I write like Margaret Mitchell

“What a lover!” the boy sitting opposite to her exclaimed, she lifted her eyes and followed his gaze.

“Baby don’t leave me!”

Someone has written the line on a hill! She looked at the construction site. The workers were busy building the factory premises.

One of them was Rupesh, she picked up her bag, the station was five minutes away.

“You were going to Delhi?” the woman next to her asked, “Were not you?”

“I have left something important behind… will have to collect it first!” she answered with a smile.

“Ask someone to courier it….” The woman suggested. “You will return back to home, collect the thing, then return Delhi, courier will be cheaper.”

“Too big to be sent by courier!” she smiled wider.

“Kids these days! “ the woman remarked to her husband, “Check their belongings when the train is hundred mile away from home!”

She fished out the engagement ring from her bag and slipped it in her finger, how could she be mad at him anymore?

The author blushingly says:

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Agnishatdal Bhadra 1424 critique by Troy David Loy

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1424 Critique
By Troy David Loy
https://www.amazon.com/author/troyloy

Mother Teresa:
An impressive biography of a woman not without her detractors. I’m reminded of the scathing critique by the late Christopher Hitchens in particular, though her supporters are firmly in the majority. But even with critique, valid or not, she’s racked up quite a list of accomplishments in her work with the poor and destitute. I confess to being a little skeptical of the process and criteria for sainthood, but then the Roman Catholic Church is a religious organization, not a scientific one, and so holds its process to different standards.

Satyajit Ray:
Truly one of the greats of movie-making, with classic films under his belt. I’ve seen at least one so far, and the rest are on my bucket-list to view. Even more fun, they are good tools for learning Bengali in its proper pronunciation even with the mistakes that can occur with just audio-recordings included with textbooks I’ve encountered on my own! His films have spurred a recent and timely revival of motivation for my study of Bangla, which will permit demonstrable progress.

Budapest Missives 6:
Juliette offers an image featuring a Ferris wheel in the distance with trees in the
foreground. An abandoned amusement park? A carnival scene during twilight?
Something else perhaps? Whatever the case, it gives me pause just looking at it.

Red Heels Pt. 6:
Our heroine finds herself the recipient of an . . . unconventional birthday celebration via her friends and some guys with hoods, oh, and a washing machine, which really spoils the mood for the occasion. Warning: someone gets punched for this!

What you get is what you give:
Raghunandan relates a tale of good fortune for a man after one of his lives, as a
scorpion testifies to an act of unintended “kindness” that nonetheless saved its life and eased passage for the party in question.

Happy birthday with Lotus*
A lovely bit of verse and picture celebrating the birthday of . . . someone very special! Dom does it again with touching imagery, both visual and verbal, that really shows he cares, as should we all!

A Ranch Bordering the Salty River review:
The Authoress herself critiques this book by Stephen Page. I’m putting this book on my list of things to read for the next few months!

P.T. Usha:
A skilled athlete with many medals under her belt, Usha certainly gets my attention for sports hero(ine)ism this month for the adversities she overcame, and challenges she met in doing so!

Rick Astley
Here’s a singer I’ve heard previously, and I’m glad of this timely reminder! I remember him from the 1980s, a favorite formative musical period for me, as I grew up at the time. He’s good, and here’s a link to one of his songs (Be warned, there will be some delay until after the ad plays!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

K.S. Chithra
I’m listening to her now as I type this. Fantastic stuff! I’m better acquainting myself with South Indian singers I’ve not heard before, so hearing her and Ustad Sultan Khan is a real treat! Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFT2niDEy28

Bhadra Recipe: pumpkin specials 2
Yum! Something to try out when this Halloween comes around, or perhaps even
Thanksgiving celebrations here in the States when pumpkin-eating is more common, hence in-season at the local markets. But as a curry, this will be quite tempting. I’ll have to show this one to friends, and maybe bribe them into helping me try it!

Good business (Agnimalya story)
From a recent book posted on the Authoress’s Patreon page! A seemingly abandoned castle isn’t so deserted after all, as the unsuspecting buyer finds out! But in a lucky turn of fate, the actual resident spares him from an unpleasant end, as the real-estate agent is soon to discover as a permanent occupant!

