Photo Essay – The Doors, Around Town

Photo Essay – The Doors, Around Town

Old Elegance

The noble entrances.

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]

The entrance doors of a few houses and mosques and monuments in old parts of Delhi such as Mehrauli, Nizamuddin Basti and Matia Mahal have an artistic character. They add dignity to the sad streets that are filthy, congested and full of stench. There is simplicity of style and nobility of elegance. Sometimes it’s a tattered old curtain that adds grace to its door. But Delhi, like any living city, is changing. Old buildings are being demolished. Havelis with inner courtyards are giving way to apartment complexes. The carved wooden doors set in arched entrances are becoming rare. Soon, they will survive only in photographs.

Chitli Qabar

Welcome Home

Matia Mahal

Shh, He's Sleeping

Bulbuli Khana

Gateway of Delhi

Safdarjang’s Tomb


Chawri Bazaar



Yaari Dosti

Chandni Chowk

The Door

Khari Baoli

Gateway of Delhi

Hauz Khas Village

Rural Scene


Girl 'n Boy


Marigold India

Turkman Gate

A Walk into the Past

Chandni Chowk

Your House?

Nizamuddin Basti


Nizamuddin Basti

Time Out Nizamuddin Basti

The changing time, Hauz Khas Village

In Search of the Lost Time

The changing time, Behind Jama Masjid

Rickshaw Ride