Home Sweet Home - Moongey Wali Kothi, Katra Kaushal Rai

Home Sweet Home – Moongey Wali Kothi, Katra Kaushal Rai

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is easy to identify a haveli in Old Delhi. The tell-tale sign is an archway that usually hosts a half-awake stray dog. Within, a passage leads to a forecourt…

City Moment - The Soundless Bugle from a Band of Musicians, Lodhi Road

City Moment – The Soundless Bugle from a Band of Musicians, Lodhi Road

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is evening, not cold, not warm. The Delhi Walla is walking on Lodhi Road. Not long after crossing Dyal Singh College I come across half a dozen men—each in…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Maria Faraz, Cantt., Lahore, Pakistan

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Maria Faraz, Cantt., Lahore, Pakistan

The 138th death. [Text by Maria Faraz; photo by Faraz Jahangir] Everyone thinks a psychologist knows everything, a proverbial mind-reader, magical being, twister of fates…. But she was an ordinary woman. Drawn to her destiny by the strings of circumstance…

City Food - Muhammed Rafi's 40-Year-Old Rooh Afza Drink Stall, Turkman Gate

City Food – Muhammed Rafi’s 40-Year-Old Rooh Afza Drink Stall, Turkman Gate

Summer’s great hero. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The arrival of Delhi summer can be ascertained in a number of ways. A poetic way is to look for the yellow flowers of Amaltas trees. The Delhi Walla’s summer…

City Season - Discovering The New Summer Through Delhi Sky, Around Town

City Season – Discovering The New Summer Through Delhi Sky, Around Town

Intimations of a new season. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s seasons are extreme. Winters are so freezing that it is impossible to imagine that this city could ever survive even a gentle rise in temperature. Summers are…

City Monument – Sunehri Masjid, Chandni Chowk

City Monument – Sunehri Masjid, Chandni Chowk

Remembering the Delhi massacre. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was from Sunehri Masjid that the Persian invader Nader Shah watched the massacre of Delhi in March, 1739. In his book The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from…

Netherfield Ball – The Invasion of the Bearded Men at Sanjay Kak's Book Launch, India Habitat Center

Netherfield Ball – The Invasion of the Bearded Men at Sanjay Kak’s Book Launch, India Habitat Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even the mere thought triggers hair-raising pain. Were Kashmir to break off its marriage to India, and the Indian army were to quit Kashmir, our beloved motherland would lose its…

City Life - La La Land of The NDMC, VIP Delhi

City Life – La La Land of The NDMC, VIP Delhi

The great gap. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is no place for the aam aadmi, or common man. A sign near the Supreme Court declares the limits of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) zone, which has…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Akhil Katyal's Poem 'He was as arrogant as a Chattarpur Farmhouse', Jangpura Extension

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Akhil Katyal’s Poem ‘He was as arrogant as a Chattarpur Farmhouse’, Jangpura Extension

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He shares his second-floor flat with Agha Shahid Ali and they often sleep together. He has that deep bond with The Veiled Suite, the late Kashmiri poet’s collected poetry—the…

Atget’s Corner – 1001-1005, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 1001-1005, 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,…