New Delhi, India

Contributors: Abhay K., Kandala Singh
New Delhi, India

«  "I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all." »  —Michelangelo

My diwali thali has pink

bougainvillea petals, fallen

banyan leaves, tiny cracked twigs,

gathered from this bend

in your road, once

an entire country to me.


The wind brought down this yellow:

petals littering

the garden, the Maruti’s windshield.

The rain shreds petals, leaves

sticky splotches.

Armed with a rag, Ram Niwas


"I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all."—Michelangelo

Capitals are epitome of our imagination and are considered the highest achievement of human civilization in terms of art,...


Beloved of poets, emperors and merchants

I am the palimpsest city

ascending from my ashes as the phoenix

Indraprashtha and New Delhi

on the same bank of the Yamuna



1. The Day of Massacre at Nalanda

Bakhtiyar and his men
play buzkashi in my alleys today
monks are being burnt alive; and
those who try to escape are beheaded.

Dharmagunj – the nine...


I am the city of cities.

A city of invaders, conquerors

merchants, immigrants––

they twinkle on my...


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Bare to the bone

in tattered garb

freshness of adolescence

on my face

I stand amidst the traffic,

bouquets of roses in my tender hands––

red, yellow, pink and white,



I would like to begin with these words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery- "In this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together," and share with you the need for a...


It is widely accepted that the greatest literature is born when cultures, civilizations or worldviews come together. This often happens in case of diplomat-poets who often find themselves in exotic milieus, novel...


My smell,

my nakedness


hordes of human flesh

from faraway lands...