City Food – Mrs Balbir Singh’s Cooking Time, Delhi Heritage

City Food – Mrs Balbir Singh’s Cooking Time, Delhi Heritage

Lest we forget. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In 1973 the Delhi-born award-winning actor Madhur Jaffrey immortalized her name in the world of international cuisine with her first book itself. An Invitation to Indian Cooking: Classic Indian Dishes—Mostly…

Atget’s Corner – 561-565, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 561-565, 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,…

Mission Delhi - The 50-Dates-Woman, Basant Lok Market

Mission Delhi – The 50-Dates-Woman, Basant Lok Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This 32-year-old anonymous woman has a reputation. Since July 2014 she has been regularly dating different men — a few of them even visiting her…

Atget’s Corner – 556-560, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 556-560, 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 Monument - Turkman Gate, Asaf Ali Road

City Monument – Turkman Gate, Asaf Ali Road

The Walled City guardian. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old Delhi’s greatly diminished boundary wall once had 14 gateways. Each gate was named for the direction it faced, save one. That gate, named after the Sufi saint Hazrat…

Atget’s Corner – 551-555, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 551-555, 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,…

Atget’s Corner – 546-550, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 546-550, 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 Style - A Slender Woman in White, Harish Chander Mathur Lane

City Style – A Slender Woman in White, Harish Chander Mathur Lane

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is wearing a cotton silk white vintage dress with black piping stripes and pearl buttons. Her nose ring is barely perceptible. The Delhi Walla meets this slender woman…

Delhi Proustians - Becoming Marcel, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Delhi Proustians – Becoming Marcel, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Living a literary fantasy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is 9 pm. The Delhi Walla is in the guest room of a friend’s apartment in Delhi’s fashionable Hazrat Nizamuddin East, along with a bedside lamp, a silver…

City Moment – Death of a Man, Pahari Gosht Wali

City Moment – Death of a Man, Pahari Gosht Wali

The remarkable Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The man had died last night. The Delhi Walla stood outside his home on the Walled City’s Gosht Wali Pahari, the hill of the meat. The man was washed,…