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Thursday Fun n Frolics 22.6.17 is for Diva Dev

Diva Dev: Thanks for having me here! I’m honoured and delighted. Actually I can’t thank you enough, you’re awesome! Sharmishtha, you’ve been a such a nice and loving person.
You’ve an understanding for everyone which only few can have. Thank You for being so good.
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself. [Add your contact details on social media please (FB gmail etc anything you want to share with readers)!]
Diva Dev: I’m Hemdiva Dev, a self-published author. I’ve written Children’s books and plan to publish in many other genres. Reading has been my love since I was kid. I always found myself lost In the plots and characters.
And ever wished to write stories myself. I love reading Horror, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Non-Fiction and Humour. When it comes to writing, I’m really good at it and absolutely love it! I forever have stories in my mind and they find their way on paper.
I’m a fan of LOA, law of attraction and The Secret. A big fan of Goosebumps by R. L. Stine. I love to study and read about new things. Always hunting for information through every source available. I love to paint and draw and have been doing that ever since I learned to hold a pencil.
I’m a proud daughter of my brave mom. She is my world! And I’m very devotional and believe in God. Especially Lord Ganesha is my favourite. Travelling, Dreaming, Cars, Fashion, Shopping, T.V., Gold, Diamonds, Make-up, Food, Mobiles, Barbie dolls, Craft, Food are some of my other interests.
Hemdiva is my pen name. I live in lovely India. And that’s all!
Like me on Facebook- http://facebook.com/Hemdiva.Author
Follow on Twitter- @Hemdiva_Author
On Instagram- Hemdiva
Amazon page- http://viewauthor.at/hemdiva
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: You are quite an accomplished writer, and you are just a child, how does it feels?
Diva Dev: Amazing! Awesome! Fantastic! Wonderful! Well, I hope that these words do describe how I feel. I feel I’m Blessed! I’d read about authors getting published really early and would always wish the same for me. I’d hope for at least one book!
And here I’m with many more than just one books! All  thanks to my mom, my ganpati bappa and all my supporters and friends, like you, who are a part of my success. I do have to say that I lack those human supporters but I’ve plenty of non-human friends!
Now before you think about ghosts, I meant my laptop, scanner, paper, pen, brain, internet and other such friends! lol
I also feel proud of myself and think that i’ve achieved victory over all those who laughed at my dream of being a writer. Not that they mattered for me but I think I’ve proved myself and that will i turn help other young authors to chase their dream.
Overall, it still feels like the sweetest dream that’s ever-lasting! Often I feel like the CEO of an international firm, managing everything from studies, writing, hobbies, social media and my personal life.
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years from now? Will you try stories too?
Diva Dev: That’s a long time! I do see myself as well-known writer, with many many books published and millions of copies sold worldwide.
I do wish that I get recognition in India and aslo the world with many fans going crazy for my books!
I also wish that whenever I go out people come upto me for autographs. I think that is what most writers wish for.
I’ll be trying most genres soon and also write non- fiction as well. Some of them are going to be Science, Romance, History, Drama, Self-help and Psychological thriller.
As of now the only genre I’ve written is Children’s/YA. I know it will be fun, for both me and my dear readers.
Sharmishtha basu@ Agnishatdal: Will you tell us a little about your blogs, their contents and urls?
Diva Dev: Off course, my writing began with blogging. My first ever blog is Mom’s Princess Pari (http://momspricesspari.wordpress.com) and it literally means mom’s princess fairy. And if you haven’t guessed already, I’m princess fairy of my mom. Lol
It’s a super personal blog and I post many things over there. My travelling interest, cooking adventures, car crushes and book recommendations are some of them. All in all you’d love reading my posts. I post a lot of photographs too.
Hemdiva The Books you Love (http://hemdivabooks.wordpress.com) is a my second blog that is specially created to present my books, New realeses, promtions and offers. I follow back each blog.
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us about your published works, and the urls from where we can buy them, do add the covers if you can please.
Diva Dev: Let me start with my debut book, i.e., CAP Series Chinky And Pinky A Birdy Adventure. It is a Children’s/YA Horror/Mystery and also falls into the family/relationships genre. The book is about two seven year old girls step out in the dark at night and the trouble that follows.
This book has earned me a lot of fans who are anxiously waiting for the second book in the CAP series. The book is available in ebook on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple book store, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and also availble in print.
An illustrated Hardcover as well as paperback version of the book can be bought on Lulu and Amazon. This version is aimed at the younger audience with 10 amazing illustrations.
The second book in the series is on it’s way to be published.
Sonu’s Adventures: Sonu’s Best Friend Forever is published recently and it is about how you can make friends really easy. Again availble on all websites. Also in print in an amazing big size with humourous illustrations.

CAP Series on Amazon – http://mybook.to/chinkypinky
Smashwords- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/602877
Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cap-series-1-chinky-pinky/id1071323615?mt=11
Barnes and noble – https://nook.barnesandnoble.com/products/2940152543391/sample?sourceEan=2940152543391

Sonu’s Adventures- http://mybook.to/sonu
Lulu Hardcover- http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/HemdivaDev
youtube- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-CkidByrr4
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Do you have something to suggest us, the wannabe successful authors, especially those who are students like you, and have to accomplish a LOT in other grounds too- like career!
Diva Dev: I’d say just follow your heart and trust your brain! Rest everything’s gonna work-out for you! Writing is the key, keep writing always! Also studies come first and they’ve always been my priority, like I said I love to study.
Writing can go along and there’s no need to spend the whole day for writing. I take breaks from studies and write and because it’s my favourite hobby, which has turned into passion, I enjoy doing it. I hope this helps.
Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Any suggestion for Agnishatdal?
Diva Dev: Agnishatdal is truly a great innovation in self-publishing. The idea of uniting all other indie authors and presenting their works in an ezine is just so amazing in itself. I believe that this will help indie authors to reach more readers. And in turn readers get to read many indie authors in one place.
This shall encourage them to read more self-publishhed books. A lot of thanks to Agnishatdal for being such a wonderful platform for authors.
Suggestions… I would recommend creating sections according to topics. Like Kid’s, Love, Family, Nature, Photography, etc. I think that will help the reader to quickly find their favourite first.
Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Do you have anything to say, suggest Indie Authors? As a successful author who has made publishers accept her works?
Diva Dev: Well, I self-published my books and there was no need for me to get my books accepted by any publishers. Self-publishing gave all the power  to me and also the freedom. But I did format, edit and design my book according to the website’s requirements.

I’d personally always always and always love to self-publish. I think I’m obsessed with it now. It’s super easy and fun. Yes, it needs hard work, dedication and consumes time, but that is essential for success. And I’m proud to be a self-published author.

I’d suggest everyone to try self-publishing at least once and if you love freedom, like I do, trust me you’d go for it again.

Thursday Fun n Frolics 15.6.17 is for Harshita Jain

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself.
Harshita Jain: I am pursuing Master in Engineering from SGSITS Indore. My email id – hjain001@gmail.com 

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Did you knew you were about to become an author or it just happened?
Harshita Jain: Yeah, I am an accidental writer, it wasn’t my dream. I started writing approximately six months ago, but it feels good (can’t express this feeling in words) after writing, so I always want to feel like this.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself after ten years?
Harshita Jain: After 10 yrs, I want to see myself writing. I don’t want to see me anywhere, but i want to say myself that, I am writing since 10 yrs consistently. I don’t want to say that, 10 yrs ago I used to write. 

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Do you blog? Tell us a little about your blog.
Harshita Jain: My blog link is: hj24.blogspot.in 
There, I write poems, haiku and articles.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Do you have any favorite genre or writer? Do tell us why!
Harshita Jain: This is tough. I don’t read much or write much. So it’s difficult to choose. Both make me happy. Reading plays an important role in writer’s writing.

I read poems. I don’t read much.I like poems of Lang Leav and Amrita Pritam (well i have only read these two writers and they are marvellous). Well I like to read from people around (family/friends), as their writing motivates me.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Any suggestions for Agnishatdal?
Harshita Jain: No suggestions.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Any suggestions for Indie Adda?
Harshita Jain: Writing is just not about words, it’s a feeling. So anyone can be a good writer, you just need to express in a best possible way, of course you need words to express but it’s not compulsory to use tough words. Whenever a reader reads your poem or article, there is a feeling that is felt by the reader.

Thursday Fun n Frolics 8.6.17 is for Freya Pickard

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself! 

Freya Pickard: I’m Freya Pickard, cancer survivor and author of 5 books. I never reveal my age and for years hid behind an avatar. But, since starting to make videos earlier this year, I have, at last shown my real face to the world!

Social Media links


Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: How did the vicious battle with cancer
and divine victory on it affect your life? Will you say it made you a
better person or stole some light from your soul?

