City Essentials – Street Walk with Street Children

GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. Discovering the inner world of Delhi’s pavement kids. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Talking the Walk 21-year-old Javed, a former street kid…

City Secrets – Islamic Volleyball at Hazrat Nizamuddin

GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. Playing the game with a halaal touch. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Besides its Sufi shrine, Thursday qawwalis, and Karim restaurant, Hazrat…

City Landmarks – A. Godin & Co.

Delhi’s legendary piano shop. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The high ceiling of this charming piano shop seems overwhelmed with the weight of history. Situated at the desolate end of the Regal Cinema building, A. Godin & Co….

Photo Essay – Blind Man Playing Sitar in a Piano Shop

Snapshot moments captured in one of Delhi’s more charming landmarks. [Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ishrat Ali is an employee of Godin &a Co., the capital’s legendary piano shop at Connaught Place. He has been here for the…

Jamia Nagar – Delhi's Rich Muslim Ghetto

Profiling the Muslim boom town in the capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Close your eyes and think Jamia Nagar. What do you see? Lots of Muslims? Police encounters, fake or otherwise, with terrorists? But hello, Jamia Nagar…

Citizen Profile – The House Maid's Story

Living a tough life but on her terms. [Text and picture by Manika Dhama; she manages the blogsite Myriad Musings and More] Ms. Bala Devi is a 34-year-old housemaid who works at three houses in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh. One is…

Interview – “Never Read Any Harry Potter”

Bookworm manager makes a sensational confession. [Interview and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ms. Shalini Rose is managing The Bookworm, Connaught Place’s venerable bookshop, since last twenty years. This interview was taken on July 21, the day of the release…

Photo Essay – When Harry Potter Invaded Delhi

Exclusive pictures on Potter mania in the capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] On the day of its release, the final novel in the Harry Potter series created a little hysteria in the capital. Bookshops were decorated with…

Travel – My Pregnant Wife Comes to Delhi

A resident American scholar sees India afresh through his wife’s eyes. [Text and picture by James Mutti; the author has a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies. He hails from Seattle.] Today is June 18. Tomorrow my wife arrives in…

Eyewitness – Abandoned and Abused

A hungry and injured child has nowhere to go. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nobody knew his name. Found crying in pain at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, he was scared as a crowd collected around him. He said,…