Jaipur Literature Festival 2014: Poetry app for visitors

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 18, 2014, 16:48 PM IST

Jaipur: Books, sun, writers, chai/ In two days time, all the world/ Here Literature Lives.

That is a haiku penned by a visitor at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival using the poetry application HaikuJAM.
At seventh edition of the Festival, an annual gathering of literature buffs, visitors can co-author poems with bestselling authors and fellow book lovers.

The app, which can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store, allows users to write one line of a Haiku, whilst other application users complete the poem.

Launched in October 2013, the app is the brainchild of London based tech firm, Haiku JAM, co-founded by 3 students of University College London (UCL).

Haikus are three-line, 17 syllable based poems, which originated from ancient Japan.

The first line is five syllables long, the second is seven, and the final line is five syllables, usually with a twist.

"We are thrilled to bring Haiku JAM to India! Since launching the app, a few months ago. Jammers from all around the world have created incredible haiku collaborations and shared them via Twitter and Facebook.

"We cannot wait for the attendees of JLF to craft haiku together and splash even more colour into what is already a mesmerizing event," Dhrupad Karwa, Co-Founder and CEO of Haiku JAM said.

Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, Co-Directors of the Jaipur Literature Festival added. The festival brings people from all walks of life together through the love of literature. The app will use technology to share this experience with fans of the Festival across the globe.

"Whether you are having your breakfast in New York, or dinner here in Jaipur, the app will allow people to write poems."

While Amartya Sen, Ved Mehta, Irrfan Khan, Gloria Steinmen were highlights of the opening day of the festival, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jim Carce, Xiaolu Guo, M T Vasudevan Nair, Jerry Pinto, Samantha Shannon, Nadeem Aslam, Farah Ghuznavi are scheduled to be engaging in discussions today.