Mission Delhi - Mithilesh Singh, Bahrisons Booksellers

Mission Delhi – Mithilesh Singh, Bahrisons Booksellers

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He has hardly any books in his house but he is known to many Delhiwallas who live in book-lined homes. Mithilesh Singh, a 39-year-old college…

Atget’s Corner – 506-510, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 506-510, Delhi Photos

The visible city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is a voyeur’s paradise and The Delhi Walla also makes pictures. I take photos of people, streets, flowers, eateries, drawing rooms, tombs, landscapes, buses, colleges, Sufi shrines, trees, animals, autos, libraries, birds,…

City Archives – Delhi Belly, Around Town

City Archives – Delhi Belly, Around Town

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] Messy, smelly and non-stop, Jane Austen would have described it as a continual state of inelegance. Delhi’s biggest embarrassment, it is also the title of a Bollywood film. The phrase Delhi Belly,…

City Moment – Woman Reading a New Novel, Lodhi Garden

City Moment – Woman Reading a New Novel, Lodhi Garden

The remarkable Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla came across a woman in Lodhi Garden. She was sitting alone on a green bench. The setting sun was casting an orange glow on…

City List - Walla Blogs/Sites, Inspired from The Delhi Walla

City List – Walla Blogs/Sites, Inspired from The Delhi Walla

From Kashmir to Karachi. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla started his blog/website in 2007. The aim was (and remains) to understand this city through its people, places, buildings, cuisines, seasons, and many other such aspects….

City Style – The Lungi Aesthetes, Lal Kuan & Elsewhere

City Style – The Lungi Aesthetes, Lal Kuan & Elsewhere

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Apparently, for men in hot and humid cities such as Delhi, the ubiquitous lungi is the next best thing to being naked. A sheet of cloth wrapped around legs,…

City Food – Sheermal Roti, Around Town

City Food – Sheermal Roti, Around Town

Bread from Lucknow. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This sweet milky roti (bread) is found in every Muslim-dominated neighborhood of the capital — from Okhla in south Delhi to Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti in the central district to Matia…

Mission Delhi – Surya Ramasamy, India Habitat Center

Mission Delhi – Surya Ramasamy, India Habitat Center

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What are we but hapless humans trying to adapt to a constantly changing world. There must have been a time when our most intimate relationships…

Hidden in Plain Sight - Arundhati Roy on Caste & The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi

Hidden in Plain Sight – Arundhati Roy on Caste & The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi

An interview with the author-essayist. [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Arundhati (Roy) is my friend. She’s a good writer. But I don’t take her comments seriously. She once described the Naxalites as ‘Gandhians with Guns’. Let’s see if she’ll change…

Atget’s Corner – 501-505, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 501-505, Delhi Photos

The visible city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is a voyeur’s paradise and The Delhi Walla also makes pictures. I take photos of people, streets, flowers, eateries, drawing rooms, tombs, landscapes, buses, colleges, Sufi shrines, trees, animals, autos, libraries, birds,…