Snow-Falling-Effect

Friday, February 24, 2017

Autumn : Haiku



                                                                    
                                                                                 
                                                                                 rich in quietus
                                                                                 a carpet of russet golds                                                                       
                                                                                 glow of endless love 



                                                                                

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sound :Haiku





                       springing lucent drops
                       symphony of waterfall
                       pearls of her laughter 



                       pearly water drops
                       a cascade of silver chimes
                       vale listens in bliss

                                                                                                        





The above haiku are in response to Kristjann's prompt about the birthplace of Buson which is surrounded by waterfalls. 
"Yosa Buson was born in Kema Settsu Province, nowadays known as Kema-cho, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture. Buson's original family name was Taniguchi. Nature around his birth-place is gorgeous and I think it was a rich source of inspiration for him"

with CarpeDiem#1160, BirthPlace of Yosa Buson
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Break : Haiku






                                                                      the crimson dawn breaks
                                                                      river blushes glows under
                                                                      sunshine and blue clouds




Haiku is a Japanese verse of 17 syllables or morae which are represented as 5-7-5 .While writing in English, these syllables are presented in 3 lines unlike the original Japanese vertical line presentation.The main theme of haiku is nature represented by the juxtaposition of ideas. Using the 'cutting word' kireji and a 'season word' or kigo, is optional in modern haiku.

This haiku is a double entendre which as the name suggests is open to two interpretations of which, the one is usually risqué. 

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with HaikuHorizons




Break Free : Haibun

The best things in life are free with  free meaning- of no cost. Also freedom, being carefree, unbridled, free spirited and unchained.
Nature bestows free yet priceless gifts, which are strewn around if only one choose to look. Nature nudges the subconscious mind to feel and grasp the free, spontaneous flow of life... ebbing and surging, frozen at times but never still. Changing course, changing sound; in cadence and anacrusis but, lilting and gushing. Daily. Always. 
Indeed, the best things in life are free.



                                                                                                                                                                                                          
        frozen river breaks
        with first rays of golden sun 
        a vibrant new song 
                                                           







Haibun is a prosimetrum including a haiku and a prose paragraph as its basic building unit. Both components are juxtaposed to contrast or compliment the imagery, idea or the emotion. The prefatory component generally having the expository qualities and the concluding one is ascribed with the climactic ones. 


with HaibunMonday and HaikuHorizons
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Shell : Tanka


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                                                                        scattered shells on beach
                                                                        ivory spirals in time 
                                                                        moments lived long back 
                                                                       whorls and spires from ages past 
                                                                       runes of love bygone, forgotten



                                                                   






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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Scent : Haiku


                                                                                the memory trove
                                                                                anguish sorrow passion love 
                                                                                sandal roses cloves 








That assuring smell of boiling milk, the beautiful smell of hennaed hands, the aroma of sliced green chilies on the cutting board, of freshly grounded cinnamon and cardamom for tea... of sandal, of roses, cloves and ginger, of frangipani, rajanigandha, harsingar... of Dettol on grazed knees, of Vicks Vaporub on sore throat and of Boroline in chipped lips. 
The vermilion of karonde, emerald of pomegranate leaves, saffron of harsingar, fuchsia and amber of the bougainvillea, drooling toddlers, candy pink gums of babies with toothless smiles.... are all Proustian memories. 
Of a life unblemished and undefiled, of an innocent happy heart which has now befriended melancholia and of dark ingenue eyes which are now skilled in drawing a diaphanous curtain over their deep feelings.


Frangipani - Plumeria flower                                                                                         Rajnigandha-  Tuberose     Harsingar - Coral or Night Jasmine                                                                                     Karonde- Cranberries


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Haiku/ Senryu : Transience








Soaking up the sun
drinking the blue sky, till dusk,
endless bliss in bloom










Haiku is a Japanese verse of 17 syllables or morae which are represented as 5-7-5 .While writing in English, these syllables are presented in 3 lines unlike the original Japanese vertical line presentation.
The main theme of haiku is nature represented by the juxtaposition of ideas with a 'cutting word' or kireji and a 'season word' or kigo, both of which are not essential for the modern haiku writers. 

Senryu is a 'Human Haiku' following the syllable count of 17 in the pattern of 5-7-5 in three lines but with the focus on human idiosyncrasies and life situations rather than seasons and natural beauty. Senryu generally don't have a kireji (cutting word ) and a kigo (season word) and are  generally dark humored  or cynical.

My above verse here, fits the bill for both, hence, is a hybrid! :)







Sunday, January 01, 2017

The Guy On The Sidewalk : Book review


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Book:                The Guy On The Sidewalk
Author:              Bharath Krishna
Published by:    CinnamonTeal Publications, 2016
Genre`:              Contemporary
Book Cover:     Excellent!

The book opens with the protagonist rising up to a bright sunrise, sipping hot coffee and smoking his favourite Marlboro Lights soaking up the warm American sun in a friend's backyard. He is moving back to Chennai after six years in The US. His name is Jaywardhan 'Red' ,the book is his story and, I liked his story.

 It's the story of every youth from an educated Indian middle class/working background.
A story of That every youth of India, who does not want just to have a respectable job but, want his choice of job to be respected! More so, by himself.
Wishes to work as per his natural inclinations and, yet, to make it big.

From relationships to patriotism, from that Indianised-US culture to the big IT wave, the book covers the doubts and predicaments of that any average Indian youth who possesses a normal size brain with a capacity to think on its own and is not bogged down by the 'career wave' or, is guided by the IT craze or the quick money churning USwalla jobs.

