Bigger and better. Our third anthology and it has some of the best writers in the field. Haiku poetry and haibun prose on the theme of travel. Pieces from all
Our sixth issue is out, better than ever. Its been two years and six issues and its growing.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is the first of many short stories which I am publishing as inexpensive ebooks. Leading up to novels eventually. This one is fantasy and I had fun both writing the story and doing the otherworldly artwork for the cover.
This is what it is about –
She is the spirit of the tree, the last of her kind. She stayed to help humanity but she has stayed too late. Now she is marooned in an uncaring world. When they come to destroy her, how will she survive?
Lots more to come.
Submissions are now open for the Winter issue of World Haiku Review.
The themes are Peace and Winter, but they are only guidelines and you do not necessarily have to follow them.
The Deadline is Sunday, 20 December, 2015.
Please send in your best – make sure it is not published elsewhere and please read the guidelines carefully HERE.
Look forward to reading your work.
I will be doing a Haiku workshop at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Fort, Mumbai.
A Moment in Time — Exploring Haiku
Its a three hour workshop. In the first half we will read and discuss haiku and become familiar with both classic and modern poems. Haiku is a form of poetry known for its powerful imagery. You do not need to be a poet to write it and its popularity is spreading all over the world.
Once you understand the form, I will lead you to write your own in the second half of the workshop. Helped by a prompt you can try your hand even if you have no experience of poetry or haiku before
Come and enjoy an evening of beauty and poetry. See you there.
Date: 12th September 2015
Time: Saturday, 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
To register – firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 61702270