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April 03, 2013

Milestone 60

Poet and author Hariharan Balakrishnan reaches one of life's significant milestones and asks a question.

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March 27, 2013


Poet Hariharan Balakrishnan muses upon his significance in the Great Order of Life.

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March 20, 2013


Hariharan Balakrishnan brings a poem of pure joy - a poem to fix in one's memory.

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March 13, 2013

A New Year Every Day

Embedded in Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem is a thought that can lead to a well-lived life.

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March 06, 2013

What Makes Me Wait?

I'm angry with none
But happy with some
Anger takes me nowhere
But happiness eludes

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem considers the reason for human existence.

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February 20, 2013

Melting In Eternity

Hariharan Balakrishnan reminds us that many a poem fails to appear in neat array upon a page.

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February 13, 2013

A Hope for Tomorrow

Hariharan Balakrishnan finds hope in silent contemplation.

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February 06, 2013

Swan-peacock song

...I did not see I did not know
Of such grace and beauty...

Poet Hariharan Balakrishnan is overwehlemd ny the grace and beauty of swan and peacock.

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January 30, 2013

Standing Alone

Poet Hariharan Balakrishnan wonders why he feels alone in the world.

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Standing Alone

Poet Hariharan Balakrishnan wonders why he feels alone in the world.

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January 16, 2013

What Makes Me Wait?

"I have no more deadlines to keep
No more targets to meet...'' writes Hariharan Balakrishnan, wondering why happiness still eludes him.

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January 09, 2013

When I Look Back

...I look back now and this I see
Toddler daughters- now women
One to be a mother soon
The other a match to anyone...

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem reminds us that a house is much more than a mere collection of brick, mortar and wood.

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January 02, 2013

Swan-peacock Song

"I did not see I did not know
Of such grace and beauty...'' writes Hariharan Balakrishnan in this sensuous poem.

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December 12, 2012

Father And I

Hariharan Balakrishnan's profoundly moving poem is a reaching out to grip and hold on to the meaning of life.

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December 05, 2012


Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem reflects the isolated feelings of a sensitive poet.

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November 28, 2012

Two Half-Diamonds

Hariharan Balakrishnan's scintillating poem asks a profound question.

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November 14, 2012

Do I Have To Write At All?

Poet Hariharan Balakrishnan questions why he sets down words.

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November 07, 2012

Some Day

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem is an expression of a desire for perfect and simple understanding.

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October 31, 2012

A Stranger

"Why am I ever a strangter?'' muses poet Hariharan Balakrishnan.

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October 24, 2012

My Journey Is My Own

...I walk in silence, thoughts in mind
Thoughts I share with just a few...

And lucky we are that Hariharan Balakrishnan shares his profound thoughts with us.

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October 17, 2012

Talk And Speech

Poet Hariharan Balakrishnan writes:
When I talk to someone
I talk to a person
When I speak
I speak to the world

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October 10, 2012

I Would Rather Suffer More

Hariharan Balakrishnan is gifted a profound comment from a friend and poet par excellence.

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October 03, 2012

Are You Saraswati

Hariharan Balakrishnan questions the force, the muse, which compels him to shape words into poems.

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September 26, 2012

Encounter With Time

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem expresses a mood of tranquil acceptance.

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September 05, 2012

Dawn And Dusk

Hariharan Balakrishnan's evocative poem tells of the most beauiful sights on Earth.

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August 29, 2012

A Bridge To Whom?

Hariharan Balakrishnan asks himself the question which occurs to every imaginative writer.

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August 22, 2012

Alone In A Crowd

"I am at peace, alone,'' writes poet Hariharan Balakrishnan, sharing deep feelings.

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August 15, 2012

Ups And Downs

The bouncing enthusiam of a college kid leads Hariharan Balakrishnan to contemplate mortality.

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August 08, 2012

Tree Of Life

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem tells of Nature come to the rescue of one of It's own children - a baby bird in distress.

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August 01, 2012

Tree Of Life

Hariharan Balakrishnan's profound poem concerns flight from that which is good and life-giving.

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July 25, 2012


Hariharan Balakrishnan presents a wonderful remember-for-ever poem about lost love.

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July 18, 2012

War or Peace? - Dussera 2002

Dussera is the festival in India signifying triumph of good over evil. On the day that Hariharan Balakrishnan wrote this poem in 2002 India and Pakistan were on the brink of war.

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July 11, 2012

Rain - Peacock

Rain rains but does not reign, declares Hariharan Balakrishnan's deliciously watery poem.

