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Delhi Poetry Slam produced six issues of Beetle Magazine to give youth opportunities to develop a passion for poetry, literature and language. Our brave young authors spill their guts, tackling difficult personal topics such as sexuality, family problems, discrimination and violence. Some of these issues are intrinsic to the contemporary South Asian life. 

Filled with invigorating poetry, imaginative stories and straightforward essays, and accompanied by bold and visionary illustrations, Beetle envisions to do the important work of circulating a soul-touching narrative.

Beetle Magazine is free to read for everyone. You can read each issue below, and we hope you enjoy! 

Sixth Issue

The final issue of Beetle Magazine focussed on the memory of home and being away from one's comfort zone, realizations of self-identity and sourcing inspiration from those around us. 

Authors: Sakhi Singh, Gayatri Varma, Khushi, Datri, Sanjana Saksena Chandra, Anoushka Panda, Arsch Sharma, Maxine Pamela Mathew

Cover Design by Jim Daikin

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Fifth Issue

The issue features poetry on themes such as dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, finding one's inner voice and being a misfit in society. 

Authors: Rhea Gupta, Ria Chowdhury, Aparna Bisht, Rohini Batra, Buddhapuri Medha, Anukriti Ashok, Shriya Bhardwaj, Sayani Bhattacharya, Aishwarya Nair and Rabia Sethi

Cover Design by Manisha Naskar

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Fourth Issue

This issue is an amalgamation of perspectives about the pursuit of freedom. It also includes some enthralling observations on bustling streets in the city.

Authors: Alivia Ghosh, Harsha Sewani, Dyondra Wilson, Shambhobi Ghosh, Ananya Sahoo, Maria Uzma Ansari, Sumedha Chakravarthy, Varisha Abdullah, Mukul Kumar, Aditi Shah

Cover Design by Dhanashree Pimputkar

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Third Issue

This issue is a mix of fact and fantasy. Covering everything bordering on the surreal, we carry you away to the land of bizarre daydreams and nerve-wracking encounters with ghosts and the dead.  

Authors: Shireen Khan, Ria Chowdhury, Niveditha K, Prakriti Basu, Muskaan Mittal, Rohan A, Anish Malpani, Namrada Varshini, Akshaya Pawaskar, Samra Khan, Anagha Smrithi, Utkarsha Anwekar, Rakshita Gupta, Lakshya Singh, Pritika Rao, Hina Naela, Narisa Wahlang, Nayanthara S, Kirthika Vijayakumar, Ayesha Ahmed, Sriharsh Bhyravajjula, Aarushi Krishnan, Natalia Nazeem Ahmed, Akanksha Patra, Shagun Marwah

Cover Design by Manisha Naskar

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Second Issue

With a fresh and bold take on understanding our intrinsic human nature, the July Issue features the bright and dark sides of the psyche. We cover the very extremes- from nurturing and acceptance to self-destruction and suicide. 

Authors: Babra Shafiqi, Syeda Namayah Fatima Hussain, Ilina Sinha, Vaishnavi Sathish, Poorva, Dia Bhojwani, Ananya Gupta, Tina Huang, Muskaan Ohri, Inilash Remot, Aayushi Saxena, Caren Mascarenhas, Shruti Mungi, Akanksha Patra, Debahuti Borah, Diya Sabharwal, Nikita Prabhu, Chaitanya Huprikar, Diya Khandari, Riddhi Puranik, Manisha Mishra, Sanjana Saksena Chandra and Naman Garg.

Cover Design by Dhanashree Pimputkar

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First Issue

Issue One includes searing poems on the experiences of summer, erotic stories about sexual freedom and straightforward essays on the likelihood of man-woman friendship.

Authors: Reshma Joly, Aishee Ghoshal, Laudeep Singh, Radhika Pradhan, Kiran Mishra, Janesis Fernandes, Abinesh Kumar, Deonte Osayande, Aqsa Eram, Maria Uzma Ansari, Atalant Nadkar, Ria Chakraborty, Mereshah Merybal, Sanjana Saksena Chandra, Anjali Hans, Saloni Panicker, Prisha Tiwari, Mandar Naik, Sneha Vyas, Carl Colaco, Kaushiki Saraswat, Antara Sathe, Anahita Mehra, Preksha Jain and Akshita Himatsingka.

Cover Design by Dhanashree Pimputkar

Click here to read the first issue

Thank you for reading! We hope you enjoyed the series of Beetle Magazine. Please take your time out to leave a brief comment via e-mail to info@delhipoetryslam.com