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Sfulingo 5 17.7.21 Kindle critique by Labanya

Sfulingo 5 17.7.2021
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Critique by Labanya

Sfulingo 5 17.7.21 Kindle critique by Labanya

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Sfulingo 5 the Kindle version contains a set of stories, without any illustration of course.

Most of the stories are paranormal, I rather enjoyed most of the stories, their mood were different, some were dark, some funny.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Grab your copy and check it out yourself. It is really cheap too!

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Sfulingo 5 17.7.21 critique by Labanya

Sfulingo 5 17.7.2021
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Critique by Labanya

Sfulingo 5 17.7.21 critique by Labanya

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https://shoptly.com/i/bxoj

Sfulingo 5 contains a set of poems and illustrations by Sharmishtha Basu. The illustrations are beautiful as always.

There is not much to discuss about poetry I think, one should read them and feel them! Main theme is nature and its beautiful children.

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Agnidal 5 17.7.21 critique by Labanya

Agnidal 5, 17.7.21
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Agnidal 5 17.7.21 critique by Labanya
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Agnidal 5, the fifth annual edition of Agnishatdal contains the works and interviews of its authors. The Kindle issue is without illustration, the Gumroad and Shoptly issue is with illustration. So I will just do one critique for both and add my remarks about the illustrations at the end.

Thanks a lot Sharmishtha for adding my poem “atit-past” in the books.

Stallions by Manju Balkrishna- A piece of art! What a beauty!

The kindle copy contains poetry instead of painting by Manju Balkrishna.

Forgiveness by Manju Balkrishna- A sad, beautifully written piece!

End of Hunt by Troy David Loy- It was the concluding piece of one of Mr. Loy’s writings about Agni Bose, I have already critiqued this one.

The interview with the author was great to read. It is always delightful to know more and more about authors who are writing the stories for us.

Joys and sorrows of a teenage life by Raghunathan Kuppuswamy- Have not read this one before. Mr. Kuppuswamy is a fantastic storyteller and his choice of stories is equally great. I always keep forward to reading more of his works. This one is about the woes and joys of a boy snatched away from his friends during vacation.

The interview was great! A look into Mr. Kuppuswamy’s world was fun.

Come back soon by Dom Collucci- Wise truth for those who believe in reincarnation, I am neither believer nor disbeliever.

Mr. Collucci’s interview was really great, a deep insight into a very amazing author’s life.

Berlin by Brieuc Martin Onraet- Fantastic piece of writing! Mr. Onraet is such an amazing storyteller!

It was followed by an interview. A glimpse in Mr. Onraet’s world was fun.

Dream angel by Pat Ritter- It is entire first chapter of Dream angel at one place. A very well written story about Mr. Ritter’s Childhood I presume. He without doubt is a very good storyteller!

It is followed by an interview of Mr. Ritter, where he opens his heart wide. It was a great read too.

Ye reap… by Saptarchi- Hypocrisy and bigotry may seal the doom of Indians once again if they don’t immediately mend their ways.

We are safe by Bitter Pill- Ah! The wicked king and his blind subjects!

Iridescent vignette by Scott Hastie- what a priceless beauty!

It was followed by a nice, long interview with the author. I enjoyed that detailed interview as much I enjoyed the fantastic poem.

The rogue by Sharmishtha Basu- I loved this story very much.

It is followed by an interview taken by Hemdiva Dev [https://momsprincesspari.wordpress.com], it is always nice to know a little bit about authors I say!

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Patreon July 2021 critique by Labanya

Patreon July 2021 critique by Labanya
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Hello there! Hope things are well there, here things are nice, can’t say very bad, even though they look very grim.

I have just finished reading the July bunch of Patreon books created/written by Sharmishtha Basu, sharing my honest opinion about them, hoping they will bring a few much needed patrons her way!

If you want them for free you will have to critique the Ezines for a year, loyally and faithfully, if you critique them for a year and send the critiques to Sharmishtha she will give you these five books for free next year. You can go on for years, I plan to!

