Olivia Fraser's Painting Exhibition – Delhi Through Firangi Eyes

Delhi in Lonely Planet-style exotica that only a westerner could have portrayed. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Olivia Fraser must be a happy artist. She has retained her identity in spite of being the wife of a superstar author. Most of…

Photo Essay: A Queer Dance

Something went wrong at a wedding in Mahipalpur. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Somebody was getting married in Mahipalpur, an urban village near Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The excitement had burst out into the afternoon alley. The white mare which…

St. Valentine's Special – Love and Trial in New Delhi

A couple struggles to carry on amidst parental disapproval and caste differences.[This report is based on a series of conversations Mayank Austen Soofi had with Ms. Renu Rani Tyagi. The picture is not related to Ms. Tyagi.] Ms. Renu Rani…

Photo Essay: Highway Weddings in New Delhi

Rush hour commuters in the capital cope with street weddings – along with everything else. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] They emerged from the five-star Ambassador Hotel a few hours after sunset. The handsome groom, turbaned and dressed in a cream-colored…

Miranda House Memories: 3 Years, 1 Degree, and 0 Men

A girl’s life in Delhi’s premier college for women.[By Manika Dhama; she is a Delhi-based media professional.] I’m lucky to be a Delhi girl. Many women colleges here are considered the best in the country. However, recently there were rumors…

Photo Essay: Celebrating Australia Day In New Delhi

While India was celebrating Republic Day, Delhi’s small Aussie community did something different. [Report and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even as India celebrated Republic Day on January 26, the Australian High Commission in the leafy Chanakyapuri provided a low-key…

Eating Butter Chicken in Kake Da Hotel – The Pains and Pleasures of Street Cooking in Delhi

Greasy food, rude service and unclean setting – an account of a meal taken in the legendary dhaba. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] This account is based on the recollections of a meal taken during the summer of 2006. We were…

Interview: Do Delhi Women Have Horns Coming Out of Their Heads?

A Delhi Wali muses on how harrowing, outrageous, and funny it is for a girl to work, walk, and drive in this city. As one of 6,212,086 women of Delhi, Ms Manika Dhama is a young working professional. She lives…

Photo Essay – Carrying a Coffin in Old Delhi

The Sunday calm, in the streets of the walled town, gets shattered by the grief of a funeral procession[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “The eyes shed tears and the heart is grieved, but we will not say anything…

Special Photo Essay – New Year Do's in the New Central Park

Within a month of its re-opening, the revamped Central Park has become the social sea beach that Delhi never had.[by Mayank Austen Soofi] Last day of the last year forced the Delhites out into the newly revamped Central Park in…