City Moment – Two Women Bikers in Late Night Delhi, Bhishma Pitamah Marg

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A most unexpected thing happened on Central Delhi’s Bhishma Pitamah Marg one late night. Two young women stopped their bike abruptly on spotting The Delhi Walla‘s camera and demanded to be photographed right there on the road. Delhi is considered a dangerous city for women, […]

Catherine Lama

City Notice – Catherine Lama is Dead, Lodhi Road

The passing away of a beautiful woman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Catherine Lama, who always wore a red rose in her hair and who lived on a Delhi pavement, died in June 2016. There was no certainty about her age, though she looked elderly and was called ‘mother’ by the area’s other […]

Darbhanga House

City Monuments – Princely Houses, New Delhi

The capital housing society. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; photographs courtesy-Niyogi Books; above picture is of Bikaner House] Believe it or not, traces of the US-Pakistan relationship can be found in Delhi’s National School of Drama. A new coffee-table book tells us that Bahawalpur House, which has housed the prestigious institution since 1975, used to […]

Amar Jyoti

Mission Delhi – Amar Jyoti, Outside Humayun’s Tomb

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The rickshaw stops besides the pavement stand of a golgappa vendor. The passenger, a frail elderly woman in a crumpled night gown, remains seated. The snack man quietly fills up his golgappa with the tangy tamarind flavoured water and hands […]


City Monument – Anonymous Ruin, Mehrauli

A sad beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is there. And it is not there. This collapsed edifice in Mehrauli is the very essence of Delhi. Nobody seems to know its name. Most of it is lost to time and yet the remains are evocative enough to ship us into the past. […]

Connaught Place

City Hangout – CP @ Midnight, Connaught Place

The new night life in the shopping district. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There they are! Just 2 minutes of walking through a deserted block, and The Delhi Walla spots the party-ready midnight’s children, who confirm what we had suspected all along—CP still has pull. I had spent 2 hours at the A- […]