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…

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 – 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…