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 take a turn. It soon started to rain heavily. The market’s Front Lane and Middle […]


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 look like Amaltas. This afternoon The Delhi Walla is again walking under the Amaltas trees […]


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 in a public park in Jor Bagh to pay the season’s homage to Queen’s Flower, […]


City Nature – Blue Trees, Maharshi Raman Road

Impressionism in Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a melancholy sight. The flowers are falling noiselessly from the trees on their own volition. One evening The Delhi Walla comes across a few trees in bloom on Central Delhi’s Maharshi Raman Road. The flowers are nestled amid the green foliage of various other […]


City Nature – The Two Bougainvillea Trees, Lodhi Gardens

The true city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The truth is that the actual city consists of only two bougainvillea trees—the rest of Delhi is an illusion. The two trees stand in Lodhi Gardens. One March afternoon The Delhi Walla went there to experience the spring rhythms of true urban life. The grassy […]


City Season – The Magical February Evening Sky, Central Delhi

Too beautiful to last. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At last. Finally. Despite all odds. But who could have believed it? One cold evening the sky of the world’s most polluted city opened up. It gently reminded the city’s dwellers of its existence. Some of the busy people looked up. It was an […]


City Season – Living With PM 2.5, Lodhi Gardens and Elsewhere

In the world’s most polluted city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Walking in the Lodhi Gardens in central Delhi is always beautiful. This winter, particularly, do look out for that misty haze of PM 2.5 enveloped around the 14th century tombs, which dims the visibility and adds mystery to those aged monuments. The […]


City Nature – The Majestic Pilkhan Tree, Deer Park

Larger than death. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Life is a series of disappointments. And then you see something grand and noble, which surpasses life. One ancient morning, a couple of seasons ago, The Delhi Walla came across a giant pilkhan tree, Ficus virens, in Deer Park, Safdarjang Enclave. In his landmark Trees […]


City Season – Signs of Winter, Around Town

A nip in the air. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The world in Delhi changed on the morning of 28 October 2015. “It is finally cold,” said Arshad Ali Fehmi (see above), an Old Delhi resident. He was seated on his roof. “Next month my sister will visit us from Canada. She always […]

Trees of Delhi

City Nature – Bachchan Dev Ram’s Neem Tree, Lodhi Road

Trees of Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It does not offer much protection from the harsh sun, yet its meager shade is comforting. One afternoon The Delhi Walla saw a Neem tree on Lodhi Road. There were other trees in the vicinity that were bigger and denser and more majestic but this […]