City Food - Jain Lunch, Vaishali

A home-made meal with the Jalebiwallas. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Jalebi is in the air in Vaishali. The family The Delhi Walla is visiting descends from Nemchand Jain, the man who founded the legendary Old & Famous…

City Hangout - Sperm Park, AIIMS Flyover

Silence in the chaos. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who could have imagined the quietest place in Delhi is snuggled in the heart of noise? All around The Delhi Walla is chaos — bikes, autos, cars and buses…

Mission Delhi – Meer Chand, Munirika

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He looks a bit like Derek Walcott. He has the same white hair, the same moustache, the same face cut as the Nobel-Prize winning Caribbean…

Netherfield Ball – 'Thought Leader' Gurcharan Das Surprises True Proustains by Posing as a Proustian in Aaanchal Malhotra's Book Launch , India International Centre

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Socialite Shweta Bachchan-Nanda, who appeared on the cover of the latest Vogue, came in white. Alas, nobody noticed her entry though she looked tolerable (see the second-last photo below). One…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Neha Kumar, Vasant Kunj

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi vs Bombay? You must be joking. There’s absolutely no competition between these two cities. Delhi is by far… oh well, The Delhi Walla can’t lose out on his…

Atget’s Corner – 1046-1050, Delhi Photos

The visible city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is a voyeur’s paradise and The Delhi Walla also makes pictures. I take photos of people, streets, flowers, eateries, drawing rooms, tombs, landscapes, buses, colleges, Sufi shrines, trees, animals, autos, libraries, birds,…

Home Sweet Home – Writer Taslima Nasrin’s Study, Somewhere in Delhi

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Stop bitching. Start a revolution.” “Religion stops a thinking mind.” “Proud to be a feminist.” “Keep your laws off my body.” These stickers grace the room where she is writing…

City Life - The 40 Kashmiris of Old Delhi, Turkman Gate Bazaar

Home away from home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They are like migratory birds who make permanent, if makeshift, nests in a faraway land. A group of 40 Kashmiri men live in a corner at Old Delhi’s Turkman…

Letter from Another Delhi -- A Walk in Daulatabad, the Tughlaqs’ Other Capital

A journey into another Delhi. [Text and photos by Adrien Thomson] “It was almost a desert,” wrote the great voyager Ibn Battuta in his memoirs, referring to Delhi in 1333. “The greatest city in the world had the fewest inhabitants.”…

Julia Child in Delhi – Author Sadia Dehlvi Makes the Rarely-Seen Mango Qeema, H. Nizamuddin East

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you want some of Delhi’s best home-made non-vegetarian dishes, then you ought to be friends with author Sadia Dehlvi. She, along with her cook Sabir, rustles…