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Agnishatdal Falgun 1425, February 2019 critique by Troy

Agnishatdal Falgun 1425 Critique
By Troy David Loy
Agnishatdal Book 8, Saraswatipuja 1425
Agnishatdal Falgun 1425, February 2019

Vanakkam. This Chaitra, I give you something on last month’s Agnishatdal,

Let us begin…. Our virtual trip to India*
This shows a girl in traditional garb in rural forest surroundings, maybe someone of an adivasi ethnicity? This pic has a nice balance of light and dark shades, particularly the light tones of dress contrasting with the dark shades of her skin.

Malati Ghoshal:
As a student at Bethune college, trained in classical and Tagore songs, and best in those, it’s no wonder she was mentioned by the mentioned in the poems of some of the leading poets of her day. I’m putting looking online for recordings of her songs on my list of things to do for the weekend!

Pankaj Kr. Malik:
What an amazing career this man had, as an actor, singer, and songwriter! That he took on the work of popularizing Tagore’s songs and teaching them to that same public audience is something worth remembering him for. I’ll have to take a look at some of his work, maybe finding it online.

The cook is a spy
Brieuc tells of some of his childhood spent briefly in Africa, and the danger of its political situation, especially to foreigners, and to those suspected of spying against the ruling government! In this chapter, both sides engage civilly when the family cook is accused of the very same. I wonder how this turns out?

A tale of two Gurus:
Raghu tells the story of a raja with misplaced manners, who is taught a lesson on his meeting of a local guru, in a clever use of reasoning to inspire humility.

Just my imagination*:
Dom offers a short verse of one stanza, six lines, on a fleeting shadow, when suddenly its true source is revealed!

Haters 6:
BP tells of the poet Nazrul, who “won” the ire of dyed in the wool religious conservatives on both Hindus and Muslims for his heterodox spiritual views. The fact that he attained the role of Bangladesh’s national poet is a strong admonition to carry on despite the naysayers.

The unfaithful earl, Part 6:
Doug relates not one but two conclusions for this ghostly tale:
Conclusion one: a coroner’s examination revealed that the death of the girl was by natural causes…. Or was it??

Conclusion two: the local village vacates, the inhabitants and witnesses of the ghastly encounter die or move away to other locales, the pub closing its doors.
But not so fast! A closer examination of the scene of the girl’s deaths reveals hoofprints made using horseshoes of a style not seen for a millennium. What’s up with that??

Second not so fast! A metal collector finds an ancient spear and archaic armor at the sight with his detector. At this finding, he hears faint, high-pitched laughter, followed by a moaning sound as he leaves. A memorable ending!

Life love Wisdom*
Lisa’s photo meme features a bridgein dim lighting, with the text repeating the words, “life, love, wisdom, experience” in differing typeface sizes. This made an impression!

Congrats to the authoress in this issue for her first sold digital painting! It’s always good when others like your work enough to buy it!

Bro’s Birthday Cake*
Here’s a neat little pic of the authoress with her bro, having cake and eating it too! Many thanks to the authoress for displaying the New Year’s Day card I sent out!

Noreen had a nice New Year’s greeting as well!

Mrinalini Sarabhai:
Bharata-natyam is one of my favorite classical dance styles, and the fact that this lady could make it both popular and respectable is especially swoopy, “swoopy” because plain old “cool” is overused! Kudos to her!

Palani S. Pillai
As a drummer like his father that he learned to improve his performance style was probably key to his success doubtless contributed to the lifestyle he lived. With his prominence in the 1940s and 1950s, he was way before my time, but there should be something online I can listen to of his work!

True Treasures, M.R. James:
Now here’s a good writer, who used more traditional horror themes but in a style that gave it different feel to his stories. He also avoids the often blatant racism and xenophobia underlying Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s Weird Tale fiction, which is a huge plus when reading him. I also recommend seeing videos of James’ stories on YouTube, as there are a lot of them, and they’re scary as all get out!

Falgun Recipe: Shakbhaja:
This looks tasty, and I do like spinach, or my favorite sweet kale, along with the other veggies listed here. I tend to prefer my leafy veggies crunchy!

7 Bengali
Here’s a verse on Devi Saraswati playing her veena to sooth Devi Durga

7 Hindi
This verse has a warning about those whose toxic words flow too freely. Beware them!

Pieces o/Past: Surdas and Tulsidas:
Here are two prominent followers of the Bakhti movement, and the writings they are principally known for. Fascinating.

Story from Ved and Purana: Pippal Tirtha
To lose one’s parents, be raised by trees, and then given the power to destroy gods? Wow! That those same gods begged for protection from him, and afterward making amends for what they did is a story worth of a blockbuster film!

Well, that’s it for this Chaitra! I’ll be back next month to see you, but until then, in Soruggon…
…Talotaa frang. Talotaa kas. Talotaa tranga suulaat.
And in my currently amatuerish grasp of Tamil….


Well, Sharmishtha Basu is fifth child of Late Dr. Shibaprasad Basu, she is Bengali, Indian, she took birth in Tundla, Uttar Pradesh, lived in and around Uttar Pradesh for the first sixteen years of her life, then returned to Burdwan, West Bengal , her family has dwelled there for five hundred years or so and are still dwelling there, she lived in West Bengal till 2015 February, since February 2015 she is living in Hyderabad. She is unemployed, unmarried so with lot of time and excessive energy, some evil people made her dreams of having a normal career impossible but that did not diminished her energy, so she utilizes her time and energy mainly by painting and writing, hoping that her books will become her dream career, her salvation in her words, she is a blend of bhaktiyoga and karmayoga. You can contact her through her blogs (main blog), her facebook page, amazon page or emails &

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