City Season - Amaltas Sighting, Near Sunder Nursery

City Season – Amaltas Sighting, Near Sunder Nursery

Summer’s cool envoy. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are they really real or are they Artificial Intelligence real? AI-generated images are going viral these days. Can these be one of those fakes? No, the blossoms turn out to…

City Season - Jacaranda Blossoming, Humayun Tomb & Elsewhere

City Season – Jacaranda Blossoming, Humayun Tomb & Elsewhere

Purple prose. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] That’s not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually not even cerulean blue. This is just purple, with no brighter colour to compete with it under the smoggy…

City Season - Best Bougainvillea Show, Chelmsford Road

City Season – Best Bougainvillea Show, Chelmsford Road

Season’s gift. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Cancel all appointments, postpone all deadlines, and rush to Chelmsford Road. Close to the New Delhi railway station, this spot might be hosting the best bougainvillea show in our megapolis. No…

City Season - Leaf Fall, Around Town

City Season – Leaf Fall, Around Town

Season’s losses. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] See—a biscuit packet, a chips packet, a juice tetra-pack, an orange sachet, two paper cups, a plastic thaila, another plastic thaila, one more plastic thaila… all empty. These discards are many…

City Season - Annie Ernaux & Bougainvillea Blossoming, Around Town

City Season – Annie Ernaux & Bougainvillea Blossoming, Around Town

The face of bougainvillaea. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Now we know the true face of bougainvillea. It has searching eyes, blond hair, a glorious glow, and, on cool evenings, it holds a glass of white wine and…

City Season - Semal Blossoming, Yamuna Bank and Around Town

City Season – Semal Blossoming, Yamuna Bank and Around Town

On the brief spring. [Text and photo Mayank Austen Soofi] You spot the tree in the morning commute. It looks like a thing at the cusp of loveliness. You don’t make much of it. Being busy, you carry on with…

City Nature - Floss-Silk Trees in Blossom, Kamani Auditorium & Elsewhere

City Nature – Floss-Silk Trees in Blossom, Kamani Auditorium & Elsewhere

Consolation of winter [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The pink of the flower is as boldly surkh (ruddy) as the jama (coat) that Shahjahan is depicted wearing in a famous portrait he commissioned to artist Chitarman. As Delhi-NCR…

City Life - Winter Pollution, Everywhere in Delhi

City Life – Winter Pollution, Everywhere in Delhi

Mother, daughter and smog. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] This smoggy morning, the throat is wheezy, the eyes are burning, and the head is throbbing to a very mild mysterious ache. Engineering graduate Paridhi Narayan Singh (left) is standing with her…

City Nature - Saptaparni Tree in Bloom, India International Center & Other Places

City Nature – Saptaparni Tree in Bloom, India International Center & Other Places

Devil’s shrub [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Silence, all. Suddenly—plop! Something falls. A bunch of pale green flowers is lying on the ground, here outside an old bungalow in Gurugram’s New Railway Road, close to pavement tailor Muhammed…

City Season - Sky Watching, Gurgaon

City Season – Sky Watching, Gurgaon

Season’s scenes [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sleek Rapid Metro train is sliding noiselessly along the elevated tracks. The glass windows of the high-rises are gleaming under the noonday sun. And tufts of greying clouds are wafting…