Agnishatdal Ashar (june) critique by Troy David Loy

Agnishatdal Ashar 1424 Critique by Troy David Loy @ https://www.amazon.com/author/troyloy

Santidev Ghosh:

I’m listening now as I type this, and find his music amazing. While my grasp of Bengali is still somewhat wanting, the intonation, rhythm, and less measurable qualities of his singing place him in my view among some of the greatest performers of his style of his day. Perhaps when my ability with the language is bettered, I’ll be in good position to enjoy it in full. I found a link after a quick search of his name here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwLeG19I5Ds The devotion to his teacher marks him as a far more diligent student than many at this point, and his inspiration by Tagore to so carry on his style apparent in his performances.

Sunil Manohar Gavaskar:
I’ve not watched cricket before, but found a recording from a game near the end of his career here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EMEGQWfZ0s Despite my naivete about the game, I can say that it’s impressive to see him play on the field, and his sportsmanship is evident.

Budapest Missives 3: The Problem with Race:

Juliette makes a good point here, that fear and reviling of the Other doesn’t have to be universal even in nations where it’s common and accepted. We all have our likes and dislikes of certain categories of people, but this is not something that absolutely must be: we can do something about it, to not be the slaves of the more primitive parts of our brains, to not be so motivated by our instinct for tribalism that we lose sight of what makes us more alike than different.

Red Heels Pt. 4:

Our heroine exchanges cameras and pictures with her person of interest, a man with a shared penchant for vintage photography and morning coffee with not-so-strangers. The mention of Rilke was interesting, as I’ve read little of his work, something that may be worth looking up, in English, as the closest I come to knowing any German is the pseudonym of one of my cats, Herr Rickmeister Fluffenhoffer.

Time stands still:

Eleanor offers a beautifully evocative image of what looks like a possibly abandoned storefront with a young boy before it preoccupied with something unknown to the viewer on the sidewalk. Good b&w rendition, as that has a starkness that reveals contrasts that many color shots do not.

A Family Crisis:

Raghunandan tells a humorous story of a gathering at dinner with a ten-year old girl’s confession to her family of something not so scandalous as it at first seems. Knowing some of Raghunandan’s previous writing, I expected some kind of twist to this, and wasn’t disappointed. But just what it was turned out to be wholly unexpected, and a good surprise at the end.

Love deeper than the night:

A short verse, both poignant and economical in size, evokes love in one of its many forms using the metaphor of a strong caffeinated beverage to drive home its point.
Happy birthday to both Raghunandan and Sharmishtha this month! I’d like to offer my best to each of you on completion of another lucky trip around the Sun! May there be many more and be at least as good to you if not better! A happy birthday this month to actress Meryl Streep and to tennis player Leander Paes as well!

Gulzar:

As a songwriter, this man seems quite accomplished. I’ve listened to this: https://
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1h_gfnGTZ0 from the movie Khamoshi. Lovely stuff, even without fully “getting” the lyrics. Then again, with his more playful approach to the lyricist’s art, maybe I’m missing the point! Another was here: https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=Wu7JsGN2wHo

This month’s recipe,

for lobster curry, sounds absolutely delightful. Lobster is a treat for me, so this will be good for special occasions. I may be able to find many if not most of all of the ingredients in conventional grocery stores. I’ll gather those as they are available and I can competently prepare them, then cook this, maybe with the help of a local friend with experience in Indian cooking, and I think I know just who… *looks at Christopher in mind’s eye*

All peachy: All peachy on the desert front!

This looks like a fun story, with Mr. Green and Miss Grey, both misleading each other about their species in this cute little romance. I suppose there are benefits to avoiding a predator/prey relationship when it’s online and there would be that awkward incompatibility of species otherwise! This looks to me well worth the pitance of $1.00.

Bhandananda Uvach 2: Thus spake Hypocritananda:

A good point about government and the odd failure of politicians professing religious motivations who nonetheless act contrary to the actual teaching and values of the faith. I see the same thing here with American politics, though focused on pseudo-Evangelical Christianity rather than Hinduism.

