City Sighting – Arundhati Roy, India Habitat Center

City Sighting – Arundhati Roy, India Habitat Center

Delhi’s free soul. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening, The Delhi Walla sighted his most beloved Delhiite – author Arundhati Roy. She was in India Habitat Center, a giant cultural complex in central Delhi that host book…

City Culture – The Sufi Music Crisis, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

City Culture – The Sufi Music Crisis, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

The struggle for the soul of qawwali. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dama dam mast qalandar. Qawwali, Islam’s sacred Sufi music offered in the shrines of the Indian subcontinent, is facing a moment of unease. It is best…

City Moment – BMW Studio, Scindia House

City Moment – BMW Studio, Scindia House

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one evening taking a stroll in Scindia House, a commercial block in Outer Circle, Connaught Place, the city’s Colonial-era bazaar. The lane is lined with…

City Monument – Karbala Graveyard, BK Dutt Colony

City Monument – Karbala Graveyard, BK Dutt Colony

The gloomy getaway. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The graveyard is dead. The last person was buried in 1985. Karbala, the Shiite burial ground in BK Dutt Colony, central Delhi, is reserved exclusively for the funeral of tazias,…

Mission Delhi - Abhay Singh, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Abhay Singh, Connaught Place

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] His shoulders droop and his belt is clasped loosely around his waist. The Delhi Walla meets Abhay Singh, 86, in Outer Circle, Connaught Place,…

City Food – Julia Child Bakes Blueberry Muffins in BK Dutt Colony

City Food – Julia Child Bakes Blueberry Muffins in BK Dutt Colony

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of BK Dutt Colony, a quiet neighbourhood in central Delhi. Having an unending curiosity for authentic cuisines, Ms Child runs Eat and Dust,…

Photo Essay – Akshaya Tritya Wedding, Noida

Photo Essay – Akshaya Tritya Wedding, Noida

The portrait of a marriage. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] On May 6, 2011, Delhi saw thousands of weddings. It was Akshaya Tritiya, a lucky day in the Hindu calendar for people to get gold, silver and brides….

City Life - Barsatis, South Delhi

City Life – Barsatis, South Delhi

The vanishing rain shack. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s vanishing. The barsati. The small room at the top of the house where the family could enjoy the cool breeze during the monsoon. A unique Delhi phenomenon. The…

Mission Delhi - Mritunjay Kumar Tiwari, Near Moolchand Flyover

Mission Delhi – Mritunjay Kumar Tiwari, Near Moolchand Flyover

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The buses, cars and autos (auto rickshaws) are whizzing by but he is deep into Osama bin Laden. “This is America’s cunning,” says Mritunjay…

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Greater Kailash-I

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Greater Kailash-I

Searching for the stylish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla saw this boy-child at a back-lane in Greater Kailash-I, an upscale neighbourhood in south Delhi. He was wearing a check turban, a pale blue shirt and…