have a great sunday!
Agnijaat Chaitra Critique by Troy David Loy (https://kestalusrealm.wordpress.com)
Indian Raga Now:
Manoj Bajpayee, Rahul Bose, Pooja Bhatt, three of the more fortunate actors where roles played are concerned. I must see their movies!
Spotlight on Milind Tulankar:
I’m listening to Tulankar’s online performances, as I write this. I must say, as instrumental music, they’re brilliant. Jaltarang is not an instrument I’m used to hearing, but I like these even from the first listen. I’ve found a link to a playlist of his music here:
A woman who stood up to the might of the Mughal empire, and successfully at that, until her death during a siege in 1599. I doff my hat to her!
There are strange ways available for espionage and unethical surveillance, by the most simple means, even by teenagers, much less more experienced hackers. Things like this will keep a person up at night, especially with the computer running the whole time, like mine when rendering large fractals!
Pain is their cocaine:
This is a commentary on the contagiousness of gloominess, in both demeanor and worldview when morose people try to live it!
Bhakti Saints: Nimbaraka
Here is a man who had some fascinating ideas. Theologically there were his five methods of salvation, and philosophically there was his concept of Bhedabheda, which bears a closer look.
A New Dawn:
An upcoming book by the authoress, here is the tale of the family life of Ronit and Raina Rai, and their daughter Chaiti. There are ups and downs throughout, including the early days of Ronit and Raina’s marriage. Here and there there is tragedy, as with the accident that kills Asim and maims his widow Preeti. Preeti plays a substantial role in the story as it progresses, though I’m uncertain as to her relation to Ronit and Raina. Still, this bears a good read when it comes out!
Introduced in the Agrahayan issue of Agnijaat, this is a story of fearsome events and sinister cults. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up when reading this excerpt. Here is an account of a young woman’s encounter with terrifying forces and her attempts to survive with her mind and soul intact.
The College Trip:
I love a good vampire story, and having read the novelization of the movie Life Force, I prefer this
one, more supernaturally based, with a sort of creepy psychic parasite who latches onto a young student named Prema.
Interesting, this celebration. Hindu festivals fascinate me, with the colorful and personable Gods they honor, the stories behind them (We humans are story-telling beings, after all!), the fun to be had, and the spirit of community in organizing and attending these events.
Good poems this month, with my favorites being Distant Star and Lost treasure. The cadence for all of these is quite evocative.
Few cartoons for you: Chameleons:
These are fun! I love the tricky chameleons here, and their clever means of bagging a meal of gullible butterflies.
Agnishatdal Chaitra Critique by Troy David Loy (https://kestalusrealm.wordpress.com)
Jijabai, Shivaji’s Mother:
Behind every great man, there is always a woman. So far, I know of no one who came into the world without a mother to make it possible, and Shivaji was no exception. This woman of prowess and martial skill evidently raised her son as befits the strategist and tactician he was to become later in life. Her fortitude was, in my view, outstanding!
Here is another great performer whose works to collect. I’m listening to his music on the very night I’m writing this, and he’s quite the singer! The man has an unmistakable and unforgettable voice. Here’s a link to nearly 2 1/2 hours of his songs:
Aayush relates a brief story of two young people missing…something in their
relationship. Now is indeed the moment life is free, even when we ourselves are not!
Breiuc relates a humorous tale of dressing to kill, or to be killed once you read to the end. It’s short, but funny.
Eleanor Leonne Bennet and Juliette Roques:
Sometimes email says it all, as much as a full bio, and here these ladies introduce themselves through their writing and work. So, I’ll take this opportunity to welcome both to this eZine! Greetings!
What Will the New, Look Like?
Carolyn shows us an optimistic future, an outcome of human endeavor to which could just be, even if the present looks dark indeed where world affairs seem concerned.
Worth hoping for, though work is sorely needed to make it happen!
The Big Game:
As Swati here points out, life is indeed a game, and rigged or not, is best played with skill and wisdom, and with a great quote at the end!
Dom gives a brief but heartfelt verse, what many feel but often miss the words to say.
David Stewart’s interview was interesting, especially given that he’s a GURPS player as well as a writer and teacher!
Help Make Reading More Diverse and Enjoyable:
Good advice on self-publishing! Independent writers have a lot of power, if only they put it to use.
With little doubt a fantastic and gifted actor, it’s tragic that he died so soon. I’ve seen one of the films he starred in this afternoon, Shatranj Ke Khiladi: Here’s the link I viewed from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zvc_yJY4ZQ
Chaitra Recipe: Gajar Ka Halwa:
Mmmm. Yummy sweets! And best of all, a sweet that takes well to refrigeration. This month’s recipe will be a tasty thing to keep me going on long nights!
The Red Butterfly:
Miss Sharmishtha’s upcoming book tells the story of a young woman, Tiasa, in line for the throne of a small kingdom, ruled by her grandmother, who encounters great dangers in her future domain. I’ll have to keep a lookout for this when it’s published!
Shranbaner dhara, and Maab Ehsaan:
Two verses for this issue from the authoress herself, both enjoyable, and both good for practice reading in the respective vernaculars.
Bengal This Month:
So two pujas for this month, and widely celebrated in throughout rural Bengal! American festivals seem dull by contrast, and far too city-bound.
