“There’s No Exclusive Gay Pub in Delhi But…” – Interview with a Gay Blogger

GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. Conversations with a man who runs a blog on the city’s gay life. [Interview and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi; the picture has no…

Around Town – Sadia Dehlvi, the Rickshaw Walli

The writer’s second car is a…cycle rickshaw. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Life has become exciting in the sleepy C block in Central Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin East after its eminent resident, writer Sadia Dehlvi, owner of a Maruti…

Culture – Din Duniya, a Gentle Madness

GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. One man’s struggle to save a dying Urdu publication. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dignity in the face of decline is rare….

Lhasa Diary – From Delhi to Tibet, and Back

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City Secret – Indian Coffee Depot, Tolstoy Lane

An excellent coffee store that no-one knows. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most likely Leo Tolstoy never got to taste South Indian filter coffee in his lifetime but a certain stretch of Tolstoy Lane, at Connaught Place, thousands…

Dateline Jamia Nagar – No Pizzas for Muslims

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Opinion – The Why of Hating Delhi

GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. This city sucks big time. [The author is a well-known fashion designer; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Of all that I hate, I hate…

Profile – R V Smith, Delhi’s Classic Chronicler

The city has ignored its most endearing lover. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Robert Kaplan, the author of Balkan Ghosts, carried just one book, Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon—A Journey Through Yugoslavia, in his shoulder bag…

City Life – Evenings with Jahanara Fakeera

Strange encounters in the tomb of a woman sufi. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Evenings at Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah. Sometimes, too much crowd, too many tourists, and too loud qawwalis. No peace, no quiet, and no place to…

Travel Guide – 36 Hours in New Delhi

GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. Spending a weekend in India’s most happening metropolis. [Text-originally published in The New York Times-by Somini Sengupta; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] A seat…