Kagaje ankibuki – Lines on paper, and Kash – If only!

Beautiful verse the two of these, in both Bengali and Ingreji. Good use of form, economy of wording, and of course the ever-graceful Bangla script!

Rathyatra:

Interesting! I’ve seen some of the videos currently online, and here’s a link to one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFiQwPW7zpk I’ll warn you beforehand, there may be issues with getting this one to stream!

India this month:

With four festivals this month, including Rath Yatra, along with Eid ul Fitr, Gurupurnima, and Nagpanchami, there is much to celebrate. And though snakes are cool, I have more respect for teachers than I had in my school years, so Gurupurnima would probably the festival of choice!

Pieces of Past: Alexander’s Invasion:

Alexander was one of the more fascinating kings of his day. I’ll add that he was tutored by none other than the philosopher Aristotle himself, and may have furnished his old teacher with biological specimens of plants and animals from India as well as from his other conquests. I definitely agree that despite other mistakes by the British in India, unifying it under one administration was one of the good things they did!

Well, this concludes this months critique, and I’ll see you next with the reviews for Shraban, 1424!

Agnijaat Ashar (june) critique by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Ashar 1424 Critique by Troy David Loy @ https://www.amazon.com/author/troyloy

Self Publishing Ideas 1 – choosing the platform:
This is a useful how-to for publishing things online yourself. I’ve never tried Createspace, as my first platform of choice was KDP. The former may be a good choice for any print works of mine. Must read more on formatting on both it and the latter during off hours!

Rani Durgavati:
The fact that this 16th Century queen fought and forced the retreat of a vastly more powerful foe as many as three times is a remarkable feat in itself, especially Akbar’s imperial forces. I noticed that in many places in history, killing oneself rather than surrender to an enemy with less than honorable treatment of prisoners, even brutal treatment, is arguably the better option. So it was with Durgabati.

Psychos and Morons:
Queries of phone hacking? It boggles the mind why anyone in their right mind and not working in a criminal organization or the Intelligence community would want to. Then again, this post is not titled Sane Folk and Geniuses, as the final two answers show.

These people need to “exploit” their own grey matter before asking this sort of thing in a public forum, much less expecting an answer.

Caste System 6:
The Authoress discusses the exploitation of certain castes for political gain and the decline of Indian intellectuals as a real force in governance and critical evaluation of policy. The control at the village level by politicians serves to cement this in expedient but unethical ways, and not for the long-term wellness of the state of the country.

That inner voice:
The Authoress discusses a phenomenon well-documented in the scientific literature: that there are thinking processes going on beneath the threshold of our conscious awareness. And this thinking can make itself known through vague feelings of wrongness or sudden awareness of things not previously known or thought, but often verifiable when investigated carefully. If it’s knowable then it can be shown. Scientific skeptics (skeptics who are scientific, as opposed to those who merely “skeptical” of
science) are familiar with this as well, and stage conjurors skilled in mentalism use this in their performances.

BAKHTI SAINTS: Ramananda – Glimpses of Indian History:
Being one of the most influential religious leaders of his day, one who contributed to not just one, but TWO religions is a remarkable achievement. His use of common language in preaching was evidently an effective way of getting his message to those he wanted most to receive it. The fact that he chose devotion to Rama and Sita over Vishnu is MOST interesting as well.

Nature @Kolkata in Ashar:
The Authoress notes the recent monsoon season and general trend toward cooler weather in Bengal. Of Interest are the festivals this month, Rathyatra and Eid ul Fitr, as well are mentioned Nagpanchami and Gurupurnima, those last two noted in previous issues of the Twins.

INDIAN RAGA NOW:
A critique of popular Bengali and Hindi music as the state of those arts currently stands. Some of it good, some of it less so, often MUCH less so, as trends have gone on since the Seventies. Something work considering when buying albums online.

