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…

City Series – Delhi’s Bandaged Heart, Around Town

City Series – Delhi’s Bandaged Heart, Around Town

Poetry in the city. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are you a poet? Do you secretly compose poems? Yes? Can I meet you? The Delhi Walla is starting a series called ‘Delhi’s Bandaged Heart’. The purpose is to…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart – Pakistan's Poet Zehra Nigah, Mehrauli

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Pakistan’s Poet Zehra Nigah, Mehrauli

Visitor from Pakistan. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One spring afternoon, The Delhi Walla accompanied Urdu poet Zehra Nigah, 75, to Mehrauli Archaeological Park. Ms Nigah, who lives in Karachi, Pakistan, was in Delhi to attend a mushaira,…