Photo Essay: Celebrating Australia Day In New Delhi

While India was celebrating Republic Day, Delhi’s small Aussie community did something different. [Report and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even as India celebrated Republic Day on January 26, the Australian High Commission in the leafy Chanakyapuri provided a low-key…

Eating Butter Chicken in Kake Da Hotel – The Pains and Pleasures of Street Cooking in Delhi

Greasy food, rude service and unclean setting – an account of a meal taken in the legendary dhaba. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] This account is based on the recollections of a meal taken during the summer of 2006. We were…

Interview: Do Delhi Women Have Horns Coming Out of Their Heads?

A Delhi Wali muses on how harrowing, outrageous, and funny it is for a girl to work, walk, and drive in this city. As one of 6,212,086 women of Delhi, Ms Manika Dhama is a young working professional. She lives…

Photo Essay – Carrying a Coffin in Old Delhi

The Sunday calm, in the streets of the walled town, gets shattered by the grief of a funeral procession[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “The eyes shed tears and the heart is grieved, but we will not say anything…

Special Photo Essay – New Year Do's in the New Central Park

Within a month of its re-opening, the revamped Central Park has become the social sea beach that Delhi never had.[by Mayank Austen Soofi] Last day of the last year forced the Delhites out into the newly revamped Central Park in…

Photo Essay: The Love Birds of Lodhi Garden

Spying on Delhi ‘couples’ in the historic Lodhi Garden – with a discreet digicam. [Text and photographs by Mayank Austen Soofi] Once declared by Time Magazine as the Best Urban Oasis of Asia, Lodhi Garden is a public park in…

Picture Essay – Poverty Pornography in Sarojini Nagar

Mother India looking sexy in poverty pornography. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Following a Beggar in Sarojini Nagar Market (S N), One of Delhi’s Busiest Bargain Bazaars India is now more than just a the flavor of the…

Photo Essay: Reading Past and Present in Humayun’s Tomb, India’s Most Melancholic Monument

Walking and talking history at a world heritage site that inspired the Taj Mahal. [Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Fall It was a cold winter night but the sky in Delhi was unusually clear and devoid of…

Photo Essay: Veils, Beards, and Eid Desserts in the Exotic Streets of Old Delhi

A heritage walk with an American in the Muslim quarter of India’s capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The night sky twinkled with its stars. The crowded street glittered with its decorated electric bulbs. We were sitting on…

Photo Moment: Dead Man Waiting in a Bus Stop!

[Picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Place: South Extension Market, Part IITime: 2:14 PMDay: Saturday, November 4, 2006.