City Hangout - Ranji Jhansi Park, Mehrauli

A dreamworld of grass and ruins. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It isn’t every day new parks in Delhi make their debut. But this setup in South Delhi’s Mehrauli village frankly feels like a little Lodhi Garden next…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Pallavi Barnwal, Connaught Place

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A poet’s life isn’t easy. Pallavi Barnwal still has to shuttle daily to her day job. After all, one ought to pay the bills, and Ms Barnwal, a single…

City Hangout - Monsoon Bucket List, Around Town

Best rainy day places. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A little tap on the window-pane, as though something had struck it, followed by a plentiful light falling sound, as of grains of sand being sprinkled from a window…

City Landmark - Mansion With Seven Doors, Galli Chooriwallan

The magic of a cobwebbed house. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s as clear as a smog-free daylight that Snow White and her seven brothers lived in Old Delhi, more specifically here in Galli Chooriwallan. This aged mansion…

City Faith - Bibi Fatima Sam's Sufi Dargah, Kaka Nagar

The world of a woman Sufi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Women are allowed to enter here. The entry to the shrines of many sufi saints in Delhi are unjustly barred to women. So it is liberating to…

Mission Delhi - Kali Charan, Opposite Vyapar Kendra Market, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes you don’t need Freud to interpret a dream, or so it seems. Take Kali Charan. He is deep in sleep. May be this is…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Priyanka Yadav, Babra Bakipur Village, Gurgaon

The 202nd death. [Text and photos sent by Priyanka Yadav] I walk on the steps that you walked on I trace the wall you sat on I remember the smile that you brought to my lips Your posture with hands…

City Landmark - Anil Book Corner, Connaught Place

A bookstore’s longtime life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Buying books isn’t at all out of fashion. (Just ask book-loving online shoppers like The Delhi Walla.) But bookstores are another story altogether. In recent years, they’ve been shutting…

City Nature - The Magic of Portulaca Flowers, Lodhi Gardens

A border of beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This polite sprinkling of colours ought to be a sari border. The composition is so exquisitely fragile that you fear a strong breeze might destroy the arrangement. This flowery…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Haroon, Galli Chooriwallan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Life’s all stress. You may figure that out merely by scanning the faces of fellow commuters in the Metro. But Muhammed Haroon has found an…