The Visual Haiku Project is based on a collection of 19 haikus written in the 1970s by Zinabhai Desai. This is my attempt to represent Gujarati literature and script through experimental typography in modern and contemporary design form. It is an effort to preserve to include, to exchange and to celebrate. Selected works from the project are shared below.
As the boat hides along the river bends,
it contemplates its journey along the strongly carved current
As the game unfolds, we shall all witness them surface –
The Ace, The King and The Queen
O Mosquito, turn your drone into a prayer for my sleep,
so deep in my slumber, you may feast
The key I hold no longer turns the lock on my door.
Where do I turn next, leaving my threshold behind?
The doors to the unknown have opened,
let’s crown death and welcome him
A Storm brews in the sea,
under the calm glare of the sky
In my solitude, I hang memories in photographs
and then learn to look away
The entire night spent in dreams like shooting stars,
now slipping away with day break
Deep mountain caves inviting everything into their darkness,
surrounding skies remain locked outside
Behold this woeful sight!
The nagging river disturbs the flow of the sewer
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