Bhandananda Uvach – Thus Spake Hypocritananda: good advice for the men of
society – stop blaming women for your misbehavior! And this applies even more so to the enablers of such men in high political office.

Chander alo – moonlight
Bangla verse, with Ingreji translation, on the magic of moonlight in lonely places.
Wapas – reclaimed

Hindi verse, on the starlight in the eyes of childhood, and reclaiming what we’ve lost.

This month’s festivals, Bakrid, Vishwakarma Puja, and Teacher’s Day, the last
celebrated in schools, all mark this month in Bengal. Teacher’s Day strikes me as very appropriate given the amount of work educators do in instructing those of us of later generations in the tools of learning. As a tradition, it could bear some time in my country as well, given the difficulties teachers go through to practice their craft!

Pieces of Past: Chanakya
The advisor to the emperor Chandragupta Maurya, this man was the intellect behind the Mauryan empire, one of the largest ever to dominate the Subcontinent in its early history! With an elaborate system of governance, he made possible the longevity of the empire and its golden age of literature and learning!

Story from Ved and Purana: Harishchandra
It’s always a good idea to find out what’s really going on in a situation before acting, as this tale of a pious but doomed king in an act of rashness illustrates! but the story has a happy ending – sort of – and shows that while not always rewarded on Earth, virtue has its perks!

Well, that’s that for Bhadra 1424’s issue! I’ll see you next month for this Ashwin’s
critique!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

From the Editor-creator of the Ezine aka Sharmishtha Basu:

If you want to encourage the struggling artist and writer with your huge-hearted generosity: [You can buy Agnishatdal and Agnijaat from my patreon account]:

https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

The first annual digests of the Ezines:

Agnijaat Annual Digest 2017: Sfulingo 1

Agnishatdal Annual Digest 2017: Agnidal 1

Editorial Fridays by Troy David Loy 13.10.17 the princess and the wood!

The Princess and the Wood

The princess held her hand to her mouth in shock. She was suddenly alone, in a dark place, with hints of moonlight through the canopy in an otherwise fog-shrouded forest.

She thought of her guardians, now probably far away, or at least out of calling distance.

She wondered of their whereabouts at this hour of the night.

She was frightened. Her protectors had somehow let the beggar slip through security with his diseased hands with a wicked-looking box held in them, its gems glittering evilly.

She held her hand to her mouth, trying to stifle a scream, as her pursuer was catching up to her, its hoofbeats resounding on the forest floor. She was looking at a body before her, half-eaten with rot. It was one of her guardians.

But tiny eyes were watching her enter their domain: the eyes of the Fey, the Good folk.

She had been watched ever since the teleport nimbus brought her here, told that there was great danger, and soon, soon, she would be caught.

She caught a glimpse of her hunter upon arrival, but she was more fleet of foot than it, or maybe just luckier.

She must think, and find a way out of this mess!

A deep baying whinny, full of despair and foretelling her doom, resounded in the forest.

The Land Kelpie was catching up.
Troy David Loy ©2017

Troy David Loy is an eternal student, a writer, and blogger owned by two cats, Ricky and Eccles. He is co-author with Miss Sharmishtha Basu of two published books, and solo author of three books on Amazon for Kindle, with a fourth book on the way.

He lives with his family and values his friends, family, and the flourishing and the well-being of his species in dangerous times.

He seeks one overarching goal: to help make the world a better place in his own tiny, drop-in the- ocean way, one piece of fractal artwork, essay, or story at a time. He battles the Forces of Darkness™ from his secret volcano lair in Virginia as Troythulu while his eldritch tentacled servitors from beyond time and space keep the lab in good condition.

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Agnijaat Bhadra 1424 critique by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Bhadra 1424 Critique
By Troy David Loy
https://www.amazon.com/author/troyloy

Indie Author Speaks 3 – myriad hues of Indie Publishing: The Authoress discusses her journey in self-publishing to the present, the ups and downs, and thoughts on the trade, especially marketing.

diary entries of an accidental home minister: 2
The Authoress details her thoughts on her early adult ambitions, and how things turned out, and might have, had circumstances been different.