How to get the Ezines? You can buy them directly from her [paypal] or through gumroad, shoptly. The second way is you can write/create for Agnishatdal, if you send 12 pieces you will get 12 issues of both Ezines, that is, annual subscription of both ezines. Pick up your way and start writing the critiques.

1. Agnilipi [writing/letter of fire]: It contains 10 gorgeous photographs taken by Sharmishtha Basu. They are pleasing and pretty to my eyes. My favorite is the royal Bengal tiger or tigress! What magnificent creatures.

2. Agnipat [portrait of fire]: It contains 10 cute paintings of babies, human and animal, birds.

3. Agnimalya [garland of fire]: This month the book contains a set of micro fictions, some are about human beings most about fantastical beings, some nice others wicked. Thoroughly enjoyable!

4. Coming Kingdom: It was a mixed ride, there were a bunch of micro stories and some longer ones, daughter was heart-breaking and vampire in love was real fun!

5. SBPnB [Sharmishtha Basu’s Pen n Brush]: It contains 10 illustrated poems, the paintings are pretty and the poems are fantastic.

Will return next month with critiques, till then stay safe!
yours truly,
Labanya

It is my pseudonym and I write for Sharmishtha only, when I use social media I use my real name not Labanya. I really don’t have any plans of writing for anyone else at present. If I do I will start using my real name! If you like my works you can always send a few lines to Sharmishtha or write them as comments, she will tell me.

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Agnishatdal Shraban 1428 July 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Shraban 1428 July 2021
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Agnishatdal Shraban 1428 July 2021 critique by Labanya
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Hi friends, let us begin!

Shraban issue begins with another shot from Golconda fort, the tribute this month has been paid to Sarjoini Naidu and I discovered a lot of brand new things about her from this article. Actually I knew very little about her.

If you listen by Scott Hastie: So true, if you listen you will hear your guide guiding you in the right direction.

Ye reap…2 by saptarchi: Saptarchi is right again. They came to power howling against terrorism and corruption and turned the country into a terrorist country and mother of all corruptions. They are selling the ground under our feet to make their corporate buddies richer. Lynching innocents in the name of religion!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 16: “ A cop is misdirecting traffic…” love these quips, another piece from Fogline very interesting one too! It was a touching piece.

The dawn of data abstraction by Vasu Srinivasan translated by Raghunathan Kuppuswamy: Well the man had the last laugh and the king had to return the fine. Good one.

Crawling by Troy David Loy: Interesting piece, a war between two super powerful beings has just begun! Rest will be shared next month.

Seek and ye shall be blind… by Dom Collucci: Beautiful.

Bitter Pill dose 45 by We are safe 2: BP raised a bunch of very good questions about our new rulers and the way they are ruling us, sending us to hell!

Gillu by Manju Balkrishna: Don’t know Hindi.

Dream Angel by Pat Ritters 1: Very well written and fascinating, I love these stories a lot, when a person shares his/her firsthand experiences about another culture, country, in this case about another era!

Treats:

Happy birthday Raghu and Agnijaat and Agnishatdal. Also, Sharmishtha, May God bless you all with the very best in life!

Sfulingo and Agnidal 5 in Kindle: Will be reading them after finishing this book.

4 fantastic shots of flying birds were shared this month.

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

Release from stasis by Graham Clingbine: Wonder if it is dark or light story.

My artwork stores: The details of Sharmishtha’s artwork stores. Already checked them out, the products are really good.

Star of the Month Gregory Peck- He was marvelous. Have watched more than half a dozen movies by him and loved him in all of them. There is a great photo of the star too.

Star of West: Nomadland: Sounds like a great movie.

Star of east: Pinguli art- fabulous artworks.

Youtubia-PBS Its ok to be smart- Love them.

Minutes Together: The story graveyard was creepy.

Loved the Bengali poem and the hindi poem both. Thank you for adding my work Shraban in your ezine Agni and translating it for me.

Kali- Fascinating story about Mother Goddess Kali! I have not read this one before.

TnW- Laugh- good suggestion!

Bhandananda- Hate-mongers are immensely powerful!

