Dinesh Raheja, author, journalist, screenplay writer and poet for the last 34 years, wrote his first Hindi poem Buddhapa at the age of 12 when he saw his ageing aunt becoming breathless while climbing a flight of stairs. The poem came to him like a spontaneous burst of thought, as does most of his poetry.
His poems in Hindi and English have been published in Mid-day,
The Daily Hindi Milap and The New Indian Express.
Raheja has authored five books so far: The 100 Luminaries of
Hindi Cinema, Indian Cinema: The Bollywood Saga, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay, Chaudhvin Ka Chand: The Original Screenplay and Kaagaz Ke Phool: The Original Screenplay.
This is Raheja’s first attempt at haiku. He is a huge admirer of Japanese haiku master, Matsuo Basho (1644–1694).