City Food - Khurchan, Kinari Bazaar

City Food – Khurchan, Kinari Bazaar

Delhi’s sweetest leftover. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The name Khurchan means ‘leftover scrapes’ in Hindi. Its preparation is simple: boil the milk, scrape off the leftover from the karahi’s bottom, slap it on a tray, sprinkle bhoora…

City Style - The Classy Delhiwalla, Janpath

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Janpath

Searching for the stylish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla saw this woman in Janpath, the flea market in central Delhi’s Connaught Place. Wearing a white jumpsuit, white sandals, dark sunglasses and no make-up, she had…

Photo Essay - Blueline Buses, Around Town

Photo Essay – Blueline Buses, Around Town

They will be removed. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Till the 80s, the only city buses to rule Delhi’s roads were run by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). In 1992, the bus service was privatised and Redline buses were…

City Sighting - Arundhati Roy, The Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia

City Sighting – Arundhati Roy, The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia

The bravest Delhiwalli. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One afternoon, The Delhi Walla sighted his most beloved Delhiite – author Arundhati Roy. She was at The Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia, near Pragati Maidan, central Delhi. Ms…

City Moment – Chaat Vendor, Kinari Bazaar

City Moment – Chaat Vendor, Kinari Bazaar

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon taking a stroll in Kinari Bazaar, a congested market in Old Delhi, famous for its wedding stores and street food. Reaching a turning,…

City Monument - Minto Bridge, Near Connaught Place

City Monument – Minto Bridge, Near Connaught Place

The railway landmark’s emotional pull. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] We don’t expect aesthetics out of a railway underbridge. Minto Bridge, that connects Connaught Place (CP) to the New Delhi railway station (Ajmeri Gate side), is an ambivalent…

From the Press - On The Delhi Walla Books

From the Press – On The Delhi Walla Books

They are loving it. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla books are being talked about and not just by The Delhi Walla. The weekend edition of Mint, India’s leading business daily, said: “The Delhi Walla blog’s mix of gentle…

City Food - Imarti, Mehboob e Ilahi Mithai Shop

City Food – Imarti, Mehboob e Ilahi Mithai Shop

The sweet decadence. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Thick and sticky, the loopy imarti is as decadent as the court of Delhi’s last Mughal. Its crusty deep-fried shell packs in a pool of extravagantly sweet sap. The disciplined…

Photo Essay – Raavan Spotting, Tagore Garden

Photo Essay – Raavan Spotting, Tagore Garden

The making of the devil. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He will die. Again. On the evening of October 17, 2010, the effigy of Raavan, the 10-headed demon king of Lanka, will burn down with much cheer and…

Letter from Islamabad - On the Delhi Walla Books

Letter from Islamabad – On the Delhi Walla Books

A Pakistani artist introduces the The Delhi Walla books. [By Faiza A Khan] Our own self is composed of some very vital elements, like our physical body, our soul, and our minds packed with diverse thoughts. This is our own…