Freya Pickard: I would say that cancer made me both a better person as well as stealing some light from my soul. I have a strange dichotomy within me these days. Although I am more tolerant of sick people now, I have less patience with other people! Having had cancer has extinguished a lot of fears (spiders, heights, pylons and large bells and clock faces) but it has also made me feel hollow and stony hearted. I am stronger and more confident now, but at the same time I feel very little emotionally.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us about your fabulous haiku poems
and brilliant fantasy stories, both are terrific! Is it inborn talent
or you acquired it by labour?

Freya Pickard:  I think that a true writer is born with the gift of writing. I believe I was born with the gift but the gift is something you have to nurture and discipline. 

I write haiku as one of my daily disciplines. I prefer writing traditional (5-7-5 syllables) haiku though I love reading both traditional and modern haiku. On my blog https://purehaiku.wordpress.com I only publish traditional haiku. I like the brevity and conciseness of the form. Writing one a day allows me to find space within my thoughts and hectic lifestyle. They allow me to slow down and “be”.

My stories are the product of many years of labour. The ideas continually change and grow until I am satisfied that I have honed the story to perfection. I always stop when I feel happy with things. I try not to overwork my stories. I currently offer 1 free story per year in 4 episodes in my newsletter and, if you are on Patreon, you can read an unpublished story from me once a month for just $5 a month! Two of my novels are currently available as e-books (paperbacks will be coming out this year).

Dragonscale Leggings is the diary of a female dragon slayer who finds herself in an Arthurian world, with no idea what is happening to her! Written as chick-lit for dragons (yes, some of them do read!) a lot of humans enjoy this tale too!

Vintrig’s Kingdom is the first part of a series called Isu Magan. This tale is not like the usual fantasy quest. There is no physical journey to gain or lose an object of power. Instead, the journey is inward as Isu Magan discovers an alternative view on history and finds out who she really is. With romance at its heart, this story is chilling and entertaining by turns.

Sharmishtha basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us a little about your blogs and also your newsletter, how can one read it? What is your
experience with it? Did it help you as an author? How did you create
it? Did it require expertise in computer software?

Freya Pickard:
I currently blog at https://purehaiku.wordpress.com and https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com

Pure Haiku is purely for traditional haiku in the English language. I open several times a year to submissions – check out the submit page! We’re currently exploring the theme of Care. 

Dragonscale Clippings is more of a writer’s blog. I write about my stories, other people’s books, interview authors and anything writing related.

Running 2 blogs can be time consuming so I have to be careful not to spend too much time on them, otherwise I don’t get any writing done. I have found them useful as they do seem to attract people who are interested in my books and sometimes buy them! 

My Newsletter can be obtained by emailing me at dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com with “Clippings Request” in the subject line. The Newsletter is totally free and is now 8 pages long (A5). There’s always an artist’s picture or photograph for the front cover. I mention my books (of course!) and write a short editorial. The main features of the Newsletter are my short form poems and a quarterly episode of the current short story. Until 31st January 2017 you can read The Oil of Sage for free! When you subscribe, I will send you the links to each of the episodes. All you have to do is click on the link to open a PDF document which you can then read. If you want to save it to your computer, you can do so. In March, a new story will start – The Attar of Chervil. https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com/fanzine/current-story/

I work from a template and have technical help with the Newsletter. It does require some technical expertise, but, because I use a template, it’s quite simple for me! Posting it online is very complicated though and my magical technical wizard does that for me!

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Will you tell us a little about your
published works, individually and share their links (from where we can
buy them) and their cover pictures.

Freya Pickard:
I have now published 5 books and most of them are now available not only on Amazon (UK & US) but also with Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes.


Dragonscale Leggings is the diary of a female dragon slayer – https://www.amazon.com/Essence-Thyme-Dragonscale-Diversions-Book-ebook/dp/B01GXGOE1K/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-6&keywords=freya+pickard

Vintrig’s Kingdom is a romance set in a winter-bound kingdom – https://www.amazon.com/Vintrigs-Kingdom-Isu-Magan-Book-ebook/dp/B01MXMPRCJ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-2&keywords=freya+pickard

Insides is a collection of poetry I wrote whilst going through cancer and chemotherapy – https://www.amazon.com/Insides-Dragonscale-Delvings-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01M2UQAWJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-1&keywords=freya+pickard

The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories is a collection of five short tales that feature Dracomagan, the heroine of Dragonscale Leggings – https://www.amazon.com/Rusalka-Ritual-Stories-Dragonscale-Dimensions-ebook/dp/B01KQFPCAG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-4&keywords=freya+pickard

