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triveni spotlight: 03 March 2024

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Vidya Shankar and Teji Sethi GUEST EDITOR: Iqra Raza 03 March 2024

lotus viewing…

the flowering



— Kala Ramesh 


As the world gets increasingly loud, not just aurally but visually as well (especially with the proliferation of technology and capitalisation of attention), I focus my selections around ‘intimacies’. Moments of quietude that involve a reckoning with intimacy in its various forms and along varied axes: with the self, with others, with material objects, with places, with thoughts and values, with the environment around us. To be intimate is to acknowledge the depth of silence, to allow it to settle into the self, sometimes even to be overwhelmed by it. The ku I have chosen for this month explore what it means to be intimate in different ways.

Iqra Raza

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Thank you for being our next guest editor, Iqra. The theme is powerful and we look forward to re-discovering moments close to our hearts.


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Well selected Iqra!!


Thanks, Iqra, for choosing this ku. It's one of my favourites. It talks about 'lotus viewing' which is a kigo word in Japanese saijiki and it encompasses all that Indian thought has shown us about detachment and enlightenment.

The lotus grows out of muck but stands tall and uncontaminated, like a realised soul comes out of this samsara but stands tall, in spite of the samsara.

Thank you.

it was published in Magnapoets: Print edition, January 2010

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Thanks a lot, Lakshmi.


being with

the flower...

I meet myself


Lovely ku by Kala and words by Iqra. Thank you team.

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Thanks, Padma,


peeling a daisy

she loves me

loves me not

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