The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Ruskin Bond, b. Kasauli, 1934

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Ruskin Bond, b. Kasauli, 1934

Delhi’s mountain man. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The world is, according to a saying, only the size of each man’s head. Deodar trees, misty hills, night trains, haunted spirits, leaping langurs, mountain air, unhappy women and lonely…

City Life – Home Sweet Home, BK Dutt Colony

City Life – Home Sweet Home, BK Dutt Colony

Inside the walls. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of D Bhattacharjya Tato. His one-room house is on the roof of a single-floor bungalow in BK Dutt Colony, a quiet…

Photo Essay – I Want Your Smile, Around Town

Photo Essay – I Want Your Smile, Around Town

Looking for Delhi delights. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some think of Delhi as a city where people don’t have time to acknowledge each other and where nobody smiles. Wrong. Every Delhiwalla is as curious about the other…

City Hangout – Rewari Steam Loco Shed, Haryana

City Hangout – Rewari Steam Loco Shed, Haryana

80 km from Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Half a century ago, it had 85 steam engines and a staff of 500. Today it has nine engines and a staff of 25. The Rewari Steam Loco Shed,…

City Life – The Expat World of Delhi

City Life – The Expat World of Delhi

A glimpse of the bubble. [Text by an expat; pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is tough. Ask the expats. Some say that they survive the city by living in a bubble. How is this bubble built? The answer can…

City Food – The Rasgulla Walla, Sarai Kale Khan

City Food – The Rasgulla Walla, Sarai Kale Khan

The hard life. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Eating is an art that is cultivated not just by tasting a variety of delicacies, but also by trying to understand the people who earn their living by those dishes….

Mission Delhi - Sadia Dehlvi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Chilla

Mission Delhi – Sadia Dehlvi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Chilla

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “I want to be buried here,” says Sadia Dehlvi, the author of Sufism: The Heart of Islam. The Delhi Walla meets her at Nizamuddin…

City Travel – Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

City Travel – Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

The middle-class Delhi’s Switzerland. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Mussoorie, the Himalayan town in Uttarakhand that is a six-hour drive from Delhi, is a resort in name only. The Mall Road, the city’s touristy stretch, is littered with…

City Landmark - Manohar Bookstore, Ansari Road

City Landmark – Manohar Bookstore, Ansari Road

Best collection of non-fiction on India. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] If it were a book, it would be thick, dense, informative, wonderfully engaging, but wrapped in unattractive grey paper. Manohar bookstore in central Delhi is that sort…

City Season - Bougainvillea Bloom, Around Town

City Season – Bougainvillea Bloom, Around Town

The gift of summer. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The beginning of Delhi’s harsh summer has its comforts. In March and April as the temperature rises, the city’s green cover is taken over by bougainvillea flowers. The red…