City Hangout - Dalbir Singh's Egg Stall, Outside Pragati Maidan Metro Station

The magic-realism of leaves. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Though The Delhi Walla loves lounging around this omelette stall I was hesitant to talk about it. For one thing, the owner, Dalbir Singh, isn’t very keen. “Sorry, I…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Mamta Rohra, Somewhere in the Arabian Sea

The 166th death. [Text and photos sent by Mamta Rohra] Mamta Rohra, 33, met her end in the deep waters of the Arabian Sea, close to the white sparkling reflection of the full moon that she loved so much. It…

City Landmark - Delhi's Only Parsi Cemetery, Near Prithviraj Road

You will always remain in our hearts. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Walking through any cemetery is bound to stir feelings. And perhaps even more so in this secluded graveyard in central Delhi that belongs to the rapidly…

Home Sweet Home - The Polish Ambassador's Residence, Tilak Marg

Inside the walls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Houses of foreign envoys always conjure up images of hushed elegance. The Delhi Walla still remembers the visit to the Australian High Commissioner’s residence in Chanakyapuri a few months ago…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Yuvika Vats, Bangalore

The 166th death. [Text and photos sent by Yuvika Vats] Yuvika Vats feared that she would die of loneliness as a result of the highly non-life threatening disease she suffered from–the Resting Bitch Face syndrome. You see, the main effect…

Julia Child in Delhi – Longtime Family Cook, Amma, Makes Her Narangi Rice, South Delhi

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old-time family cooks don’t fuss about their employer’s guests — The Delhi Walla‘s experience. They are so prized by the family, so entwined into its affairs, that…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Prachi Bhutada, Pune

The 165th death. [Text by Prachi Bhutada; photos by Anand Desai] Prachi Bhutada wanted to be everything. What she ended up being was: too much. Of that she was embarrassed, you could tell. She was loud, like her grandmother. She…

City Monument - A Ruined Mansion, Pahari Bhojla, Old Delhi

Remains of a vanished world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Their numbers dwindle with each passing year, which is understandable. Old derelict homes do collapse after decades of benign neglect. But this is more than merely sad —…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ayushi Shah, Mumbai

The 164th death. [Text and photos sent by Ayushi Shah] Ayushi Shah is no more. Not a shocker though, as she thought growing older was stress inducing and she survived 20 only by calling it ‘twenteen’. After all, like her…

City Food - Ghar Ka Khana Platter, India International Center

Homely khana for the elite. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Why would anybody anybody go to a restaurant just to eat home cooking? But that’s exactly one of the items listed in the menu at the elite India…