A sobering talk on what can happen no matter one’s station in life!

One corrupt employee is enough:
Those who spy on private information are not always those we would least expect, but those in a good position to access our data!

Indian farmers – why are they not thriving? – 2
This discusses the need for better use of water resources in farm crops, as the trade is beset by a dependence on local natural conditions by state. It’s got sound suggestions of a way to work around this, and in part at least, offset the woes of farmers.

Those labels….
No one likes being called names – they are often meant to hurt after all – but those who do gleefully apply harmful names are often beset with issues of their own, deep personal issues with no way of their own to resolve them in dying, broken hearts.

Words of the wisest 2:
One of the major problems religions face is the mutual inconsistencies of scripture. Here is a brief, but easy solution for those to whom non-belief is too extreme.

Nature @Kolkata in Bhadra:
This month’s image catches the season well, especially given the torrential rains of Bengal! The two festivals of the month, other than Teacher’s Day, are Bakrid and Vishawakarma Puja, one for Muslims and the other for Hindus!

Censoring movies on Internet…
Sometimes, online movies can be tasteless, beyond merely pushing boundaries and driving those boundaries screaming into fits of Dire Awfulness in the age of the Internet. Sometimes, the Authoress suggests, a line should be drawn, and at least some movies ought to be restricted access for disturbing content!

INDIAN RAGA NOW – Hindi vs Bengali Songs:
A talk on the failings of songs in contemporary Bangla language movies, exceeded in quality of lyrics by those films in Hindi.

Spotlight On – Tracy Chapman
The Authoress talks about a good Western artist, and here’s a link to her song Fast
Car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTIB10eQnA0 With her clear voice it’s a good listen!

Window to West – When a monster calls & the search for wilderpeople:
I’ve not seen these two movies, but the third discussed, Miss Peregrin’s Home for
Special Children sounds extremely cool. I myself confess to having been biased by
decades of exposure to American comic books to movies like Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, so despite my enjoyment of them, that’s hardly a point in their favor! The Authoress has a point that the quality of superhero movies has gone way down, with too much of the same recycled tropes! The two movies of this post’s title sound interesting, and must be watched!

Sweet Memories – Manush Jhulan:
A remembrance of the celebration of Janmashtami in Burdwan, and a tradition that hopefully still goes on there to this day…

Sharmishtha Basu talks to Suman
An interview with the Authoress herself, and what writing and painting mean and have come to mean to her. Here she talks about their role in making her who she is today, including the community of fellow writers she’s met on WordPress.

18 Destiny:
It’s a sad story, with a not-so-sad ending. Good micro-fiction, here!

Theme for Bhadra is Living vs Breathing:
This month, the admonition is to live . . . because life comes only once!

One:
A painting of a miniature monsoon cloud watering the Earth, held in the hand.

Two
Another painting, this time a man descending from the sky with what could be a cape or wingsuit, amid the clouds skydiving.

Three:
Diamond verse on the importance of being moved by life.

Four 7 x 2 = diamond:
The beauty of a flower, in a bit of verse which tells how deeply the little things can
enrich our lives, and life’s brevity.

Five:
A sad story of a mother who could never make the time for her young daughter . . .until it was too late!

Six:
Good verse on the journey we call life, and how it differs from merely going through the motions.

Seven: Live!
Good advice, in a time when life is often wasted in conceding ground to those who would dictate our course for us!

Aaand, that’s it for Bhadra 1424’s critique! I’ll see you same time, same channel, for Ashwin’s critique! Stay cool!
Tf. Tk. Tts.

From the Editor-creator of the Ezine aka Sharmishtha Basu:

If you want to encourage the struggling artist and writer with your huge-hearted generosity: [You can buy Agnishatdal and Agnijaat from my patreon account]:

https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

The first annual digests of the Ezines:

Agnijaat Annual Digest 2017: Sfulingo 1

Agnishatdal Annual Digest 2017: Agnidal 1

Agnishatdal Shraban 1424 critique by Troy David Loy

Agnishatdal Shraban 1424 Critique by Troy David Loy @ https://www.amazon.com/author/Troyloy

Mangal Pandey:
Here was a good soldier who nonetheless put his people first rather than obey orders he knew were wrong. Evil is actually pretty banal, not dramatic or spectacular because it doesn’t need to be. Some of the worst evils in history were committed by those who were “just following orders,” or going along with the crowd like lambs to the slaughter. Pandey was a patriot who followed his conscience rather than his chain of command, and his death was a ripple that in time became a tidal wave.