Post Vedic Era:
An age of fundamentalist fervor, this period was not a kind one to the disadvantaged by birth, wealth. or circumstance. A dangerous time to live indeed!
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Indian Raga Now:
Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui… here are two actors worth watching. The four others noted are more established, but worth checking out just the same! Good stuff, as I’ve seen some of their movies on YouTube.
Spotlight On Shivkumar Sharma:
This is…cool! I’m listening to recordings of his as I write this. His santoor playing is absolutely marvelous! I must also check out his partner’s music! I’ll make that tonight while writing.
This woman, who reined in, possibly being one of the factors the brought about the end of the Mughal empire. What a remarkable human being!
Other side of the **** world:
Bloodhounds: Privacy is a big issue in today’s Internet, and so is the intrusiveness of editing programs. Some good warnings of what to expect when interacting online.
Caste System 4:
Offering government stipends to the socio-economically disadvantaged sounds like a good idea, along with better educational opportunities without quotas. This I think is worth considering, at least trying out to see if it works, though my hopes aren’t high that it will be implemented!
Nature @Kolkata in Biosakh:
From dangerous storms to sweltering heat, summer is NOT a good season there, even dangerous without air conditioning or a sturdy constitution.
Clear your attic:
An uncluttered, clear, and healthy mind is a good one, and much more useful than when it’s filled with detritus. Maintain it well, and it will serve you well.
Bhakti Saints: Madhavacharya:
born in medieval India during the 13th century, this man had some interesting views on the nature of souls and God. I’ll have to pour through my podcasts on Indian philosophy to get a more thorough look at them.
This is a fun one that I’ll enjoy reading in its entirety. Humorous, with commentary of human exploitation of our own private moments on film!
Jewels of Madhulipi:
A really cool ghost story, with a surprisingly happy ending! excellent!
With the onset of the new year in Bengal, there is much to celebrate and many ways for celebration. Much more colorful and interesting than New Year’s Day in the West!
Let us begin:
I loved the images and verse of this section! Among my favorites are One, Three, Four, Six, while the image for Two, the story from Five and the narrative from Seven: ‘To stay or to leave’ stood out as well. I love it when an artist evolves her craft!
Thus Spake Hypocritananda:
Good commentary in verse form!
I look forward to the Jyeshtha issue of Agnijaat!
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So, the 9th of May (Indian date) is the iconic polymath’s birthday! I have a few Ingreji
translations of his works, and know of his famous meeting with Einstein when the two
discussed science, philosophy and spirituality, a true meeting of minds! May the great
scholar remain always in the hearts and minds of those around the world as a tribute to
Now here was a painter of some note. His innovations on traditional art styles make his
work especially interesting!
Juliette here gives an account of her youth in Hungary. How fascinating to those of us
unlucky enough never to leave their country of origin, at least in their early years!
Sweta writes a letter of thanks and appreciation for the meaningful things in life, that
made and make it worth living indeed for her.
I Am Watching. I Am Citizen Null:
Our new arrival, Citizen Null, offers a stern commentary on the state of his country. I’m
interested to see what more he has to say.
Red Heels Pt. 2:
Brieue continues from last issue with this narrative tour of the bright side of life in smalltown America from a shoe aficionado.
A notably interesting image and missive by Eleanor Leonne Bennett –
Excellent food for thought by Swati on the power of thoughts over perceptions, selfperceptions, and suffering.
Wendell offers a paean to devotion. Good use of form. Excellent phrasing, and without
use of rhyme; that would have hindered the message.
Tenali Raman And The Vidooshak:
Raghunandan tells the story of a plot to bring down a wise man using a king’s court
jester. I love that Raman so easily bested them despite being forced by circumstances
to play along!
Lost outside looking in:
Dom offers some brief but poignant verse.
Treats of the Month:
The Rainbow Horizon – Karen S. Cole:
Here, Karen talks about her book, with an interesting cast of characters and lots of
Hemdiva Dev’s interview was illuminating, showing her talent for prolific storytelling. Her energy for writing is to be admired!
KJ. Yesudas: The Celestial Singer:
A remarkable voice this man has! I’m listening to one of his songs as I write this. I could
never match this level of vocal skill!
This month’s recipe should be a quick preparation once I can get the ingredients. I have a friend who knows how to make it, has made it, and has all of the needed spices to boot! This will be tasty!
A cute story about a young spider learning the ropes to proper spiderin’.
Thus Spake Hypocritananda:
An enjoyable new installment. Especially so, as the worst evils often get free rein, not by the actions of evil people, but by the silence of good ones!
India This Month – Biosakh 1424
And so, the new year begins! May it be better than the last (and fewer good people die,
too)! With both poila boisakh and Rabindrajayanti to celebrate this month, Bongs have
much to keep busy! With Buddhapurnima falling afterwards, and then…May Day
followed by the hot, sweltering doomy doom of summer!
Pieces of Past: Gautam Buddha:
The life of the founder of Buddhism, both in history and shrouded by legend, happened
in an interesting time, when new movements and philosophical awakenings were going
on around the world. It’s no surprise to me that many of Buddhism’s mindfulness
techniques are used today, and adapted for modern life.
That’s it for now! I await the Jyeshtha issue!