“Addiqtd” and its Author Swati Sarangi 4 U…

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SB@INDIE ADDA: Tell us something about yourself Swati, who are you in earthly sense and in reality?
Swati Sarangi: I’m currently pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. So, basically I’m a post graduate student by profession and a writer by passion. I’m someone who has an intense obsession with words, numbers and colours. Being quite reticent in nature, I feel very expressive when I pen down my thoughts. I’m so much passionate about writing that I never miss a single page of my diary!

SB@INDIE ADDA: How do you juggle B.Tech and poetry? Most career oriented people lament how poetry dries up inside them when they go to office!
Swati Sarangi: As already mentioned above, I’ve always been inclined to reading and writing since my childhood days. When you’re really passionate about something, you don’t need to take any special slot out of your day to pursue your passion. I’ve even composed some of the poems or written some articles during uninteresting lectures and labs in college days!😛 There were days when I could not be regular with the process of writing but that never made me to leave my passion.

SB@INDIE ADDA: What made you a poet and a published author?
Swati Sarangi: During primary classes, my father used to compose poems for me and I used to dream about the day when I would be able to compose poems like my father. So, primary motivation for writing came from my father. Later on, I got the inspiration from my classmates who were good at writing. I composed a poem for the first time when I was in class 6th and that was on my mother. Appreciation from my parents, teachers and friends ignited my passion for writing. Publishing my works helped me to get the viewpoints of readers which encouraged me to work on my writing abilities.

SB@INDIE ADDA: Tell us something about your book!
Swati Sarangi: I’ve contributed two poems for an ebook ‘Addiqtd book of poetry’ by the publisher Laureate Journal Literature Fraternity (February 6, 2015). It’s an ebook of collection of modern poetry by contemporary poets.

SB@INDIE ADDA: Where can we buy it?
Swati Sarangi: Here is the link to Addiqtd book of poetry – amazon.com/AddiQtd-Book-Poetry-Swati-Sarangi-ebook/dp/B00TBPEUNS#navbar . It is available in Kindle store at Amazon.com.

SB@INDIE ADDA: Tell us a little bit about your blog and do give us their addresses.
Swati Sarangi: I have maintained two blogs with my sister, Sweta- creative-constellation.blogspot.com and wordstoworld.wordpress.com . The first one is nearly 3 and a half years old whereas the later one has been created recently which has been dedicated to short forms of writing like Haiku and flash fiction. My sister also contributes to these blogs.

SB@INDIE ADDA: Another one coming? Story or poems? spoiler?
Swati Sarangi: The answer to this question is even a mystery to me as well!  I write down whatever comes to my mind. I’ve never been specific about any form of writing.

swati book interview


Want me to write guest posts for your blog/site?

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Write to me in sermistabasu@gmail.com and send a copy to sharmishthabasu@Hotmail.com, please! Because I am not very comfortable with gmail’s performance but use it because a lot of things don’t work well in Hotmail.

I am open to both- paid and unpaid, but before you do write that mail let me tell you a few things-

1. I don’t travel at all so no travel blogging for me.

2. I am a perfect nightmare and laughing stock of fashion conscious people and I like that because I will rather be what I am than a mannequin without a soul who thinks polishing her body makes her a goddess and others puny little laughing stock. So no beauty tips from me!

3. I am tech blind- so no tech posts from this woman!

4. I am almost allergic to blood, gore, violence, porn, excessive animal urges so… no gothic, porn etc. for this writer.

What I love to write about?

Nature in its all beauty- good, bad and ugly.

Human beings in their all colours- from sweet to monstrous.

I am a bit preachy, but not on religion, on making us a better human beings by real, followable examples, lessons.

I love to lift spirits of others but again, rationally.

I love to illustrate using my own photographs and Microsoft paintbrush, once in a millennium paint palette and actual brushes.

I love writing stories, poems and articles.

If you have an offer for me what are you waiting for?

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At present I am a proud part of


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Agnishatdal the Ezine:

At present I cant pay you anything money-wise but will try to share the glory of Agnishatdal (the Ezine) with all its creators. You can check out the blog agnishatdalezine.wordpress.com for further ideas, rules and things like that.

Indie Adda the open platform for Indie bloggers:

I am planning to start a guest author section in Indie Adda (wingofdreams.wordpress.com) in September, depending on the contents I get, if they are satisfactory enough!

This again will be for free (money-wise) at present but I will try to spread your name for sure. So if you have something you want to say to Indie writers, self published writers send me @sharmishthabasu@hotmail.com and sermistabasu@gmail.com ALWAYS COPYRIGHT YOUR WORKS BEFORE SENDING THEM TO ME (OR ANYONE) – EVERY CREATIVE ARTIST SHOULD BE WARY OF HACKERS, PLAGIARISTS!

