with you.

Sometimes you will get them with quotes, sometimes with poems or flash fictions. But whatever will be there the size of the words will be quite short, so that each post’s length is one page. Sometimes they may get longer but not necessarily!

There are more pledges, if I start getting patrons that will give more than $5 each month I will love to include them, right now I am waiting for a miracle that will give me 2 dozen $5 patrons 🙂 before 2021 is over. Be a part of that miracle!

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Addicted to reading and love encouraging writers and artists?

Addicted to reading and love encouraging writers, artists?

I was one of them when I was employed, I used to buy books and cassettes by dozens and books on painting, photography were my favorites. I could never have enough of them! Since becoming dependent I get my quota from blogs and YouTube. But if I start making my own living I will again start buying books and audios.

Are you in my league and wont mind spending a few dollars each month?

My patreon pledges are at your disposal in that case:

My profile there:
https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

If you pledge $1 per month Agnilipi every month
If you pledge $2 per month Agnipat, Agnishatdal every month
If you pledge $3 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya every month
If you pledge $4 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush every month.
If you pledge $5 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush and glimpses of my upcoming books in form of another mini book every month.

There are two more pledges go to the profile and check them out from there if you are feeling interested.

Agnimalya contains stories
Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush contains you can guess fully illustrated works of any possible type I can create!
Coming Kingdom will share pieces of upcoming books.
Agnilipi will share my new passion, selected photos.
Agnipat will share few paintworks each month

Patreon 5- Agnilipi, Agnimalya, Agnipat, Coming Kingdom and SBPnB

Agnilipi
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnilipi will share a set of photography each month, they maybe versatile or one single topic. Do share your views after checking them out.

I am not a great photographer, let me tell you, just an amateur one armed with a point and shoot camera most of the time and am honing my skill on a DSLR lately but am far from getting satisfied with my handling it yet!

Agnimalya
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnimalya is a book of stories, some old stories and mostly new stories are included in it. The mood depends on the stories included- that is- they are unpredictable! I try to make them as versatile as possible and sometimes throw in some flash-fictions lavishly illustrated for you!

You will have to check out a few copies to get the feel. But just as I said I try to add all genres but not in the same book, and I don’t really stick to one genre for one book mostly, maybe I will in future, but not at present. Most probably you will enjoy a dose of love in the February Issue or Durgapuja in autumn….

Agnipat
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnipat will share a set of digital paintings each month, will decide each month the contents to be shared. If you like my clumsy paintings you will like this book.

Coming Kingdom
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Coming kingdom at present is sharing stories of upcoming books, right now it is sharing stories from the books to be published (republished) in Amazon Kindle. Every month it will share few stories.

Check out the stories and share your views!

SBPnB
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

SBPnB is a book of illustrations mainly. As you can guess from the name the priority has been given to the illustrator inside me! I love to paint and this is the book through which I am sharing my paintings with you.

Sometimes you will get them with quotes, sometimes with poems or flash fictions. But whatever will be there the size of the words will be quite short, so that each post’s length is one page. Sometimes they may get longer but not necessarily!

There are more pledges, if I start getting patrons that will give more than $5 each month I will love to include them, right now I am waiting for a miracle that will give me 2 dozen $5 patrons 🙂 before 2021 is over. Be a part of that miracle!

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Addicted to reading and love encouraging writers and artists?

Addicted to reading and love encouraging writers, artists?

I was one of them when I was employed, I used to buy books and cassettes by dozens and books on painting, photography were my favorites. I could never have enough of them! Since becoming dependent I get my quota from blogs and YouTube. But if I start making my own living I will again start buying books and audios.

Are you in my league and wont mind spending a few dollars each month?

My patreon pledges are at your disposal in that case:

My profile there:
https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

If you pledge $1 per month Agnilipi every month
If you pledge $2 per month Agnipat, Agnishatdal every month
If you pledge $3 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya every month
If you pledge $4 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush every month.
If you pledge $5 per month Agnilipi, Agnipat, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush and glimpses of my upcoming books in form of another mini book every month.

There are two more pledges go to the profile and check them out from there if you are feeling interested.

Agnimalya contains stories
Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush contains you can guess fully illustrated works of any possible type I can create!
Coming Kingdom will share pieces of upcoming books.
Agnilipi will share my new passion, selected photos.
Agnipat will share few paintworks each month

Patreon 5- Agnilipi, Agnimalya, Agnipat, Coming Kingdom and SBPnB

Agnilipi
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnilipi will share a set of photography each month, they maybe versatile or one single topic. Do share your views after checking them out.

I am not a great photographer, let me tell you, just an amateur one armed with a point and shoot camera most of the time and am honing my skill on a DSLR lately but am far from getting satisfied with my handling it yet!

Agnimalya
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnimalya is a book of stories, some old stories and mostly new stories are included in it. The mood depends on the stories included- that is- they are unpredictable! I try to make them as versatile as possible and sometimes throw in some flash-fictions lavishly illustrated for you!

You will have to check out a few copies to get the feel. But just as I said I try to add all genres but not in the same book, and I don’t really stick to one genre for one book mostly, maybe I will in future, but not at present. Most probably you will enjoy a dose of love in the February Issue or Durgapuja in autumn….

Agnipat
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Agnipat will share a set of digital paintings each month, will decide each month the contents to be shared. If you like my clumsy paintings you will like this book.

Coming Kingdom
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Coming kingdom at present is sharing stories of upcoming books, right now it is sharing stories from the books to be published (republished) in Amazon Kindle. Every month it will share few stories.

Check out the stories and share your views!

SBPnB
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

SBPnB is a book of illustrations mainly. As you can guess from the name the priority has been given to the illustrator inside me! I love to paint and this is the book through which I am sharing my paintings with you.

Sometimes you will get them with quotes, sometimes with poems or flash fictions. But whatever will be there the size of the words will be quite short, so that each post’s length is one page. Sometimes they may get longer but not necessarily!

There are more pledges, if I start getting patrons that will give more than $5 each month I will love to include them, right now I am waiting for a miracle that will give me 2 dozen $5 patrons 🙂 before 2021 is over. Be a part of that miracle!

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firstgear article 7

For some reason or other my browser is showing red flag since January 2021 whenever I am trying to access firstgear, as a result I am not trying it. Do check out if your browser is giving green signal before you check out the articles.

Firstgear published my final article on 9/1/21, after that I have not sent them any more articles, if I start sending again I will let you know.

First gear published my sixth article on 5th January, after giving it a nice title [at my request]. Check it out and share your views.

https://firstgear.in/2021/01/09/the-new-labour-codes/

Its a wordpress blog, you can comment from wordpress. 🙂 or without logging in.

The remaining articles:

https://firstgear.in/2021/01/05/women-are-own-mistress/

https://firstgear.in/2020/12/30/the-new-agricultural-bills/

https://firstgear.in/2020/12/22/new-parliament-house-or-hospitals/

https://firstgear.in/2020/11/06/bravo-bajaj-bravo-parle/

https://firstgear.in/2020/10/03/defying-deification-in-indian-politics/

https://firstgear.in/2020/08/18/1801/

Thanks a million times for the overwhelming response! Wish you had left a few words in the comment section to let me know who you are!