Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Neha Kumar, Vasant Kunj

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Neha Kumar, Vasant Kunj

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi vs Bombay? You must be joking. There’s absolutely no competition between these two cities. Delhi is by far… oh well, The Delhi Walla can’t lose out on his…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shehla Nawab, Tees Hazari Court

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shehla Nawab, Tees Hazari Court

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She writes in verse though her field is ‘criminal matters’. Shehla Nawab works as a lawyer and lives as a poet. The Delhi Walla meets her one afternoon at…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Samia Mehraj's Poem ‘The Runaway Girl’, Maidan Garhi

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Samia Mehraj’s Poem ‘The Runaway Girl’, Maidan Garhi

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A paperback of Aga Shahid Ali’s poetry is lying on her living room mattress. The small table has an old copy of The New Yorker. The shelf is stacked…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Akhil Katyal's Poem 'He was as arrogant as a Chattarpur Farmhouse', Jangpura Extension

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Akhil Katyal’s Poem ‘He was as arrogant as a Chattarpur Farmhouse’, Jangpura Extension

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He shares his second-floor flat with Agha Shahid Ali and they often sleep together. He has that deep bond with The Veiled Suite, the late Kashmiri poet’s collected poetry—the…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart – Emily Dickinson, Somewhere in Normandy

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Emily Dickinson, Somewhere in Normandy

Poetry in the world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is like a myth in her neighbourhood–it is rare she steps out of her homestead. On a recent evening, however, poet Emiliy Dickinson is spotted wandering aimlessly out…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Poet Manika Dhama, Delhi & Outside Delhi

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Poet Manika Dhama, Delhi & Outside Delhi

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is a privilege to stalk an artist over a long period of time (see all the photos below). The Delhi Walla has been following Manika Dhama’s journey as…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Anannya Dasgupta's Amaltas Poems, Amrita Shergil Marg

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Anannya Dasgupta’s Amaltas Poems, Amrita Shergil Marg

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is crossing the road. A car heads straight towards her putting her existence in doubt. An entire self-contained world is at risk: her own being + the poems…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Art Critic Aveek Sen on The Art of Losing, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Art Critic Aveek Sen on The Art of Losing, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Leaves shed trees. Bodies leave spirits. Lovers lose lovers. And a poetry book lost its owner. The much-marked and underlined paperback of Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems 1927-1979 belonged…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Rajeev Anil Roark, Perch, Khan Market

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Rajeev Anil Roark, Perch, Khan Market

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His life is like an unmentionable dream. During the day, he makes coffee; at night, he makes poems. His necessary companions: Marlboro and Remington. And once a woman posed…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Recollections, Venice's Ancient Jewish Cemetery

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Recollections, Venice’s Ancient Jewish Cemetery

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The tombs lay scattered across the grassy ground. Many of them were inscribed in Hebrew. A few showed the shield of David. A very few had small stones placed…