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Ajaya Mahala

Ajaya Mahala

Born: June 09 1964 in Nuasunguda OdishaI, India
Resides: Pune, India
E-mail: ajayamahala (at) gmail (dot) com

Ajaya Mahala was born in a farmer's family in Odisha, the state lying on the East coast of India. The changing colours of nature with change in the seasons in a tropical monsoon type of climate of Orissa has a great impact on this poet’s mind. He did his graduation from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and post-graduation in Analytical and Applied Economics in Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. He is in employment with the Government of India in the Income Tax Department as a Deputy Commissioner in Pune, Maharashtra, India. He is into poetry and photography. Haiku is his new found joy. After his introduction to haiku in 2013, he won all major world kukai in a single year, that is, in 2014.

Awards and Other Honors: Second Prize, Diogen Best Autumn Haiku (2013); Third Prize, Diogen Winter Haiku (2013); First Place, Shiki Monthly Kukai (May 2014); First Place, Indian Kukai 3 (January 2014); Second Place, European Quarterly Kukai (Autumn 2014); First Place, Caribbean Kigo Kukai 48 (February 2014); Third place, Mandy’s pages Annual Tanka Contest (2014); Featured in haiku special from the English haiku submitted to the 3rd Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in 2014 and IHA haiku anthology (2015); First Place, Indian Kukai 13 (2015); Second Place, Indian Kukai 15 (January 2016); Chosen 'Haiku Master of the month' by NHK World TV – a haiku programme in the national TV of Japan in its Fourth episode of "Haiku Masters" aired on July 25, 2016; Honorable Mention, ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest [there were 17,825 entries in English Division; won cash prize of 50000 Yen]; Honourable Mention, English section of Romanian Revista haiku contest (2016); Commended, Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016, announced at The Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship & Archival Science 2016 (LibrAsia 2016); Highly Commended, International competition for haiku on the Theme: "Blood Donation" organized by the Croatian Institute for Transfusion Medicine, Petrova 3, Zagreb, Croatia (2016).

Selected Work
mosquito wings --
the colour of evening 
so thin
still pond
I sabotage the moon
with a stone
disappearing dew
no time to discuss
an old love
old oak
a million cicada songs
in the withered bark
play of clouds
a mammoth loses its tusks 
to the autumn wind
winter wind
a spider web holds together
the swaying bamboos

Credits: "mosquito wings" - First Place, Shiki Monthly Kukai (May 2014); "disappearing dew" - Frogpond 38.3 (Autumn 2015); "play of clouds" - Second Place, European Quarterly Kukai 7 (Autumn 2014); "still pond" - Frogpond 37.2 (2014); "old oak" - Fourth Place, European Quarterly Kukai 9 (Spring 2015); "winter wind" - First Place, Indian Kukai 13 (September 2015).

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