The Delhi Walla Books – A Work of Passion
Interesting and informative guides.
[By The Book Lovers]
Delhi, the capital of world’s largest democracy, is perceived differently by different people. You can hate it, love it but you cannot ignore it. The city has been the hot seat right from the times of the epic Mahabharat. Legend has it that Indraprastha, the capital of Pandavas, was situated in the current metropolis. Historically, there have been seven cities of Delhi starting from Rai Pithora, capital of the Chauhan dynasty of Prithviraj Chauhan, to the British and Independent India’s capital of New Delhi.
This wide time-line makes Delhi a rich mix of monuments, cultures and cuisines. Through his books, Mayank Austen Soofi – who writes at The Delhi Walla – takes the reader on an exciting journey of the capital.
Soofi’s books are a definite guide not just for visitors and tourists but also for the residents of Delhi. His books bring out the known as well as the lesser known places in the city. For instance, his books on monuments feature the touristy Lotus Temple in south Delhi, as well as the rarely-visited tomb of Razia Sultan in Old Delhi. The better known Qutub Minar in Mehrauli is balanced by the lesser known Agrasen ki Baoli in Connaught Place.
The Delhi Walla book on various hangouts of Delhi works as a perfect guide to make the most out of the city. If it is shopping you are looking to do in Delhi, The Delhi Walla will take you to the best shopping destinations in the city. Soofi also covers some interesting places like the Daryaganj book stalls, Sufi spaces and Gay hangouts.
In his third book about food and drinks, The Delhi Walla takes the reader through the best eating destinations of Delhi. Which place in Delhi serves you the best raj kachori? Where should you go for the best aloo tikki? If you are in Old Delhi which is the best food option you can choose from? This book guides you through it all. Whether it is gobi manchurian you are craving for, or steamed momos, or you want to find out about the paranthe waali galli of Chandni Chowk, The Delhi Walla has it all covered in the book. Added attraction: his interesting views about each place.
The Delhi Walla books are a work of passion – interesting and informative guides for anyone who wants to know the city better from a writer who knows the city best.
This review originally appeared on The Book Lovers.