SPOTLIGHT ON – Gheorghe Zamfir:
Pan flutes are cool, and this artist plays one. It was well worth the brief instant invested to check him out…Oh, LOOK! Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=1mHuf8owjoQ Give it a listen, as the music is incredible.

Window to West – Beauty and the Beast:
I’ve yet to see this myself, but worth buying online, and I’ve a good idea where…The Authoress discusses briefly the actors and feel of the movie. I must watch!

Sweet Memories – Sharmishtha Basu Day: The Day of the Lotus – Happy Sharmishtha Basu Day: A prayer and poem celebrating the Authoress by one gregory57 of intentblog.com

Runaway:
A cow debates an egret on the wisdom of escape from his owner, with the egret having the sounder reasoning.

actual culprit:
Never steal snake eggs using a proxy, as this tale suggests, especially magical ones whose mothers are protective of their eggs! Steal once, pay twice!

With the theme this month being summer, there are seven items: a brief poem; a digital painting reminding me of a boy with surfboard at shore; a diamond verse with something delicious (Mango icecream!); a 7 x 2 diamond verse reprimanding the Sun for being a jerk; a short story about nasty shapeshifting critters and the error of dismissing the advice of elders (There’s a reason they get to be old!); a longer verse on the heat and misery of summer heat in the city; and finally, a short but succinct essay on four causes of summer annoyance in Kolkata. Quite good!

That’s it for the month! I’ll see you soon, for Shraban, 1424!

Agnishatdal Shraban critique by Troy David Loy

Agnishatdal Shraban 1424 Critique by Troy David Loy @ https://www.amazon.com/author/Troyloy

Mangal Pandey:
Here was a good soldier who nonetheless put his people first rather than obey orders he knew were wrong. Evil is actually pretty banal, not dramatic or spectacular because it doesn’t need to be. Some of the worst evils in history were committed by those who were “just following orders,” or going along with the crowd like lambs to the slaughter. Pandey was a patriot who followed his conscience rather than his chain of command, and his death was a ripple that in time became a tidal wave.

Balgangadhar Tilak:
Tilak was an accomplished man in many fields, and a true revolutionary. His work in mathematics served well in his writing regardless of his detractors, which doubtless were many.

Budapest Missives 4:
Julia’s image is haunting, with the close-up Moon in the background a very effective evocative touch.

Red Heels Pt. 5:
An invitation to a date at a Cuban restaurant turns bad as our heroine suffers a
kidnapping attempt on the way there. Dressed to kill, with weapons-grade heels in her defense, she attempts to fend off her assailants…

Patterns:
Eleanor’s image shows some interesting repeating symmetries with some subdued and very earthy tones.

Breaking a windfall:
Raghu tells a story of a lucky old man who finally wins big, much to the distress of his doctor, which winds up hospitalizing someone, and not the one you would expect given one’s age!

Night in love with a dream*:
Dom’s verse touches both heart and mind, and makes use of repetition and form in very effective ways, as good verse does.

Kevin Cooper’s Interview with Steve Page was interesting, and I’m intrigued about the idea of a full-length novel written entirely in verse as Page has done.

Vishwanathan Anand:
Here was until only within the last few years a world champion chess-player, and in any event, world-class. While I’m behind on my practice, this is good encouragement to take up Mac Chess again, if nothing else for the cognitive exercise it affords!

Night M. Shyamalan:
I’m unfamiliar with most of his movies, having only seen Lady in Water with friends one evening. I enjoyed that at the time though, and will check out the others on IMDB.com

Abhijeet Bhattacharya:
I’m listening to his music as I type this, and find it not bad at all, quite good in my view. There is that recent controversy of his on Twitter, but I prefer to separate the art from the foibles of the artist. It broadens horizons. There’s a link to a playlist of his songs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtrnPKaGBgs

Shraban Recipe: pumpkin specials 1
Pumpkin is good stuff, and this recipe gives a great way to prepare it Bengali-style! Will add this to my repertoire of tasty pumpkiny treats if I can draft Christopher into lending his skills and spices to the effort!

