The Delhi Proustians – C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Proust’s High Commissioner

The Delhi Proustians – C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Proust’s High Commissioner

A biography by Jean Findlay. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There happens to be a very, very long novel. It has seven volumes, 200 characters and 1.2 million words. A Scotsman, who was an extremely sensitive homosexual and…

Atget’s Corner – 776-780, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 776-780, 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,…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Stuart Freedman, Indian Coffee House

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Stuart Freedman, Indian Coffee House

The 63rd death. [Text by Stuart Freedman; photo © E.Corbin] The English photographer Stuart Freedman died today in Delhi, appropriately in beautiful light at dusk in his favourite seat, on the balcony of his beloved Indian Coffee House, so reminiscent…

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Mrs Bahri, b. Dera Ismail Khan, 16 January, 1932

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Mrs Bahri, b. Dera Ismail Khan, 16 January, 1932

The face behind the landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi; the black & white photo belong to Bahrsions Booksellers] Most booklovers in Delhi know of the landmark Bahrisons Booksellers in Khan Market. Many of them are probably familiar…

Atget’s Corner – 771-775, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 771-775, 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,…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ipshita Mitra, Sarojini Nagar

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ipshita Mitra, Sarojini Nagar

The 62nd death. [Text by Ipshita Mitra; photo by Arpita Mitra] And she died one winter afternoon, without a warning, almost like the unexpected rain that evening. Ipshita Mitra was always worried about her social skills; solitude is what she…

Photo Essay - God Bless Kathmandu, Nepal

Photo Essay – God Bless Kathmandu, Nepal

That city, its people, its temples. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was the on the 16th floor of a building when the earthquake tremors shook Delhi on April 25, 2015. Like everybody else on that…

Death in Pakistan – Sabeen Mahmud’s Assassination, T2F, Karachi

Death in Pakistan – Sabeen Mahmud’s Assassination, T2F, Karachi

Remembering a brave person. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is dismayed to share the news of civil liberties activist Sabeen Mahmud’s assassination in Karachi, Pakistan. She was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Karachi on…

Atget’s Corner – 766-770, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 766-770, 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,…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Anna Shipilova , Small Town in South Karnataka

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Anna Shipilova , Small Town in South Karnataka

The 61st death. [Text by Anna Shipilova; photo by Tatyana Shipilova] Anna Shipilova retreated today for her heavenly abode on a cat-mobile. For she was a cat. Disguised as a human. She died after having downed a glass of dubious…