Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Raj Tekwani's Poem to 'Forever', DLF Phase 4

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Raj Tekwani’s Poem to ‘Forever’, DLF Phase 4

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] As we reach the first anniversary of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, here’s a poem about our housebound days, then threatening to go on forever. In his early 20s, poet Raj Tekwani is both…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - A Poem Written During the Metro Commute, Vikaspuri

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – A Poem Written During the Metro Commute, Vikaspuri

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] She is an engineer in a Noida-based multinational, but has been working from her home in Vikaspuri since March last year, because of you-know-what. But Jyoti Vij Ahuja is also a writer,…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Ghalib's Coronavirus, Ghalib Academy

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ghalib’s Coronavirus, Ghalib Academy

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What if Mirza Ghalib were alive today? How would Delhi’s great shayar (poet) have coped with the pandemic, and the consequent khud alhaidgi (self-isolation in Urdu!)? What ghazals and…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - On January 1, a Poem on Departure and New Beginnings, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – On January 1, a Poem on Departure and New Beginnings, Gurgaon

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] On a cold evening, with Christmassy lights hanging from buildings, Florian Morin is standing by a footbridge in Gurgaon in the Greater Delhi Region. “I like walking around,” he says. “In 2020,…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Ode to High-Rises, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ode to High-Rises, Gurgaon

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The first time he saw a host of buildings that “almost touched the sky” was when he was just 18. He had gone to Calcutta from home in Dhanbad,…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddharth Kapila's Ode to #covidtimes, Greater Kailash

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddharth Kapila’s Ode to #covidtimes, Greater Kailash

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is there a better time than the pandemic? Of course, this question only applies to people of his kind — writers. After all, what does such a specie needs…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jonaki Ray's Ode to Ordinary, Kailash Colony Market

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jonaki Ray’s Ode to Ordinary, Kailash Colony Market

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is in purple palazzos and pink kurti. Her brown sling bag has her wallet, a mobile, a “chhotu” cash purse, keys to her south Delhi flat, and a…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Saquib Hussain's Poem on Forgiveness, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Saquib Hussain’s Poem on Forgiveness, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He lost his job in April. Because of the coronavirus pandemic. Saquib Hussain, 28, was an online strategist working for a multinational company. Even so, he is feeling very…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Life with Norton Poetry of Anthology, Central Delhi

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Life with Norton Poetry of Anthology, Central Delhi

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ink is trickling from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry. Poetry, you ask? I used to dislike it too….

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Indrajit Ghoshal's Poem on Coronavirus Lockdown, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Indrajit Ghoshal’s Poem on Coronavirus Lockdown, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He works in an MNC and analyses the insurance details of people living in the UK and the US. It’s a kind of day job that any of us…