City Life – The Expat World of Delhi

City Life – The Expat World of Delhi

A glimpse of the bubble. [Text by an expat; pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is tough. Ask the expats. Some say that they survive the city by living in a bubble. How is this bubble built? The answer can…

Mission Delhi - Sadia Dehlvi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Chilla

Mission Delhi – Sadia Dehlvi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Chilla

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “I want to be buried here,” says Sadia Dehlvi, the author of Sufism: The Heart of Islam. The Delhi Walla meets her at Nizamuddin…

City Travel – Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

City Travel – Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

The middle-class Delhi’s Switzerland. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Mussoorie, the Himalayan town in Uttarakhand that is a six-hour drive from Delhi, is a resort in name only. The Mall Road, the city’s touristy stretch, is littered with…

City Landmark - Manohar Bookstore, Ansari Road

City Landmark – Manohar Bookstore, Ansari Road

Best collection of non-fiction on India. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] If it were a book, it would be thick, dense, informative, wonderfully engaging, but wrapped in unattractive grey paper. Manohar bookstore in central Delhi is that sort…

City Season - Bougainvillea Bloom, Around Town

City Season – Bougainvillea Bloom, Around Town

The gift of summer. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The beginning of Delhi’s harsh summer has its comforts. In March and April as the temperature rises, the city’s green cover is taken over by bougainvillea flowers. The red…

City Moment – The Hanging of Joseph Lelyveld, Jantar Mantar

City Moment – The Hanging of Joseph Lelyveld, Jantar Mantar

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon walking around Jantar Mantar, the area outside the 18th century solar observatory where Indians protest against injustice. Heading to Tolstoy Marg, I witnessed…

City Hangout – Flipside Café, Hauz Khas Village

City Hangout – Flipside Café, Hauz Khas Village

A cultivated casualness. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] No. 7. First Floor, at Hauz Khas Village (2651 6341) – Taken in by its faux-bohemian spirit, some consider Hauz Khas Village a John Lennon song. People come here to…

Photo Essay – 2011 Cricket World Cup Final Match, Around Town

Photo Essay – 2011 Cricket World Cup Final Match, Around Town

Watching the cricket-watching Delhiwallas. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Cheers and screams. On April 2, during the final match of the 2011 Cricket World Cup between Sri Lanka and India, The Delhi Walla walked around the town –…

Mission Delhi – Editor, Nizamuddin East

Mission Delhi – Editor, Nizamuddin East

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He doesn’t talk much. The Delhi Walla is with Editor, a spoilt south Delhi brat with a weakness for Parmesan cheese and chocolate chip…

City Monument – Nila Gumbad, Nizamuddin East

City Monument – Nila Gumbad, Nizamuddin East

Delhi’s oldest Mughal-era ruin. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Its beauty lies in its tiled dome, rare in Delhi. Situated behind Humayun’s Tomb, Nila Gumbad, or blue dome, was on the banks of Yamuna, the course of which…