City Season - Amaltas Poems, by Delhiwallas

City Season – Amaltas Poems, by Delhiwallas

Golden heat. [Photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We are sailing through midsummer. Amaltas trees, aka Indian Laburnum, are blooming across Delhi. The most beautiful places to view the fragrant golden-yellow flowers are: Amrita Shergil Marg, BK Dutt Colony Park, Hailey…

City Season - The Summertime Amaltas Flowers, Sukhrali Village, Gurgaon

City Season – The Summertime Amaltas Flowers, Sukhrali Village, Gurgaon

The first sighting. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is one of the few nice things about the summer. And it has arrived. The Amaltas trees are starting to bloom. The golden yellow flowers have just begun to…

City Season - Bougainvilleas in Bloom, Vasant Vihar

City Season – Bougainvilleas in Bloom, Vasant Vihar

The pink season. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Whatever else is going on in the world, there’s something that shouldn’t be missed at this time of the year. To be specific — the flowering of gorgeous bougainvilleas cannot…

City Season - Semal Trees in Spring Bloom, Around Town

City Season – Semal Trees in Spring Bloom, Around Town

Season’s gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A soft thud on the ground and a beauty is born. This phenomenon is unfolding again and again, day after day—thanks to a ceaseless “snowfall” of red and orange semal flowers…

City Season - The Linum Rockery, Nehru Park

City Season – The Linum Rockery, Nehru Park

Paradise regained. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The month of March has just finished its first week. The sky is sunny and the soil is warm. This is our city’s shortlived spring. Absolutely no time to lose. Drop…

City Nature - The Magic of Portulaca Flowers, Lodhi Gardens

City Nature – The Magic of Portulaca Flowers, Lodhi Gardens

A border of beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This polite sprinkling of colours ought to be a sari border. The composition is so exquisitely fragile that you fear a strong breeze might destroy the arrangement. This flowery…

City Moment – Semal Flowers, Jeevan Prakash Building

City Moment – Semal Flowers, Jeevan Prakash Building

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The arrival of Delhi’s dreaded summer is most poetic. It is heralded by the blooming of the red semal. These flowers start growing when their large, stout trees are…

City Nature - The Tree People of KG Marg, Central Delhi

City Nature – The Tree People of KG Marg, Central Delhi

The tree society. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The infirmities of old age had finally set in. That beloved old neem would simply topple in the next storm. So the authorities, in their wisdom, took a deep collective…

City Nature - Monsoon Sky, Across Delhi

City Nature – Monsoon Sky, Across Delhi

That touch of impressionism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The rainy day draws to a close here in west Delhi’s Janakpuri when suddenly something incredible happens. Suddenly the western sky bleaches, a strange shade of reddish-orange that startles…

City Season - The Blooming Amaltas Trees, Hailey Road

City Season – The Blooming Amaltas Trees, Hailey Road

Summer blessings. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Why do Delhiwallas despise summer? Why do the rich escape to London and the middle-class to Nainital? This mystery keeps The Delhi Walla occupied during the high-temperature month of May when…