City Food - Wimpy Burgers, Aurobindo Market

City Food – Wimpy Burgers, Aurobindo Market

The taste of yesterday. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Until October 13 1996, when the golden arches were first raised in the city (in Basant Lok Market), we Delhiwallas were McDonald’s virgins. You can still make a return…

Mission Delhi – Geeta Devi, Good Earth, Khan Market

Mission Delhi – Geeta Devi, Good Earth, Khan Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Hello sir,” she warmly greets the man as he steps into the shop. Geeta Devi is probably Delhi’s only woman doorman. The Delhi Walla meets…

Atget’s Corner – 831-835, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 831-835, 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 – Shibani Bedi, Kailash Colony

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shibani Bedi, Kailash Colony

The 85th death. [Text by Shibani Bedi; photo by Sonam Sharma] Here lies Shibani Bedi, sprawled between her achievements and regrets. Her most common refrain was: “I feel like a life less lived, lost in the universe, trapped in non-conformist…

Netherfield Ball – Colors of Life-15 Bash, India Habitat Center

Netherfield Ball – Colors of Life-15 Bash, India Habitat Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are rules beginning to relax? Delhi’s art world is opening to the idea of samosas with unlimited beer. One breezy evening The Delhi Walla attended the inaugural bash of Colors…

Delhi Archives – Gay Delhi, Around Town

Delhi Archives – Gay Delhi, Around Town

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] In December 2013, India’s Supreme Court pronounced that gay sex is illegal. It has been a long journey for gay people in Delhi and across the country. “Looking for chubby bottoms.” “Looking…

City Moment - The Little Girl's Hijab, Jamia Nagar

City Moment – The Little Girl’s Hijab, Jamia Nagar

The remarkable Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The little girl could hardly be ten. The Delhi Walla saw her in a bazaar in Jamia Nagar. Her head was covered with a black scarf. She was with…

City Life - Love Letters, Scrap Dealer's Home, Old Delhi

City Life – Love Letters, Scrap Dealer’s Home, Old Delhi

Life in mails. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One afternoon, in a raddiwala’s (scrap dealer’s) home in Old Delhi, The Delhi Walla discovered a polythene bag filled with letters and picture postcards. The envelopes had the addresses of…

City Faith - Yakuba Begum's Iftar, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Faith – Yakuba Begum’s Iftar, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

For God’s sake. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is her iftar spread–plain channa dal, fresh-cut fruit and samosas. The elderly Yakuba Begum has a thick roti in her lap. She is patiently waiting for the call to…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sheema Mookherjee, Kanha

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sheema Mookherjee, Kanha

The 84th death. [Text by Sheema Mookherjee; photo by Jhampan Mookerjee] Sheema Mookherjee was found departed on a planter’s chair in her verandah at Kanha, Madhya Pradesh. The forest spirits had come and collected her soul. She had just finished…