Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Sujata Chaudhry, Dak Bhawan

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Sujata Chaudhry, Dak Bhawan

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Sujata Chaudhry at her office in Dak Bhawan, a pale-pink government building in Parliament Street. In her 50s, Ms Chaudhury describes herself…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Neyaz Akhtar, Hotel Shalimar

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Neyaz Akhtar, Hotel Shalimar

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Neyaz Akhtar on the roof of Hotel Shalimar in Gali Murgan, a street in the Old Quarter. In his early 30s, Mr…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – John Keats, Nehru Park

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – John Keats, Nehru Park

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet English poet John Keats in Nehru Park, a garden in the city’s diplomatic enclave. It was an almost imperceptible autumn morning. The sunshine…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Taslima Nasreen, Behind Regal Cinema

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Taslima Nasreen, Behind Regal Cinema

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet Bengali poet Taslima Nasreen on the lane that runs behind the Regal Cinema building in the colonial-era Connaught Place. An exiled Bangladeshi citizen,…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – C.P. Cavafy, Rail Bhawan

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – C.P. Cavafy, Rail Bhawan

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet C.P. Cavafy at his office in Rail Bhawan, the headquarters of the Indian Railways in Central Delhi. At the age of twenty…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shahwar Kibria, South Extension-I

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shahwar Kibria, South Extension-I

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Shahwar Kibria outside the showrooms of South Extension-I market. In her early 20s, she works as an editor in a publishing firm….

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Manika Dhama, Connaught Place

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Manika Dhama, Connaught Place

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Manika Dhama in the Outer Circle of the Colonial-era Connaught Place. In her late 20s, Ms Dhama is an investment consultant in…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Job, BKS Marg Subway

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Job, BKS Marg Subway

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Job at the BKS Marg subway in Connaught Place. Telling me his story, Job says he was a decent man who suffered…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Chandni Singh, Janakpuri & Reading

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Chandni Singh, Janakpuri & Reading

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Chandni Singh on the online video call service Skype. Ms Singh, who spent her “happy childhood years” in Delhi where she has…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ekta Talwar, The Book Shop

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ekta Talwar, The Book Shop

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Ekta Talwar at The Book Shop in Jorbagh Market. In her early 20s, Ms Talwar graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in…