City Monument - Jama Masjid on a High

City Monument – Jama Masjid on a High

Allah is closer to Old Delhi rooftops. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One afternoon The Delhi Walla went knocking around houses in Old Delhi’s Matia Mahal asking the residents, “May I please climb to your rooftop?” I was…

City Life - Honour Killings in Delhi

City Life – Honour Killings in Delhi

Love birds under threat. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is no longer happening elsewhere — in Pakistan, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. The killings of runaway couples belonging to the same gotra (sub-caste) or different caste…

Mission Delhi - Suresh Shah, Lodhi Garden

Mission Delhi – Suresh Shah, Lodhi Garden

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Keeping the notebook aside, he gets up and starts to pace under the tree. “I have to go to London,” says Suresh Shah, 31,…

City Hangout - Kunzum Travel Café, Hauz Khas Village

City Hangout – Kunzum Travel Café, Hauz Khas Village

A pocket-friendly haven. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] T-49. Ground Floor, at Hauz Khas Village (9650702777) – Though there is no crunch of hangouts in this historic village, anyone weary of The Living Room lounge, Gunpowder restaurant, designer…

City Food – Julia Child Makes Moongphali Cheewra in Vasundhara

City Food – Julia Child Makes Moongphali Cheewra in Vasundhara

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of Vasundhara, a suburban neighbourhood beyond the borders of east Delhi. As a girl, Ms Child was a javelin throw star in her…

Photo Essay - The Good Autowallas, Around Town

Photo Essay – The Good Autowallas, Around Town

The necessary people. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] With the minimum fare for autos increasing from Rs 10 to Rs 19, Delhi hopes that autowallas will finally agree to stick to the law. Their unwillingness to charge by…

City Landmark - The Book Shop, Jor Bagh & Khan Market

City Landmark – The Book Shop, Jor Bagh & Khan Market

The death and life of a bookstore. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In my dream, I find myself outside Khan Market’s The Book Shop. I was told it had shut down in 2006 and that there’s a Swarovski…

City Hangout  - Dilli Haat, Aurobindo Marg

City Hangout – Dilli Haat, Aurobindo Marg

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s dream village. In a city as disconnected from cowbelt India as Delhi, it is poignant to enter Dilli Haat (opened 1994), the food and craft bazaar spread over six acres and modelled…

City Style - The Classy Delhiwalla, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Searching for the stylish. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] One summer morning while walking down Kasturba Gandhi Marg in Connaught Place, The Delhi Walla was struck by this woman’s appearance. Amid a blur of tight jeans and salwars…

Who Do You Think You Are - Sunil Singh Kushwaha, Cricketer

Who Do You Think You Are – Sunil Singh Kushwaha, Cricketer

[Interview and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was climbing the stairs of an apartment complex in Hauz Khas Village when he approached a boy. Who are you? What are you doing here? I’m Sunil Singh Kushwaha. I’m…