This is the way I would like to describe the book in a er.. slightly bigger size Nutshell and as per me, it is sufficient to entice anyone to read it.

The Story: The story in itself is common, the protagonist's dilemma, his aspirations and his experiences are common. Normal. But, his reactions, his learning from those situations, his choices, are different and that's what make him, Jaywardhan 'Red', a different shade of Red.
 A roasted, baked, glowing Red, with that deep lava like sheen coming from inside. And not that dull, boring red which eventually fizzles out and turns into a muddy-brown.

Characterization : The characters are well etched and not just the typical 'withIndia' or 'againstIndia' version caricatures. Characters who are unapologetic for their stay outside India. Who don't mask their choices with varied 'needs', who miss the American cordiality and mouth gems about Indians like-
" We have a proud cultural legacy but not a culture in practice."  and
"Virginity in India is more out of deprivation than dedication." 

The protagonist, Red has a rare and very attractive quality of honesty.. its brutal, omnipresent and very charming. :)
The fringe characters Venkat, Jhansi, Amy, Siri .. are also drawn with that beautiful simplicity which seems to be the natural style of  Mr. Krishna.

What I like the most, is the transparency and honesty distinctively evident in every word of the author. I feel the story as if it is His story and though I have never faced the IT dilemma, still felt, as if it's My story!
Those turbulent times of dilemma, that stupid stubbornness for excellence, the way I doggedly used to listen to my heart and consciously steered away from every IN thing, that refusal to be a part of a herd of sheep and NOT to dream an American dream simply for its earning potential... was so relatable, that I cried while reading.
In author's own words, the way IT turned every hard earned University certificate into dirt and every dumbass into an overnight success minting dollars, many, without even knowing that IT stands for Information Technology, the barbs stuck home.

Writing Style -  The writing is simple, easy on mind yet, mercifully NOT colloquial. It has that fluidity which makes the reader read more then he had originally intended to and, at times, solely due to that conversational and casual way of writing down the inner turmoil of the character and their feelings with much ease and natural flair, the book is prone to be finished earlier which happened with me despite a huge time constraint!

 Some casual lines showing the effect of unadorned words.-

"Finally, the dinner party last night ended like all other parties. No one in the group was devastated because I was leaving them the next day." 

"Talking to Siri was an ongoing thing for me, either I talked to her on phone or I talked to her within myself."

Only Grouse: My only grouse was the occasional mistake overlooked at the editing table and the way it ended.
I don't have ANY issues with the end as THIS type of end made Red a fighter, a man true to himself. Following and standing firm with his instincts. Whatever they were/are. But I feel, readers DO expect a kind of concrete ending depicting what exactly he did after returning to India to justify this step. Perhaps a second part is in waiting, which will be a welcome. :)

Personally, being the conscience driven person I am, am okay with Red's decision of moving back despite his clear liking to the American way of life. The clean weather way, the way which offers competitive education, quality healthcare, progressive work culture, public civility, equal laws...
I feel, he wanted his people, the fellow Indians to experience the same. To have that type of stress free daily life. But, knowing well that he alone can't bring that change in his vast, divided, politically rotten, corrupt, over populated judgmental nation, he came back. Laced with that experience. May be doing his bit, simply by living in his own nation.

Book Cover :  It shows vivid oriental colours and Indian motifs with the bleak grays of American skyscrapers, and like the protagonist, both are accepted but not merged. This makes the cover a beautiful one. Kudos to the designer.

I had received the book from the writer for an honest review. I am thankful for him not only for the book but for showing a legendary patience which many boast of but only a few possess.. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mute : Haiku


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                                                                           mute anguish of love
                                                                           has silenced forever... that                                                                                                                                                   blithe chime of my heart










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Sunday, May 08, 2016

वो रुपहली सांझ आये


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                                                                  वो रुपहली सांझ आये  

                                                                   स्वप्न वन में झूलने को 
                                                                   मन की व्यथाएं भूलने को, 
                                                                   स्नेह का मधुमास छाए 
                                                                   वो रुपहली  .... 


                                                                   मन-धरा के भाव उर्वर  
                                                                   कृतित्व के उन्नत शिखर पर, 
                                                                   यश-विधु फिर मुस्कुराये  
                                                                   वो रुपहली   ...... 


                                                                   निर्दोष कौतुक के वसन  में 
                                                                   मन के सूने  प्रांगण में 
                                                                   प्रणय दीपक जगमगाए 

                                                                   वो रुपहली सांझ आये 




रुपहली सांझ -  the argent, silvery dusk                                                                मधुमास - the honeysweet time 
उर्वर -  prolific                                                                                                     कृतित्व  - creativity, vision 
निर्दोष - innocent, naive                                                                                       कौतुक - childlike wonder
वसन  - cloth. here attire                                                                                      यश-विधु - the moon of glory                                             सूने  - empty, lonely                                                                                           प्रणय - romance, love 



Wishing for this argent dusk to descend and liquidate the sorrows into its silver depths. Wishing the dark night to fall to embrace the ugliness of life and switch on the twinkling stars of hope. 
Wishing the earthen lamp of love to be kindled, so what, if by a transient spark ? 
Wishing the innocent childlike wonder to stay, the faith to take a deep hold, make the night earth glow under the lambent moon. 

Harsh unmasking sunrays are still a dream or two away.
 Wishes.. for life:)



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