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triveni spotlight: 11th July 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: Nandita Jain Mahajan, July 2023


no place

to put it down

I walk with a balloon


Sonoko Nakamura (1913-2001)

Today’s Haiku (Feb 10, 2023)



mud-caked boots

the heaviness

of regret



Thank you for giving me an opportunity to present my selection. Though the task of selecting haiku for Triveni Spotlight was very difficult, I found it very rewarding. I spent several hours going through poems available in the public domain and those from books in my personal collection. I read and re-read, shortlisted again and again paring down the list till I could do no more. It was a sheer joy to read such fantastic works - my heart is full ... so happy.

I tried to keep the poems different from what other guest editors had selected earlier. However, there is bound to be some repetition. I found myself leaning towards old Japanese masters like Basho, Issa, Shiki, and Ryokan but equally drawn to women poets like Chiyo-ni and Rengetsu. The simplicity, charm, and timeless quality is what pull me to their haiku. What a picture they paint! And, the space between what is said and what is unsaid. So many different interpretations which helped me connect to these poems.

Amongst the contemporary poets, I found myself opting for those that tugged at my heart. The poems span longing, sadness, hopelessness, hope, love, and gentleness. These are those that I could read over and over again, especially at dusk, when my mind is quiet and at peace. And then, something interesting happened. I realised that I could pair the masters with the contemporary - similar thoughts and subjects but different treatment. I hope you enjoy this selection. Nandita Jain Mahajan


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What a unique and refreshing way of handling this month's triveni spotlight selections! Watch out for this space, every alternate day, dear readers, you are in for a real treat! Thank you, Nandita. We are waiting to see the month unfold. _()_

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Firdaus Parvez
Firdaus Parvez
2023年7月13日

Fantastic pairing, Nandita. What a brilliant idea. I can see you’ve put in so much effort and time to get this perfect. Thank you

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neena singh
neena singh
2023年7月13日

Interesting pairing dear Nandita. The unbearable lightness of being paired with the heaviness of regret…like the light and shade in life, which go hand-in-hand. Thanks for sharing the beauty! 💐💕

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Excellent pairing, Nandita! Getting so much out of the contrast here.

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Nandita Jain Mahajan
Nandita Jain Mahajan
2023年7月12日
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So glad you liked it. Haiku has provided me with so many life lessons.

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Gauri
Gauri
2023年7月11日

What a pairing, both talking about how we carry our burdens And yet are different.


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Vidya Shankar
Vidya Shankar
2023年7月11日

What interesting pairing! And how beautifully both poems speak of heaviness.

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