City Food – Halwa-Subzi-Poori, Haji Tea Point

City Food – Halwa-Subzi-Poori, Haji Tea Point

The sweet poison. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] An archetypical Delhiwalla harbors a dangerously dismissive attitude towards his body. He unconcernedly fattens it up with ghee, oil and sugar. A physical embodiment of this suicidal tendency is Haji…

Mission Delhi – Kaloo, Jor Bagh

Mission Delhi – Kaloo, Jor Bagh

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His life is about to change for ever. The Delhi Walla meets Kaloo one early autumn evening at his bungalow in central Delhi’s Jor Bagh….

City Monument - Sacred Heart Cathedral, Central Delhi

City Monument – Sacred Heart Cathedral, Central Delhi

Hall of grace. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s largest Catholic church has twice been graced by the presence of Pope John Paul II. Spread over 14 acres, which includes two schools, the cathedral is the headquarters of…

Photo Essay - Alice Munro, Around Town

Photo Essay – Alice Munro, Around Town

A few short stories. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Little happens in the short stories of Alice Munro. Her people consists of good women trying to make sense of hateship, frienship, courtship, loveship and marriage. Delhi is not…

City Life – Home Sweet Home, Roop Nagar

City Life – Home Sweet Home, Roop Nagar

Inside the walls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One afternoon The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Vij Bhawan in Roop Nagar, a neighborhood in north Delhi. The bungalow is home to the extended families of four…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Govind Singh, Gurgaon-Faridabad Road

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Govind Singh, Gurgaon-Faridabad Road

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…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – John Keats, Nehru Park

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – John Keats, Nehru Park

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet English poet John Keats in Nehru Park, a garden in the city’s diplomatic enclave. It was an almost imperceptible autumn morning. The sunshine…

Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 6

Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 6

Life in Delhi’s prettiest neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has been asked to move out of his rented room in Hauz Khas Village. Ah, these greedy landlords! The rant of every artist/designer/hipster of Hauz…

Photo Essay - Epitaph on Chandni Chowk, Mughal Delhi

Photo Essay – Epitaph on Chandni Chowk, Mughal Delhi

The ruins-of-an-empire mindset. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is not our Chandni Chowk. The Delhi Walla is in possession of some old photos of the city, which were taken after the downfall of Mughals in 1857. One of them…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Muhammad Dawood, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Muhammad Dawood, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

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…