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

By the way if you see any other Labanya in Sharmishtha’s social circle that will not be me. I don’t use my pen name [Labanya] in social media, use the real one.

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Agnijaat Shraban 1428 July 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Shraban 1428 July 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Shraban 1428 July 2021 critique by Labanya
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https://shoptly.com/i/bxok

Agnijaat Shraban begins with a beautiful sketch Goddess Durga and her children.

Agnijaat has gone a complete makeover from July 2021. It is now distributed in three primary sections, stories, poetry and essays. There are the usual delightful illustrations too.

ESSAY SECTION:

Walk back home: An article about the plight of migrant labourers during lockdown last year. It was a horrible shame.
Mortal Gods: An article about common psychology of Indians, worshipping everyone including politicians, now, the difference between worshipping a movie star and a politician is a politician can destroy a country.
All is well: Very true, Indian politicians are such a lucky breed! They are not questioned about their performance by public, even after failure of decades.
Witch-hunt: An amazing essay about how cunning people hide half truth and share the part that will manipulate readers to their advantage.
Farmer protest and the bills: This protest has shown how cheap our central government is. They have time for everything but to speak with their own farmers. How low a party can fall and get away with that! Welcome to India!
Happiness skill 62 Source of joy: Very good suggestion.
FTQFS: A woman’s body: Very true. A woman’s body is hers, and only hers.

POETRY section:

cute pic for the section, another cute hedgehog!

After that there were ten poems and ten fantastic drawings of daisy. Loved all the drawings! The first poem was one of the favorites. Childhood fears are truly fantastical!

After that there were four fantastic photos.

STORY TIME:

A set of stories from Black Mist and other stories:

Ten fantastic stories about things that go bumping in the night but of different types, loved them all.

After that there were critiques of previous month’s Ezines and Patreon books, some by me of course, some by SB.

The cartoon Mr Stick: Another dose of reality!

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

By the way if you see any other Labanya in Sharmishtha’s social circle that will not be me. I don’t use my pen name [Labanya] in social media, use the real one.

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Patreon August 2021 critique by Labanya

Patreon August 2021 critique by Labanya
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

Hi friends, hope the weather is mild there, it is quite decent here this year, actually we have enjoyed quite a few pleasant days this summer and have not been roasted most of the time.

I have just finished reading the August bunch of Patreon books created/written by Sharmishtha Basu, sharing my honest opinion about them, hoping they will bring a few much needed patrons her way!

If you want them for free you will have to critique the Ezines for a year, loyally and faithfully, if you critique them for a year and send the critiques to Sharmishtha she will give you these five books for free next year. You can go on for years, I plan to!

How to get the Ezines? You can buy them directly from her [paypal] or through gumroad, shoptly. The second way is you can write/create for Agnishatdal, if you send 12 pieces you will get 12 issues of both Ezines, that is, annual subscription of both ezines. Pick up your way and start writing the critiques.

1. Agnilipi [writing/letter of fire]: It contains 10 gorgeous photographs taken by Sharmishtha Basu. They are pleasing and pretty to my eyes. My favorite is the white royal Bengal tiger or tigress this time! Last month it was yellow ones, my favorites among all royal Bengals.

2. Agnipat [portrait of fire]: It contains 10 cute paintings of alligators and crocodiles, loved almost all of them.

3. Agnimalya [garland of fire]: This month the book contains a set of stories of different length, micro fiction to short stories, there are ghosts, aliens, lovers and more. Thoroughly enjoyable!

4. Coming Kingdom: There were stories of different sizes, about ghosts, aliens and human beings. Loved the short story about a wronged husband who came back to give his wife her due dose of medicine.

5. SBPnB [Sharmishtha Basu’s Pen n Brush]: It contains 10 illustrated poems, the paintings are pretty and the poems are of various moods, light, dark and beautiful.

Will return next month with critiques, till then stay safe!
yours truly,
Labanya

It is my pseudonym and I write for Sharmishtha only, when I use social media I use my real name not Labanya. I really don’t have any plans of writing for anyone else at present. If I do I will start using my real name! If you like my works you can always send a few lines to Sharmishtha or write them as comments, she will tell me.