City Books - Red Light Chat on YouTube, Chennai

City Books – Red Light Chat on YouTube, Chennai

Discussing the book on GB Road. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] In February 2013, as part of the The Hindu Lit for Life literature festival, The Delhi Walla was invited to Chennai to talk about his book Nobody Can Love You…

City Food - Jaljeera, Around Town

City Food – Jaljeera, Around Town

The bite that cools. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Literally translated as ‘cumin water’, jaljeera’s name is deceptive. There is more than just the jeera in this cool spiced drink that is traditionally sold in summer from earthen…

Mission Delhi - Achhuta Nandan, Prithviraj Marg

Mission Delhi – Achhuta Nandan, Prithviraj Marg

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is sitting still. The Delhi Walla sees him on Prithviraj Marg, an avenue in the central part of the city, which is lined on…

Photo Essay – The Delhi Beards, Around Town

Photo Essay – The Delhi Beards, Around Town

The hairy portraits. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is a keen devotee of the beards of Delhiwallas. Some men, thanks to their long flowing beards, look like spiritual brothers of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. A…

The Financial Express Review - On Nobody Can Love You More

The Financial Express Review – On Nobody Can Love You More

Life in a red light district. [By Sukalp Sharma] Sukalp Sharma discussed Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District, a book by The Delhi Walla in The Financial Express. Click here to read it on the…

City Food – Julia Child Makes Tomato Pappu in Dwarka

City Food – Julia Child Makes Tomato Pappu in Dwarka

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of Dwarka, an expansive settlement of residential apartments, bleak-looking malls and many many metro stations. In her 30s, Ruchira Hoon lives with her…

City List – Delhi Blogs, Alive & Dead

City List – Delhi Blogs, Alive & Dead

Delhi by list. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The multicultural megapolis Delhi should have dozens of hyper-local blogs exclusively dedicated to its distinct neighborhoods, peoples, monuments, cuisines and lifestyles. One day the city might get all those blogs….

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shahwar Kibria, South Extension-I

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shahwar Kibria, South Extension-I

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Shahwar Kibria outside the showrooms of South Extension-I market. In her early 20s, she works as an editor in a publishing firm….

The IBNLive Review - On Nobody Can Love You More

The IBNLive Review – On Nobody Can Love You More

Life in a red light district. [By Vivek Tejuj] The Bombay-based literary blogger Vivek Tejuja, who manages Of Books and Reading, discussed Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District, a book by The Delhi Walla, on…

City Season – The Last Mist, India Gate

City Season – The Last Mist, India Gate

A time of the year. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is early March. The coldness in Delhi’s air is arriving at an end. One early morning The Delhi Walla went to India Gate maidan in the center…