The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi - Kuldip Chander, b. Gujranwala, Punjab, 1941

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Kuldip Chander, b. Gujranwala, Punjab, 1941

The definitive directory of famous Delhiites. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] My disdain for Mills & Boon (MB) novellas cannot prevent the admission that Kuldip Chander, the seller of MBs, is a great product that has come out…

City Monument – Subramania Bharathi Plaza, Maharshi Raman Marg

City Monument – Subramania Bharathi Plaza, Maharshi Raman Marg

The instant getaway. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] No escapist haven, it is still an excellent place to seek seclusion. The statue of Tamil poet Subramania Bharathi (circa 1987) in a little plaza, off Maharshi Raman Marg, near…

Memo from the North Campus - Are Delhi Commonwealth Games Doomed?

Memo from the North Campus – Are Delhi Commonwealth Games Doomed?

Is all lost? [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Missed deadlines, leaking stadiums, zero hotel bookings, corruption scandals, flooded roads, absentee athletes, Connaught Place looking like bombed-out Baghdad and Swagatham as our Waka Waka. Every new day the bad…

City Moment – The Man With the Dog, Mathura Road

City Moment – The Man With the Dog, Mathura Road

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was walking one night in Mathura Road, central Delhi. I reached a pavement where a couple of homeless people were sleeping. One man was awake. Lying…

Letter from New York – On The Delhi Walla Books

Letter from New York – On The Delhi Walla Books

Award-winning American author introduces The Delhi Walla’s books. [By Geoffrey C. Ward] Delhi Wallas come in at least three varieties: those lucky enough to have been born there; those who chose it as their home; and those like me, who…

City Hangout - Coffee House, Majnu Ka Tila

City Hangout – Coffee House, Majnu Ka Tila

The new-age Lhasa. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] House No. 39. Basement at New Tibetan Camp, Majnu Ka Tila – For five decades, Majnu Ka Tila (MT) is where Delhiites go to experience the Capital’s Little Lhasa. A…

City Dreams - 13 Weird Books on Delhi

City Dreams – 13 Weird Books on Delhi

Fantasy literature on Delhi. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Last night I dreamt that Delhi got a new bookstore in… Mahipalpur! I took a DTC bus to the village and found books that no other city store has….

City Secret - LPs & Album Covers, Meena Bazaar

City Secret – LPs & Album Covers, Meena Bazaar

The old world melodies. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Overshadowed by Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid, amidst scampering goats and the air redolent with the smell of milky chai and mutton curry, stands a nondescript shop. The unimpressive exterior…

City News – The Delhi Walla books

City News – The Delhi Walla books

Four new books on Delhi. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla‘s first book, The Delhi Walla, will be published by HarperCollins India in September 2010. Actually a set of four books, they offer a scenic vista of the city…

Mission Delhi – Naresh Chandra, Lodhi Road

Mission Delhi – Naresh Chandra, Lodhi Road

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lamplight is not falling on him, but on the puddle behind him. Looking like his own silhouette, he re-arranges the stuff in his…