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Patreon August 2021 critique by Labanya

Patreon August 2021
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.

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Agnishatdal Bhadra 1428 August 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1428 August 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1428 August 2021 critique by Labanya
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https://shoptly.com/i/bz6y

Hi friends, let us begin!

Bhadra issue begins with another shot from Golconda fort, the tribute this month has been paid to Satyendranath Tagore and was full of fresh information about him, I have only read his name here and there.

Ye reap…3 by saptarchi: Saptarchi is right again. Covid might have become an eye opener for Indians, but they love to keep their eyes shut tight! They are incurable!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 17: Very good observation of weather forecast.

A mix up by Vasu Srinivasan translated by Raghunathan Kuppuswamy: packed a good punch at the end.

Cometh the Magnus by Troy David Loy: Interesting piece. Surprise end for sure.

You already are… by Dom Collucci: Beautiful.

Bitter Pill dose 45 by We are safe 2: BP is very right about the half truth that has been recorded and fed to public since the day people started recording incidents.

Gillu by Manju Balkrishna: Don’t know Hindi.

Dream Angel by Pat Ritters 1: Interesting piece, great description, vivid and touching.

Treats:

Sfulingo and Agnidal 5 in Shoptly and Gumroad: Read them all. They were pure delight.

4 fantastic shots of sparrows and butterflies shared this month.

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

UFO sightings by Graham Clingbine: It can be a great read!

Agni Kahini by Sharmishtha Basu: Watched the channel, and enjoyed it.

Agni Kahini by Sharmishtha Basu
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZae1W9SU3ZffO9DkbGDIjA
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZae1W9SU3ZffO9DkbGDIjA/playlists

Star of the Month Munni Begum- She is good.

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

Star of east: Amrita Shergil- I will have to check out her paintings, I have only heard her name, the painting shared was gorgeous.

Youtubia-PBS Space Time- fascinating.

Minutes Together: Liberated was spooky and sort of possible.

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

Upamanyu- Have read it before but not the full story. Touching and sweet.

TnW- Let Go- good suggestion!

Bhandananda- Men will be men, women should start uniting and standing firm against bullying.

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 Bhadra 1428 August 2021 critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Bhadra 1428 August 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Bhadra 1428 August 2021 critique by Labanya
https://sharmishthabasu.gumroad.com/l/LCkhlm
https://shoptly.com/i/bz6x

Agnijaat Shraban begins with a beautiful sketch of Lord Ganesha.

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:

New Parliament House: Things Indian politicians do and get re-elected after that!
Making rich richer: The policy of politicians all over the world.
Making poor poorer: This is a specialty of third world countries, India at present may be one of the top ranking ones in this game.
Deadly: is a piece of chilling, terrifying reality.
Suicidal business strategy: Very true. First learn business ethics like international companies then see whether or not people buy your “Desi” things.
SOS: Embrace: You can’t run from life, accept all its colours, embrace only positive ones. Good suggestion.
FTQFS: back to caves: The cavemen are trying their level best, the question is will women scurry back to caves and rot?

POETRY section:

Beautiful pic of a fairy as section image.

After that there were ten poems and ten fantastic drawings of poppies and they all were gorgeous, there is something about red flowers! Loved the ninth poem the most, sort of nostalgic and haunting.

Then there was an announcement of Agni’s new graphic story channel in YouTube, check it out if you can, it is good.

Agni Kahini by Sharmishtha Basu
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZae1W9SU3ZffO9DkbGDIjA
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZae1W9SU3ZffO9DkbGDIjA/playlists

Next there were four gorgeous photos of one of the prettiest birds that can be found in cities, woodpecker.

STORY TIME:

A set of stories from Black Mist and other stories:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ontgsbe

Ten fantastic stories about things that go bumping in the night but of different types, loved them all. They all had different things to talk about. Being a ghost story fan I have no reason to complain.

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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Agnishatdal Boisakh 1428 April 2021 Critique by SB

Agnishatdal Boisakh 1428, April 2021
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Critique by SB

Agnishatdal Boisakh 1428 April 2021
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By your good old editor! Few simple words about the works of my much cherished authors! So the critiques will be honest, short and sweet.

