The Anthology is out

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Here it is, a big book full of the best haiku from ten years of World Haiku Review. available as an ebook on Amazon, worldwide. A few links are below.

Putting this wonderful anthology of outstanding haiku has been a delight. I will blog later about what it was like and some pictures from the book release in Pune.

The title, Fuga No Makoto means “truth, sincerity and honesty which a haikai poet needs to aim at when writing poems.”

Traditionally, Japanese haiku had three lines with 5-7-5 syllables and 17 syllables altogether. However, in contemporary English haiku, the 5-7-5 is no longer observed and any syllable count is acceptable so long as it does not exceed 17. This anthology has a select collection with some of the best of modern haiku.

The World Haiku Review is an online magazine which was a pioneer in the field of haiku – one of the first and most prominent magazines to take the Japanese poetic form and put it online for a wider audience. WHR set the stage for the worldwide expansion of the three-line, highly  imagistic verse form.

This is the Tenth Anniversary Anthology collecting only the top ten haiku from twenty-five issues of the World Haiku Review from 2008 to 2017. Here are some of the best haiku by some of the biggest names in the field, from countries all over the world. The poems are collected by subject, such as Morning Frost, A Cloud’s Drift, the Flower Moon, the Dream of You and so on. Also included are the Editor’s Choice haiku from each issue, complete with the notes of the editor-in-chief, Susumu Takiguchi, explaining why that verse was chosen.

A fascinating journey into a beautiful form of poetry with several hundred of the best international haiku for your reading delight. 

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Ten Years in the Making

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Announcing the book release of a big anthology.

This is a big one and has been a decade in the making. This is our ten year anniversary celebration – gleaning the very best haiku from ten years and twenty five issues of World Haiku Review into an anthology. Poets from all over the world.

The name Fuga No Makoto means poetic truth and simplicity.

It’s both a celebration and a lot of hard work. I have enjoyed reading all the poems again and spending time with poems from countries i know little about.

I am still working at the huge and painstaking job of putting the book together. Which involves putting the file together, editing, formatting, creating the cover and eventually, uploading. Its more work than I expected but satisfying at the end of it. It is taking shape slowly but surely. Soon, soon ….

So, the World Haiku Review will begin 2019 with its first book. Some really excellent poetry from some of the best poets in the field. I am sure this anthology will be a great addition to the field.

It will be available by the 1st of February as an ebook on Amazon. Print copies may come later, also on Amazon. And later in the year there will be a second volume, collecting the prose, the articles and editorials of those ten years.

Do look and if you are in Pune, see you there.

 

Narrow Road is up

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Our sixth issue is out, better than ever. Its been two years and six issues and its growing.

Do take look.

You can read it here –

https://www.scribd.com/document/396002803/Narrow-Road-Vol-6-Dec-18

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Exciting news – the R H Blyth Award

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The World Haiku Review announces the R H Blyth Awards as part of the tenth year anniversary celebrations. Here are some details.

Submission: Up to 3 haiku poems in English or English translation on any topic, in any style or form, but have not been published or being considered for publication elsewhere;

Deadline: Midnight of Thursday 10 January 2019 your local time.

The Award: The winner will be awarded GBP300 minus money transfer costs. There will be no prize for any other best tens, except for the honour of it, publication and a token in kind.

Check the rest of the guidelines here and send us your very best.

 

The Kumbh of Festivals

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My favourite literary festival is the biggest of them all, the Kumbh of literary festivals – Jaipur lit fest. I have attended it in Jaipur, once spending all five days there. If it was closer I would go every year.

One of the advantages of living in a city as big as Mumbai is that everything comes to you eventually! Last year, JLF started an opener in Mumbai.

I went again this year for cheerful Kutch musicians and a talk by William Dalyrumple on how it grew from about 10 people to an astounding half a million this year.

The big even was a discussion on the Me Too movement which has been raging for a while. The panel was all women and some who were deeply affected by predatory and powerful men. A delightful evening.

I will miss Jlf this year – too much work to finish, too much to do and very little time. but I will catch up on the videos as I do every year. And go to the Mumbai lit fests, of course.

Pins on a map

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Our third anthology is up, pins on a map, from our very prolific Mumbai group which is just celebrating five years of banter, jokes, coffee, discussions, learning, three anthologies and a blog.

