A frog jumps in
The sound of water
Eight months ago I came across an article which had these three lines written in 1600s by master haiku poet Matsuo Basho . On probing further I found it was a Japanese form of poem known as Haiku poems of three lines or 17 syllables usually accompanied by a picture of nature so delicate it looked soothing.
Another two months pass but I keep going back to reading Haikus on my phone finding a strange calmness, in my otherwise chaotic life. One fine day I come across an article in the weekly magazine of Hindustan Times, Brunch of a new app called HaikuJam. Ting! Sounds familiar. Reading further I find that a new app has been launched by three friends in London which is about strangers all across the world writing Haikus, one person, one line, anonymously. Intrigued by the magic of haiku and uniqueness of the app I was compelled to download the app. The idea of collaborating with a complete stranger to create poetry was too enthralling.
Six months ago when I downloaded the app of Haikujam they had been running the topic of colours. Colours is something which is really special to everyone. All of us have a favourite colour. As I had just completed a painting, I guess it was the most favoured thing to write about. The app was a simple one, skipping the complexities and allowing people to focus on creating poetry. The first jam I wrote in collaboration with other two people was about painting
I painted the canvas blue
Imagining the sky with birds
Mountains full of sheep herds
To this I had also added a picture of my painting in the background giving dimension to the poetry. And voila! The job was done. One line at a time, one step at a time Haikujam has hand held me to cross the bridge over the river of words and reach the zen garden for a rendezvous with my inner self. Dhrupad Karwa, Neer Sharma and Andy Leung might have conceived the idea of Haikujam app over a cup of tea, but they are noble souls doing a job greater than any of us.With every Haiku you write in the solitude of your being with a stranger, connecting with his thoughts, sitting in another part of the world, you grow in empathy. The discipline of seventeen syllables encourages brevity,clarity and precision in not just words but thoughts as well.
In the past six months my journey with HaikuJam has been quite eventful and enriching. After writing more than 11000 jams and having the honour of more than 40000 likes, I have a lot of stories to share……