A few years ago, Economics student Dhru was sitting with his friend in a London tea shop, feeling down over a recent heartbreak and a failed startup.
To get his mind off things, he got out his notebook and wrote a line about something random. He passed it on to his friend, who wrote the next line.
They did this for hours and hours. It was fun, and even therapeutic.
Dhru thought it would be cool to write like this with people around the world.
So he called on his classmates Andy and Neer to make an app!
They started in the UK, got lost in San Francisco, and ended up in Mumbai in 2017.
Write a line and pass it on. Other people will write with you, or 'jam', adding a line each to make a haiku.
Haiku is a Japanese poetic form. It captures the essence of a moment in just 3 lines.
One of our mentors described it as a "tornado in a proton" — in other words, haiku says a lot with very little.
Traditionally, haiku follows a syllable restriction, but we keep it chill with a 17 word limit.
We've all felt lonely at one time or another, but there are not many places on the Internet (or IRL, for that matter) where people can have meaningful conversations.
We wanted to create a safe space where anyone could genuinely express themself, be heard and feel less alone.
As we were making the app, we realised that people were also using HaikuJAM to feel creative, find inspiration, get better at writing, make new friends, or just to unwind and have fun :)