Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Vidya Singh, Ghaziabad

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Vidya Singh, Ghaziabad

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So many of us dream of becoming writers. Mostly it just remains a dream. But not in Vidya Singh’s case. Last year, this 77-year-old poet became the author of…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Cecilia Abraham, Raghu Nagar

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Cecilia Abraham, Raghu Nagar

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her young son is named after the poet Kabir, and her daughter is christened April. Not because TS Eliot famously called that month the cruellest but because her naughty…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jasbir Chatterjee, Vikaspuri

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jasbir Chatterjee, Vikaspuri

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Do our office colleagues really know us? Take Jasbir Chatterjee. A Quality Manager in a luxury car dealership in Gurgaon, she knows everything about automobiles (don’t get her started…

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…