The beautiful Delhi instant.
[Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; pictures by Marina Solveig Bang]
One rainy evening, The Delhi Walla was at the lobby of The Claridges, Aurangzeb Road. There I got the first copies of my four-volume series on Delhi called The Delhi Walla. Sheema Mookherjee, senior editor, HarperCollins India, the publisher, handed the slim volumes. The occasion was celebrated over rum ‘n’ coke (me) and white wine (Ms Mookherjee).
The second destination was the Jorbagh residence of Solveig Marina Bang, the series’ art director. She said, “Yay.” Over a cup of chamomile tea, Ms Bang photographed me on her couch with “my concubines.” 25 minutes later, her partner and dogs joined us.
Next, I went to the sufi shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya to present the books to the saint. The climax was the midnight knocks at my parents’ apartment in Anand Vihar, east Delhi. They looked sleepy, surprised and satisfied. It was a beautiful moment.
Reading The Delhi Walla
With the concubines
With Ms Solveig Bang
Ms Solveig Bang with her partner
Reading The Delhi Walla, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
With Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya