Saying It With Haiku
the sound of sweet love drowned by the fanatic’s cries... play your flute Krishna Author, columnist and film historian Dinesh Raheja recently started a love affair with Haiku (the popular Japanese form of poetry), as the above lines from his latest book 101 Haiku suggest. Launched in Mumbai by firebrand director Meghna Gulzar, Dinesh’s maiden venture in the world of Haiku is a collection of three-line poems in English. Meghna, who read out Dinesh’s Haiku at the launch, said the lines gave her gooseflesh. “I have a soft spot for brevity. To be able to communicate a thought in as little as possible is something close to my heart. Dinesh’s haiku are light, deep, soft and yet very cruel. I found that so incredible that even if I were to not release the book, I would come here to take a book from Dinesh,” she said, adding, “My father (the renowned virtuoso, Gulzar) has come up with a form of poetry called ‘Triveni’. It is very similar to Haiku. The only difference is it is not bound by the five syllables seven syllables five syllables format of Haiku. The first two lines are a complete poem in themselves. But the third line turns the poem on its head. He calls the first two lines Ganga and Jamuna and the third line is Saraswati, which when it makes an appearance turns the thing around.” The author himself had a few uncanny words to share, “I am a pragmatic person. I don’t believe in miracles. But believe it or not, these Haiku wrote for themselves. The moment I got up in the morning, they would come tumbling in my head one after the other—I lost some because I was in the bath or driving because there was no pen or paper around.” While the Foreword to 101 Haiku has been penned by Vidya Balan, the Afterword is by National Award winning lyricist Varun Grover. Apart from Meghna, there was actress Zara Khan ( Aurangzeb) and actor Vinay Jain ( Cheeni Kum) reading out from the book in their silken and baritone voices respectively.
Meghna Gulzar and Dinesh Raheja