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

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…

City Nature - The Majestic Pilkhan Tree, Deer Park

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…

City Season - Signs of Winter, Around Town

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…

City Nature - Bachchan Dev Ram's Neem Tree, Lodhi Road

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…

City Season - Evening Sky, Daryaganj

City Season – Evening Sky, Daryaganj

The monsoon clouds. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi sky is noted for its impenetrable grayness. One recent evening the ongoing rainy season briefly interfered with that constancy of character. Perhaps you too noticed it if you…

City Season - Amaltas Trees, Second Avenue, Jor Bagh

City Season – Amaltas Trees, Second Avenue, Jor Bagh

The summer blossom. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perhaps it is unreasonable to expect too much richness in a Third World city–the Amaltas disappoints Delhi this summer. There are hardly any yellow flowers to be seen on Hailey…

City Season - The Sulky Amaltas Trees, Hailey Road

City Season – The Sulky Amaltas Trees, Hailey Road

The summer disappointment. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a most unusual summer. There is only a little yellow here, and that too pale. The Delhi Walla is walking on central Delhi’s Hailey Road, an avenue lined…

City Season - Semal Tree, Daryaganj Police Station

City Season – Semal Tree, Daryaganj Police Station

The news of summer. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s brief winter ends in January. February is pleasingly cool in the city. March is always warm. But this year March continued to behave like February. Then one morning…

City Season - The August Dog, Tilak Nagar

City Season – The August Dog, Tilak Nagar

Hot, humid and still cool. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If it’s August in Delhi, then it has to be insufferably humid and burning. The overcast sky traps the broiling heat and the city becomes a sponge. There’s…

City Nature – Yellow Flowers, Humayun’s Tomb

City Nature – Yellow Flowers, Humayun’s Tomb

The yellow magic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One August evening The Delhi Walla visited Humayun’s Tomb. The setting sun made the Mughal-era stone monument appear deceptively light, and yet this impression was not the day’s principal poetic…