World Haiku Series 2019 (19) Haiku by Ajaya Mahala

World Haiku Series 2019 (19)

Haiku by Ajaya Mahala


disappearing dew
no time to discuss
an old love


Frogpond 38.3 , the Autumn issue, 2015





night of elopement

the escort moon avoids

 the highways


The 20th Mainichi Haiku Contest





mosquito wings –

the colour of evening 

so thin


First Place, Shiki Monthly Kukai, May 2014


 蚊 の羽 ー




bird song –

an incomplete sentence

each time


Tiny words  Issue 14.1 – 15 May 2014


鳥の鳴き声 ー




old oak

a million cicada songs

in the withered bark


Fourth Place, European Quarterly Kukai #9 – Spring 2015 Edition


樫 の老木




still pond

I sabotage the moon

with a stone


Frogpond 37.2  ,2014





a butterfly

sits on my shoulder

I become a stump


2nd position in Diogen Best Autumn Haiku, 2013





winter wind
a spider web holds together 
the swaying bamboos


Winning entry, Indian Kukai #13, September 2015





menstruation –
the shrill cry of the parrot
from the cage


WA Poets Inc.

Issue #36 Haiku

Haiku Selectors: Coral Carter, Rose van Son, Gary De Piazzi


月経 ー



— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta



Bio :

Ajaya Mahala is into poetry, story writing in both Odia and English. He specialises in haiku, a short form poetry with a style of Japanese origin.

Photography is also his pastime.

He did his graduation in Economics from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and pursued post-graduate study in Economics in Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.

He is in employment with the Government of India as a Joint Commissioner of Income Tax. 


After his introduction to haiku in 2013, he won all major world kukai in a single year, 2014. 
His haiku have been published in several leading haiku journals. He has been selected as one of the contributing writers for spring/summer issues (17th Cycle) of Daily Haiku, a much acclaimed international haiku journal. 

He has to his credit several international haiku awards as under:
‘Haiku Master of the month’ by NHK World TV – a haiku programme in the national TV of Japan. 
One among 8 Honorable Mentions ITO EN Oi ocha New Haiku Contest 2016 and won cash prize of ¥50000. 
Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016. 
20th Mainichi Haiku Contest in 2016
Romanian Revista haiku contest.(2016 and 2017 editions)
International competition for haiku on the theme: Blood Donation organized by the Croatian Institute for Transfusion Medicine, Petrova 3, Zagreb, Croatia.
3rd Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in 2014 
Kusumakara International Haiku contest 2017.
He has played an active role in organizing Triveni, the World Haiku Utsav 2016 at Pune.


Poems and Stories: He is a regular contributor of poems and stories in Odia to magazines.


Haiku Books in Odia


1. “ଘୁଞ୍ଚୁ ନ ଥିବା ଜହ୍ନ” (The Unmoving Moon)(A book of Haiku poetry in Odia(2018) 



Ajaya Mahala

Joint Commissioner of Income Tax (Exemption)

Room No. 304, 3rd Floor, Kailash Heights

Gandhi Nagar Mod,

Lal Kothi, Tonk Road

Jaipur -302005




mob : 8668828968

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