In the premiere episode, the poet in the darbaar is Akhil Katyal - reading his poems "He was as arrogant as a Chattarpur farmhouse" (English) and "Agar tum koi metro station hoti" (Hindi). The poems bookend Akhil's conversation with Poetry Darbaar host Lakshya Datta about where the words come from.
A writer based in Delhi, Akhil's second book of poems 'How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross' won the Editor's Choice Award by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. He translated Ravish Kumar's 'Ishq Mein Shahar Hona' as 'A City Happens in Love' for Speaking Tiger. He teaches Creative Writing at Ambedkar University Delhi.
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