Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Call for Entries-Indian Kukai # 26-November 2018

Namaste! Hello!

We welcome you to the 26th 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 #26 is
The word need not be used in the haiku, but the haiku should be showing the topic clearly.

Submission Period:

Voting Period:

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

Results no later than:
 MONDAY – 10th DECEMBER 2018


  • 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 #26 (FIREPLACE) – 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 #26 (FIREPLACE) - 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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Winners Certificates of Indian Kukai #25

The certificates of top five winners  of 25th Indian Kukai are here :-


                                               WINNER- Dan Iulian

RUNNER UP - Eléonore Nickolay

THIRD-Michael H. Lester


Ajaya Mahala

Sudebi Singha

FIFTH-Stoianka Boianova


Organizers,Indian Kukai

Saturday, September 08, 2018

We conclude the 25th edition of the Indian Kukai 


62 participants took part in the 25th Indian Kukai.

The theme of this edition was Freedom

This time the winner is Dan Iulian from Bucharest- Romania  with 24 points. 

Eleonore Nickolay from France takes the runner-up slot with 23 points.
Michael H. Lester from Los Angeles, USA is third with 20 points.

4th place has been shared by Ajaya Mahala from Jaipur,India and  Sudebi Sinha from Kolkata, with 16 points each . 

Stoianka Boianova from Bulgaria  takes 5th place, with 13 points  .

Congratulations to all of them, and to each of you 

who participated as well.

Here are the complete results:

Here are the complete results:

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


1st place: 24 POINTS


refugee camp -
just the vagrant wind
jumps barbed wire
Dan Iulian,

(3,6,3) =24


2nd place: 23 POINTS

lake in the last light gently the old fisherman throws back the young trout

Eléonore Nickolay France



3rd place: 20 POINTS


sunburst— a butterfly escapes from its cocoon

Michael H. Lester Los Angeles USA



4th place(x2) : 16 POINTS


the last gasp before breaking free... dandelions

Ajaya Mahala Jaipur, India




freedom first voting ink on my forefinger



5th place: 15 POINTS


freedom of flight the snowflake chooses its way from heaven to earth

Stoianka Boianova(Стоянка Боянова) Sofia, Bulgaria



6th place : 13 POINTS


spring breeze -
written on a school book the word freedom

Giovanna Restuccia Messina (Italy)



7th place : 12 POINTS


computer down phone out of order ahhh

Phyllis Lee Sebring, Ohio USA


8th place (x2): 11 POINTS


prison yard after a brief strut the raven takes flight

Mark Gilfillan Hackney - London UK

(2,3,1)= 11



free verse an algorithm tracks my keystrokes

Mark Gilbert Nottingham, UK


9th place : 10 POINTS


shaking my hair loose . . . ocean breeze

Christine L. Villa North Highlands, USA

(2,4,0)= 10

10th place : 9 POINTS


endless summer - saxophone sound on water waves

Florin Golban, Bucuresti, Romania

(1,1,2)= 9


8 POINTS(x3)


abandoned garden the young shoots broke the fence

Nikolay Grankin. Russia, Krasnodar.




freedom of speech the parrot swears in the cage

Pepa Odjakova

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

(4,2, 0)=8



higher still higher rising into the headwind golden eagle

Minh-Triêt Pham

(Paris, France)


7 POINTS(x5)


Nazi ruins where inmates trod the extra mile lily of the valley

Anna Cates, Wilmington, OH. USA




limit reached impressions of suitcases in fresh snow

Ignatius Fay Sudbury, Ontario, Canada




released kites flames in the sunset beyond the river

Minko TANEV, Plovdiv, Bulgaria



the sun crosses the border with the refugees... freedom

Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)



empty cocoon -- a painted lady is free

James Dobson, Prudhoe, UK.



