Delhi November

By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Delhi

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Under smoky, smoggy skies

people pass by, a nip in the air 

summer loses hold;

The city prepares for a date with

the brazen, windy, chilly, winter cold.

A Tanka is a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others.

 

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43 thoughts on “Delhi November

  • November 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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    A nice Tanka of November Delhi.

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  • November 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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    Lovely poem, Somali. My favourite part was “a date with…” Unless we like cold, I don’t think many of us like feeling the numbness and chills that come with winter. I’m a summer person, and never look forward to winter 😀 I didn’t know it can get that smoggy in Delhi. That is quite a lot of population, but I’m sure it still is a beautiful city 🙂

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    • November 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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      Thank you Mabel. Parts of Delhi are very well planned but the pollution levels are very high and increasing by the day ..so it gets smoggy. The winters are windy, cold and harsh…it is a city of extreme climate.

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  • November 25, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    Brrr…..! Time for hot cups of tea, savoured within the warm confines of a quilt!!

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  • November 26, 2015 at 6:13 am
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    You have painted a very benevolent picture of my city, where I have spent almost 35 years of my life. I am sure you don’t know Delhi November Somali…it is much much worse, not the cold but the smog. The pollution of Diwali and the onset of cold weather mingle to create havoc…cold and cough rampage the streets and sun refuses to come out, giving more power to the cloud of haze. People wait for the rain to come and burst this cloud and get some respite.

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    • November 26, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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      Hi Balroop ..good to know that you are from Delhi. Its my hometown too. 🙂
      Smog is there but its not so cold this time. The days are sunny and pleasant .. it gets a little colder in the evening and night. But since I settled down in Mumbai, I started finding the Delhi winters very harsh particularly in Dec, Jan.

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  • November 26, 2015 at 8:51 am
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    As a non-Delhi-ite, I can say that this scene is so beautifully portrayed in so few words Somali. Exact thoughts when one visits Delhi this time of year 🙂

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  • November 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm
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    The city prepares for a date with

    the brazen, windy, chilly, winter cold.
    Beautiful Tanka Somali ji !!

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    • November 29, 2015 at 10:27 am
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      Thank you Vishal. The extremely cold winters are a date for some but bring in cruel fate for some.

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  • November 28, 2015 at 11:11 pm
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    Reminded me of my days in Noida and Gurgaon. You have given it a chilling feel too…just perfect for my nostalgia😊

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    • November 29, 2015 at 10:30 am
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      Thank you Alok. In fact the winter in Delhi at times feels worse than in the western countries where you have central heating.

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  • November 28, 2015 at 11:13 pm
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    Winter was and is my favorite season. Followed by rains. A very beautiful Tanka and as usual a stunning pic. Love the fogs, which give one the feeling of a minor god! Walking through the clouds, while surveying the freezing world! 😀

    So captivating!

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    • November 29, 2015 at 10:25 am
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      Thank you Rakesh. Walking through the clouds, while surveying the freezing world is captivating only when one is sufficiently warm and covered…for others it is really painful.

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      • November 29, 2015 at 11:03 am
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        Yes. That’s absolutely right. Adversity is an adventure only when we are secure. Otherwise it’s an ordeal. 😀

        Anyway, it cannot rob off the beauty of winter, the land burnishing in the morning sun with us shivering in warm clothes!

        Boy! You reminded me of those freezing winters in Benaras and Kolhapur!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 11:57 am
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    “utsukushi” thats Japanese for lovely!
    Felt the cold of Delhi through your Tanka!

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  • November 30, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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    How I love the beginning! Your poetry are one of the finest☺

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