City Moment - Guns 'N Books, Central Delhi

City Moment – Guns ‘N Books, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On just about any day of the week, this second-hand bookstore in Central Delhi is packed with rather bored shoppers. Maybe browsing for an old 2018 diary for some reason….

City Food - Snack Cart Pots, Mathura Road

City Food – Snack Cart Pots, Mathura Road

The great Indian pateeli show. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You would expect to find this kind of huge brass container on display in the museums on Rajasthan kings instead of a Delhi pavement stall. This pateeli for…

Mission Delhi - Imdad Barbhuyan, South Extension II

Mission Delhi – Imdad Barbhuyan, South Extension II

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Imdad Barbhuyan is so inspired by fine art that it sometimes gets very personal. Gets integrated into his very own personality. Like the pearl on…

City Monument - Ghamand Sarai Gateway, Gurgaon

City Monument – Ghamand Sarai Gateway, Gurgaon

A forgotten relic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The softened weather-beaten stones on the top are jutting out towards the street as if they are overlooking a cliff. This arched gateway in a quiet corner in Gurgaon’s otherwise…

Photo Essay - The Delhi Walla's Exhibition, Serendipity Arts Festival 2018, Goa

Photo Essay – The Delhi Walla’s Exhibition, Serendipity Arts Festival 2018, Goa

My life as an artist. [Photos by Visual Pan] Dear reader, one of the most amazingly beautiful things that happened in my life as a blogger/writer/photographer was the exhibition of a sample of my instagram posts in the prestigious Serendipity…

Mission Delhi – Ramesh Kumar, KG Marg

Mission Delhi – Ramesh Kumar, KG Marg

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Guru Ravidas’s portrait on the pavement wall is decked with two yellow plastic flowers. Ramesh Kumar, a 51-year-old cobbler, had purchased the poster from Daryaganj….

City Hangout - Closing Hour Melancholy, Sunday Book Bazaar, Daryaganj

City Hangout – Closing Hour Melancholy, Sunday Book Bazaar, Daryaganj

Twilight in Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is a cold Sunday evening and the pavement book bazaar in Daryaganj is wrapping up. Being a weekly market, it will hopefully re-open next Sunday. Most people come to…

City Obituary - Tea Man Muhammed Sabir, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

City Obituary – Tea Man Muhammed Sabir, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

The end of a living landmark. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] In many ways this is just like any other January morning. Cold and sunny. But Muhammed Sabir’s tea stall in a side-lane on Central Delhi’s Kasturba Gandhi…

City Food - Mathura ka Peda, Kucha Pati Ram

City Food – Mathura ka Peda, Kucha Pati Ram

The charm of an out-of-town delicacy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some of the most universally loved Indian delicacies are identified with towns and cities where they were probably invented or given a special treatment — Agra ka…

Mission Delhi – Kashi Ram Sharma, Khan Market

Mission Delhi – Kashi Ram Sharma, Khan Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is 9 pm at the teeming Khan Market and the fashionable crowds are still in abundance, heading for chic restaurants or maybe somewhere else….