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Pieces from Agnijaat 16 slyphones

The pathetic level to which modern technology has allowed intrusion into our very personal lives is quite depressing.

We all use a smartphone- they should be called slyphones-because they are not smart, sometimes their stupidity will get on your nerves, like demanding you know sign languages used by every idiotic application and will decode every button’s application used by them all by yourself.. So I will call them slyphones not smartphones.

Why sly? Well, you may have to be an expert of hieroglyphics to use them at their best but they, without asking you clearly keep track of all your private things- your emails, messages, movement, conversation…. And then a sly fox can sell them to the highest bidder or one can hack into your system to get them!

This tracking your every online activity has gone down to the level of disease in android phones. Have you ever checked out how they manipulate the links in your mails? When you move your mouse pointer on them they show the site’s post address. But when you click on it, it goes via google, and of course every damn click is saved and sold! One wonders why/how corporate deals get leaked!

Try open any site from android it will open through googleweblight. Of course google does not keeps a track of your regular spots! Come on! Why will it? Awww!!! These things show up in internet marketing sites by themselves!

Now, these methodical hacking into our private lives are done by actual human beings, and they all are saints! They will never sell the money-making data to bidders!

Article from Ashwin, September Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 15 kaulinyapratha

Kaulinyapratha

This tradition is a gift of middle age to Bengal, the province where I live, I don’t think any other province of India has this custom, it is a specialty of Bengali Hindus. It became a disease in middle ages and continued till Western Education and great reformists of India like Vidyasagar and Raja Rammohan Roy succeeded into making Hindu men realize how barbaric they were to their own women, their mothers, sisters and worse of all daughters!

This system tormented only high caste people, what a surprise eh?? Gee!! You see being a high caste Hindu is not all fun, they have to do sacrifices from which low caste Hindus are spared. Now, the terms high caste and low caste are not used in actual senses, because Hinduism says a man’s caste is determined by his deeds not his birth, so, a Brahmin acting like a monster is a low caste and a Sweeper acting like a sage is a sage. Got it?

So, the high caste’s had another category (it still is very much existent) Kulins, now, everyone is confused about this categorization, some say that Kulin Brahmins and Kayasthas were actually high caste people from Kanauj brought to West Bengal to revive Hinduism, other says that the Sen Kings just separated three families each of Brahmin and Kayasthas and declared them crème de la crème or Kulins. In Brahmins they are Banerjee, Chatterjee and Mukherjee. In Kayasthas they are Basu, Ghosh and Mitra.

These people had to follow Hinduism and quite a handful of its rituals customs stringently, otherwise they were banished, out casted, that back then meant they, and their ancestors and descendants had seats reserved in hell. So, disobeying them was out of question. One of them was marrying amongst themselves- that is a Kulin Kayastha could marry only a Kulin Kayastha and a Kulin Brahmin could marry only a Kulin Brahmin.

This became a disease!

The dowry exchange became an extortion and serial grooms popped up by dozens. These men married by dozens, in stories we have read about Kulin men who had hundreds of wives and honestly, that does not sounds surreal at all. Because no matter how poor they were the parents HAD to marry their daughters off, and they had to give DOWRY. Young men were under their father’s full control, they never disobeyed their fathers, so, if they were lucky their fathers managed a good wife for them, otherwise they waited for old age and married a nice, young girl (quite often).

So many stories have been left behind by men who wrote stories back then about kids being married off to old men or men on deathbed. Then becoming widow (overnight) and living a bleak, horrible life. Being married to a man older than her father…

Boy! I wonder if we Hindus will ever be able to repent enough for tormenting those women for centuries! Just because they trusted, followed their parents and society!

Article from Ashwin, September Agnijaat

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Friday Journals 20.10.17

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!

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Pieces from Agnijaat 14 preachies

Preachies

There are preachers
and there are preachies.
Preachers mostly don’t intend
to dictate, preach.
They just want to share
their views on path of life
maybe experiences too
just to share rarely to teach.
Their feet are firmly settled
on this real world,
If they are true
they care for you!
Your welfare is what they want.
Preachies just preach
Sometimes out of arrogance
Sometimes ignorance
Sometimes sitting on spiderweb
waiting for next prey to fall.
Your welfare is not their goal.
Their words often have nothing to do
with reality or truth.
Beware of preachies
‘cause fake gems sparkle more
and the adulterated gold too does glitter.

poem from Bhadra, August Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 13 mirror

