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Photography Trip 4 17.7.20 shot 9

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

Sharmishtha Basu

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Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020 critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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Hi friends, let us begin!

Shraban issue begins with tribute to legendary writer Michael Madhusudan Dutta. I have not read any of his works outside the ones that were in text book, am not a big fan of his writing, the only reason is I can’t understand his works!

Paise hotel salesman by saptarchi: This is exactly the level to which Indian politicians have reduced themselves during last election and they have gone so much lower since then!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 5: It would have been nice if there had been no human babies, mother earth would have been really pleased!

When Gold went on a trip by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: This was a smart twist in the story, let us see where it leads the story.

Split impunity by Troy David Loy: Dr. Jeckyl and Miss Hyde? Will love to read more of this one.

I see it NOW… by Dom Collucci: another great poem Mr. Collucci, beautiful words of wisdom. Simple and beautiful.

Bitter Pill dose 34 by Bitter Pill: Secular India 1: Hindus are the huge majority of India, but that did not prevented Indian governments for decades to subdue them and neglect them, turning them into the thugs they are now.

Crows 4 by Brendan: Beautiful peace. The feelings of the narrator could be felt so vividly. Well written!

The Tilbaroo station by Pat Ritters 2: Beautiful story of a newlywed couple’s new life!

Treats:

5 lovely shots- from Agni’s July photography, a cute selfie and a beautiful set of pix.

It is a very nice gesture to share the request made by her friends in Linkedin, you can never tell who may get interested in one of their offers. I just sifted through them, not into this line so…

His life worth living by Pat Ritter: Sounds like a good story.

Pikatron by Troy David Loy sounds like a great reading material with fractals as added beauty!

SBs’ book in amazon, Moments from the Journey and butterflies for life’s garden, two books in Amazon. Will be checking on them, maybe grab a copy and critique them too!

Interview with an intercultural person Kiran Bhat, great interview, thanks for sharing Agni. Kiran certainly has lived a full life! His book sounds interesting if not cheerful!

Rasoolan Bai- Never heard her name before here. Heard a few songs in YouTube and liked them.

Linda Blair: She was quite an actress. Wonder what prevented her from becoming a star.

Girish Karnad- Always loved this actor. He was so gentle, sophisticated and sweet!

Youtubia-Dhruv Rathi- Watched a few episodes, he is smart and the type of person India really needs these days.

Minutes Together: The slap is hilarious.

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

Shatadhanu- Being born as a dog only for talking with a hypocrite! Really harsh punishment!

TnW- good tip!

Scaredy Stick- True again Mr. Stick, your fears are quite valid.

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

The charons- a gift for my readers in 2020

The charons- a gift for my readers in 2020

I will share the entire novel this year, starting from Friday 3.1.20, it is a long one so will continue.

Check it out, especially if you are a woman, there are a few things you may learn from this story, that is based on a piece of my life, the incidents are true, rest have been changed a bit but things that happened has not been changed even the least.

The Charons

https://www.amazon.com/dp/b00so7hf54

The list of the posts [few may be future if you start reading them before November 2020, in that case you will have to wait for upcoming fridays or buy the book.]

Its sequel [fictional] The kingmaker is in Kindle right now, with new name BTW Lucifer’s Liegemen

https://www.amazon.com/dp/b0876w7xbw

The reviews left by readers of Charon:

The Charons is not just a story but a sad and dark reality that many of us faces in some far off corner in the world. The system is infested with vultures who conspire to destroy lives. At one glance: Sharmistha Basu has brought alive the turmoil of Urna, an innocent girl who believes in the good side of humans to see her world crashing down. The story boasts of fast narrative, telling the story of Urna as the reader is taken into her far from perfect world. The reader empathize with her character, fate and get anxiety pang. praying that she will get out of the situation. Urna is hounded by the jackals, trying everything to distinguish between friends and foes, usurp her identity to declare her crazy. Ultimately, she holds her might [Vishal Bheeroo @https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com ].

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.

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

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

https://www.amazon.com/dp/b00so7hf54

Few words by Vishal Bheeroo @ https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

Sharmistha’s Basu The Charons is no candy floss story where everything falls in place at the end of the day but one that paints the bad and the ugly. Reality can be damaging and this is what the author explores in her take of the dark side of life. The Charons is a story of a small town girl, Urna in Calcutta who moves for better life in Raajsthan but witness the deception of her loved ones. It’s the story of her struggle in a world ridden by corruption and treachery by the ones she considers close to her.

