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A Hundred Gourds 4:1 December 2014

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Gita Chanting

Gita chanting . . .
the birds become
an ellipsis

kala

the scarecrow stands
with a fading smile

radhika

a child walks
into the pond
to cup the harvest moon

prachi

ripples in the water
break my solitude

hana

***



watching the sunset
our hands brush together
once, then twice

mihir

the ring on his finger
shines bright with promise

aashima


she liked her coffee black
like her soul
he should’ve known

purvi

a dog hides in a tattered quilt
under the streetlights

ritu

perched on needles of ice
an owl and
its kaleidoscope eyes

nayaneeka, vedica and purvi

the evening settles
into a dull stillness

karishma

***



a whistle blows
as the train gathers speed
on a dusty day

maulik, aalisha

your pickup lines
were as cheesy as a pizza

maulik


when we kiss
I taste the next
50 years of my life

nayaneeka

fireflies dance
to greet the yellow moon

ankita

messengers from Indralok
flooding the town
on a stormy night

prachi

sitting on the window sill
he has a déjà vu

Gaarima

***



lights flashing
he struck the last beat

mihir

on the double bass
pinwheels whirling
to the sounds of mirth

ankita

under a hazy orb
the garden overflows
with camellias

simone and ankita

vanishing footprints
in the melting snow

jhanvi and nayaneeka


A live nijuin written by undergraduates of the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Pune

These students had opted for *Haiku and allied genres like renku, tanka, haibun, and haiga* as an elective in their 4 year degree course. This nijuin was written in four classes of two hours each, from 2nd September to 11th September.


The Contributors:

Kala Ramesh (sabaki) - vs 1
Radhika Mohite – vs 2
Prachi Agrawal –vs 3
Hana Masood –vs 4
Mihir Oak –vs 5
AashimaSafi –vs 6
Purvi Edara –vs 7
Rituparna Singh –vs 8
Nayaneeka Dutta Choudhury & Vedika Bajaj & Purvi Edara –vs 9
Karishma Sawlani –vs 10
Maulik Dabholkar & Aalisha Patil –vs 11
Maulik Dabholkar –vs 12
Nayaneeka Dutta Choudhury –vs 13
Ankita Datta –vs 14
Prachi Agrawal –vs 15
Gaarima Mishra –vs 16
Mihir Oak –vs 17
Ankita Datta –vs 18
Simone Noronha & Ankita Datta –vs 19
Jhanvi Tiwari & Nayaneeka Dutta Choudhury–vs 20


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