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Agnijaat Book 14, Saraswatipuja 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Book 14, Saraswatipuja 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnijaat book 14, saraswatipuja 2021
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Agnijaat book 14 shared a set of photographs and a bunch of thought provoking essays about India and Indian things. All are different degrees of serious but honestly, Indians are so corrupt by nature that talking about their corruption and not becoming grave is almost impossible! So… I understand the grim tone! Lovely photos BTW!

Will suggest one thing though, coloured pages look pretty but they make reading a bit tough, hope Agni will keep it in mind and go for simple black and white mode for reading.

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New poetry by Scott Hastie

Scott Hastie is a full-time Scottish born writer, based in the UK – he lives and works in tranquil surroundings in the English countryside, some twenty miles north of London.

Primarily a poet, Scott also has had one novel – ‘Reunion’ published, as well as several lavishly illustrated local history books. Over ten of his books remain in print today – principally his two early signature volumes of poetry: ‘Selected Poetry’ & ‘New Poetry’, first published in the 1990’s – together with showcases for newer equally distinctive work, such as the beautiful and soulful ‘Meditations’ first published in the Autumn of 2013.

Scott’s current poetry is very much a positive and sparkling affirmation of human potential, with a growing emphasis on spiritual awareness. Given the impact of this more recent output and its fast growing cross-cultural popularity around the world, a much more definitive and comprehensive hardback collection of all his latest work entitled ‘Angel Voices’ was soon brought forward for publication by Centuria in September 2014.

More recently, his recent poetic output has been re-edited and consolidated into the spiritually themed landmark collection ‘Threads’. This, with doubt, the definitive collection to date… Already widely translated and released to international acclaim in 2016. Following his recent success and growing worldwide exposure for his work, his only novel to date Reunion was released as an e book in the Spring of 2018.

For well over a decade now, the writing of Scott Hastie has attracted international attention and has been widely translated. A new collection ‘Pranic Poetry’ Scott’s first for nearly four years, was finally published in March 2020. Seemingly always destined to be released at the very beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, it 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.

Fortunately, it is also very easy to dip into Scott’s poetry at his highly visual and popular new web site at http://www.scotthastie.com 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, if you wish… And also encourages dialogue about writing. Scott offers mentoring services to other creative writers/students around the world. He is passionate about visiting and learning from other cultures and his web site also features many fascinating photos from his extensive travels around the world.
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New Poetry
New Poetry, revised and re-issued internationally in ebook format, in response to growing interest in the poetry of Scott Hastie that has accelerated since the launch of his showcase website scotthastie.com in 2012. This is fresh, youthful poetry, written with such verve.

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Diamond Poetry!

This is deliciously inquisitive writing thatbubbles with ambition of a young
man determined to peel back the skin of life andreveal to us the glowing
delights of existence that are there for us all,if we are brave enough to
embrace them. Glorious!

Sarah Roberts

Stellar achievement

Some of the poetry here is quite challenging, butis always with clarity such a
positive spirit that consistently looks toencourage and celebrate the best of
us all. Inspiring poetry that is highlyrecommended.

Fraser Cameron

Sparkling Writing

Scott Hastie has managed once again, to createpoetry that makes you look at the
world around you through fresh eyes. He usesbeautiful words to paint pictures
that are easy to lose yourself in:

Walls ache in the slow shift of time.

Cement cracks,

Mortar crumbles remorselessly away.

This is but a snippet of a poem that takes yourmind back to buildings, ugly,
empty and lost. But look more carefully at thispoem and discover some beauty
hidden within that may only be seen for a briefmoment.

Like all Scott’s poetry, read, digest and findthose moments of stillness and
beauty.

Emily Beck
From the Author
“New Poetry, first published as a hardback in1995 has now been revised and re-issued internationally in ebook format, inresponse to growing interest in the poetry of Scott Hastie that has acceleratedever since the launch of his showcase website. This is searing and ambitiouspoetry, written with such verve.” Intriguing to see how crazy old me used towrite as a young man. Some of
the material included goes back to the Seventies…Blimey!

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Photography trip 11 12.12.20 Alipore Zoo 1 shot 11

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Become my patrons and make me happy!

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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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meditation by Scott Hastie

Scott Hastie is a full-time Scottish born writer, based in the UK – he lives and works in tranquil surroundings in the English countryside, some twenty miles north of London.

Primarily a poet, Scott also has had one novel – ‘Reunion’ published, as well as several lavishly illustrated local history books. Over ten of his books remain in print today – principally his two early signature volumes of poetry: ‘Selected Poetry’ & ‘New Poetry’, first published in the 1990’s – together with showcases for newer equally distinctive work, such as the beautiful and soulful ‘Meditations’ first published in the Autumn of 2013.

Scott’s current poetry is very much a positive and sparkling affirmation of human potential, with a growing emphasis on spiritual awareness. Given the impact of this more recent output and its fast growing cross-cultural popularity around the world, a much more definitive and comprehensive hardback collection of all his latest work entitled ‘Angel Voices’ was soon brought forward for publication by Centuria in September 2014.

