The critique for Agnishatdal Agrahayan is done!
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad:
What a remarkable man, in seeking freedom for India while opposing the subcontinent’s partition, an event with tragic consequences in the wars fought between the Republic of India and Pakistan then and since. I would very much like to read his autobiography!
Keshab Chandra Sen:
Interesting. A reformer who attempted to syncretize elements of Hinduism and Christianity, which from a philosophical standpoint is fascinating, even when he fell out of favor with his countrymen for it. He would have made an excellent debate partner in this modern era of the Internet.
Raghunandan relates a folk tale hailing from the Philippines with an interesting twist, with the wiser of the two characters seeming at first to be the more foolish, whose advice makes perfect sense only at the very end.
Freya does it again with a poem in her own unique style. I could almost visualize the unicorns at play in their groves!
Who am I?
Zelda waxes introspective here, with a wonderful musing on the enigma of personal identity in the face of uncertainty.
Raccoon (General) Reflection:
This one was cool, a piece on personality, and those attracted to said personality. Raccoons are cool, especially when outgoing romantics!
Walk this way home:
An interesting poem by Dom, which had the effect of conveying deep meaning from a few lines of verse.
The Unfaithful Earl:
A really cool ghost story with a twist. No spoilers here though, other than the involvement of silly Americans.
Swati’s verse evokes the limits of human knowledge each of us must face with the outcome of our decisions. We cannot possibly know everything, and it is a truism that the future is the hardest thing to predict. Quite enjoyable.
Treats of D Month:
Celestine and Dayna’s interviews were, to say the least, quite well-done, as were the book reviews for Logan’s Time and Spirits of Darkness and Light. The art of Adriana Ochoa Margain evokes the feel of a dream, or of an illustration befitting a classic faerie tale or fantasy novel cover.
Scorpion Man from Sharmishtha’s book, ‘The bridge of her dreams,’ rather reads like a faerie tale, and one that showcases well the authoress’s prolific imagination with the strange creatures and arcane forces of the setting. If only Inchelines were real, the world would be a better place!
Her two poems, Lajja, and Udasin Tapaswi are brief but well-done, and will provide opportunities to practicing with the graceful script they are written in.
Kartikpuja: It’s unfortunate that this month has but one festival, for Lord Kartikeya. What I found interesting here were the differences in North and South India of his marital status, which bears closer examination of the cultures and lore of both regions.
Indus Valley cities:
More mysteries of the Indus Valley civilization, as to where they went and what happened to them. Here are some possible answers to both queries, hypotheses worth looking into with further data.
Well, that’s it for this month! I await the Poush issue of Agnishatdal with eager anticipation!
Troy David Loy