The Chase:
A thief gets into a tight spot during a heist in this story from an upcoming book. The authoress shows her narrative skills in playing out the man’s predicament, and the outcome of his task!

Bhandananda Uvach 4:
Hatemongers are ubiquitous in politics, as the current excuses for leadership in many countries show. It’s a call for the sane among us to take notice and act, before it’s too late!

Harini: The doe, & Gharonda – the nest:
Two nice pieces of verse, in Bangla and Hindi respectively, making effective use of form and theme, which can be taken any one of different ways depending on perspective

Bengal & India This Month:
With Rakhi, Jhulan, Indian Independence Day, and Janmashtami being celebrated this month, the first of these is by far my favorite, and the third a sound reason for learning history, not the revisionist facade often presented in the media, but a good, solid time spent studying the best examples in the field.

Pieces of Past: Chandragupta Maurya
As the first emperor of nearly all of pre-colonial India during the late centuries BCE, he must have been quite an effective ruler. Interesting that he decided to liberate himself from the world, to put it one way, by starving himself once embracing Jainism.

Story From Ved and Purana – Mysteries of Draupadi:
Very interesting tale here, as it further illuminates a better understanding of how Vedic cycles show the relatable nature of Hindu gods, making it one of my favorite South Asian religions!

That about wraps things up for this month, so, my fine humans, I’ll see you again the very next!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

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The first annual digests of the Ezines:

Agnijaat Annual Digest 2017: Sfulingo 1

Agnishatdal Annual Digest 2017: Agnidal 1

Agnijaat Shraban critique by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Shraban 1424 Critique by Troy David Loy @ https://www.amazon.com/author/Troyloy

Self Publishing Ideas 2:
This relates some very useful information for post-secondary students interested in getting their poetry published, with submission guidelines included.

diary entries of an accidental home minister: 1
Good advice that calling oneself by the tired word “unemployed” is overrated, and that “home minister” is much better as well as more reflecting one’s actual residential duties. Hear, hear!

Cellphone spy software:
A dark side of coding, in the creation and use of malware for remotely surveilling other peoples’ phones by enterprising hackers. In some parts of the world it’s a thriving Internet business!

Caste system:
The authoress concludes this segment with this, for the moment, final installment on the politics of the scheduled and higher castes.

Indian farmers – why are not they thriving? – 1:
The plight of those in the agriculture trade and the failure of government to address their problems is discussed. Its lack of organization, small crop yields, looting, inequity in support for farmers, and neglect for the general image of peasants, spells issues the government must in time face to feed an ever-growing population of more than a billion on its own.

Trojan Horses…:
Stalkers are a frequent problem online and in this case, IRL. The authoress relates the things she’s gone through over more than two decades in dealing with her own, with a warning.

Bhakti Saints: Kabir:
Striving for spiritual unity in his teachings, this man espoused a universalist philosophy in his pursuit of the Infinite. I’ll have to look up his couplets, as the insights could be valuable, even to some nonbelievers.

Nature @Kolkata in Shraban:
With torrential rain and four widely celebrated festivals, while the rain reminds me of the nor’easter just this weekend at my locale, but with no comparison here in the festivals. Indian festivals are colorful, and doubtless fun!

Words of the wisest:
Three hymns from the Bhagavad Gita, with the words of Lord Krishna in verse
discussed, along with their context in instructing his friend Arjuna in following through with his dharma.

INDIAN RAGA NOW:
Suman Chatterjee, Nachiketa Chakraborty, and Hemanta Mukherjee are singers well worth looking into, for the post-Rabindrasangit period of Bengali music, singers who performed their art with style and subtlety in their day!

SPOTLIGHT ON – Richard Clayderman:
I’ve listened to Clayderman’s music, and blast, it’s good! I’ve found a link here for a good listen to some of his best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65EE7hTWq18 I’ve asked my brother if he knows him, and gave a “no” to that but forwarded me the URL for Richard’s website: http://www.clayderman.co.uk/ Check it out!

