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…

City Season - Rainy Afternoon, Lodhi Garden

City Season – Rainy Afternoon, Lodhi Garden

Wet scenes. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One extremely humid August afternoon The Delhi Walla stepped into Lodhi Garden. Large parts of the park were immersed under water. The sky was overcast with black clouds. It must have…

City Nature - Amaltas Trees, Outside Humayun's Tomb

City Nature – Amaltas Trees, Outside Humayun’s Tomb

The cool of the heat. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s agonizing summer is made bearable by the blossoming of the amaltas. Although the tree’s yellow flowers herald the season’s brutality, their glittering bloom provides consolation. This year,…

City Season – Summer Warning, Chelmsford Road

City Season – Summer Warning, Chelmsford Road

The pink bougainvilleas. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is late afternoon. The Delhi Walla is walking down the quiet Chelmsford Road in central Delhi. The sky is clear blue. A homeless man is sleeping on the pavement….

City Nature - Semal Tree, Connaught Place

City Nature – Semal Tree, Connaught Place

The small wonder. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The most beautiful thing in Connaught Place, Delhi’s Colonial-era shopping district, cannot be purchased. It’s a tree in E-block: semal, or bombax ceiba. The towering deciduous tree clashes with the…

City Nature – Pomegranate Tree, Nizamuddin Chilla

City Nature – Pomegranate Tree, Nizamuddin Chilla

The nature’s gift. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla saw a small pomegranate tree in the courtyard of the sufi retreat of Nizamuddin Chilla, behind Humayun’s Tomb in central Delhi. The tree’s thin branches…

City Nature – Into a Mine, Gurgaon-Faridabad Road

City Nature – Into a Mine, Gurgaon-Faridabad Road

South of the city. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; pictures by Pradip Krishen and Mayank Austen Soofi] No soul in sight, the wall crisscrosses through what seems like a jungle. The Delhi Walla is standing at the edge of a…

City Season - Bougainvillea Bloom, Around Town

City Season – Bougainvillea Bloom, Around Town

The gift of summer. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The beginning of Delhi’s harsh summer has its comforts. In March and April as the temperature rises, the city’s green cover is taken over by bougainvillea flowers. The red…

City Season – Cloud Watching, Monsoon Months

City Season – Cloud Watching, Monsoon Months

The wonders of the Delhi sky.

Photo Essay - Sky Watching, Monsoon Season

Photo Essay – Sky Watching, Monsoon Season

The natural colors. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the monsoon, the most beautiful thing to look for are not the rains but the sky. After a heavy shower, the clouds scatter but the wetness lingers in the…