Blurb:
The Charons is not just a story but a sad and dark reality that many of us faces in some far off corner in the world. The system is infested with vultures who conspire to destroy lives. At one glance: Sharmistha Basu has brought alive the turmoil of Urna, an innocent girl who believes in the good side of humans to see her world crashing down. The story boasts of fast narrative, telling the story of Urna as the reader is taken into her far from perfect world. The reader empathize with her character, fate and get anxiety pang. praying that she will get out of the situation. Urna is hounded by the jackals, trying everything to distinguish between friends and foes, usurp her identity to declare her crazy. Ultimately, she holds her might.
Narration:

I have known Sharmistha Basu as a super talented poet and writer on her blogs. The story, The Charons is a disturbing account of the struggle of a single girl in a big city and hats off to her for taking the less traveled route. Sharmistha injects a flow in the book that makes it hard to put away despite the gory details and the the depiction of the characters from good and evil. Brace yourself: The Charons is not a boring book because of the power of Sharmistha’s writing who injects life and energy, capturing the reader’s attention in telling a story that we must have only heard. The book gains momentum right from the first chapter, capturing the struggle of Urna in fighting deceit and treachery, as she faces the dark moments of life. The labyrinth is described so well and with aplomb by Sharmistha who delivers the message of humanity and reason even if hope fades with time. Her writing is powerful and injects pace in this dark subject of hell when the life of Urna suddenly tears apart. You will empathize with the character and be part of her fight against the evils in the world. The Charons will make you speechless as you enter the world of Urna. In short, it is brilliant writing to depict the life of underdogs, facing the biggest trials in life in this gory depiction of life on the other side.

Powerful lines:
1. Many have mistaken me for a normal Indian woman who will commit suicide or go insane. They failed to realize a big truth, every one does not crawls or lies down to die.
2. After all, its desires which torments us! If we destroy the desire no human being will ever be able to torment us.
3. This mindset delivers me from all the filth and cruelty which they showered on me.
What’s Not!

I find it tough to draw minuses in The Charons since it is a fiction which is closer to reality in this struggle of a lone, innocent women against the wicked and powerful. Still, I’d say that may be The Charons should have gone deeper towards the climax to give shape to the wicked and dangerous manipulators. I would like to see them face their end or be destroyed.
Final Words:

The Charons is a struggle of an innocent woman facing a troupe of powerful and manipulating people, hell bent to destroy her life. It’s a book that every human being or woman must read. Sharmistha Basu makes a big entry with The Charons and is imbibed with superb writing skills and lends credence and belief in the characters that she weaves. True, The Charons is disturbing and dark. But, brilliantly written since it touches every inch of our soul. A must read!

The list of the pieces:

https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/friday-anecdotes-3-1-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/friday-anecdotes-10-1-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/01/17/friday-anecdotes-17-1-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/friday-anecdotes-24-1-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/01/31/friday-anecdotes-31-1-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/friday-anecdotes-7-2-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/02/14/friday-anecdotes-14-2-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/02/21/friday-anecdotes-21-2-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/02/28/friday-anecdotes-28-2-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/03/06/friday-anecdotes-6-3-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/03/13/friday-anecdotes-13-3-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/friday-anecdotes-20-3-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/friday-anecdotes-27-3-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/friday-anecdotes-3-4-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/04/10/friday-anecdotes-10-4-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/friday-anecdotes-17-4-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/friday-anecdotes-24-4-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/friday-anecdotes-1-5-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/05/08/friday-anecdotes-8-5-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/friday-anecdotes-15-5-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/05/22/friday-anecdotes-22-5-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/05/29/friday-anecdotes-29-5-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/06/05/friday-anecdotes-5-6-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/06/12/friday-anecdotes-12-6-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/friday-anecdotes-19-6-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/06/26/friday-anecdotes-26-6-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/friday-anecdotes-3-7-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/07/10/friday-anecdotes-10-7-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/friday-anecdotes-17-7-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/07/24/friday-anecdotes-24-7-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/07/31/friday-anecdotes-31-7-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/08/07/friday-anecdotes-7-8-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/08/14/friday-anecdotes-14-8-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/08/21/friday-anecdotes-21-8-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/08/28/friday-anecdotes-28-8-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/09/04/friday-anecdotes-4-9-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/09/11/friday-anecdotes-11-9-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/09/18/friday-anecdotes-18-9-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/09/25/friday-anecdotes-25-9-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/10/02/friday-anecdotes-2-10-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/friday-anecdotes-9-10-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/10/16/friday-anecdotes-16-10-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/friday-anecdotes-23-10-20-the-charons-for-you/
https://mycybernovels.wordpress.com/2020/10/30/friday-anecdotes-30-10-20-the-charons-for-you/

Photography Trip 4 17.7.20 shot 8

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

Sharmishtha Basu

https://gumroad.com/sharmishthabasu
https://shoptly.com/sharmishthabasu
https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu
https://www.amazon.com/author/sharmishthabasu

Agnijaat Bhadra 1427 August 2020 critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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Critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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The fourth birthday of Agnijaat was on 17th July! The annual issues were received and read, the critiques are out!