A few hiccups for this antho, but it sorted out in the end. Some great writers sent in poems and pieces about travel, covering most of this wonderful globe. Great reading.

Do take a look. It is available on Amazon as an ebook.

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It’s that time of life right now

I have been absent from this blog for a while only because it’s that time of life which most writers arrive at, sooner or later. Lightning strikes out of the clear blue sky and you know that your number is up.

I have been self-publishing for almost four years. I have 15 books published and two others out of print. I have published poetry and non-fiction, flash fiction and stories. And I might have continued that path – until this.

Have you seen a cat eyeing a mouse? Nothing else exists – there is only one thing on their furry little minds. That is what happens when you reach this time of life.

It’s not the same urge, of course, but it has the same inevitability about it. The whole world shrinks or maybe it’s you who shrinks. All you want to do is hibernate, disappear, put the phone off the hook, avoid invitations, collect every stray minute like a squirrel collecting acorns and bow to the inevitability of your writing nature.

No, it is not depression. It is just the opposite of the low phase. You never feel more alive. It is the overwhelming and uncontrollable urge to write a novel.

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Writers who read this are probably nodding. They have been there too. Not yet? Wait, it will descend upon you one day. It will.

Yes, I am working on my first novel and it has turned me almost invisible. I have dropped out of a lot of things and cut out many more.

What can I do? It is long and tough journey. It may look easy and refreshingly simple from the outside, but from the inside it is more like climbing the Himalayas barefoot. The blank page is unforgiving but must be crossed and re-crossed every day.

The first time is the hardest. I don’t know what I am doing but when has that ever stopped me? That is the best part. I am plunging on, meandering, making a mess, going backwards as often as forwards but determined to reach that Himalayan goal – the last page.

And you know what – if there is heaven, this is it.

Now I am part way through the process and the blankness is showing a faint hint of shape. I have some notes and more pages than I want to count. The novel will take a long time still but, now that my path is set, I can return to a few things I cut out, like blogging. I have a few posts planned – on the self-publishing journey, literary festivals and fiction writing and whatever else comes along.

So, I will be back with more posts and more updates. Thank you for reading this.

Travel poetry

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Submissions are now open for Inhaiku Mumbai’s third annual anthology. After two successful anthologies, the taste of sea breeze and between sips of cutting chai, we are now open for a third one. (Both are available as ebooks on Amazon.)

The theme is travel and it is open to anyone, anywhere who would like to submit haiku, haibun, tanka or related forms. Send in your best travel poems for a chance to be published in these annual anthologies. Looking forward to seeing your work.

Submissions are open from 1st April 2018 to 15th June 2018. After that the editors will select and the anthology will be published as a Kindle ebook by Diwali, early November 2018.

Send in your best work to this email –

Inhaikumumbai@gmail.com

Do you want to write your life story?

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If you always wanted to wanted to write the story of your life but had no idea how, this is your chance to begin that exciting journey.

I am doing a workshop which can get you started and tell you what you need to continue till the finish.

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At Somaiya center for Lifelong Learning, Fort, Mumbai.

Saturday 24th February 2018 from 3 pm to 5 pm.

About the workshop –

Everyone has a wonderful story hidden inside. Think of all those anecdotes you tell anyone who is willing to listen. What if you could write them all out in a book of your own?

This workshop will show you how to make this the year you write your life story.

It will show you how to begin, what to write about, and how to keep going to the finish.

It will also tell you what makes a story interesting and how to avoid the boring and predictable.

In the last part you will learn what to do when you have finished in case you wish to find a publisher or self publish.

If you always wanted to tell your story but didn’t know how – this workshop is for you.  See you at Somaiya.

 

 

The Caged Bird Sings

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Continuing my fiction journey with two more short stories, The Caged Bird Sings and Encounter at a Train Station.

Quiet tales of women’s lives. Caged Bird tells the tale of a young girl trying to find her voice as she lives in the most limiting and confining circumstances.  Encounter is the story of a young girl trying to understand the changes in pre Independance India.

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An earlier version of Caged bird, and Encounter was included in my first eBook,  To Catch a Falling Star.

The cover is my interpretation of the brave and intense heroine of Caged Bird. It took me a long time to give her shape.

I had fun writing these stories and hope you will have fun reading them.