City Walk - Mandi House Traffic Circle, Central Delhi

Inside the theater district’s heart. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A santoor recital. An art opening sundowner. A new play. Been there, done that. Mandi House, after all, is home to art galleries, concert halls, and the exalted…

Netherfield Ball – The Super-Duper Crowded Show at Arundhati Roy’s New York Book Launch, Brooklyn Academy of Music

The party secrets. [Photos by Paulsta Wong; text by Mayank Austen Soofi] As an Arundhati Roy fan, The Delhi Walla went last year to the faraway South Indian town of Ayemenem, the setting of her first novel, The God of…

City Food - Jain Lunch, Vaishali

A home-made meal with the Jalebiwallas. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Jalebi is in the air in Vaishali. The family The Delhi Walla is visiting descends from Nemchand Jain, the man who founded the legendary Old & Famous…

City Hangout - Sperm Park, AIIMS Flyover

Silence in the chaos. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who could have imagined the quietest place in Delhi is snuggled in the heart of noise? All around The Delhi Walla is chaos — bikes, autos, cars and buses…

Mission Delhi – Meer Chand, Munirika

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He looks a bit like Derek Walcott. He has the same white hair, the same moustache, the same face cut as the Nobel-Prize winning Caribbean…

Netherfield Ball – 'Thought Leader' Gurcharan Das Surprises True Proustains by Posing as a Proustian in Aaanchal Malhotra's Book Launch , India International Centre

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Socialite Shweta Bachchan-Nanda, who appeared on the cover of the latest Vogue, came in white. Alas, nobody noticed her entry though she looked tolerable (see the second-last photo below). One…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Neha Kumar, Vasant Kunj

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi vs Bombay? You must be joking. There’s absolutely no competition between these two cities. Delhi is by far… oh well, The Delhi Walla can’t lose out on his…

Atget’s Corner – 1046-1050, 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,…

Home Sweet Home – Writer Taslima Nasrin’s Study, Somewhere in Delhi

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Stop bitching. Start a revolution.” “Religion stops a thinking mind.” “Proud to be a feminist.” “Keep your laws off my body.” These stickers grace the room where she is writing…

City Life - The 40 Kashmiris of Old Delhi, Turkman Gate Bazaar

Home away from home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They are like migratory birds who make permanent, if makeshift, nests in a faraway land. A group of 40 Kashmiri men live in a corner at Old Delhi’s Turkman…