The ezine starts with reminder of upcoming Mahalaya, there is a malmas or a month in which there won’t be any auspicious activity after Mahalaya, so Durgapuja will happen in end October. I don’t recollect it happening ever before.

Indie Author Speaks 15: Genuine booklovers are vanishing from India, most probably the mindset of Indians has changed or they just picked up the habit from British. After all, had Indians been fond of reading books there would have been books in India. Lot more in no. before British showed up.

FTQFS: Let the world be, precisely, no matter how much we wish or try we rarely can change others, so, as long as they are not harming, meddling let them be.

Techbabble: Agreed again! If one checks out the critiques of different things one thing is crystal clear, a huge percentage are from paid critiques.

Corona diaries and Kolkata blues: The failure to take necessary steps was the first step of worthlessness of the government, they are now proving they are not only incompetent but remorseless monsters. When the country is dying for medical facilities these ghouls are building temples and celebrating that by decorating the city with light!

SOS: Liars certainly sometimes convince themselves that they are saints or victims or innocent.

Intriguing Tales: This one should be a lesson to copycats! If you copy someone too well you may attract his/her enemies too!

History of India: Interesting part about why only few cities are more than few centuries old.

My Pen: Migrant lives matter: We do love to scream hoarse about injustice that has happened in other countries, but say nothing about the things that is happening around us. In our own country.

Fun and Frolic section:

The shearer by Pat Ritter: This one sounds like a nice story again.

SBPnB Book 8 Desert and Rain: Sounds like a beautiful book with lots of illustrations. Maybe, I will ask for these books in return of critique.

Pikatron February 2019 critique by Editor: Will have to get the newsletter from Agni.

Top ten books: Well, have read few of ten favorite books of the author, will check out the rest.

Indian Raga Now:

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan- He was a great singer, there is no doubt about that, heard a few in YouTube, will check out more.

Helen- The dancing diva of Hindi movies, no one can snatch that title from her.

Twilight Saga: Have heard so much about this series that I will certainly check out a few episodes in YouTube.

Shraban Shot: Four beautiful shots, maybe Agni should add a few more from the next issue onwards.

Youtube channel: Already checked them all out.

Storytime: Sednians from Patreon: Great story, yes, the aliens should be scared of human race. The way we treat earth is despicable.

Dahi Handi: Watched a few hindi movie songs about this festival, it needs a lot of acrobatic and balancing skill.

Theme: Leprechauns- cute set of paintings.

The cartoon Mr Stick: Hope that was temporary, the last thing one will like during lockdown is horrible things going outside the house. It is quite interesting how governments allow chickens to be slaughtered in residential areas.

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

Photography Trip 4 17.7.20 shot 7

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

Sharmishtha Basu

https://gumroad.com/sharmishthabasu
https://shoptly.com/sharmishthabasu
https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu
https://patreon.com/sharmishthabasu
https://www.amazon.com/author/sharmishthabasu

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020 critique by SB

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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Critique by SB

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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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!

Bandi Pakhi by Labanya: Sad, heartbreaking poem. I really don’t like birds in cage these days. Really dislike people who keep them cages in too!

Paise hotel salesman by saptarchi: My sentiments exactly. This is what Indian politicians have become, and now Indian public is getting what they have bought, stale, rotten government that can’t handle a crisis, rather prefers building temples over hospitals.

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 5: Another fantastic episode of the brilliant story. This one is one of the best stories I have read lately.

When Gold went on a trip by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: Finally the old man got a smart idea, let us see if it works out in his favour or not!

Split impunity by Troy David Loy: Whatever happened to this character? I will love to see how Troy’s Agni turns out to be, right now she sounds diabolical!

I see it NOW… by Dom Collucci: Life’s journey is full of surprises, beautiful and ugly. So very true and wise.

Bitter Pill dose 34 by Bitter Pill: Secular India 1: Just like Javed Akhtar said, our previous governments pampered minority fanatics and our current government is pampering majority’s fanatics, and the public is starving!

Crows 4 by Brendan: Loved this month’s installment of pure peace!

The Tilbaroo station by Pat Ritters 2: Cute and warm glimpse into a newly-wed couple’s life, an absolutely fresh page is opened in front of them and they are going to write down their future in it. Well written!

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!