Atit- Past by Labanya- Haunting, beautiful and sad, it will linger in my mind for a few days with a pang.

Spiritual fragrance by Scott Hastie: priceless! It certainly is filled with spiritual fragrance, one of those poems that open that world for you.

EVM machines and Indian election by saptarchi: It seems too many people don’t trust EVM machine, I don’t trust anything electronic blindly. In a corrupt country like India it was a bad idea, can be rectified and should be! Ballot papers should be brought back.

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 13: Angels scared of day-dreamers, oops! I am still one! The description of the angels was an added bonus.

Vela Vela by Vasu Srinivasan translated by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: how do they do it? Ride a bicycle for hours like that? Boy!

Null dance by Troy David Loy: I wonder if Troy will further develop Meenakshi too, I have read a few pieces about her and enjoyed them.

You cannot grasp… by Dom Collucci: I wish I could say that I will love to let go all types of attachments! There are few that make life worth living, like attachment to the beautiful earth and its beauty. 

Bitter Pill dose 41 by Bitter Pill: Press 4: The level to which Saffron Brigade has lowered Indian press it will never recover. No one will respect main stream media or trust Indian journalists.

Ganesha by Manju Balkrishna: Fabulous work of art. Manju is a very talented artist without a doubt.

The year that never was by Pat Ritters 3: Final piece of the chapter one of the novel ends with a very well penned train journey. You could almost take the ride with them.

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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Agnishatdal Boisakh 1428 April 2021 Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Boisakh 1428 April 2021
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Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Boisakh 1428 April 2021
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https://shoptly.com/i/brmd

Hi friends, let us begin!

Bengali New Year brings aboard a new author extremely talented one too- Manju Balkrishna! Welcome to Agnishatdal Manju, hope we will be together for a long time!

Boisakh issue begins with a shot from Golconda fort, the tribute this month has been paid to Queen Tarabai, another brave and talented lady from past days.

Spiritual fragrance by Scott Hastie: Beautiful poem about our journey on earth, and filled with fragrance of soul too!

EVM machines and Indian election by saptarchi: I too believe that everything electronic can be manipulated. The world is infested with hackers, one or other must have discovered a way of hacking into this machines, or there is always the chance of collecting votes on one and then replacing them with another, that is easy peasy in a corrupted country like India. We should go back to ballot papers. These things are not meant for corrupted countries like India.

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 13: Angels bothered by day-dreams of human beings. Interesting!

Vela Vela by Vasu Srinivasan translated by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: What a story, how do they do it? Ride a bicycle for days? Ridden one and one hour was enough to drain me, and I did stop and got down for a break or two from time to time!

Null dance by Troy David Loy: Another character introduced, a Tamil girl from future, Minakshi. Brief introduction, will be waiting for more substantial one before saying something, the part is well-written as always.

You cannot grasp… by Dom Collucci: Beautifully said. But there is so much fun in attachment!

Bitter Pill dose 41 by Bitter Pill: Press 4: The way press is helping saffron brigade to spread hatred is really alarming!

Ganesha by Manju Balkrishna: What a painting! It is so very beautiful!

The year that never was by Pat Ritters 3: Great piece, Pat took us for a ride in an Australian train in days past! Enjoyed the ride!

Treats:

Wish you all a blessed Bengali new year 1428, lovely greeting Sharmishtha!

5 lovely shots- loved the nest photo most. It is hard to catch a bird sitting in the nest.

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

Corona Virus pandemic poems by Dr. Graham Clingbine: Wonder what will be the mood of this book, grim or mixed! Hope the latter.

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

Agnijaat book 14, Very serious read.

Star of the Month Iqbal Bano Will check her out in YouTube.

Star of West Christopher Lee: He had a charisma about him. Very suave, regal and attractive.

Star of east Ajanta caves- Star indeed. I will love to visit these caves, also elephanta and mahabalipuram. 

Youtubia-Atul Chaurasia- Will check him out.

Minutes Together: Selkie was an absolutely cute story. Beautifully written.

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

Andhaka- Lord Shiva truly is a very benign God.

TnW- Think twice- very good tip!

Bhandananda- new cartoon! Good message!

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.