City Life - Mohammed Basheer's All-Purpose Karsa, Around Sufi Shrines

Fakir’s priceless possession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Offhand The Delhi Walla can’t recall how many times I’ve spotted this cheerful fakir seen wandering around Sufi shrines across Delhi–and with a pretty bowl called a karsa hanging around…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Chandrakala Geddapu, Deustchland

The 168th death. [Text and photos sent by Chandrakala Geddapu] She died in her sleep, after a night of telling happy stories to her friends followed by confessions of existentialism to her best friend about the hollowness she is left…

Mission Delhi - Rajkumar, A Central Delhi Pavement

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla could simply walk past him. That would be easy, too easy. But those badly bandaged toes set me thinking. What’s happened here?…

City Monument - An Old Fridge, The Oriental Fruit Mart

A souvenir that survives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This shop is one of the oldest surviving landmarks in Connaught Place. Everything — except the fruits, cookies, protein chocolates and wasabi peas — looks like a collectible. The…

City Hangout - Gora Street, Shahpur Jat

The white people’s lane. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Welcome to Gora Street. The sign clearly indicates this name. But at the moment at least, The Delhi Walla can’t see any “gora”, or white person. I’m in Shahpur…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Aditi Sharma, Somewhere in Delhi

The 167th death. [Text and photos sent by Aditi Sharma] Aditi Sharma didn’t survive the night, her death drew attention only when her pettish self didn’t come dawdling out of her small dark room for her morning coffee. On inspection,…

Mission Delhi – Maria Gkourometsiou, Paharganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla spots her in a café in Paharganj, sitting at a corner table. After a while we fall into conversation — she starts…

City Food - Dalbir Singh's Egg Stall, Outside Pragati Maidan Metro Station

The magic-realism of leaves. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Though The Delhi Walla loves lounging around this omelette stall I was hesitant to talk about it. For one thing, the owner, Dalbir Singh, isn’t very keen. “Sorry, I…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Mamta Rohra, Somewhere in the Arabian Sea

The 166th death. [Text and photos sent by Mamta Rohra] Mamta Rohra, 33, met her end in the deep waters of the Arabian Sea, close to the white sparkling reflection of the full moon that she loved so much. It…

City Landmark - Delhi's Only Parsi Cemetery, Near Prithviraj Road

You will always remain in our hearts. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Walking through any cemetery is bound to stir feelings. And perhaps even more so in this secluded graveyard in central Delhi that belongs to the rapidly…