City Food - Vegetable Patty, Wenger's Cake Shop

City Food – Vegetable Patty, Wenger’s Cake Shop

The taste of a vanishing Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The magic unfolds in three steps. First, the crisp flaky shell crumbles inside the mouth. Second, the mouth gets all buttery. Third, the filling lets loose its…

Delhi Metro - Manika Dhama's Commute With Rebecca West, KG Marg

Delhi Metro – Manika Dhama’s Commute With Rebecca West, KG Marg

The book lover’s commute. [Text by Manika Dhama; photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At 1,200 pages in tiny ant-lettering, it was an unwieldy choice for Metro commute reading. More than once during the course of the month I spent reading…

City Walk - Aurangzeb Road, Central Delhi

City Walk – Aurangzeb Road, Central Delhi

The last days of the avenue. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Speeding cars are making gentle breezy sounds. Somewhere a peacock is crying out. While the soft sun of the August evening is filling Aurangzeb Road with golden…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Barkha Gupta, Somewhere Between Two Mountain Peaks

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Barkha Gupta, Somewhere Between Two Mountain Peaks

The 97th death. [By Barkha Gupta] She was gone too soon. Given the name of ‘bakra’ (goat) by her sisterly amigo after her jocular and witty personification, Barkha Gupta departs today towards eternity with the ticket of heaven. Nothing could…

Netherfield Ball – Author Avirook Sen Attacks Ellen Barry of The New York Times, India International Center

Netherfield Ball – Author Avirook Sen Attacks Ellen Barry of The New York Times, India International Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On​ a recent​ evening​,​ The Delhi Walla went to the launch of Avirook Sen’s​ new​ non-fiction book​, Aarushi: Anatomy of a Murder​,​​ at the India International Center. It turned out…

City Style - Tina's Handloom Saris, Sector 56, Gurgaon

City Style – Tina’s Handloom Saris, Sector 56, Gurgaon

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One afternoon The Delhi Walla arranged to meet Tina Babbar at her apartment in Sector 56, Gurgaon. A creative director with a TV production house, she has more than…

City Crisis - Save Friendicoes & Save Strays, Defence Colony

City Crisis – Save Friendicoes & Save Strays, Defence Colony

Have heart, not money. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Bad news. Friendicoes may become history. According to a report by journalist Somya Lakhani in The Indian Express, the Delhi-based animal welfare NGO may soon shut down. It is…

Mission Delhi – S.M. Yunus Jaffery, Ganj Mir Khan

Mission Delhi – S.M. Yunus Jaffery, Ganj Mir Khan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The historic Iran nuclear deal has gone down well in a modest home in Old Delhi. “I’m very pleased,” says S.M. Yunus Jaffery. “The sanctions…

City Nature - Bachchan Dev Ram's Neem Tree, Lodhi Road

City Nature – Bachchan Dev Ram’s Neem Tree, Lodhi Road

Trees of Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It does not offer much protection from the harsh sun, yet its meager shade is comforting. One afternoon The Delhi Walla saw a Neem tree on Lodhi Road. There were…

Delhi Archives – Amir Khusro, b. Patiali, Uttar Pradesh, 1253-1325

Delhi Archives – Amir Khusro, b. Patiali, Uttar Pradesh, 1253-1325

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] At 72, the maker of Hindustani classical music lost interest in the world. Poet Amir Khusro, the 14th century courtier to seven kings, was in mourning after the death of his spiritual…