City Culture – De Bhasar, Archbishop Makarios Marg

City Culture – De Bhasar, Archbishop Makarios Marg

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] ‘Rich Fucks.’ The Delhi Walla saw this calligraphy by an unknown Bhasarian artist in Archbishop Makarios Marg, a road in central Delhi named after the first President of the…

City Monument - Khooni Darwaza, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

City Monument – Khooni Darwaza, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

The home of headless ghosts. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Khooni Darwaza means ‘bloodied gateway’ and legend has it that blood drips from its ceilings during the monsoon. Built by Sher Shah Suri in 1540 it is in…

City Hangout - National Science Center, Pragati Maidan

City Hangout – National Science Center, Pragati Maidan

Believe it or not. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A ball floating in air with no regard for gravity; a seat of nails actually comfortable to sit on. Discovering science at the National Science Center is fun. The…

City Event - Pakistani Poet Zehra Nigah, Recital in Attic, Connaught Place

City Event – Pakistani Poet Zehra Nigah, Recital in Attic, Connaught Place

[Photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] An Evening with Urdu poet Zehra Nigah on Thursday, 29 March 2012, 6.30 pm, at The Attic, The Regal Building, Connaught Place. The Karachi-based poet will recite her poetry. Zehra Nigah is a legend in…

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

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

A la recherche du temps perdu. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] ATTENTION: Due to unavoidable circumstances, the 15th meeting of The Delhi Proustians will be held on 2 April 2012. The inconvenience is regretted. Today is the 14th…

Photo Essay - Sunset Hour in Delhi

Photo Essay – Sunset Hour in Delhi

The city softened. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] When the sun is going down, you must leave the company of other people to be with yourself. Go and stand under the Barakhamba traffic light in Connaught Place. Look…

City Food – Egg Dosa, North Campus

City Food – Egg Dosa, North Campus

A strange dish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Really, it oughtn’t to be allowed, to make dosa like that. The South Indian staple is a crepelike pancake of fermented lentil-rice flour batter stuffed with mustard seed-flecked potato mush….

City Notice - The Delhi Walla in the Guardian

City Notice – The Delhi Walla in the Guardian

It’s a distinction. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] In March 2012, The Delhi Walla was discovered by the Guardian, one of the world’s most respected English newspapers. In a cover feature called ‘Tales of the City’, the daily said: “From Delhi…

City Library – Payal Singh’s Books, Vaishali

City Library – Payal Singh’s Books, Vaishali

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Payal Singh, keeper of her family’s treasure: six hardbounds of the eleventh edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. In her 30s, Ms…

City Series – Stones of Jama Masjid – II, Shahjahanabad

City Series – Stones of Jama Masjid – II, Shahjahanabad

Delhi’s grand Friday mosque. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “How can anybody live in this place?” This is the first thing that a new visitor to Shahjahanbad might want to know. The honking. The beggars. The loosely-hanging electric…