Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Asmaul Husna's Poem City of Djinns I, Chanakyapuri

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Asmaul Husna’s Poem City of Djinns I, Chanakyapuri

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Her Dhaka is full of rickshaws. She often took late night rides in them to the old city, for a quick seekh at Bismillah hotel, or for a sherbet at Royal. It…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Dr. Esha Jamal's's Poem on a Delhi Afternoon, Batra Hospital

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Dr. Esha Jamal’s’s Poem on a Delhi Afternoon, Batra Hospital

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] At the time, she was doing her Master’s (specialisation in ophthalmology) in coastal Pondicherry. One evening, after returning to her non-sea-facing apartment following another hectic day of work in the hospital, Dr…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Covid+ Jonaki Ray's Poem on Omicron Variant, Chirag Enclave

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Covid+ Jonaki Ray’s Poem on Omicron Variant, Chirag Enclave

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] She was Covid-free. Fully jabbed, always masked, she had been working from home since the coronavirus pandemic gatecrashed our world in early 2020. Finally, last week, omicron caught up with her. The…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Nishat Ahtesham's Poem 'I stare at the emptiness', Connaught Place

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Nishat Ahtesham’s Poem ‘I stare at the emptiness’, Connaught Place

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] She is a statistical officer in the ministry of labour. She is also a poet and a rapper. She writes her own songs. This afternoon Nishat Ahtesham, 29, is in Connaught Place,…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Shahana Khatoon's Poem 'Almonds', Shaheen Bagh

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shahana Khatoon’s Poem ‘Almonds’, Shaheen Bagh

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The evening sun is setting behind the Metro station. The adjacent drain, clogged with plastic bags, has turned ethereal in the twilight gold. In her early 20s, Shahana Khatoon is unhurriedly walking…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Kandala Singh's Poem Birdwatching, Munirka Enclave

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Kandala Singh’s Poem Birdwatching, Munirka Enclave

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Kandala. Such an uncommon name. “It means ‘golden’ and suggest someone who has the properties of gold, such as beautiful, precious, rare,” says Kandala Singh. The word is from Punjabi, her mother…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Aryak Ray's Song on Lockdown, Palam Vihar

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Aryak Ray’s Song on Lockdown, Palam Vihar

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] He’s a writer—Aryak Ray works for an ad agency. He plays the guitar. He also sings. And it’s the first time he professionally released a song he wrote and rendered— on YouTube…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Isha Ahuja's Poem on Post-Recovery, Janak Puri

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Isha Ahuja’s Poem on Post-Recovery, Janak Puri

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Her life is returning to some sort of normalcy, but the recent days were a nightmare. In April her “Nanaji” was lying terminally ill with cancer. The whole extended family was attending…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Siddharth Sethi's Poem in Lockdown, Kailash Colony

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddharth Sethi’s Poem in Lockdown, Kailash Colony

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] While Delhi passes through one of its most tragic times in living history, it has citizens distilling their experiences into art. Isolated within home in Kailash Colony, actor Siddharth Sethi, 20, is…

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…