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Addicted to reading and love encouraging writers, 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?

You can buy me a coffee or become my supporter in buymeacoffee.com
https://buymeacoffee.com/sharmishthabasu

or

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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Agnishatdal Chaitra 1427, March 2021 critique by SB

Agnishatdal Chaitra 1427 March 2021
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Critique by SB

Agnishatdal Chaitra 1427, March 2021
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By your good old editor! Few words about the works of my much cherished authors. So the critiques will be honest, short and sweet!

Bachhar ase- years come by Labanya- beautiful poem about life’s moving forward and our ways of dealing with it.

Surrender by Scott Hastie: Sometimes it is hard but surrendering to life is not a bad idea at all! Makes things much easier!

Of drum-rolls and Indians by saptarchi: Women certainly have succeeded in making everyone believe that only men harm women!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 11: These stories really are amazing, Brian’s pen is full of wit and talent. I am so enjoying this story!

The faith mark by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: Really enjoyed this story, it is fun to read. Well he certainly was blessed in abundance.

The coming of Magna by Troy David Loy: Troy’s science fiction stories are really amazing. I wish I could write such real science fictions.

I see it NOW… by Dom Collucci: Interesting poem. Life’s journey has so many twists, turns and colours!

Bitter Pill dose 40 by Bitter Pill: Press 3: It is sad how so many educated men and women forget their morals and duty towards humanity.

The warrior of light by Brendan: very beautiful and wise. If you know you are in right path everything else falls in place.

The year that never was by Pat Ritters 2: Another interesting piece about rural Australia. I did not know people eat Kangaroos! Human beings most probably eat everything!

I believe that will be it for my critique as an editor, you will have to read the rest in Ezine. Of course there is truckloads of more works there!

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Agnishatdal Chaitra 1427, March 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Chaitra 1427 March 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Chaitra 1427, March 2021
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Hi friends, let us begin!

Chaitra issue begins with another beautiful photograph from Golconda fort, the tribute this month has been paid to Queen Durgawati, she was quite a brave lady and great administrator.

Surrender by Scott Hastie: Beautiful.

Of drum-rolls and Indians by saptarchi: Very true words. When women [and men] blame that all evil against women are done by men they simply don’t admit the massive damages done by women!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 11: Another fascinating piece. Really love his way of writing! His characters are so much fun!

The faith mark by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: good one! Well, he certainly got a nice reward for being religious.

The coming of Magna by Troy David Loy: Will love to know a bit more about Mirus, he sounds like an interesting character..

Drowning in a tear… by Dom Collucci: Beautifully said.

Bitter Pill dose 40 by Bitter Pill: Press 3: Press these days is not news, it is lie and conning.

The warrior of light by Brendan: very beautiful and wise.

The year that never was by Pat Ritters 2: Interesting and well-written piece, I did not knew people eat kangaroos!

Treats:

Wish you all a happy holi, lovely greeting Sharmishtha!

5 lovely shots- loved the sun photos most.

This month Linkedin Requests are worth checking out if you are a writer or artist.

The year that never was by Pat Ritter: It certainly is a good story, or so it seems from the first two reads!

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

Agnishatdal book 14, Saptarchi, I like Saptarchi’s writings.

Star of the Month Ustad Amanat Ali khan- Never heard his name before, will check out his songs ASAP in YouTube.

Star of West Geoffrey Rush: He is a really good actor. Have watched him in pirates of the Caribbean, the movies would not have been the same without him.

Star of east Guru Dutt- He was amazing!

Youtubia-Kahil Sultanpuri- Will check him out.

Minutes Together: Thor and Utgard was an interesting read. I have not read many Norse mythology stories. Actually have started hearing the names of their deities after watching Avengers.

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

Parashar- It is a sad story. Vishamitra was a really wicked sage. Far worse than Durbasa, notorious for his rage.

TnW- Word editor ways- word editor stinks!

Scaredy Stick- covid-19 has shown both sides of society, the worst and the best.