Balgangadhar Tilak:
Tilak was an accomplished man in many fields, and a true revolutionary. His work in mathematics served well in his writing regardless of his detractors, which doubtless were many.

Budapest Missives 4:
Julia’s image is haunting, with the close-up Moon in the background a very effective evocative touch.

Red Heels Pt. 5:
An invitation to a date at a Cuban restaurant turns bad as our heroine suffers a
kidnapping attempt on the way there. Dressed to kill, with weapons-grade heels in her defense, she attempts to fend off her assailants…

Patterns:
Eleanor’s image shows some interesting repeating symmetries with some subdued and very earthy tones.

Breaking a windfall:
Raghu tells a story of a lucky old man who finally wins big, much to the distress of his doctor, which winds up hospitalizing someone, and not the one you would expect given one’s age!

Night in love with a dream*:
Dom’s verse touches both heart and mind, and makes use of repetition and form in very effective ways, as good verse does.

Kevin Cooper’s Interview with Steve Page was interesting, and I’m intrigued about the idea of a full-length novel written entirely in verse as Page has done.

Vishwanathan Anand:
Here was until only within the last few years a world champion chess-player, and in any event, world-class. While I’m behind on my practice, this is good encouragement to take up Mac Chess again, if nothing else for the cognitive exercise it affords!

Night M. Shyamalan:
I’m unfamiliar with most of his movies, having only seen Lady in Water with friends one evening. I enjoyed that at the time though, and will check out the others on IMDB.com

Abhijeet Bhattacharya:
I’m listening to his music as I type this, and find it not bad at all, quite good in my view. There is that recent controversy of his on Twitter, but I prefer to separate the art from the foibles of the artist. It broadens horizons. There’s a link to a playlist of his songs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtrnPKaGBgs

Shraban Recipe: pumpkin specials 1
Pumpkin is good stuff, and this recipe gives a great way to prepare it Bengali-style! Will add this to my repertoire of tasty pumpkiny treats if I can draft Christopher into lending his skills and spices to the effort!

The Chase:
A thief gets into a tight spot during a heist in this story from an upcoming book. The authoress shows her narrative skills in playing out the man’s predicament, and the outcome of his task!

Bhandananda Uvach 4:
Hatemongers are ubiquitous in politics, as the current excuses for leadership in many countries show. It’s a call for the sane among us to take notice and act, before it’s too late!

Harini: The doe, & Gharonda – the nest:
Two nice pieces of verse, in Bangla and Hindi respectively, making effective use of form and theme, which can be taken any one of different ways depending on perspective

Bengal & India This Month:
With Rakhi, Jhulan, Indian Independence Day, and Janmashtami being celebrated this month, the first of these is by far my favorite, and the third a sound reason for learning history, not the revisionist facade often presented in the media, but a good, solid time spent studying the best examples in the field.

Pieces of Past: Chandragupta Maurya
As the first emperor of nearly all of pre-colonial India during the late centuries BCE, he must have been quite an effective ruler. Interesting that he decided to liberate himself from the world, to put it one way, by starving himself once embracing Jainism.

Story From Ved and Purana – Mysteries of Draupadi:
Very interesting tale here, as it further illuminates a better understanding of how Vedic cycles show the relatable nature of Hindu gods, making it one of my favorite South Asian religions!

