City Monument – Darya Khan’s Tomb, Kidwai Nagar East

City Monument – Darya Khan’s Tomb, Kidwai Nagar East

Ravaged by time. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Time has reduced Darya Khan Lohani’s tomb in Kidwai Nagar East, south Delhi, to broken edifices of stone and rubble masonry. Lying next to the residential blocks of Delhi Development…

Mission Delhi – Faisal Khan, Mehrauli

Mission Delhi – Faisal Khan, Mehrauli

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Taking off his yellow T-shirt and flexing his muscles, he says, “I’m eating too much biryani. I need to tone up my body.” The…

City Season – The Basant People, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

City Season – The Basant People, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

The yellow of the spring. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Every year as winter gives way to Delhi’s short spring spell, the Delhiwallas mark the shift in season by offering yellow mustard flowers at the shrine of Hazrat…

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…