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With the release of The Penguin Book of Indian Poets, Hamraaz is finally getting some press.

From 'Jeet Thayil and Ranjit Hoskote on Indian Poetry' in Open  Magazine:
JT: ...Take a poet like Hamraaz. We don’t know whether the poet is male or female, where they are based. We can make guesses. Hamraaz’s work is so specifically addressed to this particular Indian moment. Yet it has aspects that are time­less. I believe the poems will be relevant in ten years. When I look at the book and see the range of voices and of poetries, I know the collection will last.
RH: I completely agree. 

Writing in The Wire,  Uttaran Das Gupta  calls Hamraaz 'the Banksy of Indian poetry in English'.

In India Today (paywall), Poorna Swami has this to say about Hamraaz's contribution:
Such contrasts between poetic voices propel the anthology, often taking it far away from any kind of literary preciousness. Where Ezekiel breezily mentions “One day Ram Rajya is surely coming”, the pseudonymous poet Hamraaz—with poems like ‘PM Cares’ and ‘How to Be a Home Minister’—doggedly tears at the government. Explaining their anonymity, Hamraaz writes, “Who wants to be punished—or to have other projects be endangered—for a mediocre poem or even a pretty good one?” And so, we get a glimpse of the threat that poetry can harbour, and also of how, for some poets, the real work lies beyond the page.

Hamraaz also gets a nice mentions in this article in Nilanjana Roy's Financial Times review (paywall; screenshot here); in Mid-Day;  and on HT's Books and Authors Podcast  (listen here at 26:40 or whereever you get your podcasts.)


Hamraaz has 13 poems in The Penguin Book of Indian Poets edited by Jeet Tayil. Buy it in Delhi at Midlands or use google.

‘We Have Been Here Before’ and ‘This Number Does Not Exist’ are in nether Quarterly (vol. 2, issue 3).

‘I Fall Asleep Reading a Poem by Akhil Katyal’ (for Natasha Narwal) is in Rattle’s Poet’s Respond.

‘Hard Fruit’ is in The Alipore Post. (Artwork by Marina Marinksy)

‘We Must Insist on Saying Unspeakable Things’ is in The Wire.

‘Abrogated’, ‘In the Beginning’, ‘Hard Fruit’ and ‘In the Beginning’ are in The Sunflower Collective.

Sumedha Bhattacharyya (@kathagrapher) translated ‘Lockdown Lullaby‘ into dance. You can see it here.