City Life - Aunty's Tree Stall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Life under a dead tree. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Aunty has been working under this Kikar tree, here on Gurgaon’s Golf Links Road, for 15 years. Her real name is Salma Begum but barely anyone knows it….

Atget’s Corner – 1111-1115, 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,…

City Monument - Tughlakabad Fort, South Delhi

The grand desolation. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Red Fort is nothing to it. Seriously. This fort is grander. How to describe it? Think frozen music. The Tughlakabad Fort’s sloping rubble-filled outer walls are spread out on a…

City Hangout - The Sheetla Mata Temple Grounds, Old Gurgaon

The soothing secretive corner. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some places are like a laidback piece of music that initially leaves you indifferent but soon enough, even before you realize it, you are humming its tunes in the…

Mission Delhi – Omkar Gupta, Daryaganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Omkar Gupta’s secondhand bookstore opens seven days a week. But this month, the shop stayed shut for three continuous days. This was unusual. “Mummy passed…

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…