Home Sweet Home - Abhinav Kakkar, Mahrauli

Mehrauli’s dream balcony. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] With a balcony like this, who’d want to leave home? Abhinav Kakkar freely admits his own balcony is a prime attraction—though as an independent photographer he’s usually on the move….

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Charvi Kain, Bombay

The 194th death. [Text and photos sent by Charvi Kain] She died in an Ola. For years, despite owning a driving license and a Metro card for Bombay and Delhi each, Charvi Kain religiously requested for Ubers and Olas. She…

Mission Delhi - Peshkar Varma, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Thin as a rail, Peshkar Varma ekes out a living by measuring the body weight of the well-nourished. At the close of his work day,…

City Monument - A Lesser-Known Mosque, Safdarjang’s Tomb

A side relic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hard to put your finger on it, but there’s an ineffable sense of sadness about Safdarjang’s Tomb—which isn’t always the case with memorials for the dead. One of the…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shirali Raina, Noida

The 193rd death. [Text and photos sent by Shirali Raina] She overdosed on Netflix. They found her, snuggled in a corner of her brown sofa, iPad in her lap, playing yet another re-run of Dr. Martin. That explained the smile…

City Hangout - Prime Minister Shastri's Home,  1, Motilal Nehru Palace

A homage to simple living. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Imagine spotting an earthen chulha (stove) in a modern kitchen, atop a gleaming counter, in the home of a former prime minister. This is 1, Motilal Nehru Palace…

City Obituary - Restaurant Captain Shamshad Ahmad, Chor Bizarre, Hotel Broadway

The passing of a nice man. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] A legend in his own right, this discreet Delhi restaurant captain more than merely rubbed shoulders with the favoured and famous. Shamshad Ahmad, who died recently, presided…

Julia Child in Delhi – Italian Diplomat Elettra Verrone Cooks Her Perfect Pasta, Jor Bagh

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Narrowing her eyes, she says, slowly and carefully, emphasizing each word, “Miscook the pasta and all is spoiled.” The Delhi Walla is at Elettra Verrone’s kitchen. A…

City Hangout - Watching Shadow Leaves, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Pure hypnotism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a free exhibition sponsored by Mother Nature and it can immediately calm the ruffled minds, if you have the time. And it’s conveniently located on Kasturba Gandhi Road in…

City Obituary - Old Delhi's Living Encyclopedia, Naseem Mirza Changezi, Dies at 108, 1910-2018

Death of a landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Naseem Mirza Changezi, born in 1910, died on 5.30 pm, 12 April 2018, at his home in the Walled City neighbourhood of Pahari Imli. He was ill since some…