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July 04, 2012

Patient Wait

Hariharan Balakrishnasn's poem tells of a man whose thoughts reach behond the din of the world.

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June 27, 2012

...As They Come To Me

"A poet is essentially a loner- someone who writes for himself, and to himself,'' writes Hariharan Balakrishnan in reflective mood.

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June 13, 2012

I Have No More Deadlines To Meet

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem indicates that life can be expansive and extensive when there are no more deadlines to meet.

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June 06, 2012


Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem announces that the silent man has silence for company. But there's a great deal of thought in that silent man's head.

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May 23, 2012

The Lonely Howl Of A Forlorn Wolf

In Hariharan Balakrishnan's magical poem a wolf's compassionate tears restore the silence of the night.

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May 16, 2012

A Place For The Stars

Stars are not like water, are they?
They do not find their way, do they?
Is my fist the place for them?

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem approaches the meaning of a mystery beyond resolution.

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May 02, 2012

The Golden Gate

...Permanence is myth, a shining mirage...

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem reminds us that our lives last for a mere speck of time.

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The Golden Gate

...Permanence is myth, a shining mirage...

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem reminds us that our lives last for a mere speck of time.

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April 25, 2012

Dancing Diamonds

A sweltering summer's eve brings to Hariharan Balakrishnan a suggestion, a fleeting glimpse, of the greatest of all lights.

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April 04, 2012

Tomorrow, Just Another Day

Hariharan Balakirshnan's poem expresses a detrmined optimism in facing up to another day.

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March 28, 2012

Rainbow Moments

Hariharan Balakrishnan's beautiful poem highlights magical moments for parent and child.

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March 07, 2012

The Urban Refugee

Hariharan Balakrishnan's deeply moving poem persuades us to pay attention to those in our midst who have nothing.

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February 29, 2012


Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem challenges the reader to consider the lives of those who stand alone beyond the crowd.

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February 22, 2012

Some Day

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem expresses a deep longing for meditative simplicity.

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February 08, 2012

Ashes And The Earth

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem emphasises the ephemeral nature of life.

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February 01, 2012

A Blank Screen

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem tells of the word drought which affects all writers at one time or another.

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January 25, 2012

The Toothless Beggar

A chance encounter with a laughing toothless beggar compels poet Hariharan Balakrishnan to consider the meaning of life.

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January 18, 2012

Dreamless State

...If dreams are naught would you be you?...

Poet Hariharan Balakrishnan asks a pertinent question which may leave you pondering for many a day.

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December 14, 2011

The Silent One

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem emphasises the shalowness of "society''.

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November 30, 2011

Autumn Flowers

Hariharan Balakrishnan expresses thoughts which occur to everyone who tries to weave a magical fabric from words.

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November 23, 2011

The Tamarind Tree

...The tangy fruits were all for me
I did not care for the rest
I ran back home with pride and glee...

Hariharan Balakrishnan expresses the immense joy of being young and adventuresome.

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November 16, 2011

Feet On The Street

Hariharan Balakrishnan's good-humoured poem considers the feats that feet can perform!

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November 09, 2011

The Golden Gate

Hariharan Balakrishnan's poem brings into sharp focus the transience of human existence.

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November 02, 2011

Dancing Diamonds

Taking a cooling shower on a sweltering Indian summer's eve suddenly fills poet Hariharan Balakrishnan with a sense of the wonder and glory of God.

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October 26, 2011

Rainbow Moments

Indian poet Hariharan Balakrishnan conjures another memorable wonder from mere words.

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October 24, 2011

Hariharan's Poetry

Selvi, who lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico, brings appreciative comments on the poems of Hariharan Balakrishnan whose work is now appearing in Open Writing.

Selvi and Hariharan re-established contact after an interval of 55 years and now regularly correspond.

Selvi has given permission for this e-mail to Hartiharan to appear in Open Writing.

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October 19, 2011

A Place For The Stars

"I was never taught to be taut,'' writes poet Hariharan Balakrishnan, glorying in things vast enough to fill a universe, yet small enough to clasp in a hand.

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October 05, 2011

Images Of Tenderness

Today we welcome an Indian poet to the pages of Open Writing. Hariharan Balakrishnan recently published his first book of poems, A Fistful Of Stars.

Hariharan brings us a poem appropriately entitled Indian Summer.

It is preceded by an introduction to his book written by Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra who won the second highest civilian award in India on the day he wrote the preface. Dr. Mahapatra's poems have been translated into several languages and his work is read around the world.

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