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…

City Poetry - What if Ghalib Were a Woman, Old Delhi

City Poetry – What if Ghalib Were a Woman, Old Delhi

Ghalib as woman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Not only was poet Mirza Ghalib to be reckoned with in Delhi’s super-sophisticated literary and aristocratic salons but, according to late historian Percival Spear, he also “burrowed below the dignified…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Pallavi Barnwal, Connaught Place

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Pallavi Barnwal, Connaught Place

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A poet’s life isn’t easy. Pallavi Barnwal still has to shuttle daily to her day job. After all, one ought to pay the bills, and Ms Barnwal, a single…

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…