The Essence of Thyme is a single short story on theme of Sleeping Beauty but with a lot of differences! https://www.amazon.com/Essence-Thyme-Dragonscale-Diversions-Book-ebook/dp/B01GXGOE1K/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1483447292&sr=8-6&keywords=freya+pickard

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Well I already know that your next book
is coming up tell us a little about it and when will it come up in

Freya Pickard: My next book will be another short story collection called “Xmas @ Camelot II & other stories” but at the moment I don’t know when it will be published! I am in a state of transition right now so it may be a while before I can actually launch the e-book. There are 10 stories in this collection (only two of them about Dracomagan) all set in either a land of fantasy or least in a virtual world. The themes that run through the collection are Choice and Transition (strangely enough!) Most of the stories have been published in magazines or on-line but there are a couple of tales included which have never before been published.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Any suggestion for Agnishatdal?

Freya Pickard: I know you produce those wonderful vividly coloured illustrations for the magazine, but I was wondering if you’d like to include other artists/photographers? I can recommend Elisa Choi http://harmonythoughts.com/, Eleanor Bennett http://eleanorleonnebennett.com and Claudia McGill https://claudiamcgill.com

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Do you have anything to say, suggest Indie Authors?

Freya Pickard: Always write what is in your heart. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t write about something or that no one wants to read it. Always keep writing, never give up.

Thursday Fun n Frolics 1.6.17 is for Juliette Roques

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself!
Juliette Roques: I am Hungarian by birth. I am Hungarian by birth. Which sounds like a very easy statement to make, but not when you’re a cross-cultural child trying to live out her French identity in a country you don’t like (Germany), while taking on the traits and identifiers of a third (America), while told to suppress any and everything that has to do even remotely with your mother’s country and culture.

[Sharmishtha Basu: The whole story is in this month’s Agnishatdal- that is Chaitra Agnishatdal- a glimpse into a world that made Juliette a brave, independent shining soul]

Sharmishtha Basu @Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself in ten years? 
Juliette Roques: I’d like to be the kind of person who can help others with what I’ve learned. I’d also like to think that I’m achieving that goal as we speak. Hopefully, ten years from now I can continue doing that, inspire others and help them with my experience and writing.  

Sharmishtha Basu @Agnishatdal: Any suggestions for Agnishatdal?
Juliette Roques: Suggestions for Agnishatdal: I really love what you’re doing! So, it’s hard to come up with suggestions to make it even better. 🙂 one thing I can think of, and this will take up a lot of time and – to be perfectly honest – I’m not sure about the logistics involved, but I can imagine a forum where writers and readers can exchange ideas and chat. 

Sharmishtha Basu @Agnishatdal: Any ideas for Indie Adda?
Juliette Roques: Indie Authors? I’ll keep my eyes open, because there are a lot of talented writers out there, and it would be great to give them a platform, and share their work with others. 

Some reviews on my Amazon books!

The document with links for the reviews, in case you want to dig in further!


