Mission Delhi – Momo, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A moonbeam lent too briefly. Momo, who was born just a few months ago, died recently. The Delhi Walla first saw the kitten in an…

City Moment - Candle Light Dinner in the Time of Pollution, South Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was late evening. A candle was flickering. Three men were sitting around the table with untouched glasses of white wine. A Bollywood song was playing on a laptop with…

City Hangout - Poems from the Underground, British Council

The consolation of verses. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Finding poetry in a smoggy chaotic city like ours can be a challenge. The other day, however, The Delhi Walla was delighted to discover a barely visited stairway that…

City Food - Winter Chikkis, Rithala

The cold season treat. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These days it’s the smog that heralds the Delhi winters. The Delhi Walla is told that long ago, when the air was still clean, this shift in the season…

City Hangout - Minto Bridge Underpass, Central Delhi

The bridge of sounds. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We don’t expect romance out of a railway underbridge. And yet, here is Minto Bridge. Named after a British viceroy, it connects Connaught Place (CP) to the New Delhi…

Julia Child in Delhi – Kamala Hemrajani Makes Her Sindh’s Dal Pakwaan, Defence Colony

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say that Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province, is full of Delhiwalas who moved there after Partition. In fact, Karachi even has a neighbourhood called…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jasbir Chatterjee, Vikaspuri

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Do our office colleagues really know us? Take Jasbir Chatterjee. A Quality Manager in a luxury car dealership in Gurgaon, she knows everything about automobiles (don’t get her started…

Photo Essay – The Apocalyptic Scenes in the World’s Most Polluted City, Around Delhi

The end of the world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] For at least two days in November, Delhi was cloaked in smog. During the day, you couldn’t see the sun. At night, the stars and the moon went…

Delhi Metro - Dwarka Sector 21, Blue Line

A last station’s romance. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They dot our landscape, more than 150 of them. And now The Delhi Walla is friends with arguably the most gorgeous of all those Metro stations in our sprawling…

Home Sweet Home - Rickshaw Puller Vishwajeet Mondal's Bedroom, Near Jangpura Metro Station

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Traffic has slowed to trickle near Jangpura Metro station where two tired rickshaw pullers are calling it a night. Dressed down to their lungis, Bhajan Lal and Vishwajeet Mondal carefully…