Sunday, February 02, 2020

Call for Entries-Indian Kukai # 31- FEBRUARY 2020

Namaste! Hello!

We welcome you to the 31st edition of Indian Kukai. 

Indian Kukai comes to you from IN haiku group, which was formed by few like-minded haiku poets at the Haiku Utsav in February of 2013 – for exploring, promoting, enjoying and sinking deeper into the intricacies of this beautiful art form.

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Topics and results will be posted to this blog only. We’ll send you the ballot to the mail ID you use to enter the kukai.

The topic for Indian Kukai #31 is KITE

The word need not be used in the haiku, but the haiku should be showing the topic clearly.

TUESDAY – 4th February to TUESDAY – 25th Fubruary 2020 (12 NOON INDIAN STANDARD TIME)

Voting Period:

SUNDAY –1st March to SATURDAY – 7th March 2020(12 NOON INDIAN STANDARD TIME)


( Note that INDIAN STANDARD TIME is 5:30 Hours ahead of GMT)

Results no later than SUNDAY 15th MARCH,2020


  • Participants may send no more than ONE HAIKU ENTRY on the topic. No haiga entries please. Only haiku in English shall be accepted.Please do not leave extra gap between lines of the haiku.
  • If you keep extra gap intentionally,please mention it. 
  • Please do not enter any previously published haiku. Publication includes personal blogs, journals, Facebook, print or websites. Also, please do not use any obscene words in your haiku. We wish to keep the Indian Kukai free of such words.
  • All haiku entries are to remain anonymous till we publish the results.Any shared information or discussion about your entries in any group or forum, will be considered a violation of the rule.
  •  If you submit a haiku to the kukai, then voting is mandatory.
  • If you fail to vote during the voting period, then your haiku will be shown without ranking points in the results.
How to enter?
  1. Send one haiku to our email id:
  2. Only haiku in English shall be accepted.
  3. The subject for correspondence will be “Indian Kukai #31 (kite) – My Entry”
  4. Please sign your haiku with your name and place of residence (city, country).
  5. The acknowledgement for the same will come at most by the weekend after we receive your entry.
  6. Write your entry in the body of the mail, left aligned. Attachments will not be considered.
  7. We will send a ballot mail with the entries to those who have entered, once the submission period closes.

Guidelines for Voting Period:
  •  those who have submitted an entry to this edition of the kukai can vote.
  • We will send you an e-mail with the entries numbered and made anonymous.
  • You will have 6 points to use in total, no more than 3 marks to any one haiku entry. All 6 points must be used.
  • Send all your votes in one e-mail to our email id: with the subject for correspondence as "Indian Kukai #31(kite) - My Votes". We request you not to reply to the ballot mail itself, as it will help us to tally your votes easily.
  • The acknowledgement for the same will come at most by the weekend after we receive your vote mail.
  • Please do not vote for your own entry. Such votes will result in all your votes being rejected.
  • Order your votes in the same order as in list.
          For eg:
          #01 -- 3 points
          #06 -- 1 points
          #25 -- 2 points
  • Once voting period closes, the results will be published on this blog. We will intimate the publishing of results on blog via a mail as well.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Winners' Certificates of Indian Kukai #30

The certificates of top five winners  of 30th Indian Kukai are here :-


               JOINT  WINNER-Pepa Odjakova & Goran Gatalica




Henryk Czempiel


                                                                    3RD PLACE

                                                          Wiesław Karliński


Cristina Apetrei



Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara


Organizers,Indian Kukai

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Results of the 30th Indian Kukai

We conclude the 30th edition of the Indian Kukai

55 participants took part in the 30th Indian Kukai.

The theme was BONFIRE.

This time both Pepa Odjakova from Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Goran Gatalica from Zagreb, Croatia have shared the First Place with 22 points each.

Henryk Czempiel from Strzelce Opolskie, Poland takes  Second Place with 21 points.

Wiesław Karliński, Namysłów, Poland   takes the Third place with 19 points.

Cristina Apetrei Botosani, Romania is Fourth with 18 points.

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara from Galaţi,Romania is fifth with 16 points.

Congratulations to all of them, and to each of you

who participated as well.

Here are the complete results:

Points are indicated as (5,3,1) = 5*1pt + 3*2pt + 1*3pt = 5+6+3 = 14 pts.


1st place 


a homeless man reads slowly
last year's news 

Pepa Odjakova
Plovdiv, Bulgaria 
(7,3,3)=22 points



blazing bonfire —
my mother's wrinkles 
become sharper

Goran Gatalica,
Zagreb, Croatia
(5,7,1)=22 points


 2nd place


dying bonfire
neither of us
adds wood

Henryk Czempiel
Strzelce Opolskie, Poland
(4,4,3)=21 points


 3rd place


scout camp
at the last bonfire
first love

Wiesław Karliński,
Namysłów, Poland
(5,4,2)=19 points


4th place


the heat
in her eyes

Cristina Apetrei
Botosani, Romania
(1,7,1)= 18 points


5th place

# 15

bonfire in the night –
for a moment the sparks
become stars

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara
(3,2,3)=16 points


6th place

# 29

a hundred sleeping bonfires
afraid to wake up 

Dainius Dirgela
Vilnius, Lithuania   
(2,2,3)= 15 points


7th place

# 12

could never be...