If you want to check out my writing skills:



About Arjo Dasgupta…

Though I told you guys that Arjo Dasgupta has Joined Agnishatdal’s Facebook Department as its editor, but tragedy happened🙂 His studies kidnapped him and HE HAS NOT BEEN INVOLVED WITH AGNISHATDAL IN ANY WAYS, OTHER THAN SHARING TWO OF HIS PRICELESS WORKS. WHICH ARE A CHERISHED PART OF THE MAGAZINE.






To buy Agnishatdal’s issue(s)

Well, my friends know I don’t have a bank account, yups, I don’t have one, therefore I don’t have a PAN number either, so my attempt of creating a fruitful paypal account failed miserably.

But that is hopefully a minor hiccup! I have one offer for you, which you may thoroughly enjoy, from 25.6.16 to 17th July if you want to buy an issue of agnishatdal you will have to do one thing-

The cost of the ezine is 1$ and I have a huge amount of books in amazon, pick up any book that catches your fancy from here:


and then buy it, I will deduct 1$ as the token price of the book (irrespective of the book you choose) and the rest of the price will be equivalent of issues of Agnishatdal you will get, that is if you select a book of 4$ you will get the Agnishatdal issues of Shravan, Bhadra and Ashwin plus the book of-course from Amazon.

I can assume you wont want 3 copies of one month!

All you will have to do is after buying the book send me a proof, I believe amazon sends you a notification with the name of the book you have bought!

Do let me know if you have some other suggestions for collecting the subscription money!😉



Meet Vishal Bheeroo author and critic at their best!


SB @Agnishatdal: Hello Ranveer! Give us a short intro, a little glimpse into your world, heart and soul?

(Hi do put Vishal—since Ranveer is a pen name to remain anonym)

Vishal Bheeroo: I am quite bad at introduction. A journalist by stroke of accident where I chanced upon an introduction in a newspaper for sub-editor, applied and got the job. The first few months were terrible where I made mistakes after mistakes before getting comfortable. It took me a year or so before I was moved as journalist in the same organisation. It was three years of enjoyment where I discovered myself, flaws within and worked to improve myself. Professional fulfilment till the newspaper closed down one day. I was reeling under shock and started three years of struggle. It was the time I faced depression but started taking my blog seriously, the time we met on that space, became friends. I made such awesome friends during that phase. I cribbed at life but the blogging community was so supportive.

Back to myself, I am a graduate in Economics from the hip and happening Fergusson College in Pune, considered to be one of the best in India for Arts and Sciences. I am an avid reader and film buff which you must have realized by now.

In fact, movies and Amitabh Bachchan are my first love. I grew up watching his movies. Tell you a secret: I wanted to be an actor and a film maker, at the same time. But, guess it’s quite later. I enjoy reading Philosophy and trying to rediscover myself as a person, tapping my inner soul from a spiritual perspective. Though out of India right now, I have left my soul in places like Mumbai and Pune and I will see my writing are very much influenced by these places that never cease to fascinate me. In fact, the places define who I am as a person.

SB@Agnishatdal: What made you a critic? I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and I have noticed that you enjoy writing critics (which are excellent) as much as you love writing story or poems, mostly people do one of the two- they are either writers or critics. What made you become special?

Vishal Bheeroo: Haha. You are being kind to me. I don’t think I am special in that manner. I think that I write in every genre-short stories/fiction, poetry, interviews, movie and book reviews. I love reading a lot. The first book I reviewed was ‘Done with Men’, a sassy chick lit romance by a funny woman, Shuchi Singh Kalra. Since then, there was no looking back. I must say Write Tribe, which is a support group for bloggers to write were very supportive and got the book through them with inputs on the format to write reviews. Yes! It’s been a learning curve. I cannot credit myself alone for that and there were so many people involved in my journey who still support me.

SB@agnishatdal: from where do you get the materials to critic? Do people send them to you? What about the movies?

Vishal Bheeroo: Book authors approach me to review their works via e-mail and social media. Also, the fact that I am active on websites like Goodreads and Twitter help tremendously. I started my first movie review on the blog which I created in 2007 and the first movie reviewed was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya which I watched in Pune. But, I was not serious at that time. But, my first professional film review that I did was ‘Ready’ during the time I was working as a journalist. I am thankful to my mentor and boss who gave me the opportunity. Since then, there was no looking back and I approach reviews in a professional manner, avoiding to be biased, be it books and movies. I feel it’s a creative work where professionals put lots of effort and one shouldn’t run down someone’s work just for the heck of it. Being balanced and honest in our approach is the best way to produce good work.

