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…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - A Poem Written During the Metro Commute, Vikaspuri

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – A Poem Written During the Metro Commute, Vikaspuri

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] She is an engineer in a Noida-based multinational, but has been working from her home in Vikaspuri since March last year, because of you-know-what. But Jyoti Vij Ahuja is also a writer,…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Ghalib's Coronavirus, Ghalib Academy

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ghalib’s Coronavirus, Ghalib Academy

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What if Mirza Ghalib were alive today? How would Delhi’s great shayar (poet) have coped with the pandemic, and the consequent khud alhaidgi (self-isolation in Urdu!)? What ghazals and…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - On January 1, a Poem on Departure and New Beginnings, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – On January 1, a Poem on Departure and New Beginnings, Gurgaon

Poetry in the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] On a cold evening, with Christmassy lights hanging from buildings, Florian Morin is standing by a footbridge in Gurgaon in the Greater Delhi Region. “I like walking around,” he says. “In 2020,…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Ode to High-Rises, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ode to High-Rises, Gurgaon

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The first time he saw a host of buildings that “almost touched the sky” was when he was just 18. He had gone to Calcutta from home in Dhanbad,…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddharth Kapila's Ode to #covidtimes, Greater Kailash

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddharth Kapila’s Ode to #covidtimes, Greater Kailash

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is there a better time than the pandemic? Of course, this question only applies to people of his kind — writers. After all, what does such a specie needs…

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…