Photo Essay – The Delhiwallas, Then & Now

Photo Essay – The Delhiwallas, Then & Now

The way we were. [Text and coloured photos by Mayank Austen Soofi; black & white photos by India Photo Archive Foundation] “A photograph never grows old,” said Albert Einstein. “You and I change, people change all through the months and…

Mission Delhi - Jyoti Mariyam Hora, Indian Christian Cemetery

Mission Delhi – Jyoti Mariyam Hora, Indian Christian Cemetery

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How to find her? The Delhi Walla is at the Indian Christian Cemetery in Paharganj. I’m looking for Jyoti Mariyam Hora. A few days ago…

City List – Resident Birds, Lodhi Garden

City List – Resident Birds, Lodhi Garden

Delhi by list. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Spread over 80 acres, Lodhi Garden was developed around four monuments. A village called Khairpur was erased to give way to this urban oasis. The garden was originally named after…

City Culture – De Bhasar, Nehru Place

City Culture – De Bhasar, Nehru Place

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tumri maa ko choot number Apni maa choot walle The Delhi Walla saw this Devnagri calligraphy by an unknown Bhasarian artist at an office basement in Nehru Place, a…

City Hangout – Castro Café, Jamia Millia Islamia

City Hangout – Castro Café, Jamia Millia Islamia

The ideas den. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The floor is of Kota stone. The benches have wooden sheesham tops. There are no doors. Designed by the Delhi-based Romi Khosla Design Studio, this is Castro Café in Jamia…

City Food – Mango Season, Around Town

City Food – Mango Season, Around Town

A poet’s muse. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The mango season in Delhi lasts from late April to early July. It is a time of the year when a devotee of Mirza Ghalib could offer at his tomb…

The Reuters Interview – On Nobody Can Love You More

The Reuters Interview – On Nobody Can Love You More

Life in a red light district. [By Atish Patel] Atish Patel of Reuters discussed Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District, a book by The Delhi Walla. Click here to read it on the agency’s website,…

Photo Essay – A Sleeping Man, Outside Humayun’s Tomb

Photo Essay – A Sleeping Man, Outside Humayun’s Tomb

Evening dreams. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla was walking in the garden outside the ticket window of Humayun’s Tomb. The grass was covered with dry leaves. The traffic sounds of Mathura Road were…

City Notice – On The Delhi Proustians

City Notice – On The Delhi Proustians

No longer a Proust-virgin. [Photos by Divya Babu] The Delhi Walla is finally plucked. This week I finished Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time — all the seven volumes. As founder of The Delhi Proustians,…

Mission Delhi - Aliya Sayyed, Mehrauli

Mission Delhi – Aliya Sayyed, Mehrauli

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There she is. Now, she is over there — her frock ballooning around her. Is she real or just a smudge of pink? This moment…