SB@Agnishadal: Can anyone send you his/her books for a critic?

Vishal Bheeroo: When I am approached by someone, I normally request for three weeks to one month, the time they send their materials for review. If they agree, then we go along. If, I have too much stuff on my plate, I ask if they can wait. If the author agrees, we go ahead and if not, just too bad. I feel there is a need for certain understanding and reviewers shouldn’t promise what they cannot do for it creates a bad impression on the market.

SB@Agnishatdal: What happened to your site? Is it launched?

Vishal Bheeroo: For the time being, the web venture is on hold since my associate is busy with other work. We don’t want to rush into things but plan it well and launch when we are ready. One shouldn’t rush into things. Good planning is the key to success and one should learn from the mistakes made by others in the business.

SB@Agnishatdal: What is it about?

Vishal Bheeroo: It’s a platform for the Indian diaspora across the globe. It’s all about anything Indian, be it our home town, food, fashion, books, movies, culture, human stories and how we made it in foreign shores. What does an Indian miss at home? We want to tell an Indian story with a heart.

SB@Agnishatdal: Any plans of publishing a book? One too many of your
works are very good.

Vishal Bheeroo: Ha! I’ve been trying to write a book rather unsuccessfully and will try to revive it this year after ages. You know when I see so many people writing novels, I feel that I am being laidback. But, the good thing is that there are so many blog fictions and themes that I participated for various writing festivals that I intend to turn into e-books. An e-book might come very soon. I have quite a few ideas to write a collection of short stories. As far as the book I am writing is concerned, it’s an inter religion love story set in Mumbai. First let me, dig it before it gathers dust.

His page here in Agnishatdal:



Agnishatdal and Agnijaat in Amazon from October.

Well, from October the twins will be in Amazon, I have checked out their format, it does not screws up my ezines, so they will be compiled together in three months in one issue and will be published in Amazon. The price of each trissue will be $3.5, if you buy the pdf files directly from me, you will get 0.5$ concession😉


NOW, Though I have told you all in the very beginning that I might do it, publish your works in Amazon, Facebook or wherever I try to publicize your works and the Ezines, IF YOU HAVE ANY OBJECTION TELL ME WITHIN 30th September, otherwise I will know that you don’t have any objections and will publish them!


Meet Raghunandan Kuppuswamy author of Agnishatdal Bhadra Issue [18.8.16]


A retired IT professional with nothing better to do than ‘pen’ a few lines now and then.

A few words from Agnishatdal (aka her creator Sharmishtha Basu) Raghunandan Kuppuswamy is full of wisdom and knowledge. He writes amazing stories from Indian history and mythology, though I will smugly say that I have read A LOT of stories in these two genres but still most of the stories he scoops out are new to me, and reading his works is a privilege! Apart from these his sense of humour and corporate knowledge is at par!

Check out his blog you will only be glad that you found it.


His page here in Agnishatdal is:

Meet Wendel A. Brown author of Agnishatdal Bhadra Issue (18th August 2016)


Wendell A. Brown served in the United States Air Force for eight years. He is a retired, disabled veteran who has reinvented himself through writing poetry of spirituality and love in a heartfelt nature. Since 1971, Wendell has been writing poetry for the Lord; his daily goal is…”To uplift the name of Jesus,” who he serves, and the spirits of others worldwide, with his psalms and poems. Wendell attained a degree in Religion and Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University in 1985.

To follow Wendell and read his poetry, please visit the websites listed below:


Additional works of poetry by Wendell A. Brown are:
The Fire That Burns Within
Where My Heart Will Always Dwell
A Season of Psalms for My King
Making Me A Willing Slave
A Reason to Smile
I Want and Need You Now
When Each Day I Write of You

Few words from Agnishatdal or her creator Sharmishtha Basu:

Wendel is one of those writers whose works will fill up your heart with peace, happiness and light! Check out his blogs, read him and you will know what I am talking about.

Meet Troy David Loy author of Agnishatdal the Ezine

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Troy David Loy is an American student and writer with a love for things Indian, creating fractal art, and science. He is owned by two cats, Mr. Eccles and Ricky, and is engaged in a program of lifelong learning in an attempt to make sense of an increasingly irrational world. He is the author of Dirge: A Short SF Story available at


He can be found online @Troythulu on Twitter and on his blog The Call of Troythulu at

A few words from Agnishatdal (aka her creator Sharmishtha Basu) Troy is a scholar who won my heart by his keen interest in Bengali, which is my soft spot, I really love this language and am glad that it is my mother tongue. He knows quite a handful of languages, creates amazing fractals and generously shares them with his friends, those fractals! I wish I could create one like them!

