Photo Essay: The Love Birds of Lodhi Garden

Spying on Delhi ‘couples’ in the historic Lodhi Garden – with a discreet digicam. [Text and photographs by Mayank Austen Soofi] Once declared by Time Magazine as the Best Urban Oasis of Asia, Lodhi Garden is a public park in…

Picture Essay – Poverty Pornography in Sarojini Nagar

Mother India looking sexy in poverty pornography. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Following a Beggar in Sarojini Nagar Market (S N), One of Delhi’s Busiest Bargain Bazaars India is now more than just a the flavor of the…

Photo Essay: Reading Past and Present in Humayun’s Tomb, India’s Most Melancholic Monument

Walking and talking history at a world heritage site that inspired the Taj Mahal. [Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Fall It was a cold winter night but the sky in Delhi was unusually clear and devoid of…

Photo Essay: Veils, Beards, and Eid Desserts in the Exotic Streets of Old Delhi

A heritage walk with an American in the Muslim quarter of India’s capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The night sky twinkled with its stars. The crowded street glittered with its decorated electric bulbs. We were sitting on…

Photo Moment: Dead Man Waiting in a Bus Stop!

[Picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Place: South Extension Market, Part IITime: 2:14 PMDay: Saturday, November 4, 2006.

Photo Essay – Time Out Jama Masjid

Visiting the society of Muslims in the world’s greatest and grandest Mosque. [Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi] Mecca has Masjid-al-Haram and Istanbul boasts of Blue mosque. The former has its ancient authenticity compromised by Petrodollar-funded air-conditioned renovations and…

'White Ghosts' at Red Fort: Late Evening Sufi Music Concert at a 17th Century Delhi Monument

Old Delhi charm; Ramadan night magic; Red Fort glitter; Pakistani pop stars’ charisma; and my digicam.– by Mayank Austen Soofi Since this was Delhi, we reached Red Fort one hour after the scheduled start of the concert. It is not…

Live From Jantar Mantar – The Iron Lady of Manipur Comes to Delhi

Far away from New Delhi, beyond the heart of mainstream India, forgotten in the eastern corner of the country, close to the Burmese border, lies a troubled Himalayan province with a population of around 2.2 million people, less than even…

Photo Essay: To Delhi or Not To Delhi, That is The Question

A Dutch diplomat calls Delhi filthy, but an American scholar seems more riveted than repulsed. Mr. James Mutti is a holder of a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies. Mr Mutti has made three trips to India. He talked to…

A Dutch Diplomat Calls Delhi Filthy, and Its People a Nuisance

A Delhi-based Dutch diplomat is apparently so frustrated being a resident of this chaotic Asian capital city that he was moved enough to confess that "New Delhi is the most miserable place I have ever lived in". The venerable diplomat…