Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jonaki Ray, Chirag Enclave

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jonaki Ray, Chirag Enclave

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She was one of the 12 girls doing Masters in Chemistry in IIT Kanpur in a batch of 320 guys. Next, she went to the US for a Masters…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Kundan Kumar Singh, Central Delhi

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Kundan Kumar Singh, Central Delhi

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes Kundan Kumar Singh is filled up with confidence-shattering self-doubt. Not because his wife tells him “What will you get from these poems” but because he feels that “Anybody…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Michael Creighton's Love Songs, Adjacent to Outer Ring Road

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Michael Creighton’s Love Songs, Adjacent to Outer Ring Road

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This American poet has lived in our midst for more than a decade, doing what most of us never do. Taking long walks — sometimes for hours at a…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ankita Surabhi's Heartbreak Poetry, Lajpat Nagar

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ankita Surabhi’s Heartbreak Poetry, Lajpat Nagar

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s morning and Ankita Surabhi is nonchalantly looking at the monkey sitting just outside her balcony window. He, too, is intently staring back at her. Soon she must get…

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…