City Moment - Friend's Grave, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

City Moment – Friend’s Grave, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One cold midnight The Delhi Walla entered the dargah of Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The courtyard was empty. The dome was lit up with strings of tiny electric…

City Monument - Cathedral Church of the Redemption, North Avenue

City Monument – Cathedral Church of the Redemption, North Avenue

Memories of Venice. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The former Viceroy’s Church, housed in the President’s Estate in Lutyens’ Delhi, is built of red sandstone and Burmese teak and was opened in 1931. The design, inspired by the…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Neyaz Akhtar, Hotel Shalimar

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Neyaz Akhtar, Hotel Shalimar

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Neyaz Akhtar on the roof of Hotel Shalimar in Gali Murgan, a street in the Old Quarter. In his early 30s, Mr…

Dateline Delhi – Man Has Unnatural Sex with Dog, Clip 1

Dateline Delhi – Man Has Unnatural Sex with Dog, Clip 1

Reporting from the capital. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla keenly reads the city pages of national dailies in search of weirdly disturbing/amusing newspaper reports on our capital’s daily life. Here’s the first part – as seen in Hindustan…

Photo Essay - Mobile Phone, Around Town

Photo Essay – Mobile Phone, Around Town

Text me. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One day in 2013 The Delhi Walla’s Sony Xperia stopped working. It felt as if my wife had died. The touch-screen phone had everything I would need if I were to…

City Culture - Brecht in Delhi, Sri Ram Centre

City Culture – Brecht in Delhi, Sri Ram Centre

Good persons of our capital. [Text and photos by Manika Dhama] On the Christmas Eve of 2013 theatre enthusiasts lined up outside the Sri Ram Centre in Central Delhi to meet Ramkali, the central character in ASMITA Theatre Group’s adaption…

City Monument – Safdarjung’s Tomb, Aurobindo Marg

City Monument – Safdarjung’s Tomb, Aurobindo Marg

A melancholic spectacle. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The mausoleum of Mughal aristocrat Safdarjung (1754), with its stained sandstone walls and inadequate marble, reflects the twilight years of a great empire. The ruin looks very sad and beautiful…

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Karol Bagh

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Karol Bagh

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla finds this man standing beside a bus shelter in the central neighbourhood of Karol Bagh. He is wearing a light brown bandhgala suit. The matching light…

Delhi Metro – Jahangir Puri, Yellow Line

Delhi Metro – Jahangir Puri, Yellow Line

The final frontier. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One cold morning The Delhi Walla travelled on the yellow line of the metro train and got off at Jahangir Puri, the route’s last destination in the north-west. At the…

City Hangout - The New Shahpur Jat, South Delhi

City Hangout – The New Shahpur Jat, South Delhi

The lesser village. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Shahpur Jat Village can never have the strut of the nearby Hauz Khas Village. If optimists believe otherwise, then the closure of Bookwise in November 2013 should clear that up….