New! Troy reviewed wildflowers in bed of rocks
Touching in its elegance January 18, 2017
A collection of sixty-nine poems, with such themes as love, beauty, and fantastic wonder, I found this book an excellent read on a cold winter’s night when the skies are clear, with the stars alight so very far away.
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Troy reviewed durgapujo duti shishur duti jagat
The Bengali text is wonderful for my practice in reading the script June 1, 2016
In this, the same celebration seen through two different perspectives, I found the poetry quite pleasing to the mind’s ear. The Bengali text is wonderful for my practice in reading the script, as well as a good resource for practicing translating between it and English!
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Troy reviewed barir pujo durgapuja and kalipuja
Excellent! June 1, 2016
As a big fan of things Indian, this collection of stories is not only informative in its depiction of Bengali worship celebrations, but I found the illustrations throughout with a charm evoking mystery and wonder!
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F. E. Esparza reviewed The prisoner of Sand Castle
A Thinker December 27, 2015
I found this book to be interesting to read. The stories are very short and entertaining but I feel they don’t end properly as some feel like cliff hangers. I don’t know if that was the writers intention to do. On the flip side it does give a reader thoughts to ponder on what happen next. So I do have to say this book does make a reader think and captures a persons attention.
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Troy reviewed myriad colours of earth
Beautiful stuff! September 9, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, with the lyrical feel of its verse, and the accompanying digital paintings that enhance it. Most excellent!
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Troy reviewed of dreams and reality
This is stellar! September 9, 2015
This one evokes thoughts like a those of a mind lost between misty puffs of down in the sky, reaching for, but always out of grasp, of answers to the very deepest of questions. Well done!
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Troy reviewed the heart beats on
Fascinating stuff! September 9, 2015
A collection of poetic verse and digital painting, this book was well worth an evening’s read. Congratulations to the authoress to work done well!
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Troy reviewed Meghparir Gaan song of clouds
Wonderful! September 9, 2015
As a collection of poems both Bengali and English by the authoress and her own art, this made my thoughts soar to realms afar, captured perfectly in graceful script and color!
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Troy reviewed Butterflies from life’s garden
Wonderful! July 5, 2015
This collection of verse got me thinking about those little questions of life that seem so difficult to articulate in words, yet whose answers can be deceptively simple once properly considered. They are butterflies of thought, flitting about the mind’s eye and avoiding one’s direct gaze until viewed out of the corners, as it were, of that same mind’s eye. Great stuff!
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Troy reviewed waves that became songs
I enjoyed this! July 5, 2015
As a collection of poems, this one was a pleasure to read through, while taking in the authoress’s evocative imagery, which supplemented the text wonderfully!
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Troy reviewed Moments from the journey
Awesome poetry! July 5, 2015
This is a brilliant collection, with lively and enchanting images that add a great deal of color and feel to the text.
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Troy reviewed Serenade of brush and quill: colours and words waltz
Very good! May 16, 2015
This is a wonderful collection of seven line poems, and made an excellent late night first reading. This does not disappoint!
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Troy reviewed For Tagore – rabikare agnishatdal
This is so cool! May 12, 2015
I love that, not only is this a book of poetry and evocative imagery, but also that it’s written in two languages, including one I’m learning while still a novice.

I must thank the authoress for this wonderful learning opportunity, and a fitting tribute to the great Bengali polymath himself!
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Kevin Cooper reviewed spirits of darkness and light
Sharmishtha’s stories are captivating. Her characters although purely original … May 6, 2015
Sharmishtha’s stories are captivating. Her characters although purely original bring some of India’s mythological creatures to light with a style of writing that can only be attributed to that of a true mistress of story-telling. Nothing is what it seems as each incredible tale keeps you wondering what is going to happen next with endings that are in no way predictable. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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Troy reviewed The prisoner of Sand Castle
Enchanting! April 30, 2015
This is an excellent collection of short fiction with cool Indian themes. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Basu’s paranormal fiction, and this is no exception! My favorites from this are the collection’s titular story, a chilling piece titled Scarecrow, and The Woman in White, of strange goings on in a nightspot. Three thumbs up!
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Gayle Walters Rose reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Evil pitted against an innocent March 29, 2015
This is a gripping tale that pits evil against the innocent. The story begins with the cruelty that our own family members can sometimes inflict on us and continues with a vindictiveness that sees no end as road blocks and terrorism are used to take down an innocent human being. And as unbelievable as it may appear, this scenario is being played out with many other innocents worldwide as those in power try to take down and…Read More

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Troy reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Another good one! March 11, 2015
I’ve been following Ms. Sharmishtha Basu’s blogs and writings for some years now, and I’ve just finished reading this. It is perhaps the grimmest story I’ve read in a while. It’s dark realism is different in both style, outlook, and execution from the paranormal fiction she also writes. A story of life in India, it does not paint a pretty picture, but offers a warning, along with the discoveries and hard-fought lessons of the…Read More

