City Food – Julia Child Cooks Litti Chokha in Mayur Vihar-I

City Food – Julia Child Cooks Litti Chokha in Mayur Vihar-I

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of Mayur Vihar, Phase-I, a neighborhood near Akshardham Temple in east Delhi. A graduate in science from Bihar’s Ranchi Women’s College, Ms Child…

Mission Delhi - Sakina Mehta, Greater Kailash-II

Mission Delhi – Sakina Mehta, Greater Kailash-II

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Gazing at her husband’s photograph, she says, “He taught me a lot.” A pause follows after which 80-something Sakina Mehta continues in her soft…

Photo Essay – Hauz Khas Lake, Near Green Park

Photo Essay – Hauz Khas Lake, Near Green Park

An urban oasis. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lake is still. Its dead trees lie marooned, partially submerged in water; the bare trunks standing erect. Ducks swim, leaving a trail of ripples behind them. Birds flap noiselessly,…

City Hangout - Shahpur Jat Village, South Delhi

City Hangout – Shahpur Jat Village, South Delhi

A designer getaway. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In Shahpur Jat (SPJ) village, south Delhi, the turbaned elders smoke hookahs in street corners while primped mannequins gaze out through glass windows. More than a hundred stores – from…

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Mirza Ghalib, b. Agra, 1797-1869

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Mirza Ghalib, b. Agra, 1797-1869

The definitive directory of famous Delhiites. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Do we laugh or cry for Ghalib? Is it possible without writing a book-length biography to convey the contrasts of his low life and high career, and…

City Faith – Urs Celebrations, Khawaja Qutub Dargah

City Faith – Urs Celebrations, Khawaja Qutub Dargah

Delhi’s oldest sufi shrine. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Reached via the congested bylanes of Meharuli, south Delhi, the shrine is entered through a broad uncovered pathway. Outside an old red mosque, sit the dargah qawwals. It’s a…

City Moment – The Family of Man, Galli Kaley Khan

City Moment – The Family of Man, Galli Kaley Khan

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon taking a stroll at Galli Kaley Khan, a narrow passage in Daryaganj, a quarter in the Walled City. The alley was lined with…

City Monument – Darya Khan’s Tomb, Kidwai Nagar East

City Monument – Darya Khan’s Tomb, Kidwai Nagar East

Ravaged by time. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Time has reduced Darya Khan Lohani’s tomb in Kidwai Nagar East, south Delhi, to broken edifices of stone and rubble masonry. Lying next to the residential blocks of Delhi Development…

Mission Delhi – Faisal Khan, Mehrauli

Mission Delhi – Faisal Khan, Mehrauli

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Taking off his yellow T-shirt and flexing his muscles, he says, “I’m eating too much biryani. I need to tone up my body.” The…

City Season – The Basant People, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

City Season – The Basant People, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

The yellow of the spring. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Every year as winter gives way to Delhi’s short spring spell, the Delhiwallas mark the shift in season by offering yellow mustard flowers at the shrine of Hazrat…