Jamia Nagar – Delhi's Rich Muslim Ghetto

Profiling the Muslim boom town in the capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Close your eyes and think Jamia Nagar. What do you see? Lots of Muslims? Police encounters, fake or otherwise, with terrorists? But hello, Jamia Nagar…

Citizen Profile – The House Maid's Story

Living a tough life but on her terms. [Text and picture by Manika Dhama; she manages the blogsite Myriad Musings and More] Ms. Bala Devi is a 34-year-old housemaid who works at three houses in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh. One is…

Interview – “Never Read Any Harry Potter”

Bookworm manager makes a sensational confession. [Interview and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ms. Shalini Rose is managing The Bookworm, Connaught Place’s venerable bookshop, since last twenty years. This interview was taken on July 21, the day of the release…

Photo Essay – When Harry Potter Invaded Delhi

Exclusive pictures on Potter mania in the capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] On the day of its release, the final novel in the Harry Potter series created a little hysteria in the capital. Bookshops were decorated with…

Travel – My Pregnant Wife Comes to Delhi

A resident American scholar sees India afresh through his wife’s eyes. [Text and picture by James Mutti; the author has a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies. He hails from Seattle.] Today is June 18. Tomorrow my wife arrives in…

Eyewitness – Abandoned and Abused

A hungry and injured child has nowhere to go. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nobody knew his name. Found crying in pain at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, he was scared as a crowd collected around him. He said,…

Photo Essay – Getting Lost in the Christian Cemetery

Reflective getaway from the city’s chaos and confusion. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] First I went to the Jewish graveyard, Delhi’s only Jewish graveyard. Then I walked out, strolled straight to the left, and turned left again. The…

Viewpoint – Mrs. Sheila Dikshit’s Blueline Blues

Here’s why Delhi Chief Minister would rather walk than board a city bus. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; picture by Mukesh Aggarwal] Mrs. Sheila Dikshit is no Marie Antoinette. In the recent commuting crisis following a spate of fatal traffic…

City Chronicle – The Mall-Made Mess

The leafy Nelson Mandela Marg is being sacrificed to Shining India. [Text and picture by Pearl Toppo; she runs the blogsite Journey Called Life.] Memories of the Past My favourite road in the city has to be the Nelson Mandela…

Culture – Kisses, Photos, Wines & Art Galleries

Is Delhi faking its bustling art scene? [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhites go to art galleries to be seen and not to see. This was re-confirmed when I recently attended a painting exhibition in one of the…