More recently, his recent poetic output has been re-edited and consolidated into the spiritually themed landmark collection ‘Threads’. This, with doubt, the definitive collection to date… Already widely translated and released to international acclaim in 2016. Following his recent success and growing worldwide exposure for his work, his only novel to date Reunion was released as an e book in the Spring of 2018.

For well over a decade now, the writing of Scott Hastie has attracted international attention and has been widely translated. A new collection ‘Pranic Poetry’ Scott’s first for nearly four years, was finally published in March 2020. Seemingly always destined to be released at the very beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, it 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.

Fortunately, it is also very easy to dip into Scott’s poetry at his highly visual and popular new web site at http://www.scotthastie.com 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, if you wish… And also encourages dialogue about writing. Scott offers mentoring services to other creative writers/students around the world. He is passionate about visiting and learning from other cultures and his web site also features many fascinating photos from his extensive travels around the world.
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Meditations: New Poetry by Scott Hastie
Finally it’s here… After a period of silence and reflection, Scott Hastie returns with Meditations, a specially designed edition by Neil Stephenson at Raygun, featuring over forty inspiring new poems. Truly beautiful, insightful work that positively explores the limits of human potential from a spiritual perspective, it is sure to delight! To both warm your heart and touch your soul… What a wonderful gift/treat – either for yourself, or for someone who is special in your life. Aficionados of Scott’s inspired and inspiring writing will find many of their favourites here now lovingly gathered together for the very first time in this carefully crafted collection, along with some other extraordinary new work the world has yet to see… To avoid disappointment, a limited number of this unique new book can be pre-ordered now as a Deluxe print edition: featuring art dust jacket, bespoke packaging & haiku book mark, as well as additional bonus material. This deluxe edition also comes as a signed copy, with the option of a personalised inscription * available on request, at no extra charge. In addition to the regular trade print edition, also available and published by Centuria, the new title Meditations will also be available as an e book, for downloading to Kindle, PC, Mac, as well as all tablets & smart phones etc. Scott says: after some time of challenging spiritual reflection, it feels great to know Meditations is finally ready. This body of work was a long time in the making and, for me, it was very important to wait till I felt both myself and the creative material was truly ready to step back into the spotlight… And the story doesn’t stop here! Given the increasingly enthusiastic responses to Scott’s very latest poetry posted on http://www.scotthastie.com now gathering round the world – Also look out, next year, for a more substantial and comprehensive collection of his new work, entitled Angel Voices, now complete and due for release sometime in 2014 – publication date still to be advised.

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Review
There is still an ongoing debate as to whether poetry is too elitist. Whenreading Scott Hastie’s poetry, this question quickly dissolves. How exquisitelyrefined and subtle the language he uses, yet how accessible it is, at the sametoken! With a philosophical, sensual and spiritual eye, he paints with tenderpencil strokes the questions our daily lives confront us with. Scott’s newcollection Meditations offers us a very beautiful and valuable focus on aspiritual perspective to life and consistently reminds us of the alchemy of theunexpected. Dr. Jelka Samsom –scotthastie.com.

A close kept secretwand of words and wit that summon the soul … to paraphrase Scott Hastie’s ownwords. Such is the power of Hastie’s poetry he captures moments that wouldotherwise slide away in the slipstream of life, ideas that remain unpondered inthe domino days and blank nights of normal life… His beautifully wovenfragile net of words capture our imaginations, agitate and thrill the veryspirit within that he chases for ourillumination. Wendy Waters, Lyricist scotthastie.com

Scott Hastieweaves poetic prose with words of wisdom and love like a finely tuned instrumentto bring new understanding to readers of all ages about themselves, theirrelationships, and the world in which we live. Reminiscent of the transcendentalqualities of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hastie is clearly in touch with natural beautyand individual expression. For Hastie, life is truly a gift to be appreciated,even if we see it through different lenses; and he inspires faith in thepossibilities of becoming more than ourselves, in the goodness of others, and inall of our precious potentials. Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi.–scotthastie.com
From the Author
Scott says: “after some time of challenging spiritual reflection, it feelsgreat to know Meditations is finally ready. This body ofwork was a long time in the making and, for me, it was very important to waittill I felt both myself and the creative material was truly ready to step backinto the spotlight…”
And the story doesn’t stop here! Given the increasingly enthusiasticresponses to Scott’s very latest poetry posted on scotthastie.com now gathering roundthe world – Also look out, next year, for a more substantial and comprehensivehardback collection of his new work, entitled Angel Voices,now complete and due for release sometime in 2014 – publication date stillto be advised.
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Photography trip 11 12.12.20 Alipore Zoo 1 shot 10

A select set of my photographs and paintings will be available to my patrons in patreon from January 2021
$1 patrons will get a set of photographs
$2 patrons will get a set of photograph and paintings.

Become my patrons and make me happy!

have a great day full of joy and laughter!
lots of Love.

Sharmishtha Basu

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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