Our Self-Written Obituaries – Bijaya Biswal, Cuttack, Odisha

The 146th death. [Text by Bijaya Biswal; photo by Piyush Sawant] 22 years old Bijaya Biswal was found dead in her apartment on Good Friday, with her head buried in a book like a dried rose bud. The book was…

100 Things To Do Before You Quit Delhi – Hang Out in CP Starbucks at Midnight, N-Block, Connaught Place

The perfect Delhi experience. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At the stroke of the midnight hour, when Delhi sleeps, you must awake to life at the Starbucks in Connaught Place (CP). Spending an hour from midnight onwards at…

Mission Delhi – Arshad Ali, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes the stuff you see in song-and-dance movies repeats itself in real life. In 2011, Hindi film Rockstar depicted its hero — a young Delhi…

Netherfield Ball - An Unexpected Mr Darcy Eclipsed Anuja Chauhan’s Husband’s Society Debut During Her Book Launch, Lady Baga

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was good looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners. And he was the novelist’s husband. But Niret Alva was not tempting enough to be…

The Delhi Proustians - Life With Marcel in Bahrisons Booksellers & Vasant Vihar

Living with Proust. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She lifts the small white envelope from inside the table drawer, carefully takes out the fragile piece of paper within, and unfolds it carefully with a tweezer. It is merely…

Atget’s Corner – 1026-1030, 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,…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Surabhi Sharman, Lajpat Nagar

The 145th death. [Text by Surabhi Sharman; photos by Kriti Chawla, above, and, below, by Carmen Hamady] Surabhi Sharman, a 23-year-old young adult was discovered dead in her small apartment in Delhi on May 4. Ms Sharman was discovered by…

City Notice - The Delhi Walla is Looking for One Night Stands, Around Town

One night in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla needs your help. I have a dream to spend a night in each of Delhi’s hundreds of neighborhoods. I want to kill a part of…

Mission Delhi – Mirza Yaseen Beg, Midland Bookstore, Aurobindo Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They all have died. Almost all the legendary founders of Delhi’s great independent bookstores have left us. Anil Arora of now-extinct The Bookworm passed away…

City Season - The Blooming Amaltas Trees, Hailey Road

Summer blessings. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Why do Delhiwallas despise summer? Why do the rich escape to London and the middle-class to Nainital? This mystery keeps The Delhi Walla occupied during the high-temperature month of May when…