Agnishatdal Poush 1425 Critique by Troy David Loy @ https://www.amazon.com/author/troyloy
Agnishatdal Poush 1425, December 2018
So, last Poush has brought with it chilly weather, so I’ll devote some time this Magh for the latest Agnishatdal critique! Join me for a bit as I supervise the eldritch minions in cleaning out last year’s failed experiments, and start new ones up for CE 2019!
Let us begin…Virtual trip to India*
Here’s an image of a young woman in saffron dress on a swing, beneath the leaves of a willow tree. I like this one, with its attention to detail and nice color balance of warm and cool shades!
Also here’s hoping Brian had an excellent birthday this last Poush!
Shraddarghya – Salutations*
Here we have an image of a hand holding what seems to my botanically illiterate eye to be a white lotus blossom, with a simple palette of three colors and good definition of shape!
Hemanta Mukherjee & Kalim Sharafi:
I’m going to say one thing about both of these gentlemen: The former has quite a list of recorded songs, the latter nearly so and between the both of them, this will provide many happy hours of listening! Wooticus Maximus!
Here we have an image of a young girl stringing what look like beads or pearls together. Both foreground and background share a nice balance of form and color. The boats in the distance remind me of recreational craft moving across the surface of the Chesapeake bay during my childhood.
The Little boy and the tiger:
Brian’s tale continues with mention of the apsaras, and photos from his no doubt interesting childhood. I can scarcely remember any details of my own, and speculate daily on how much of that are fictions spliced together from contaminated and incomplete memories. Good on Brian that he had so much of this documented!
Brahma Rakshasa 3:
Raghunandan continues this tale as the young priest, sans mantra, strikes a deal with the demon, bettering both its own lot and those of the villagers tending the mango orchards it haunts. Cool!
Space and the Divine*:
Dom’s verse this time is on direction, void, and harmony, and the unity of these in the quintessence that pervades the universe.
BP discusses the reforms of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, to better the lot of young Hindu widows, and the suffering offered for his efforts. BP gives dvice on dealing with trolls, as with Vidyasagar’s tormentors.
eleanor offers an image that could very well be taken as an example of spirit
photography using a mirror. As a big fan of the paranormal, this looks so cool to me!
Clippings by Freya Pickard:
The authoress reviews Freya’s newsletter, which looks to be well worth subscribing to!
The unfaithful earl, Part 4:
Doug continues this haunting, or rather haunted, tale with the events of the evening, as what might be reenactors, or maybe, just maybe, genuine ghosts on horseback in the dead of night – literally!
Lisa’s photo has a lovely balance of lighting and subject matter, with blossoms hanging from the stems of their parent plant!
Her second photo includes a nice quote by Kakashi Hatake!
Pikatron and Troy’s new book in Amazon:
Many thanks to the Authoress for the generous critique of my monthly newsletter, and her kind mention of my fourth book!
A podcasts interview:
Here, the authoress relates her interview for an online radio show. I like this one!
Here is a piece on India’s Father of Modern Dance, and a good thing he was! I might not be able to enjoy these artistic performances as I do without his work!
Shining new stars:
Here is no faint praise for the key actors of the Harry Potter movies! I’ve yet to see the films myself *puts that on bucket list* but I’ve enjoyed at least one of the books, and heard good reviews of many of the movies. Truly talented performers!
Dakshinamurthy Pillai, and True Treasures: Purnadas Boul:
here are two illustrious musicians, the former as well as the latter worth looking up to hear their music!
Poush recipe: Omlette er Jhal:
Mmm! I’m adding this one, like all in this series of entries, into a special file in my Evernote folder for Indian recipes (that’s a recent addition). This will go nicely with the books I’ve recently picked up on Indian cooking!
This time offers an image of trees and the open sky at night, with what looks like auroras lighting up the heavens! Very cool!
A good image showing both verse in the graceful Bangla script, the coral jasmine blossoms mentioned in the verse, and two musical instruments! Good contrast with the color palette chosen!
Bengal this month:
The Authoress relates the festivals for this month, offering her own anecdote of pilgrimages to the Ganges river this season, as well as the celebration of Christmas and New Year!
Wow! Here’s animate for the onset on 2019, with a skilled mix of colors, a limited but varied palette, and very well defined hands and blossoms dominating the image!
Story from Ved and Purana: Briddha Sangam
Here a nice love story, with the daughter of an apsara marrying her first suitor, and the two of them gaining a youthful seeming after mockery from passersby!
A mischievous monkey in this set of three cartoons gets into more than he bargained for during an otherwise routine theft of food from a tree of squirrels!
The final image for this piece shows a girl feeding fauns, and a group of bunnies too! This one uses good contrast without too much in the way of outlining. Nice!