Delhi Gate

City Walk – From ITO to Red Fort, Central Delhi

The path less traveled. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Trips to Jama Masjid will soon become easier. The trial run of the eagerly awaited and much postponed Heritage Line of the Delhi Metro will begin in August 2016, according to the Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC). An extension of the Violet Line, this […]

Delhi Photo

Atget’s Corner – 931-935, 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, courtyards, kitchens and old buildings. My archive of more than 25,000 photos showcases Delhi’s ongoing […]

Sunder Burj

City Monument – Aga Khan’s Grand Heritage, Hazrat Nizamuddin

The great restoration project. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This could be the closest thing to paradise. Here, the world is all grass and birds, air and sky. Sunflowers sway gently in the afternoon breeze. Tiny manicured gardens are laid out one after the other. Stone benches are placed discreetly behind green hedges—just […]

Chiki Sarkar

Netherfield Ball – Publisher Chiki Sarkar’s Secret Remained a Secret at Journalist Madhu Jain’s Anniversray Bash

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A few of them looked adequately solemn to be practitioners of long-form journalism (see photo 8 below). One evening The Delhi Walla attended journalist Madhu Jain’s get-together at India Habitat Center. It was the anniversary of The Indian Quarterly (IQ), her highbrow magazine. While Ms […]


City Food – Rabri, Chandni Chowk

Condensed sweetness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is sweet snow. This creamy dessert is an exception to the rule that street food is always inexpensive. In Old Delhi bylanes (think chaotic Chandni Chowk), the humble-looking pavement stalls sell a glass of rabri for 100 rupees. A small bowl of rabri is priced […]


City Moment – Tonga Riders, Outside Zakir Husain Delhi College

Commuting into the past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At least a dozen people are seated on the orange tonga. Most are women and children. The white horse is quiet. One white-hot afternoon The Delhi Walla comes across a horse-driven carriage just outside Zakir Husain Delhi College. Until a few years ago tongas […]