City Landmark - Metro Footbridge, Laxmi Nagar

The route to aspirations. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s no secret that Delhi can never get its fill of foot bridges. They’re all over the place, aren’t they? And specifically at Metro stations, where these spans quickly…

City Food - Shambhu Nath's Oriya Snacks, Hauz Khas Road

The faraway flavour. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even if you choose the superfast Purushottam Express it’ll take you a good two nights and one day from Delhi to reach the great Jagannath Temple of Puri in Odisha….

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Q aka Srivatsan Manivannan, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat

The 181st death. [Text and photos sent by Srivatsan Manivannan] I died. Death pleases me. I speak from the romantic afterlife, enjoying this divorce from the responsibilities of love. There exists no greater pain than of a life chained to…

Mission Delhi – Abdul Wajid, Todarmal Lane

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are different ways of owning a piece of the city, The Delhi Walla realises, while walking with Abdul Wajid — a 19-year-old college student…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Taruna Khatri, Jodhpur

The 180th death. [Text and photos sent by Taruna Khatri] She often looked at herself in the mirror and wondered if anyone knew she was a troubled child. Taruna Khatri, obnoxious and overly emotional, to be 21 in a week,…

Julia Child in Delhi – Surinder Kumar Makes UP's Matar ki Daal, Safdarjung Enclave

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Theatre person and former Doordarshan news reader Sunit Tandon has one of the largest collections of western classical music CDs in Delhi. Not many know, until now,…

Home Sweet Home – Abdul Sattar's Dwelling, Ganj Mir Khan

Inside the walls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Close to midnight, Abdul Sattar is shutting his metal-plating workshop. In a few minutes, the cramped space becomes his bedroom. This suits him fine. His extended family lives just down…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – K. Varshinee, Bangalore

The 179th death. [Text and photos sent by K. Varshinee] K. Varshinee, or Varshinee Krishnan (as she preferred to call herself), has finally left this world. She left the world as she had entered it, all alone. Varshinee strived all…

City Walk - Atul Grove Road, Central Delhi

A colonial-era slice. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most of us think of Ruskin Bond as the acclaimed writer who has always, always lived in the mountains. That’s not entirely true. Now in his eighties, this venerable author…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ankita Rathour, Louisiana, USA

The 178th death. [Text and photos sent by Ankita Rathour] Ankita Rathour died. Finally. She was expected to be living long, mundane years but her mind was a nasty web of thoughts. She was 32. She was found sleeping in…