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…

City Nature - The Grand Pilkhan Tree, Feroz Shah Kotla Ruins

City Nature – The Grand Pilkhan Tree, Feroz Shah Kotla Ruins

The season’s great gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Our hapless world is caught in the middle of future-shaping events of profound significance. In such a time, do we have the luxury to pause and look for hints…

City Season - Spring Bloom of Two Bougainvillea Trees, Lodhi Garden

City Season – Spring Bloom of Two Bougainvillea Trees, Lodhi Garden

The gift of a brief season. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s like a valley of flowers, pink flowers The Delhi Walla means. And it is the most amazing sight in Delhi at this season. The two bougainvillea…

City Nature - The Spring Flowers of Semal, Subz Burj Tomb

City Nature – The Spring Flowers of Semal, Subz Burj Tomb

This season’s prince. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Basically it is just a soft thud on the grassy ground—The Delhi Walla means the ceaseless falling of red semal flowers. The blooming of the semal marks the arrival of…

City Season - Discovering The New Summer Through Delhi Sky, Around Town

City Season – Discovering The New Summer Through Delhi Sky, Around Town

Intimations of a new season. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s seasons are extreme. Winters are so freezing that it is impossible to imagine that this city could ever survive even a gentle rise in temperature. Summers are…

City Season - Finding Poets, etc, in the World's Most Poisonous Smog, Around Delhi

City Season – Finding Poets, etc, in the World’s Most Poisonous Smog, Around Delhi

Life in the world’s most polluted city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Fashion in dystopia,” a friend commented while showing The Delhi Walla a photo on her phone of a young woman wearing a mask, the kind one…

City Nature - The Dream Sky of a Nightmare City, Mainly East Delhi

City Nature – The Dream Sky of a Nightmare City, Mainly East Delhi

The heavenly view. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A freak occurrence, this was unthinkable in one of the world’s most polluted cities. One evening The Delhi Walla saw an incredible sight near the Oberoi Hotel flyover. The normally…

City Season - The First Monsoon Shower, Khan Market

City Season – The First Monsoon Shower, Khan Market

The wet days. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] First, lightning and thunder. That upset the birds. Then a strong wind started. Leaves blew everywhere. One evening The Delhi Walla was in Khan Market when the weather decided to…

City Season - Amaltas in Decline, Amrita Shergil Marg

City Season – Amaltas in Decline, Amrita Shergil Marg

Farewell to summer. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The magic is gone. It’s no longer the same thing. The flowers look pale, many are almost sickly white. To tell the truth, most of these Amaltas trees no longer…

City Season - The Jarul Flowers of Summer, Jor Bagh

City Season – The Jarul Flowers of Summer, Jor Bagh

Summer’s comfort. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The ground is sheathed in a shade of lilac. The flowers are falling continuously from the tree above. The bench, too, has got a share. One evening The Delhi Walla is…