City Walk - Niti Marg, Central Delhi

Sunny day walk. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is limpid in some places, parched in others. It is not a stream. Rationalists will rightly dismiss it as a mere optical illusion. But the magic is palpable— an…

Mission Delhi - Mobeen, Matia Mahal

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The main street of Old Delhi’s Matia Mahal is a sea of people, this afternoon. One person in the crowd is crouched on the ground….

Mission Delhi - Adam Burakowski, Gujarat Bhawan Restaurant

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Moong dal, arhar dal, vegetable kofta, aloo gobhi matar, farsan, choorma laddu, dhokla, tillar papad and fresh rotis. This picturesque Gujarati thali will soon be…

City Walk -  Gali Chandi Wali, Old Delhi

Rue du silver. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] See the photo. That deg is filled with molten chandi, the silver. Anybody can come and get a bowl full of it for 30 rupees. If only. But then it…

City Moment - Sense of a Place, Kabir Marg

Life of a traffic island. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] A city gets truly authentic when it is not on show. Easier to find its soul in ordinary places, during ordinary moments, when nothing is happening. When one…

Atget’s Corner – 1191-1195, 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,…

City Landmark - Lankeshwar Mahadev Mandir, New Delhi Railway Station

Gods by the tracks. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Saaye saaye, so whistles the forceful afternoon breeze. But the peepal is staying unmoved. No leaf stirs. Its branches, bare. The courtyard too is bare, of humans. But it…

City Landmark - New Book Land, Janpath

A circle of books. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some places are like Mount Everest. You might not have been to them, but you know they are there. Same is the case with New Book Land. The shop…

City Walk - Ansari Road, Old Delhi

A road by the wall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say as the plane descends on reaching Mumbai, a window-side flier gets to see a large number of rooftops in blue. And as you walk through Ansari…

Atget’s Corner – 1186-1190, 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,…