Photo Essay – Old Memories of Delhi, Around Town

Photo Essay – Old Memories of Delhi, Around Town

The city in past. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The Union Jack at Red Fort and trams in Chandni Chowk. After ransacking private albums, antique books, curio stores and the internet, The Delhi Walla has built a collection of images that…

City Food – Homemade Mango Ice Cream, Gharib Nawaz Guest House

City Food – Homemade Mango Ice Cream, Gharib Nawaz Guest House

A chilling cordiality. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is one of the most sublimely authentic ice creams to be had in Delhi. The unnamed stall at the entrance of Gharib Nawaz Guest House in the Walled City’s…

The Earthen Lamp Journal Review – On Nobody Can Love You More

The Earthen Lamp Journal Review – On Nobody Can Love You More

Life in a red light district. [By KG Sreenivas] KG Sreenivas discussed Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District, a book by The Delhi Walla in the literary magazine Earthen Lamp Journal. Click here to read…

City Sighting - Arundhati Roy, Tansen Marg

City Sighting – Arundhati Roy, Tansen Marg

A summer-time illusion. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One summer afternoon, The Delhi Walla sighted his most beloved Delhiite – writer Arundhati Roy. The site: Central Delhi’s Tansen Marg. The author of The God of Small Things was…

City Hangout – Inter-State Bus Terminuses, Around Town

City Hangout – Inter-State Bus Terminuses, Around Town

When buses will fly. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s international airport is named after Indira Gandhi, while Maharana Pratap has to make do with its main inter-state bus terminus. Unfair? Bus terminals, or bus addas, are not…

City Library – Abdul Sattar’s Books, Pahari Imli

City Library – Abdul Sattar’s Books, Pahari Imli

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening, The Delhi Walla knocks on the door of Abdul Sattar. In his sixties, Mr Sattar lives with two of his four children in Pahari Imli, a Walled City…

City Notice – Electric Moon Screening, India Habitat Center

City Notice – Electric Moon Screening, India Habitat Center

Last chance to see a classic. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] A comi-tragedy, it’s a cult classic. Directed by Pradip Krishen, the author of Trees of Delhi, and scripted by Arundhati Roy, the author of The God of Small Things, the…

City Special – The Delhi Walla on BBC Radio 4

City Special – The Delhi Walla on BBC Radio 4

Listen to this. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] BBC Radio 4 interviewed The Delhi Walla. The Bristol-based BBC presenter Chris Ledgard came to Delhi to record an episode of his weekly show Word of Mouth. The theme: Language and Politics in…

City Travel – Calcutta Memoirs, Bengal

City Travel – Calcutta Memoirs, Bengal

Like a painting. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If French novelist Marcel Proust had lived in India, he would have lived in Calcutta. The city is like a faded watercolor painting. The Delhi Walla visited it for a…

Photo Essay - Adam Teasing, Around Town

Photo Essay – Adam Teasing, Around Town

Woman convicted for adam-teasing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A roadside Juliet, who was arrested for using obscene language and making indecent gestures towards two plain-clothed policemen during an anti-adam-teasing drive, has been held guilty of outraging the…