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writeALONG! 14 June

A TUESDAY FEATURE

host: Muskaan Ahuja

guest editor: Lakshmi Iyer


In Indian aesthetics, a rasa literally means "nectar, essence or taste". Rasa are created by bhavas; a state of mind. Natya Shastra has 9 main rasas:


Shringara - delight/ beauty

Hasya - laughter

Karuna - compassion

Adbhuta - wonder

Bibhatsa - disgust

Veera - bravery

Raudra - anger

Bhayanak - fear

Shanta - peaceful


Haiku does reflect the state / moods of our mind in relation with the surroundings. Can you take the first three; Shringara, Hasya, and Karuna and express them in your poems?


Just sharing a few of mine, hope it makes a difference.


Shringara/ beauty, love, delight

.

growing up ...

her eyes meet her curves

for the umpteenth time

.

Hasya/ laughter

.

siblings fight

the dog barks away

with the ball

.

Karuna/ compassion

.

gun salute

memories of the lost

in golden letters



--- Lakshmi Iyer



Waiting to read yours...

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Jun 20, 2022

Trying:


a hoolock gibbon walking like a man ... granddaughter's eyes


hasya - humour


**


unkept promises the tender leaves talk of a new beginning

karuna - compassion **

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 20, 2022

Wow! I spent last night scanning info online about the Natya Shastra. What a vast undertaking it will be to study this. I'd need at least another lifetime to take it all in.

And to think that Muni composed this at a time when western Europeans were still wearing animal skins in mud-and-wattle huts! My deep deep bow to the depth of Indian culture, it's arts and aesthetics!

---Billie

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Jun 20, 2022
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Very true. In the 8th Century, Adi Shankara write about 'Advaita' - non-dualism. The oneness. It's mind-boggling! When most of the world religions were talking about dualism.

Read all about it here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advaita_Vedanta#:~:text=Advaita%20is%20a%20subschool%20of,or%20liberation%20from%20transmigratory%20existen

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Daipayan  Nair
Daipayan Nair
Jun 18, 2022

Revised, thanks to Laksmi and Kala


fish market ...

a man twitches

his nose


Or


fish market ...

the change he pulls out

of his lungi


Original:


local fish market

a man holds the hankie

below his nose


Hasya

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Daipayan  Nair
Daipayan Nair
Jun 20, 2022
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I might be wrong but I have seen many use the term "nose shrugging", Kala. How about twitching the nose? Or perhaps, a different image as you suggested:


fish market ...

a man twitches

his nose


or


fish market ...

the change he pulls out

of his lungi


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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 18, 2022

Hasya:


Mumbai traffic an old gent lifts his dhoti to scratch


Yes, actually observed mid-traffic jam!

Question: is "dhoti" the right word in Maharashtra?

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Jun 20, 2022
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Very nice poem for hasya rasa, Billie :)

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 18, 2022

Karuna:


the small child sweeping our courtyard . . . rose petals


I am enjoying these prompts; very stimulating. Thank you.

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Jun 20, 2022
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A lovely and poignant poem with a powerful message 🙏

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