Shiv Kumar Batalvi: Poet of Constant Sorrow

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Shiv Kumar Batalvi: Poet of Constant Sorrow

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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handigarh’s Sector 22 market is a cluster of small booths hugging each other close. For some inexplicable reason, there’s a monopoly of opticians, but I’d come looking for Preetam Kanwal Watch Shop that I’d read about in an obscure blog. The blogger was writing about events that had taken place there during the 1970s, involving a poet I’ve been obsessed with. And here I was, decades later, fervently hoping the shop had survived the vagaries of modern commerce.

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