City Hangout - Burger Girl and Likewise, Daryaganj

City Hangout – Burger Girl and Likewise, Daryaganj

A burger for biryani. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] US President Barack Obama graces one wall and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger another. Behind the counter are girls in short skirts. Seated at a table are two young women, in…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Mayank Austen Soofi, Fresc Co

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Mayank Austen Soofi, Fresc Co

The Proustian self-introspection. [By The Delhi Proustians] The Proust Questionnaire represents a form of interview that owes its structure to answers given by French novelist Marcel Proust, the author of In Search of Lost Time, at two birthday parties that…

City List – Delhi's Historical Gurdwaras, Around Town

City List – Delhi’s Historical Gurdwaras, Around Town

Delhi by list. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Gurdwara, the Sikh place of worship, literally means the doorway of the guru. Delhi is home to hundreds of gurdwaras, but only a few are considered historical – they are…

City Moment - The Circumcision, Ghaffar Manzil

City Moment – The Circumcision, Ghaffar Manzil

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla attended the khatna, the circumcision, of a Muslim boy. The ceremony took place at his home in the South Delhi neighbourhood of Ghaffar Manzil….

The Biblio Cover – On Nobody Can Love You More

The Biblio Cover – On Nobody Can Love You More

Life in a red light district. [Photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The May-June 2013 issue of Biblio: A Review of Books, India’s most prestigious literary journal, showcases Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District, a book…

City Walk –Weeping Fig Way, Near Humayun’s Tomb

City Walk –Weeping Fig Way, Near Humayun’s Tomb

The tree-lined path. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The narrow dust track is guarded on both sides by the weeping fig (Ficus benjamina). The path is so small that you could walk its entire length in two minutes….

Photo Essay – The Resting Labourers, Connaught Place

Photo Essay – The Resting Labourers, Connaught Place

The lunch hour. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One afternoon The Delhi Walla came across a team of daily-wage labourers in Connaught Place, the city’s colonial-era commercial district. They were building a low brick-wall in a parking area….

City Library – Nishat Fatima’s Books, Greater Kailash-I

City Library – Nishat Fatima’s Books, Greater Kailash-I

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla knocks on the door of Nishat Fatima. In her thirties, Ms Fatima lives in a second-floor apartment in Greater-Kailash I, a south Delhi neighbourhood. Her…

City Hangout - Dining Room & Lounge, India International Centre

City Hangout – Dining Room & Lounge, India International Centre

Dining with the VIPs. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Request the fifth table on the right. For before he became president, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would take his vegetarian thali there. The table was also preferred by late prime…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Iffat Zarrin, Galli Hakimwalli

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Iffat Zarrin, Galli Hakimwalli

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Iffat Zarrin at her home in Galli Hakimwalli in the city’s Old Quarter. In her 50s, Ms Zarrin occupies the office of…