City Monument – Shri Shiv Mandir, Near Dilli Gate

City Monument – Shri Shiv Mandir, Near Dilli Gate

Delhi’s scenic Hindu heritage. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is the most beautiful Hindu temple in Delhi. Situated near Dilli Gate, at the entrance of the Walled City, Shri Shiv Mandir can truly claim, among all Hindu…

Memo from Nizamuddin Dargah - Meeting the Other Sex

Memo from Nizamuddin Dargah – Meeting the Other Sex

The world of the hijras. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In November 2010, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi extended its pension scheme for deprived sections to the city’s eunuchs. They will now get a monthly pension of Rs…

City Food - Julia Child Makes Chai in Turkman Gate

City Food – Julia Child Makes Chai in Turkman Gate

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of Turkman Gate, a congested neighbourhood in the Walled City. Quiet and gentle, Child is not sure of his age but he looks…

Mission Delhi - Vijay Kumar, Paharganj

Mission Delhi – Vijay Kumar, Paharganj

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] For the last 10 minutes, his grey eyes haven’t blinked; his posture on the green plastic chair hasn’t changed. Vijay Kumar, 56, is selling…

The Delhi Walla Books - They Are Not Enough

The Delhi Walla Books – They Are Not Enough

Reflections at the Midland bookstore, South Extension-I. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The other day I met a friend in Lodhi Garden. She remarked on my unkempt hair. I said, “Who cares! I’m a bloody author of four…

City Hangouts – Carom Clubs, Around Town

City Hangouts – Carom Clubs, Around Town

Your entry into the city’s underbelly. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the famous short story, Shatranj ke Khiladi, by Hindi writer Premchand, the chess players continued playing chess and lost the city of Lucknow to the British….

City Style - The Classy Delhiwalla, Barakhamba

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Barakhamba

Searching for the stylish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla saw this man coming out of Barakhamba Metro station, gate no. 6, in Connaught Place, Delhi’s premier commercial district. It was 9 am, the rush hour….

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Shanky, b. Chandni Chowk, Delhi, 1968

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Shanky, b. Chandni Chowk, Delhi, 1968

The definitive directory of famous Delhiites. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Shanky’s is one of the more curious careers in Indian cinema. This son of a factory supervisor is as unknown as any acclaimed art house film. A…

City Season – Cold Weather Forecasting

City Season – Cold Weather Forecasting

Delhi ceases to be Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Evening. Early November. Very soon, the doors leading to the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya will close not at 10 pm, the usual time, but half an hour…

City Walk - Amrita Shergil Marg, Central Delhi

City Walk – Amrita Shergil Marg, Central Delhi

The dream world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] At its best, Amrita Shergil Marg, in central Delhi, expresses the aspirations of humanity – the hopes of a good life. With its broad avenues, tree-lined streets, and elegant bungalows,…