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…

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…