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…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Tikuli's Poem on Coronavirus Lockdown, Hauz Khas

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Tikuli’s Poem on Coronavirus Lockdown, Hauz Khas

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tikuli has always been trying to find a home. Even during this lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In her 50s, her means are artistic that involves painting and…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shivangi Sharma's Poem on Corona, Sector 15, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shivangi Sharma’s Poem on Corona, Sector 15, Gurgaon

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It feels like a lifetime ago, when Shivangi Sharma would take the auto rickshaw from home to HUDA metro station, board the Yellow Line train to Green Park, and…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Nayan Sharma ‘Vidharmi'’s Poem on Corona, DLF Phase III

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Nayan Sharma ‘Vidharmi’’s Poem on Corona, DLF Phase III

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Really, is Gurgaon all about soulless malls and office towers? That’s how unimaginative Delhi snobs like to diss the Millennium City in the Greater Delhi Region. It’s obviously untrue….

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jonaki Ray's Poem on Corona, Chirag Enclave

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jonaki Ray’s Poem on Corona, Chirag Enclave

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who could have imagined coronavirus touching our life so intimately. So maddening to be quarantined at home. But Jonaki Ray isn’t into cribbing. A scientist in a Noida-based software…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Chaitanya Kaushik, Jangpura

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Chaitanya Kaushik, Jangpura

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Lawyer Chaitanya Kaushik, 29, spent his childhood and the first flush of his youth in neighbouring Faridabad. “I then spent five years at a law school in Jodhpur and…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Jaideep Warya , Aurobindo Marg

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jaideep Warya , Aurobindo Marg

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most people listen to songs on the FM during their commutes. But one late evening in south Delhi’s Aurobindo Marg, landscape architect Jaideep Warya was spotted reading a poetry…