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David Stewart reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that … February 15, 2015
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that people can inflict on each other. It’s an interesting look into the culture of family relationships and business dealings where everyone is out to get you.
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Troy reviewed A bouquet of wild flowers
Thought provoking! February 1, 2015
A collection of 70 poems, this is an insightful work by Ms. Basu. If I must choose favorites among these, they would be her verses ‘Heaven or Hell’ and ‘Change your ways India.’ Good stuff to warm a Winter’s night!
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Troy reviewed spirits of darkness and light
A good read, be it a dark night or brightly lit afternoon! January 14, 2015
Ms. Basu has in this book, a compelling portrayal of supernatural beings both benign and malignant. Here, she shows her skill in writing tales on the paranormal beings of India and the mortal characters who interact with these creatures as well. Very enjoyable!
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David Stewart reviewed The Lotus of Fire
Five Stars January 12, 2015
This is a great little book with great poems and wonderful illustrations.
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Teagan reviewed Serenade of brush and quill: colours and words waltz
Five Stars January 7, 2015
What a treat to have this at such a great price!
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Teagan reviewed The Lotus of Fire
Lovingly Crafted December 14, 2014
This book of poetry and illustrations is lovingly crafted, and the contents are imbued with it. Kudos to the valiant spirit of this author/illustrator for getting her work out there and learning about indie publishing.
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Troy reviewed Tell me a story
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Great collection! December 8, 2014
This is a terrific compilation of micro-fiction, featuring a wonderful mixture of genres and skillfully done as well. This is one of Ms. Basu’s works that showcases her considerable talent as an authoress!
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Troy reviewed songbird sings to sun
Wonderful! November 23, 2014
This is a wondrous collection of seven-line poems! Ever since reading Ms. Basu’s many blogs over the last few years, she has shown herself to be a woman of astounding energy and vibrant imagination, and it shows in her considerable ability as a published authoress, and this work is no exception!
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Troy reviewed black mist and other stories
Brilliant stories! October 31, 2014
Perfect for Halloween reading! I love the way the author has with so many different genres of dark fiction! I must say, these are good!
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Brieuc Martin-Onraet reviewed The Lotus of Fire
1 of 1 people found the following helpful
Great work! October 24, 2014
Lovely texts and art. Great work!
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Troy reviewed The Lotus of Fire
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Excellent work! October 11, 2014
This is a wonderful collection of musings, and a wonderful collection of insights into Indian culture, life, belief, and love. It would be interesting to see it also in Bengali language and script to practice translations on in study. Just beautiful!
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AGNIJASHATADALAMA the online store for creations of Sharmishtha Basu

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.

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:


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

Thursday Fun n Frolics 25.5.17 is for Aayush Maurya

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself?
Aayush Maurya:. Hello, I am Aayush Maurya an engineering graduate. Just found love for writing accidentally. So basically i am blend of tech and art.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Are you an accidental writer or it is your dream coming true?
Aayush Maurya:. I would say i am accidental writer. The story behind it is that one day (when i was class 9 ) my father’s friend had come to meet him. So they decided that they would held a contest in which everyone will be given a word written in chit and respective people will say something about it. The winner will get ₹10 and runner up will get ₹5 as award. And guess what, i won the ₹10. Yay!!
I was enthralled by that and i discover inside me the skill to write.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself as an writer 10 years from now? Will you be writing or your career may kidnap you?
Aayush Maurya:. I don’t know what will happen in next 10 years from now. But i am sure i will writing, i wouldn’t allow my career to kidnap my joy, things i love. It about question of living your life not just mere existence. So you should do things which gives you inner joy.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Will you tell us a little about your blogs, their contents and Urls? 
Aayush Maurya:. My blog address is http://aayushmaurya12.wordpress.com 
I usually write in hindi language or rather i should say Hindi +Urdu. So in coming year 2017 i will write more and more so that my readers will able to read more and more and theirs appreciation and suggestions will help me write more and beautiful content. In 2017 i will write in English too.

 I want to thanks all my reader for appreciating my work and encouraging me. Thanks a lot for that. Love you all.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Are you more of a reader or writer? Which one is your bigger love writing and reading?
Aayush Maurya:. I think i am both reader and writer. I became reader first then a writer. So, it is like having 2 Girlfriend and they are not jealous of each other so why would I worry about it. I enjoy both of their company.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Your favorite genres and writers? Tell us whys too.
Aayush Maurya:. I am reading my 194th book (that what my list say) which is Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. My book i had read list shows that i don’t read any particular genres, i consist of different genres ranging from autobiography, biography, crime, romance, thriller, historical, mythological, self-help.

Some of my favourite books and authors are
1. Pakistan Mail:- Khushwant Singh 
2. Tuesdays with Morris:- Mitch Albom
3. Madhusala:- Harivanshrai Bachchan
4. Mrityunjay :- Shivaji Sawant
5. Guide :- R.K. Narayan 
6. Yudh or Shanti :- Osho 
7. Brida/ Alchemist/Eleven minutes :- Paulo Coelho
8. Short stories of Ruskin bond
9. Works of Gulzar sahab/ Nida Fazli/ Dr. Bashir Badra
10. To kill a mockingbird :- Harper Lee
11. Gunaho ka Devta :- Dhramvir Bharti
12. Oliver Twist :- Charles Dickens  
And many more.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Any suggestions for agnishatdal? 
Aayush Maurya:. Haven’t come out so for but will tell you if i have some. You are doing great work Sharmishtha ji. In creative field you always have chance for betterment so  you should keep working for it.
Instagram @aayushmaurya12 
Blog http://www.aayushmaurya12.wordpress.com