Our Self-Written Obituaries – Supratim Bhattacharjee, Mankar Village, West Bengal

The 151st death. [Text and self-photos by Supratim Bhattacharjee] Sleep eluded him most of the nights but today he finally caught hold of Hypnos, the God of Sleep. Supratim Bhattacharjee, known to his friends as Supu, was found dead this…

Netherfield Ball – Studying the Origins of Sharmila Tagore's Charisma, Prithviraj Road

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is an undisputed truth that the rich and the famous live in a world different from ours. One winter afternoon The Delhi Walla sneaked inside a gated bungalow in…

City Hangout - The Perfect Sunset Point, India Gate Circle

The ideal sundown island. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla always imagined that the perfect sunset belonged to cities with a beach or a mountain range. So obviously there couldn’t be any place in Delhi to…

City Landmark - Lenin's Tomb, Nehru Park

A forgotten statue. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sprawling Nehru Park is a perfect escape with its abundance of trees and rocks. You would think our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s statue must be tucked away in…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ankita Raina, Delhi University

The 150th death. [Text by Ankita Raina; photos by Anonymous and Rohini Bhat] Ankita Raina, a student of English Literature in Delhi University and a proud misfit who lived her life in constant terror, died this Thursday morning in a…

City Food - Butter Coffee, Chitli Qabar Chowk

The winter drink. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are you still a butter coffee newbie? You can have one right here in Old Delhi. The quiet, unassuming Mohammed Moinuddin, in his 40s, has been serving butter coffee to…

City Walk - Vakeel Lane, Central Delhi

A serene amble. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This quiet stretch has the tranquility of a siesta hour. Vakeel Lane is a short walk from the Colonial-era commercial district of Connaught Place. But you will not believe it….

Mission Delhi - Reshma, Inside a Ghaziabad Apartment

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Young folks have dreams. Dreaming that someday, somewhere, some sort of career awaits. But at age 18, Reshma is already making a living, working in…

Netherfield Ball – The Story Behind Meru Gokhale's No-Show at Chiki Sarkar's Launch of Perumal Murugan's Book, India Islamic Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a cold smoggy evening at the bleak India Islamic Center and we are growing attached to an intellectual’s grey braid. The Delhi Walla is at the launch of Perumal…

Home Sweet Home - Chacha Jan's Unauthorized Home, Vasundhara

Inside the walls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One day his home was there, as always. Today, it’s not there. That unauthorized makeshift dwelling was the only constant in this ever-changing middle-class neighborhood in suburban Vasundhara. Known simply…