Mirror
Mirror is vanity
and mirror is truth.
Mirror also teaches us humility for sure.
Look at your face
with love and honesty
and you will surely see
who you truly are.
You can lie to the world,
and fool one too many men,
but when you look at yourself
you will see what you are really.
Things that you hide
or you think you do
will clearly show up on your face,
and when they do,
don’t think that you can
fool everyone.
For just like you,
others may see the real you
by looking at you.
If your words and the man
in the mirror are not same,
maybe you should change
one of them real soon.
poem from Bhadra, August Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 12 cheriyal art

Cheriyal art of Warangal
Glimpses of Indian History

Cheriyal, a small village 85 Km away from Warangal, 100 Km away from Hyderabad is birthplace of a beautiful style of traditional painting that can transform the walls of any home!

This style has a little resemblance with Madhubani and Rajasthani painting and one can see a slight resemblance with Pat paintings of Bengal but it has its own stories to tell! It not only paints the stories from mythology and history, it paints stories of the village barber, or the fisherman! Their ranges vary from heaven to earth!

Unfortunately this 15th century art is threatened like so many of Indian traditional arts and crafts, because it desperately needs people who will digitize it.

The artists behind these amazing works are called Nakash, they have been doing this for generations, their materials are purely organic! They gather their painting materials from household or nature.

Blue from Indigo, black from lamp soot mixed with thirumany tree gum, white from crushed ground sea shells, lemon yellow from a particular stone, red from tamarind seeds, brown from geru and so on! The major colours are first made and from these others are mixed, like most painters do! These are then used to paint the story on a roll of cloth, ideally 3 ft. in height and length depends on the size of the story.

The traditional style is vertical, that is the stories are in panels, like comic book pages, no. of panels again depend on the size of the story.

These are used as companion of story-tellers, as the story-teller tells the story, he shows the specific panel to the audience.

The making of these canvases is a laborious process, the cotton cloth is treated with a mixture of starch (rice), white mud, a paste of boiled tamarind seeds and gum water. Every coating is completely dried before applying the next, once ready the artists directly sketch the outlines on the canvas using a brush.

They also make dolls and masks with coconut shells, coated with wood powder, tamarind paste and gum.

The good news is the government is helping these artists, since 1978 The crafts council of India, the world Telugu Federation and Jagdish Mittal have worked towards preserving Cheriyal scroll work.
Source: An article from the newspaper Hindu
Also check out: http://www.goheritagerun.com/focus-dying-cheriyal-art-warangal

Article from Bhadra, August Agnijaat

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Pieces from Agnijaat 11 power of evil

Never underestimate power of evil….
Skills of survival by happysoul
(If you like these little suggestions you can buy the book from amazon, Agnijaat Book 3)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/b075vq2lsd

Skill 2 : Never underestimate the power of evil.

Never underestimate the power of evil, because it has more willing supporters than good. Because it rewards its minions lavishly whereas supporters of good are almost certain about living on the things the minions or other powers can’t steal. Sometimes that’s too little! So no wonder people merrily choose evil as their leader. So whether you like it or not, believe it or not, human beings support, follow evil in multitudes, those who pick up honest means are far rarer.

If you live your life believing in the stories repeated in a time long gone, when most probably it was true-that truth wins, goodness wins, righteous win then you are most probably acting like the ostrich. You know, the one that dips its head in a burrow of sand and pretends he is safe from dangers. The world around him is cool!

He may be lucky- by sheer dumb luck his assumptions may be true, or he may get killed, never even knowing what killed him.

You will be just like him, surrounded by your own make-beliefs of what things are, in reality things are absolutely different, all you have done is closed your mind, that keeps telling you that things are not what you think they are! You have convinced yourself that if you are good, honest evil will never be able to harm you, if you are benevolent, kind, loving no one will harm you… etc. etc…. If only things were that way in reality! If you deny or ignore evil that does not means it will return the courtesy! It never does! Sometimes it just misses the targets.

Just like Vishnusharma (author of Panchatantra) said thousands of years ago, “Evil hates virtue!” it does hates virtue and merrily ruins it whenever it can! When it will strike you, you won’t even see it coming most probably if you under-estimate its grip and power on/in human society.

There is nothing wrong in being good, honest but don’t be blind, a prey in a predatory world survives only through his survival instincts and a solid dose of luck. Keep that in mind.

Article from Bhadra, August Agnijaat

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