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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Agnijaat Chaitra 1427, March 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Chaitra 1427 March 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Chaitra 1427, March 2021
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Agnijaat Chaitra begins with Holi greeting, beautiful greeting. I really hope people will practice caution during this extremely popular festival that is all about getting together and have fun!

Indie Author Speaks: 2nd round of good tips about blurb writing,

FTQFS: Very true words, law should realize and admit that women that cry wolf are not always speaking truth.

Techbabble: Raw vs jpeg- will keep the tips in mind.

India Now: Corona diaries 7 – I will agree with the authoress, after all we did elect a bunch of incompetent tyrants for the second time, all they have been doing after being elected first time was shove the country into a pit from where it will most probably crawl out after decades!

SOS: Absolutely true, not everything should be fought against, some things just blow away with time.

Intriguing Tales: thought provoking, then we all know about asaram bapoo and teachers like him!

History of India: This month pre-Aryan civilization has been discussed.

My Pen: wake up India 7: Very valid points. If Indians don’t wake up now and throw BJP out of parliament forever they will most probably become slaves of China this time and that country will never allow them freedom, ask Tibetans languishing in India if it sounds untrue.

Fun and Frolic section:

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

Agnijaat book 14: Very serious read indeed!

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

Why oh why? : Whatever happened to Hollywood? These days I prefer watching U.K. and Australian movies.

Indian Raga Now:

Pradeep- Amazing lyrics and great singer! His songs move the very soul~

SPOTLIGHT ON- ABBA- One of my favorites if not favorite group!

Window to West – Abbott and Costello meet mummy: Hilarious!

Falgun Shots: Four lovely shots!

Youtube channel: Already checked them all out.

Storytime: poetry from Patreon: Absolutely gorgeous painting of dancing santhals and a poetry that goes with it.

Charkapuja: It is quite popular in rural Bengal, you will see people decked up as Lord Shiva or Mother Goddess Kali out in the street

Theme: Chimera- Seven cute paintings.

The cartoon Mr Stick: true words, incompetency is first name of our current rulers.

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 Falgun 1427, February 2021 critique by SB

Agnishatdal Falgun 1427 February 2021
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Critique by SB

Agnishatdal Falgun 1427, February 2021
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By your good old editor! Few words about the works of my much cherished authors. So the critiques will be honest, short and sweet!

Falgun by Labanya: Very true words, even a decade or two ago Falgun was pretty pleasant, morning and night were cold, now things get grisly from Magh.

Soul’s Journey by Scott Hastie: Scott’s poetry is truly amazing! His words are wise, deep and beautiful.

Of drum-rolls and Indians by saptarchi: Well I will agree with S, it is decades of minority worshipping that has turned majority of this country into the thugs they are now. Had things been just things most probably would have been better. You can’t expect elder brother to sit and get kicked, clawed and slapped by younger brother all through his life! As a parent it is your duty to keep the balance.

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 11: I am so enjoying this story, the third eye view of human race!

A secret revealed 4 by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: priceless ending, so very beautiful! Kindness and charity is a good medicine for self-absorbed souls.

The null dance prologue by Troy David Loy: Very beautifully written, as always!

Drowning in a tear… by Dom Collucci: so very beautiful! Parched heart soothed by a drop of tear!

Bitter Pill dose 40 by Bitter Pill: Press 2: The cheapness of Indian media has ruined the faith and credibility of press and the damage repair will be next to impossible.

Lose the load 2 by Brendan: just loved it! This is Brendan’s final work for the Ezine. Thank you for being a part of the Ezine. God bless you!

The year that never was by Pat Ritters 1: It is a new story about Joe and Hannah, will be waiting to see where it goes from here.

I believe that will be it for my critique as an editor, you will have to read the rest in Ezine. Of course there is truckloads of more works there!

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Agnishatdal Falgun 1427, February 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Falgun 1427 February 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Falgun 1427, February 2021
https://gumroad.com/l/Agbdb
https://shoptly.com/i/buji

Hi friends, let us begin!

Falgun issue begins with a beautiful photograph from Golconda fort, the tribute this month has been paid to Raja Ram Mohan Roy, every bengali is familiar with this great soul who has saved women from being burnt alive with their husbands. I have read about him so a little of this article was new information but quite a bit was known already.

