City Moment – Bird Catcher, Bulbuli Khana

City Moment – Bird Catcher, Bulbuli Khana

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon taking a stroll in a by-lane in Bulbuli Khana, a cramped neighbourhood in Old Delhi. The only public spaces that are wide and…

City Secret - The Body Re-builder, Mahipalpur

City Secret – The Body Re-builder, Mahipalpur

The desi way to mend broken bodies. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Good morning and…Brrrinng! Nas char gayi. Neck cramp is painful. Drive towards Indian Spinal Injuries Center at Vasant Kunj, south Delhi. Don’t stop there. Keep going…

Memo from Paharganj – Life After The Renovation

Memo from Paharganj – Life After The Renovation

Reporting from the backpackers’ ghetto. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] How is Paharganj, Delhi’s backpackers’ ghetto, doing? Popular among budget tourists for its low-price hotels and cafes, the area’s Main Market underwent renovation in the run up to…

City Monument - Bagh-I-Alam Ka Gumbad and the Wall Mosque, Deer Park

City Monument – Bagh-I-Alam Ka Gumbad and the Wall Mosque, Deer Park

The Lodhi-era beauty. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tucked in south Delhi’s Deer Park, it is one of the Capital’s most beautiful Lodhi-era buildings. Bagh-I-Alam Ka Gumbad, circa 1501, is a small joy. Instead of being a lonely…

The Delhi Walla Books - They Are Bestsellers

The Delhi Walla Books – They Are Bestsellers

5,000 copies sold. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has got company. The other evening US President Barack Obama was sitting beside me. I mean Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars was placed next to my books, The…

Mission Delhi - Raghavendra Vanjre, Hauz Khas Village

Mission Delhi – Raghavendra Vanjre, Hauz Khas Village

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Approaching the table where two new guests have seated, he looks curiously at the book one of them has placed beside the flower vase….

City Library - The Delhi Walla, Nizamuddin Basti

City Library – The Delhi Walla, Nizamuddin Basti

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One day there will still be books, but they might not be in the printed form. In the series City Library, The Delhi Walla will make a record of the…