City Notice – The Delhi Proustians XXXVI

City Notice – The Delhi Proustians XXXVI

A la recherche du temps perdu. [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The 36th meeting of The Delhi Proustians, a club for Delhiwallas that discusses French novelist Marcel Proust, will take place later in January 2013. You will be informed in…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - The Girl in the Bus, Munirika

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – The Girl in the Bus, Munirika

Poetry in the city. This poem is by The Delhi Walla. Which movie did she see on Sunday evening? In Jantar Mantar. To a fellow Delhiwalla, ‘Sir, are you for or against rape?’ Newspapers say she was returning home after…

City Monument – The Ruined Gateway, Qudsia Bagh

City Monument – The Ruined Gateway, Qudsia Bagh

The dream house of a dancing girl. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The arched gateway in North Delhi’s Qudsia Bagh conveys the soft outlines of an extinct world. The 18th-century edifice used to open to a walled garden…

City Food - Buffalo Legs, Chitli Qabar Bazaar

City Food – Buffalo Legs, Chitli Qabar Bazaar

Winter warmer. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the winter, the alleys of Chitli Qabar bazaar in Shahjahanabad present a fascinating sight in the morning. Along with street vendors selling objects as varied as Urdu newspapers, eggs, cloves…

City Book - GB Road, Inside Delhi's Red Light District

City Book – GB Road, Inside Delhi’s Red Light District

Interview on Nobody Can Love You More. [The above photo is by Helena Kaartinen] Joanna Sugden at The Wall Street Journal‘s website talked to The Delhi Walla about his book Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light…

City Hangout - Kashmere Gate, North Delhi

City Hangout – Kashmere Gate, North Delhi

In search of lost time. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] With sloping tin roofs, decorated iron columns, terracotta jaalis, independently-owned stores and a 19th century church, Kashmere Gate in north Delhi suggests a small-town setting, in which the…

Mission Delhi – Sultan, Turkman Gate

Mission Delhi – Sultan, Turkman Gate

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is standing quietly on a stationery scooter. The Delhi Walla approaches him. The scooter is parked in an alley in Turkman Gate, a congested…

City Hangout – Change of Guard, Rashtrapati Bhawan

City Hangout – Change of Guard, Rashtrapati Bhawan

The Raisina show. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sleekly muscled. Powerful. Well-groomed. These were some of the assertions made in a letter sent by Rashtrapati Bhavan in December 2012. The invitation to The Delhi Walla was for a…

City Reading – The Delhi Proustians XXXV, Mehrauli

City Reading – The Delhi Proustians XXXV, Mehrauli

A la recherche du temps perdu. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Today is the 35th meeting of The Delhi Proustians, a club for Delhiwallas that discusses French novelist Marcel Proust. Every Monday evening for an hour we read…

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Ring Road

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Ring Road

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla saw this man on the Ring Road. He was wearing a blue salwar kurta. His dark-blue jacket was printed with hundreds of delicately shaped green leaves,…