Agnishatdal and Agnijaat- a little glimpse in Shraban (17.7.16) Issues

The Shravan (17.7.16) Issue-

glimpses of twins Shraban

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2 thoughts on “Agnishatdal and Agnijaat- a little glimpse in Shraban (17.7.16) Issues

  1. My critique for this issue:

    Thousand Salutes to Freedom Fighters: a thoughtful discussion on the plight of Indian soldiers. On reading it, my first thought was that my own country’s military personnel have it easy while in service, though no, they are betrayed by our own leadership when becoming veterans. But no, a good look at what goes on in the American military shows that things are not all well in the Armed forces of either nation even while on active duty. This piece reminded me of my desire many years ago to join the Airforce or Army so I could afford University through a scholarship.

    I liked the piece on Kazi Sabyasachi a lot, with an excellent translation by yourself. I’ll be checking out his work online if Google will not get too grumpy with me 😉

    Hemdiva’s story was enchanting. It was very different in style from what I’ve previously read, yet still said much in the space of a few paragraphs. A good first-time introduction to the work of so young a writer. 🙂

    The Monkey Incident: humorous and to-the-point without being predictable. Congrats to Brieue for such an entertaining story.

    Both pieces by Carolyn (Carnation Flower Reflection and Tiger Reflection): I give her high marks for readable, easily understood, and interesting writing. As a former believer, I’m pretty sure I got what she was getting across, even if our metaphysics differ.

    Dominic’s photography is excellent. I liked Lisa’s poem as well, perfectly suited as a meme, and striking more than a few chords with separate readings.

    Gayle’s poems (Midnight Tolls and Platitudes): I liked both of these. ‘Platitudes’ seems so apropos for the state of insanity American politics is in.

    Raghunandan’s story was clever and fun, with an air of traditional Indian fairy-tales to it. My favorite character was the canny Vizier, whose playing of rivals against each other is classic!

    In your own contributions, the poetry was well-chosen, and easy to take in while working, as were the stories.

    Of the poems, I particularly liked Cloud Fairy. It kind of reminded me of the Apsaras of Indra’s court, which until within the last few years I knew almost nothing about. Of stories, The Glamour House was downright frightening, not something I would find comfortable to read on a dark night alone, but good. The Rejected One was heartbreaking, though the ending was a good counterbalance to that.

    The section at the end was kind of cool, with the information you gave on the various calendars used in India and their histories, interrelations. I had no idea of the complexity of yearly timekeeping in India, but now have a better appreciation for it.

    For both ezines, thank you for creating them, and to the others for their contributions.

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    1. let me know if you can find Kazi Sabyasachi’s recitations, they are rampantly available here 🙂 and if you do, let me know if he crossed the barrier of language!

      love and much thanks for this priceless treasure of a critic.

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