That about wraps things up for this month, so, my fine humans, I’ll see you again the very next!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

From the Editor-creator of the Ezine aka Sharmishtha Basu:

If you want to encourage the struggling artist and writer with your huge-hearted generosity: [You can buy Agnishatdal and Agnijaat from my patreon account]:

https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

The first annual digests of the Ezines:

Agnijaat Annual Digest 2017: Sfulingo 1

Agnishatdal Annual Digest 2017: Agnidal 1

Agnijaat Shraban 1424 critique by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Shraban 1424 Critique by Troy David Loy @ https://www.amazon.com/author/Troyloy

Self Publishing Ideas 2:
This relates some very useful information for post-secondary students interested in getting their poetry published, with submission guidelines included.

diary entries of an accidental home minister: 1
Good advice that calling oneself by the tired word “unemployed” is overrated, and that “home minister” is much better as well as more reflecting one’s actual residential duties. Hear, hear!

Cellphone spy software:
A dark side of coding, in the creation and use of malware for remotely surveilling other peoples’ phones by enterprising hackers. In some parts of the world it’s a thriving Internet business!

Caste system:
The authoress concludes this segment with this, for the moment, final installment on the politics of the scheduled and higher castes.

Indian farmers – why are not they thriving? – 1:
The plight of those in the agriculture trade and the failure of government to address their problems is discussed. Its lack of organization, small crop yields, looting, inequity in support for farmers, and neglect for the general image of peasants, spells issues the government must in time face to feed an ever-growing population of more than a billion on its own.

Trojan Horses…:
Stalkers are a frequent problem online and in this case, IRL. The authoress relates the things she’s gone through over more than two decades in dealing with her own, with a warning.

Bhakti Saints: Kabir:
Striving for spiritual unity in his teachings, this man espoused a universalist philosophy in his pursuit of the Infinite. I’ll have to look up his couplets, as the insights could be valuable, even to some nonbelievers.

Nature @Kolkata in Shraban:
With torrential rain and four widely celebrated festivals, while the rain reminds me of the nor’easter just this weekend at my locale, but with no comparison here in the festivals. Indian festivals are colorful, and doubtless fun!

Words of the wisest:
Three hymns from the Bhagavad Gita, with the words of Lord Krishna in verse
discussed, along with their context in instructing his friend Arjuna in following through with his dharma.

INDIAN RAGA NOW:
Suman Chatterjee, Nachiketa Chakraborty, and Hemanta Mukherjee are singers well worth looking into, for the post-Rabindrasangit period of Bengali music, singers who performed their art with style and subtlety in their day!

SPOTLIGHT ON – Richard Clayderman:
I’ve listened to Clayderman’s music, and blast, it’s good! I’ve found a link here for a good listen to some of his best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65EE7hTWq18 I’ve asked my brother if he knows him, and gave a “no” to that but forwarded me the URL for Richard’s website: http://www.clayderman.co.uk/ Check it out!

Window to West – Finding Dori:
A movie I’ve not seen, but worth viewing anyway when I get the chance! I’ll watch
Finding Nemo too, as we keep a cloth toy of Nemo in the family car.

Sweet Memories – A gentle heart:
The authoress recounts some of the truly good people she’s met and dealt with, not just gentle, though, but also altruists in a genuine sense.

Story Time: Crazy
Here is a cute little piece of flash fiction with an ominous start and a little surprise at the end!

Theme Shraban is Monsoon:
This month, there’s a couple of lovely digital paintings: the first of a goddess reclining on a rain cloud, the second of a girl on the earth below wading through life-giving monsoon flooding. Three is a well-formed piece of diamond verse on the soft sound of cooling rain. Four is 7×2 diamond verse on the final end of summer and the onset of the rainy season. Five is a flash fiction tale of a crew of three boatmen on a river who encounter a storm on their journey, far from the comforts of home and family. Six is a bit of verse welcoming the monsoon season and its respite from the harsh heat of summer. In seven, the authoress recounts experience with the rainy season in previous residences, and the benefits of the current situation.

That’s about it for this month! I’ll see you next month, O fine humans, and may you enjoy what left of this one!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

From the Editor-creator of the Ezine aka Sharmishtha Basu:

If you want to encourage the struggling artist and writer with your huge-hearted generosity: [You can buy Agnishatdal and Agnijaat from my patreon account]:

https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

The first annual digests of the Ezines:

Agnijaat Annual Digest 2017: Sfulingo 1

Agnishatdal Annual Digest 2017: Agnidal 1