Agnishatdal Poush – December Critique by Troy david Loy

The Critique of Agnishatdal Poush, 1423:
By Troy David Loy @

Rani Laxmibai:
Here was a patriot of India, whose struggle for freedom from British rule against overwhelming odds, even in defeat, showed her mettle as a ruler and military leader par excellence.

Suchitra Mitra:
As an iconic singer of poetic works, it would have been lovely to hear her voice bring forth the harmonies it undoubtably did. She deserves to be remembered by students of music as well as those of history.

Swati offers a good take on what makes us who we are, and the queries we ask of that.

‘Who am I?,’ is something we all ask, yet not fully answered by even our best philosophical enquiry.

The cook is a spy. An African Childhood:
What happens when living in a nation torn by revolution and suspicion of outsiders? Here is an answer to what can happen when the social order is turned on its head by violent upheaval.

Stone Ventricles:
Freya offers a good set of verse, which I must admit touched more than a few neuronal clusters in the grey matter with both form and meaning.

Student is the Teacher:
Dom’s piece shows an uncommon understanding of human nature, and its place in a student-teacher relation, in which, to take a page from science communicator Bill Nye, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something that you don’t.”

Treats of D Month:
The interviews with both Melinda Kucsera and Loel Sreejib were both fascinating, as were the discussions of their books, Curse Breaker and Aqson. Miss Basu’s review of the latter raised my interest in reading it, not only as a work of fantasy, but a fictional reflection of politics.

Creator’s Quill:
Miss Basu’s story The Skeleton, a tale of supernatural time-travel and skullduggery, and her short verses Ajo Phote and Sone de, completed this section, and once more I find myself admiring her ability to play with words so well in three languages.

Miss Jain’s and Aayush’s verse pieces were excellent, takes on different aspects of love demanding both delicate wordplay and subtle command of imagery therein.

India (and Bengal) This Month:
Very cool that there are two celebrations this month, both for Christmas and the month’s end festival leading into next year! Interesting the way both are held, the former very different from Christmas here in the US!

Indus Valley cities:
Some interesting proposals on what happened to this early society. I too think it implausible that it fell to Aryan settlers, as that would require the civilizations be close contemporaries which doesn’t seem to have been the case. I’d add to this the possibility that some of the Indus Valley civilization may have relocated to Southern India as the forebears of the Dravidians, which could explain in part the differences between Indo- Aryan and Dravidian languages and cultures prior to the first contact between them.

I await the Magh 1423 issue with eager anticipation! My thanks to the creator and her stellar contributors to this ezine!


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