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Indra Neil Mekala

Indra Neil Mekala

Born: December 24 1978 in Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Resides: Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
E-mail: dr_indraneil (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) in

Indra Neil is a radiologist by profession residing at Rajamahendravaram, a beautiful city situated by the banks of river Godavari. He loves reading and writing poetry and haiku is his favourite genre. His haiku have been published in various journals and websites - Akitsu Quarterly, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, epheremae, Failed Haiku , Modern Haiku, Presence, Taj Mahal Review, The Asahi Shimbun, The Heron's Nest, Under the Basho, Wales Haiku Journal.

Awards and Other Honors:

First Prize in Maya Lyubenova International Haiku Contest (2020); Grand Prize in 24th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2019); First Prize in The "AHA" Haiku / Senryu Contest 2019 (Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards); First Prize in the 2019 Radmila Bogojevic Haiku Award; The Distinguished Work Prize in 11th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum Haiku Contest (2019); Second Prize in 2018 Polish International Haiku Contest; Grand Prize in 10th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest (2018); Grand Prize in 22nd International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2017); Second Prize in 7th Polish International Haiku Contest (2017); Third Prize in 6th Polish International Haiku Contest (2016); Third Prize in Betty Drevniok Award (2018) conducted by Haiku Canada; Shortlisted for the Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems (2017).

Selected Work
dripping faucet―
again I lose count
of my sheep
starving refugee
a hand approaches her mouth
with a microphone
paddy field―
the farmer ploughs
through a sea of clouds
Buddha’s half-smile
for a moment I forget
the moment
gibbous moon
leaving its own track
a walking stick
Earth Day―
the globe rests
in a child’s hands


"dripping faucet" – Presence Issue #60, 2018; "starving refugee" – Grand Prize, 22nd International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, 2017; “paddy field” – Third Prize, 6th Polish International Haiku Contest, 2016; “Buddha’s half-smile” - Under the Bashō 2018; “gibbous moon” – Wales Haiku Journal, Spring 2018; “Earth Day” – Taj Mahal Review Vol.17 No. 1, June 2018.

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