City Hangout – The Art Galleries of Hauz Khas

City Hangout – The Art Galleries of Hauz Khas

The 14th century village as an art destination. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Besides its haunting ruins, Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi is known for its designer stores, curio shops, two South Indian specialty restaurants, one lounge-bar…

Delhi Metro - Look, What She Has Got

Delhi Metro – Look, What She Has Got

Seen the famous in the metro? [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Have you spotted the capital’s famous people in the Delhi Metro? The air-conditioned train service that started in 2002, connecting east Delhi’s Shahdara to north Delhi’s Tis…

The Delhi Walla Books – The Delhi Mantra

The Delhi Walla Books – The Delhi Mantra

They are from the heart. [By Fahad Shah] A traveller. A photographer. A book lover. And a guide to Delhi. He walks all around the city. Alone, late in the night, he writes what he had experienced from dawn to…

Photo Essay – Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Birthday Celebrations, Nizamuddin Dargah

Photo Essay – Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Birthday Celebrations, Nizamuddin Dargah

Night of the committed devotees. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The 796th birthday of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the 14th century sufi saint of Delhi, was celebrated on the night of February 1, 2011. Forgetting their professional rivalries, musicians…

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Connaught Place

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Connaught Place

Searching for the stylish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla saw this man-boy in the park above Palika Bazaar parking in Connaught Place, Delhi’s Colonial-era shopping district. Talking on a black-and-red cell phone, he was in…

City Faith – The Sufi’s Birthday, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

City Faith – The Sufi’s Birthday, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

The night of the saint. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Delhi’s 14th century sufi saint, is being decked up with flowers and electric bulbs to celebrate his 796th birthday. The night of…

City Moment – The Just People, Netaji Subhash Marg

City Moment – The Just People, Netaji Subhash Marg

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one morning… no, it was not just any morning. It was the anniversary of the day when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu fundamentalist…

Jaipur Diary - The Sexed-Up Lit Fest

Jaipur Diary – The Sexed-Up Lit Fest

It’s not about books. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] High heels, Prada bags, Charles & Keith ankle boots, Sula wine, exposed cleavages and a private jet. Lit events are the new cool for the beautiful people, if the…

City Monument - Adam Khan's Tomb, Mehrauli

City Monument – Adam Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli

You’ll get lost here. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] On a hilly mound, this structure is more than just the ruined tomb of Adam Khan, a scheming foster-brother of Akbar whom the Mughal Emperor punished by having him…

Jaipur Diary – People of the Festival

Jaipur Diary – People of the Festival

Saluting the lit lovers. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s the people. In the 6th Jaipur Literature Festival, The Delhi Walla liked the readers more than the authors. I was moved by the earnestness of Delhi University students…