I love his quirky yet genuine way of writing.

His page here in Agnishatdal:


Meet Carolyn Page Author of Agnishatdal’s Bhadra Issue [18.8.16]

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Carolyn Page – ABC of Spirit Talk / Light Workers of the World


Australian born, Carolyn has always felt somewhat different. It wasn’t until her early thirties she understood why. During a rather distressing time in her life spirit made themselves known to her. Since that time she has come to know them as The Collective Consciousness. Through them she now writes primarily in her blog ‘Light Workers of the World’ having begun ‘ABC of Spirit Talk’ some 5 years past. She welcomes you to visit with her on both blogs where you will find many things of interest; particularly if you are one such as she – someone who wishes to be continually improving one’s self.

A few words from Agnishatdal (aka her creator Sharmishtha Basu)

When I first visited Carolyn’s blogs she was writing “reflections” on daily basis, and once I started reading them I became absolute fan of her wisdom, her brilliant grasp of human nature. I could see myself in so many of her reflections! Being really curious about human nature and psychology I kept reading them till the end, then she took a long hiatus and am I glad to see her back!

her page in the site: agnishatdalezine.wordpress.com/writers-of-agnishatdal/carolyn-page/

Agnishatdal 26.9.16

Hello there! Kartik Issue of the twins, Agnishatdal and Agnijaat will be up on 18th October, 1st Kartik. The last date for submission of your works is 30th September… hurry if you have not already sent me the files.
If you want to contribute in the next issue, check out the page (added below), I am really keen for long time involvement, like most of my authors are trying to be with the ezine for at least six months… If you have something in mind, something special you want to share, like critics, or tech essays, or something related to your blog but for everyone (no marketing- only mutual support of two creative persons)… don’t hesitate, I will be gladder, like Carolyn is generously (super) sharing her reflections, gems of words…

The page containing all the mumbo jumbos of formalities etc…


and if they don’t deter you from submitting send your submissions to sermistabasu@gmail.com and a copy of your mail to sharmishthabasu@hotmail.com, do double-check with me if you don’t see the acknowledgement in blog, DON’T USE the id connected to the blog, they are rarely checked, they are stuffed with mails from wordpress that I check only when I have lot of time and patience.

If you want to write a guest post for me, in my blog Indie Adda (the post will be reposted in FB page of Indie Adda too, and may get included in Agnishatdal) then write something about writing/writers/indie publishing etc. and send them to me, in the above email addresses, and in their case too, be vigilant, if they are not acknowledged in Indie Adda then let me know.

If you want me to write a guest post for you, write to me, what are you waiting for?

If you want to advertise in the Ezines, feel free to send them to me, the charges are Rs. 75 per page (one time), but I will pick up the advertisements, if you want me to create one for you, the charge will become Rs. 150 (one time) I will of course get your approval before publishing it.

Till then… stay happy and blessed!

Meet Brieuc Onraet Martin author of Agnishatdal the Ezine.


Brian Martin-Onraet was born of French parents in Pakistan, a few years after the Partition. He was later raised in Africa and educated in France and America. A marketing consultant by trade, he has taken writing as a hobby. He now lives in Mexico with his wife, a researcher, and their cat Miao Zedong. You can visit Brian’s blog at:


Few Words from Agnishatdal ( aka her creator Sharmishtha Basu):

Brian is well… what can I say about a person with such amazing talents? He is a brilliant writer, an enviable photographer with eye for the very best models! You will have to read his blogs to enjoy his way of telling stories- adding magical photographs (his collection is downright enviable) to go along. If you love photographs and different cultures his blog is your dream destination.

his page here in agnishatdal:


Thursday Glimpses 25.8.16

Just a few articles (reposted from my blog magicthought.wordpress.com) to give you an idea about this writer of Agnishatdal, for the others you will have to check out their blogs and the magazine.

Women Now and Then 5

The place of Indian women in family life is the place of servitude and sacrifices. They are taught these two skills with great gusto since childhood, especially by other women. They have to “serve” to be in the good book of society and “sacrifice” to elevate higher.

The more you will serve and sacrifice the better woman you will be in the eyes of people around you. If you put your needs first you will be instantly labeled selfish. If you prefer not to sacrifice you will be called the same.

This tragically is true, not even an ounce of exaggeration. Even in the most educated families these two things are demanded directly or indirectly from women of the family.

This is another thing that has not changed much. The only change that has occurred is women have stopped being a fool to benefit others once in a while.