Window to West – Finding Dori:
A movie I’ve not seen, but worth viewing anyway when I get the chance! I’ll watch
Finding Nemo too, as we keep a cloth toy of Nemo in the family car.

Sweet Memories – A gentle heart:
The authoress recounts some of the truly good people she’s met and dealt with, not just gentle, though, but also altruists in a genuine sense.

Story Time: Crazy
Here is a cute little piece of flash fiction with an ominous start and a little surprise at the end!

Theme Shraban is Monsoon:
This month, there’s a couple of lovely digital paintings: the first of a goddess reclining on a rain cloud, the second of a girl on the earth below wading through life-giving monsoon flooding. Three is a well-formed piece of diamond verse on the soft sound of cooling rain. Four is 7×2 diamond verse on the final end of summer and the onset of the rainy season. Five is a flash fiction tale of a crew of three boatmen on a river who encounter a storm on their journey, far from the comforts of home and family. Six is a bit of verse welcoming the monsoon season and its respite from the harsh heat of summer. In seven, the authoress recounts experience with the rainy season in previous residences, and the benefits of the current situation.

That’s about it for this month! I’ll see you next month, O fine humans, and may you enjoy what left of this one!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

From the Editor-creator of the Ezine aka Sharmishtha Basu:

If you want to encourage the struggling artist and writer with your huge-hearted generosity:
https://www.paypal.me/sharmishthabasu
https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

The first annual digests of the Ezines:

Agnijaat Annual Digest 2017: Sfulingo 1

Agnishatdal Annual Digest 2017: Agnidal 1

AGNIJASHATADALAMA, PATREON and PAYPAL- The next leap!

Well, I finally decided that it will be but intelligent to create an online store for my works, that will help me in selling Agnijaat, Agnishatdal and my other creations in future.

Mostly you will see the sample books in agnijashatadalama, and announcements of my Amazon and Patreon projects, but, any sample book you see there, if you want to buy a pdf of its style (with far better contents) you know the email id to contact, or you can hop over to Patreon and become my patron there! That will be more trustworthy for you I believe. You will see me there every month with new works and I sincerely wish to see you too!!

So, here they are for you- just the foundations, if you feel like it suggest me, anything you want! If you want to display your books/works let me know. You know my email ids: sermistabasu@gmail.com and agnijaat@hotmail.com

now the urls of Agnijashatadalama:

https://agnijashatadalama.wordpress.com
https://agnijashatadalama.blogspot.in
https://www.facebook.com/agnijashatadalama

I will be waiting for your comments!
Wish me luck and join me there!

If you want to encourage the struggling artist and writer with your huge-hearted generosity:
https://www.paypal.me/sharmishthabasu
https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

You will be able to buy the Ezines, and my other digital works, some are already up in Patreon, will be there regularly- every month, others are available in Agnijashatadalama, where you can see the samples, directly approach me and I will send you the pdf files after you pay through paypal!

Thursday Rhymes 10.8.17

In the pitch dark
A dog barks at distance,
His sound reassures not feeble hearts,
But spreads a tinge of uneasiness,
Wondering what is he barking at,
Something human or inhuman,
The fireflies glow in darkness
Like distant stars in faraway sky.
Far away on the river bank
A funeral pyre burns,
The chanting of the party
Sends a shiver down the spine,
The wind rustles the bamboo grove
It sounds like thousand whispers
A leaf rustles a leaf falls, another brushes body
As if thousands of ghosts encroach upon him
From all sides, hidden in pitch darkness,
He pulls his tattered blanket around his body
And waits for morning light!
When everything will be normal again,
The birds will sing and sun will shine,
Dispersing the terrors of night,
Now he waits and prays
That all his fears are baseless
And those are just leaves and wind,
And fireflies, not specters of the night
Closing upon him as he lays
Huddled in his tattered sheet
Waiting for the morning.