City Food - Winter Chikkis, Rithala

The cold season treat. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These days it’s the smog that heralds the Delhi winters. The Delhi Walla is told that long ago, when the air was still clean, this shift in the season…

City Hangout - Minto Bridge Underpass, Central Delhi

The bridge of sounds. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We don’t expect romance out of a railway underbridge. And yet, here is Minto Bridge. Named after a British viceroy, it connects Connaught Place (CP) to the New Delhi…

Julia Child in Delhi – Kamala Hemrajani Makes Her Sindh’s Dal Pakwaan, Defence Colony

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say that Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province, is full of Delhiwalas who moved there after Partition. In fact, Karachi even has a neighbourhood called…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jasbir Chatterjee, Vikaspuri

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Do our office colleagues really know us? Take Jasbir Chatterjee. A Quality Manager in a luxury car dealership in Gurgaon, she knows everything about automobiles (don’t get her started…

Photo Essay – The Apocalyptic Scenes in the World’s Most Polluted City, Around Delhi

The end of the world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] For at least two days in November, Delhi was cloaked in smog. During the day, you couldn’t see the sun. At night, the stars and the moon went…

Delhi Metro - Dwarka Sector 21, Blue Line

A last station’s romance. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They dot our landscape, more than 150 of them. And now The Delhi Walla is friends with arguably the most gorgeous of all those Metro stations in our sprawling…

Home Sweet Home - Rickshaw Puller Vishwajeet Mondal's Bedroom, Near Jangpura Metro Station

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Traffic has slowed to trickle near Jangpura Metro station where two tired rickshaw pullers are calling it a night. Dressed down to their lungis, Bhajan Lal and Vishwajeet Mondal carefully…

City Walk - Historian William Dalrymple's Guided Tour, Mehrauli Ruins

Author walk. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] More than 50 experts from different fields have been pooled in for the ongoing Delhi Walk Festival. Only three of them are foreigners. While no walk can have more than 30…

City Life - Meraj's Future Telling Machine, Daryaganj

Automated soothsayer. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We all have our own way of making a living, but Mr Meraj is definitely a trailblazer. He goes around the city with a machine that would be hard to duplicate….

City Landmark - Tolstoy's Statue, Near Janpath Market

From Russia with Love. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His arms crossed, Leo Tolstoy gazes towards Janpath’s Tibetan market. But since he is hidden behind trees, it is impossible to see him from… well, Tolstoy Marg. The plinth…