City Reading – The Delhi Proustians – VIII, Indian Coffee House

City Reading – The Delhi Proustians – VIII, Indian Coffee House

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

Delhi Metro - Love on the Tracks, Around Town

Delhi Metro – Love on the Tracks, Around Town

Romance in the subway. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This msg is for cutie pie who boarded Metro from Pitampura on 2 February around 8.30am & left at Sec 16 Noida station. She was wearing blu jeans &…

City Series – Stones of Jama Masjid - I, Shahjahanabad

City Series – Stones of Jama Masjid – I, Shahjahanabad

Delhi’s grand Friday mosque. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the beginning, the things I was to love so passionately in Shahjahanabad did not immediately strike me: the hill-side alleys, the butcheries, the Sufi shrines, the domesticated goats,…

City Culture – De Bhasar, Oberoi Hotel Flyover

City Culture – De Bhasar, Oberoi Hotel Flyover

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Three heart-shaped outlines. The Delhi Walla saw these drawings in the Oberoi Hotel flyover. They are depicted on the pillars adjacent to Lodhi Road, which runs through the underside…

City Reading – The Delhi Proustians – VII, Indian Coffee House

City Reading – The Delhi Proustians – VII, Indian Coffee House

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

City Living - Stray Dogs Feeding Sites, Around Town

City Living – Stray Dogs Feeding Sites, Around Town

Feeding the soul. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nosering, Sweety, Kaajal and Sudama are sitting close to a Mother Dairy booth in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. It’s 3pm, and Sonya Ghosh is expected. An associate professor of English…

City Monument - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Central Delhi

City Monument – Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Central Delhi

Reflections of faith. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Built by a Sikh general in 1783, this gurudwara, or Sikh temple, has an expansive compound and a large sarovar (holy pond). Dedicated to Guru Har Kishan, the eighth Sikh…