City Obituary – Raza Remembers Husain

City Obituary – Raza Remembers Husain

On Maqbool Fida Husain’s death. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] On June 9, 2011, a few hours after the death of painter Maqbool Fida Husain in London, The Delhi Walla sat down with Syed Haider Raza at his…

City Moment – The Girl With Red Roses, Near Sai Baba Temple

City Moment – The Girl With Red Roses, Near Sai Baba Temple

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon traveling in an auto rickshaw when it stopped at a traffic light near Sai Baba Temple, central Delhi. Suddenly a girl emerged from…

The Delhi Walla Books – Portraits is Published

The Delhi Walla Books – Portraits is Published

The fourth and the final volume. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] On the evening of June 6, 2011, The Delhi Walla received a small parcel from HarperCollins India. It was the fourth and final volume of The Delhi…

City Monument - Rang Mahal, Red Fort

City Monument – Rang Mahal, Red Fort

The Mughal harem. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The largest apartment of the Mughal harem, Rang Mahal – the palace of colours – is one of the most evocative architectural compositions in Red Fort, a 17th century world…

City Faith – Laddu Shah’s Dargah, GB Road

City Faith – Laddu Shah’s Dargah, GB Road

A historically unimportant sufi shrine. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] An obscure sufi shrine, the dargah of Imam Ullah Shah urf Laddu Shah Baba consist of a small dark chamber. Situated in GB Road, Delhi’s red light district,…

City Library - Advaita Kala's Books, Nizamuddin East

City Library – Advaita Kala’s Books, Nizamuddin East

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One warm evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Advaita Kala, the author of Almost Single. Like her novel’s protagonist, Ms Kala, is single. In her early 30s,…

Photo Essay – The Ninth Symphony Continues, Deer Park

Photo Essay – The Ninth Symphony Continues, Deer Park

The music of a tree. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Life is a series of disappointments. And then you see something grand and noble, which surpasses life. A few months ago, The Delhi Walla came across a giant…

City Hangout - Shankar's International Dolls Museum, Near ITO Crossing

City Hangout – Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Near ITO Crossing

People of the world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] For anyone curious about the world, its civilization and its people, this is a trip more affecting than your grandfather’s stacks of National Geographic magazines. Set up by cartoonist…

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…