My artistic take on the signs. Shish Gumbad in Lodhi Garden, New Delhi, India.
I clicked this photograph in one of the Satya Narayan puja ceremonies organized at my granny’s place in Agra, India. This is also a part of my Satya Narayan Haiku and Senryu series.
I fancy railway stations, trains, platforms and everything attached to locomotives. Fond memories of childhood days, when my brother and I used to wait for vacations are still fresh. We used to quarrel for the window seat and mum had to intervene with creative solutions.
Today, I relived those memories of the roaring engine, smiling faces on the platform, little kids running and asking for refreshments, families relaxing on the floor, (in India we don’t have enough space in the waiting room, so we make arrangements). Oh how can I forget the venders yelling Chai, Chai (tea, tea); they have this amazing voice that has become a distinctive characteristic of Indian Railways.
Today, I had this urge to escape from the modern lifestyle that Delhi offers, I felt choked and the best way to release and break free was to head to a new city, and here I am in Agra.
My dad and I decided to visit the unique Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke, India in the month of June. Certainly, it was one hell of a decision given that Rajasthan boils in summers. The sun scorched our backs as we travelled across Bikaner and Deshnoke; the mercury hovered around 46 degree Celsius. But for the love of Karni Mata, rats and travel we went all out and braved the summer sun.
The pictures were clicked at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, India. Previously, the fort was called Chintamani and was later renamed as Junagarh. Most of the forts in Rajasthan are built on hilltops but this fort stands bang in the middle of Bikaner and the city has developed around it. Raja Rai Singh of Bikaner started building the fort in 1589 with the help of Karan Chand and it was completed in 1594.
The fascinating palm patterns caught my eye; I wonder what they signify. In fact, I composed a senryu on one of the palms which will be uploaded soon as a part of my travel haiku project.
All photographs taken by Tarun Mazumdar.
A skinny structure consisting of bones and miniscule amount of flesh,me, needs a hearty breakfast. Thanks to Narayan Tea Stall – best breakfast in Delhi. The burger, chocolate shake and Narayan Special egg breads prepare the skinny boy for the battle of the day. P.s. He becomes Wolverine.
My workstation and yes I am still in my Christmas pajamas (if you happen to notice the tiny Christmas tree). I am a writer and poet, so this is where all the magic happens. Crime Master Gogo, Batman and Angry Maushi are my colleagues at work, they are fun to work with (clue: coasters).
Haiku my love. My eternal love. After completing a couple of articles and gossiping with Angry Maushi, I compose a haiku. So what you are looking at is my Black Book of Haiku.
I am learning Japanese and I have a test today. So the Black Book of Haiku is also my Hiragana practice book. Oh yes I love Musashi. My son will be named after him and my daughter will be called Otsu.
Ona sensei is happy today and so am I. The picture says it all. Nailed Hiragana. Hell yeah!
Time for some fun. My little sister Shikha and I plan to eat out today and have a gala time.
Supper time. This is an authentic Punjabi dish or I should say platter consisting of Tandoori roti, Dal Makhni, Shahi Paneer, Pindi Choley and pudina chutney with onions (steeped in vinegar, thus the color).
P.s.: Balle Balle. Shava Shava. is the Punjabi war cry. No wait, I guess it is Chak De. Whatever.