Agnijaat Critique for Jyeshtha 1424
By Troy David Loy
Nazrul Birthday: as someone who suffered tremendously, while producing such wonderful songs, Kazi was quite accomplished in a tragic way. Yet he brought forth such amazing music, some of which may be found on this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=a9Vsdd9DIZI&list=RDa9Vsdd9DIZI#t=0
M.S. Subbulaxmi: I’ve listened to her music while reviewing the twins, and she was quite talented. I should watch a few of her earlier movies, and see her acting talents i full. Quite the songbird, this one!
Budapest Missives 2: Thoughts of a Budding Artist: Juliette here expresses misgivings that many artists have toward their own work. It’s called Imposter Syndrome, but as she suggests here, it can be overcome.
6 gateways to a worth reading article: Sweta offers some sound ideas for good articles, of the sort that sometimes ‘goes viral.’ My favorite, of course, is Catchy Title, as that’s the first part of any article that people see. But the others are no less important!
Red Heels Pt. 3: The story continues as the heroine encounters a photography aficionado with cameras older than hers!
Need Again: Eleanor offers an evocative image and missive on her photography work.
In disguise: Swati gives an account of her father, with a poem expressing her admiration and gratitude.
A cure for baldness: Horrors! A raja is going bald, so what is he to do? A clever young man enters the picture with an eye toward curing the potentate’s malady in a most unexpected way!
Twisting by the pool: Dom gives a short verse on the heat of summer, and the wonders of swimming pools.
A happy belated birthday for Swati and Sweta, and I hope it was glorious!
So too, a wonderful belated birthday to Juliette! May it have
Diva Dev interviews Sharmishtha Basu: an interesting talk, in which Diva shows her interview-fu with insights into the writing processes of the Twins creator.
Bhupinder Singh: too bad that he’s distanced himself from music, but as I listen as I write this, he’s got an amazing voice. Here’s a collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_sOuyLLEzY
Jyeshtha Recipe: Machher Jhaal – Spicy Fish: sounds tasty, looks tasty in my mind’s eye. I’ll have to give this one a try when friends are over for a gathering.
The bottle: a cute story, and a warning on taking extraordinary claims at face value; when it sounds too good to be what it says, it probably is!
Bhandananda Uvach 2: Some good commentary in verse, on the things said by authoritarian politicians to stir up discontent and nationalist fervor.
Bengal This Month: So, the birthday of a famous poet is celebrated this month, as is the festival of Jamaishashthi for those guys lucky enough to be sons-in-law – getting treated like a king by your bride’s family, what could be cooler!
India this month: With two more festivals celebrated this month, and this time throughout India no less!
Pieces of Past: Mahaveer: a fascinating link in the history of religion in India. The Jains stand out as a religion by reason of their code of strict nonviolence.
That’s it for this month, and I’ll see you once again in Ashar!