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…

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…