1/03/2012

Towns of India

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Towns of India

***** Location: India
***** Season: Non-seasonal topics
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation

Names of towns can be used as topics for haiku.

Utamakura, place names used in Haiku

Placenames and Haiku / WKD LIST



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Things found on the way



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HAIKU


Parimala Rao :

Sundown…
The hillock temple bell echoes
The peace of Chamundi*

*Goddess on a lion - slayer of a demon called Mahisasura.
More details here .

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Flying through the smog,
Birds on a green pilgrimage
Congregate at the Lalbagh*

*Lalbagh- historic botanical garden of Bangalore

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Malini Gargeshwari :

On the somaari katte*,
Retired men discuss
Their sons’ hi-tech jobs


*Somaari Kattes of Mysore – literally benches (Katte) for the lazy (Somaari). Stone benches in public spaces where people (usually older people) gather to chat and watch the city buzz. An entertaining essay on the somaari katte is here.
Mysore is also known as ‘Pensioners Paradise’



To smell the jasmine coils
At the stall by the garbage,
She bends closer


Roadside flower stalls are very common in India and in the south Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai etc., a very popular flower is the jasmine that is woven into long strands sold by an arm’s length and arranged in coiled pyramids.
These flowers are carried in baskets by vendors on foot or small make-shift stalls can be found anywhere – on the sidewalk, bus stands, street corners etc. Picture1, picture 2


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Hardwar
Hardwar is a composite of 2 words
Hari (God) and Dwar (Gateway) - so it literally means Gateway to the Gods.


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A million lit-up hopes
On a journey to the divine –
Ganga arati*


*Ganga arati -
The most sacred river of India is the Ganges, which Hindus literally believe flows from heaven to earth for the purification of all whom its waters touch. To the Hindu the Ganges is divinity in the form of a river. Originating high in the Himalayan mountain range, the Ganges emerges on the Indian plains at the holy city of Hardwar. Every night at about 6:00 p.m. there is worship (arati) of the Ganga here. The arati-worship consists of an elaborate ritual of offering large and small lamps to the Ganges accompanied by the loud banging of ceremonial gongs, the playing of musical instruments and the singing of hymns in praise of the Ganges.


INDIA SAIJIKI : Ganges


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coal dust wafts in the air-
Asansol with mines, industries;
busy in turmoil.


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sea bound Contai;
smell of fish wafts in the air-
busy fish mongers, tourists-


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Outcasts' sing-song life;
Leapers in hilly hot Sambalpur-
Under the tree.


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Aju Mukhopadhyay, 2008


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skyless city lanes
struggling to walk out
into the horizon

Raju Samal, Mumbai, June 2008



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Related words

***** . Amritsar and the Golden Temple .

***** . Benares - Varanasi .

***** . Bombay, Mumbai .

***** . Delhi, Old Delhi, New Delhi .



and more ... INDIA SAIJIKI


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THE INDIA SAIJIKI

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed these haiku so much. Very beautiful!

a friend from the Philippines !

Malini said...

Thank you so much! We are glad you liked our work.