Home Sweet Home – Novelist Manan Kapoor's Room, Shakti Nagar

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Karl Marx is lying on his shoe rack. Italo Calvino is on his double bed. Federico García Lorca is beside a little guitar. Amitav Ghosh, VS Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Ernest…

Photo Essay - In Memory of the Nameless Homeless Man Who Died, Around City Pavements

Rest in sleep. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is almost midnight. He is lying sprawled on the road divider. He seems to be sleeping. His eyes are closed. The headlights of a speeding car fall on his…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sreeparna Chaudhury, Calcutta

The 143rd death. [Text by Sreeparna Chaudhury; photo by Shamindra Chaudhuri] Sreeparna Chaudhury, a nobody, a ghost of her own being, died last night by choking on an ice cream of her least favorite flavor. She perhaps always knew that…

City Faith - A Late night Encounter with Mast Qalandar Sufis, Mehrauli

Trance world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was a scene with a timeless appeal. It would not have looked out of place even centuries ago. One night while walking down a lane in south Delhi’s Mehrauli village,…

Mission Delhi – Elena Tommaseo, Lajpat Nagar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is a white European woman in South Delhi. Her home, however, is not in places such as Jangpura, Hauz Khas Village, Defence Colony, Greater…

City Monument - Mubarak Shah Sayyid’s Tomb, Kotla Mubarakpur

The elusive memorial. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is true only up to a point. It is late afternoon and The Delhi Walla is walking along the alleys of south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur village for more than…

Netherfield Ball – Wicked Babble on Narayani Gupta, Laila Tyabji and Meru Gokhale at TCA Raghavan’s Book Launch , India International Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is supremely enigmatic, and since she is a diva, she never allows herself to be photographed. You may Google for a clear portrait of her face and you shall…

City Nature - The Grand Pilkhan Tree, Feroz Shah Kotla Ruins

The season’s great gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Our hapless world is caught in the middle of future-shaping events of profound significance. In such a time, do we have the luxury to pause and look for hints…

Atget’s Corner – 1016-1020, 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,…

City Life - 'Friends Forever' of Arab Sarai General Store, H. Nizamuddin Basti

Real world friends. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] To outsiders, Nizamuddin Basti in central Delhi is most famous for the Sufi shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The more knowing among us may also point to the tomb of…