Atget’s Corner – 1041-1045, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 1041-1045, 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 Obituary - Uma Marwah of Khan Market's Faqir Chand & Sons Bookshop is No More

City Obituary – Uma Marwah of Khan Market’s Faqir Chand & Sons Bookshop is No More

Life of a bookstore matriarch. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] For some affluent Delhiites, posh Khan Market is like a second home. For a very, very few, Khan Market is home. Uma Marwah, who lived in house number…

City Hangout - Midnight in Nehru Place, South Delhi

City Hangout – Midnight in Nehru Place, South Delhi

A poetic world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Have you noticed how some places evoke different feelings at night and in the day? Take Nehru Place. Nobody would go to that business district for aesthetic reasons. The concrete…

City Style - Jaya Jaitly's Sari Closet, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

City Style – Jaya Jaitly’s Sari Closet, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She lives in a world of handwoven saris. Even the blinds of her drawing room are, well, saris (see second last picture at the bottom). One afternoon, The Delhi…

Netherfield Ball - Alika and Akbar's Jane Austen Wedding on Aunt Jane's 200th Death Anniversary, India Habitat Center

Netherfield Ball – Alika and Akbar’s Jane Austen Wedding on Aunt Jane’s 200th Death Anniversary, India Habitat Center

We love you Aunt Jane. [The Delhi Walla special; all photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The decorously subversive chronicler of England’s drawing rooms died on 18 July, 1817. In Sufism, the death anniversary is celebrated, not mourned. So, as we…

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Amir Khusro, b. Patiali, Uttar Pradesh, 1253-1325

The Biographical Dictionary of Delhi – Amir Khusro, b. Patiali, Uttar Pradesh, 1253-1325

The definitive directory of famous Delhiites. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] At 72, the maker of Hindustani classical music lost interest in the world. Poet Amir Khusro, the 14th century courtier to seven kings, was in mourning after…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shehla Nawab, Tees Hazari Court

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Shehla Nawab, Tees Hazari Court

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She writes in verse though her field is ‘criminal matters’. Shehla Nawab works as a lawyer and lives as a poet. The Delhi Walla meets her one afternoon at…

City Monument - Najaf Khan’s Tomb, Near Lodhi Road Railway Station

City Monument – Najaf Khan’s Tomb, Near Lodhi Road Railway Station

Tomb without the dome. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What if Humayun’s Tomb didn’t have a dome — just the stone plinth on which it stands? To see what it would look like, just head to Najaf Khan’s…

City Obituary - Dinesh Chandra Grover, the Legendary Hindi Publisher of Allahabad

City Obituary – Dinesh Chandra Grover, the Legendary Hindi Publisher of Allahabad

The passing of an age. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is sitting against a mostly-empty bookshelf. The upper reaches of the walls are lined with framed portraits of Hindi writers. This dimly-lit musty space seems to have…

City Hangout - Riverside Ghat, Yamuna Bazaar

City Hangout – Riverside Ghat, Yamuna Bazaar

Remember the river. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The evening sky is clear blue. The water is moving serenely. A handful of young men are sitting on the edge of the river. Two women are standing a few…