“In Hindu tradition, Triveni refers to the confluence of three major rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati, at a place called Prayag. But here at Muse India, it signifies the coming together of Japan, India, and the rest of the world in poetry.” Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh is an acknowledged exponent of Japanese short form poetry and teacher of haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and renka at the Symbiosis International University in Pune, India. For several years, I have been enjoying her work on Jane Reichold’s international online poetry forum, AHA, of which Kala and I are both active members.
Last October I noticed a submission call on AHA for short form poetry for a feature Kala was compiling in her role as Contributing Editor to the literary e-journal Muse India. She was seeking work from Indians that drew upon their ‘cultural memory’, inspired by childhood experiences and traditions, as well as influential figures such as Mahatma Gandhi. From the rest of us in the world she requested poetry that dealt with any experience of India such as a visit to the country or exposure to festivals, music or Indian film.
I have been fortunate enough to have made trips to Mumbai and Delhi back in 2009 for a holiday and a wedding. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes of India have stayed with me ever since, so I wrote some haiku and hagia (art/photography & haiku) which I submitted for consideration.
I was delighted when Kala accepted some of this work, which is featured here in Triveni. I produced the haiga above (also published) using a photograph taken at sunset on Juhu beach, Mumbai. The senryu below was inspired by a moment in the gardens of the Lotus Temple in Delhi, where we spotted a beautiful girl accompanied by an armed guard. She looked like a princess or a film star and stopped to chat to my six-year old daughter, Taryn.
my daughter asks
is this Bollywood?