Soul’s Journey by Scott Hastie: Beautiful, deep and thought provoking.

Of drum-rolls and Indians by saptarchi: Well Saptarchi certainly sounds quite right when s/he says that Indian minority may be cowering before thugs of present rulers but they were not very helpless under our previous rulers, since independence. It was the other way round then!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 11: Brilliant piece.

A secret revealed 4 by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: beautiful ending of a beautiful story.

The null dance prologue by Troy David Loy: Another well-written story.

Drowning in a tear… by Dom Collucci: what a beauty!

Bitter Pill dose 40 by Bitter Pill: Press 2: Educated India will never forgive the press under Indian Nazi regime. The way they have sold their souls and are betraying their country and its people is a real shame!

Lose the load 2 by Brendan: very beautifully written.

The year that never was by Pat Ritters 1: A new story begins, sort of sounds like pre-covid and covid-regime! Everyone thought that it will vanish with 2021, it very much stayed!

Treats:

Wish you all a happy Saraswatipuja, lovely greeting Sharmishtha!

5 lovely shots- from Agni’s zoo trip loved them all, specially the elephant one.

This month Linkedin Requests are worth checking out if you are a writer or artist.

The drover 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, waves that became songs- love the name! Will check out the book in Amazon.

Star of the Month Ustad bade fateh ali khan- Never heard his name before, will check out his songs ASAP in YouTube.

Star of West Bill Nighy: Have not watched any movie by him, nor have I heard his name before, will check out.

Star of east Nargis- A great actress with ethereal beauty! Her performance in Mother India is mind-blowing!

Youtubia-Sampat Saral- He is really witty and brave! God keep him safe from thugs and goons!

Minutes Together: The gift was a sad story that reflects human nature quite correctly.

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

Bali- It is a beautiful story about a noble king. I have only heard his name never thought he was so amazing!

TnW- we change- Absolutely true!

Scaredy Stick- Horrible incident!

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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Agnijaat Falgun 1427, February 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Falgun 1427 February 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Falgun 1427, February 2021
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Agnijaat Falgun begins with Shivratri greeting, a pretty and simple one. Shivratri is quite a popular festival in Bengal, hope you all celebrated safely and with caution. The way people are acting since 2021 one will think that Covid is gone! They just don’t get the simple message that is very much around and scaring the specialists with constant mutation.

Indie Author Speaks: good tips about blurb writing, I scored horribly when I wrote précis in school!

FTQFS: Human being and their obnoxious, destructive jealousy.

Techbabble: Authoress shares her views on DSLR and point and shoot, will keep in mind if I ever use one.

Corona diaries 6 – very good points about the way our current rulers are acting and how eerily they resemble Hitler and other tyrants.

SOS: Absolutely true, not everything can be compromised with!

Intriguing Tales: cute story about silly, harmless envy without understanding.

History of India: This month some pre Aryan sites like Kalibangan, Lothal have been discussed.

My Pen: wake up India 7: Maybe authoress is right, we wanted to act like middle age people so in came Covid-19 to help us becoming medieval age ignorant again!

Fun and Frolic section:

Te year that never was by Pat Ritter: This one sounds like a great, fascinating story.

Sneak Peek: Sounds like a fun read!

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

Paid movie critiques: I too really don’t trust critiques blindly, I check out the plot and try myself before loving or rejecting.

Indian Raga Now:

Sabri Brothers- Good singers.

SPOTLIGHT ON- Ananda Shankar- He is amazing!

Window to West – Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein: Hilarious!

Magh Shots: Four lovely shots!

Youtube channel: Already checked them all out.

Storytime: painting from Patreon: Absolutely gorgeous!

Maha Shivratri: Bengali girls are quite fond of this God and that reflects good taste, Lord Shiva is most probably the kindest, sweetest God, only God that compete with him in this field is Lord Ganesha.

Theme: Minotaur- Seven cute paintings.

The cartoon Mr Stick: scary truth, how nonchalant our current rulers are about the plight of its public!

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