Ana Drobot
(3,2,2)= 13 points


 8th place


all that’s left 
of grandpa’s stories —
ash on the pathway 

arvinder kaur, 
Chandigarh, India
(3,0,3)= 12 points


 9th place(x2)


bonfire ...
my poems become fireflies
then stars

sanjuktaa asopa
Belgaum, India
(0,1,3)= 11 points


sparks flowing across
the gap between us

Kaiser v Kahn
Darmstadt, Germany
(3,1,2) = 11 points


 10th place


in the bonfire . . .
junk I piled up
for sixty years

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi
Hyderabad ,India
(3,2,1)= 10 points


 9 points(x2)


after a bonfire 
evening hush 

Teiichi Suzuki
Osaka, Japan 
(3,0,2)= 9



chase each other-

Vani Sathyanarayan
Bangalore, India
(1,1,2)= 9


7 points(x4)


smell of burning leaves
takes me to my childhood...

Munia Khan
Dhaka, Bangladesh.
(2,1,1)= 7



misty moon
I feed his last letter 
also to the fire

Anitha Varma
Kerala, India
(1,0,2)= 7



fiery sunset
throwing into the bonfire
all her resentments

Christine L. Villa
North Highlands, USA
(2,1,1) = 7



bonfire - 
our shadows 

Mihail Buraga
Bucharest , Romania
(5,1,0) = 7


6 points(x2)


garden clearance
circling the bonfire
leaf smoke and I

Ingrid Baluchi
Ohrid, Macedonia
(1,1,1)= 6



bonfire -
flickers on an easel
autumn landscape

Krzysztof Kokot,
Nowy Targ, Poland
(1,1,1)= 6


 5 points


autumn clean . . .
the garden fills up
with sparks

Marion Clarke
Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
(1,2,0)= 5


4 points(x3)


A  campfire-
around it a crowd of kids but
only a few of puppies

(0,2,0)= 4



autumn garden ...
the old gardener
lights a bonfire

Mohammad Azim Khan,
Peshawar Pakistan
(2,1,0)= 4


 # 42

Guy Fawkes Night
the affair that blew up
their marriage

Nancy Brady
Huron, Ohio, USA
(1,0,1)= 4


3 points(x6)


Around the bonfire
kids and teenagers  listening to
stories of yesteryear

Vasile Moldovan
Bucharest, Romania
(0,0,1)= 3


bonfire at dusk
crickets and fireflies—
summer concert

Ignatius Fay
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
(0,0,1)= 3


reunion's end
the last of our drinks
hisses in a cinder

Marta Chocilowska,
Warsaw, Poland
(1,1,0)= 3 


making love near the hearth
the glow of fire
on her face

Nikolay Grankin
Russia, Krasnodar.
(3,0,0) = 3


pyre on the beach
a girl playing with fire
just a little

Marcellin Dallaire-Beaumont
Brussels, Belgium
( 0,0,1) =3

# 49

cold night
in a little refugee eyes
all life bonfires

Andrius Luneckas,
Vilnius, Lituania
(1,1,0) =3


 2 points (x7)


my vices-
Holi bonfire

Lakshmi Iyer
(2,0,0) = 2

 # 18

first kiss
only stars saw
the fire dying 

Vandana Parashar 
Panchkula ,India 
(2,0,0) = 2

 # 39

the sparks of the bonfire
getting farther and farther away...

Lyudmila Hristova,
Sofia, Bulgaria
(0,1,0)= 2


her acid scarred face
bold and bright 

Sudebi Singha 
Kolkata ,India 
(0,1,0) = 2

# 47

autumn fog
I won't see fire today
from your home

Dorota Ocińska
Lodz, Poland
(0,1,0)= 2


Africa bonfire 
crossing into the new year 
in the warmth of a stranger 

Adjei Agyei-Baah 
Kumasi, Ghana 

# 52

bonfire sparks --
the starry sky
is lost

James Dobson,
Prudhoe, UK.
(0,1,0 )=2


1 point (x4)


shooting stars shower
in the middle of pastures
a huge bonfire

Minh-Triêt Pham 
Paris, France

# 6

tamed fire
nestinars dancing over
a burning embers

Viktoriya Marinova
Pleven city, Bulgaria

# 30

bonfire ashes—
an empty can rides
the rolling waves

Marina Bellini
Bagnolo San Vito (MN) - Italy

# 34

big bonfire -
evil spirits vanish 
into the sky

Pasquale Asprea 



woman body top secret - 
even burnt on stake  
was very well dressed  

Gheorghe Postelnicu,
Bucharest, Romania  

# 8

silhouette of man
enlightened loneliness
in front of bonfire

Goda V. Bendoraitienė
Klaipėda, Lithuania


up into the night 
all these bright hot embers
night sky weaving

Mark Gilfillan
London - UK

# 19

smoldering flames
endless sounds of guitar and
original songs

Nijolė Kerušauskienė
Kaunas, Lithuania

# 22

star filled sky
stealing the full moon show
the  bonfire

RANIERI Christiane

# 24

in the bonfire
the logs crackle and pop
fight against pollution 

Seshu Chamarty,
Hyderabad, India


poor child's tattered blanket
to fight the chill

Kumarendra Mallick  
Hyderabad , India

# 35

walking the beach 
before they bounced in waves -
the first sunrise

București, România

# 36

A bonfire
melting snow around
an elderly couple

Richard Jodoin
Montréal, Canada

# 41

a bonfire of red tape
sparking the inevitable

Mark Gilbert
Nottingham, UK


bonfire night 
a Bogong moth avoids
the waving flame 

Barbara A. Taylor
Mountain Top, NSW

 *Haiku#5,26 and 46 not shown in the final list as the contestants didn't send their votes.

We look forward to your participation in the 31st Indian Kukai .

Indian Kukai