City Season - Spring Bloom of Two Bougainvillea Trees, Lodhi Garden

The gift of a brief season. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s like a valley of flowers, pink flowers we mean. And it is the most amazing sight in Delhi at this season. The two bougainvillea trees in…

Atget’s Corner – 1011-1015, 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,…

Mission Delhi - Salma, Lodhi Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She cuts quite a figure. A woman riding a cart all by herself — very often a little child is seen sitting on the cart…

Home Sweet Home - Late Writer Khushwant Singh's Home, Sujan Singh Park

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is where he died exactly three years ago. The Delhi Walla is at E-49, Khushwant Singh’s red-brick apartment at the colonial-era Sujan Singh Park in central Delhi. Privileged members…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Serene Kasim, Bangalore

The 141st death. [Text by Serene Kasim; photo by Avinash Kaur] All her life Serene Kasim was told that she always looked like she should be somewhere else. Hers was an unremarkable life marked by a remarkable sense of restless…

Photo Essay - The Lonely Foreign Woman and Other Women in the Italian Unification Celebrations, Italian Embassy Grounds

Women watching. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The beautiful people of the capital’s diplomatic world trickled in one after another. One evening The Delhi Walla attended the Italian Unification Celebration on the grassy grounds of the Italian embassy…

City Life - Amir Dehlavi's Radio Ritual, Haji Hotel

The ultimate radio star. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Over the years many of us have established a deep bond with our smart phones. Many of us have an emotional connection with our TV too, and some of…

City Nature - The Spring Flowers of Semal, Subz Burj Tomb

This season’s prince. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Basically it is just a soft thud on the grassy ground—The Delhi Walla means the ceaseless falling of red semal flowers. The blooming of the semal marks the arrival of…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saudha Kasim, Cochin

The 140th death. [Text and photo by Saudha Kasim] Saudha Kasim, who was just one calico away from being a cat lady unlike any the world had ever seen, was unfortunately lost to time due to a surfeit of pineapples…

Netherfield Ball – Jaya Jaitly's Non-Journalistic Grey Sari  Royally Snubs the Journalistic Saris of Supriya Nair and Sonal Shah at The Caravan Magazine's Book Launch, Bikaner House

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was gentlemanlike, with unaffected manners, and since he was an MA from the Columbia Journalism School, he was looked at with great admiration. The tide of Vinod K Jose’s…