6 POINTS(x6)


high in the air going here going there ...thistledown

John McDonald Edinburgh Scotland




a handsome man she shortens the puppy's leash

Radka Mindova Bulgaria, Sliven




snow flurry . . . the oldest villager does a little dance

Marion Clarke Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland




flight of the butterfly far away in the sky my gaze

RANIERI Christiane France



barbed wire - and yet the song of freedom all around

Arvinder kaur,



armistice red kites* soaring again **The red kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae.

Cezar florescu/ botosani/romania



5 POINTS(x4)


freedom - no diet after the wedding

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara Galaţi Roumanie



# 48

cold snap – my kite a fish in the sky

Adjei Agyei-Baah Kumasi, Ghana

(0,1,1) =5



broken rag doll ... a girl who dared to dream freedom
sanjuktaa asopa, India




the infanticide girl child gets freedom from all
crimes against her

Lakshita Gandotra Jammu, India



4 POINTS(x4)


windy rain sound of our paper boat setting sail

Vibeke Laier Randers. Denmark




freedom the weight of dictionary with obsolete words

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi City: Hyderabad Country: India




to be then no more to be freedom

Dainius Dirgela Vilnius, Lithuania



spelling the martyrs' names - Victory Day



3 POINTS(x9)


America First - alphabetically on free understanding

Gheorghe Postelnicu,(Nicu) Bucharest, Romania



clipped feathers with cage birdie trying to soar high in the sky ocean

Lakshay Gandotra Jammu,India.



summer asylum - waiting for all the doctors completely naked

Mihail Buraga Bucharest Romania




no way of knowing how much is enough ___freedom

Vandana Parashar Chandimandir India



divorce- she relieves her kids from their drunken father

Rajeshwari Srinivasan India.




sailing off with the wind at my back toward the horizon

Carol Raisfeld Atlantic Beach, New York USA



woven flowers how her hair caresses the sun

Tia Haynes Lakewood, Ohio, USA



ripped spiderweb in the prison window - fly ladybug

Henryk Czempiel Strzelce Opolskie, Poland



peddling... the scent of eucalyptus whips my face
Madhuri Pillai Australia



2 POINTS(x6)

# 15

freedom the runways from all myselves

Radostina Dragostinova BULGARIA

(0,1,0) = 2



freedom the sea draws syncope on the beach

Ivanka Yankova, Asenovgrad, Bulgaria




single thought in the head after hearing diagnosis- freedom!

Andrius Luneckas,
Vilnius, Lituania




from her gilded cage she moves to freedom - from dress restrictions

Sandra Martyres Mumbai - India



in her eyes a pilot flies high... bonded labourer

Shreya Narang Abohar, punjab, India




newborn... the silence breaks into a song

Kumarendra Mallick Hyderabad India



1 POINT(x4)


by bike the wind in your hair - freedom

Pasquale Asprea - Italy



a plunge into the moon wake... and I feel free

Marina Bellini Bagnolo San Vito (MN) - Italy



the joy of a smile would that all children be blessed with freedom from fear

Ingrid Baluchi Ohrid, Macedonia



last day I can't answer what FREEDOM means

Jurate Norvaisiene Mazeikiai Lithuania




in the florist cafe parrots enjoying freedom, in the cage – a plant

Goda V. Bendoraitiene Klaipeda, Lithuania


at high tide the gentle giant finds freedom

Barbara A. Taylor Mountain Top, NSW Australia


to count on fingers five-seven and five but no…

Marcellin Dallaire-Beaumont Brussels, Belgium

the Earth is flat I hear one time in Hyde Park

Wiesław Karliński, (carley) Namysłów, Poland


Within its gold cage the red parrot cries again and again: LIBERTY!

Vasile Moldovan, ROMANIA


At the city park sheep graze freely shady human shapes

Richard Jodoin Montréal, Canada


freedom is sweet - in the insectarium a fugitive ladybug

Lyudmila Hristova, Sofia, Bulgaria

*Haiku#51 not shown in the final list as the contestant didn't send votes.

*Haiku# 43 has been withdrawn from the contest.

Congratulations to the winners, and to all who participated. We look forward to your participation in the 26th Indian Kukai.


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