Our Self-Written Obituaries - Tulika Bhattacharjee, Rohini

The 147th death. [Text by Tulika Bhattacharjee; author photo by Pallavi Dhingra] Tulika Bhattacharjee, a photojournalist who moonlighted as a comic book artist, died unexpectedly on Thursday night, it is said, due to sudden failing of the heart. A closet…

City Food - The Cooks of Shereen Bhawan, Chitli Qabar Chowk

Where sweetness lives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This looks so much like a dalaan, the kind of courtyard only seen these days in havelis of yesteryears. And that room with three arched entrances is probably a traditional…

City Hangout - The Bookshop Ghosts of PVR Anupam, Saket

The saving grace of bookstores. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There were days, not long ago, when the PVR cinema and plaza in Saket seethed with energy. The capital’s smart set would inevitably beeline to this south Delhi…

Home Sweet Home – Daily Wager's Mansion, Galli Choori Wallan

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] As the eyes adjust to the darkness, The Delhi Walla realizes that the bare walls are of lakhori bricks. The thick columns seem to be hewed out of stones. But,…

Atget’s Corner – 1061-1065, 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,…

Julia Child in Delhi – Dr Shirali Raina Makes Her Kashmir's Leydhar Tschaman and Oluv, Noida Sector 61

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] She was born in Srinagar. Both her parents were also born in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital. And this was her husband’s birthplace too. But her daughter was…

Mission Delhi – Shri Om Dhama, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Three hours ago Mummy made him paratha served with dahi and a glass of milk. He never drinks tea or any other adult drink. Now…

City Monument - The Heartbreaking Vandalisation of Old Delhi's Prettiest Street, Galli Chooriwallan

The attack on beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So amusing, this. Here is the quick easy way to destroy the most beautiful street in Old Delhi. The Delhi Walla is talking of Galli Chooriwallan, the street of…

Home Sweet Home –  Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner's Residence

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] To be a High Commissioner is, well, something. The Delhi Walla mulled this over while visiting the Australian High Commission recently. Amid the lush greenery is a mansion designed by…

City Nature - The Tree People of KG Marg, Central Delhi

The tree society. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The infirmities of old age had finally set in. That beloved old neem would simply topple in the next storm. So the authorities, in their wisdom, took a deep collective…