City Food - Monsoon Pakoda, Around Town

City Food – Monsoon Pakoda, Around Town

Rainy day fries [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] When it rains, one feels for the Minto Road bridge. The central Delhi underpass almost always gets flooded. Truth be told, extreme weather trends has robbed Delhi monsoon of its…

City Food - Poet's Mangoes, Ghalib's Tomb

City Food – Poet’s Mangoes, Ghalib’s Tomb

To Mirza with love [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Mubarak, season’s most idyllic scene just sighted. A mango cart parked right beside the tomb of Delhi’s greatest poet—see photo. It is a truth universally acknowledged that nobody can…

City Food - Jamun Berries, Around Town

City Food – Jamun Berries, Around Town

Joys of jamun. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Scene 1: He is carrying them in a straw basket, which is perched on his head. Scene 2: He is hauling them on a cart. Scene 3: She has filled…

City Food - Bhai Subhan's Chai Stall, Turkman Gate

City Food – Bhai Subhan’s Chai Stall, Turkman Gate

Exploring the city in the time sof extreme heat. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perched across the road from one of the very few surviving stone gateways of the Walled City, this modest 44-year-old tea stall commands reverence…

City Life - Citizen Vinod in Heatwave, Fasil Street

City Life – Citizen Vinod in Heatwave, Fasil Street

Working in extreme temperature. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is unbearably hot these days—such words lack heft unless one dares to walk on Delhi streets during the burning midday hours. Many Delhiwale have no choice but to…

City Food - Ice Shikanji, Around Town

City Food – Ice Shikanji, Around Town

Ice, its long form. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Artist-types always crave to turn life’s ordinary experiences into something sublime. There are also those who stoically labour through their profession, without realising that they too are a part…

City Food - Roller Wali Ice-Cream, Somewhere in Delhi

City Food – Roller Wali Ice-Cream, Somewhere in Delhi

A rare summer treat [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sniff it, this strange vision in pink. The cool intense fragrances rushing out of it hint to apple and mango and possibly kiwi. This is actually fresh ice, infused…

City Food - Five Spots, Gurugram’s Sadar Bazar

City Food – Five Spots, Gurugram’s Sadar Bazar

5-star culinary tour. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Food tours in Old Delhi—nice, but now such a cliche! Do a food tour in old Gurugram, for a change, especially in Sadar Bazar. And be sure to stop by…

City Food - Game Wali Kulfi, Turkman Gate

City Food – Game Wali Kulfi, Turkman Gate

Summertime heritage. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Citizen Nizam doesn’t think much of himself. “What is special about me?”—he asks, genuinely perplexed on being photographed. Well, good sir, you happen to be among the last flag-bearers of an…

City Food - Rooh Afza Sherbet, Old Delhi

City Food – Rooh Afza Sherbet, Old Delhi

In cold red. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s monuments are usually made of red sandstone. One exception is a red sherbet, its origins tightly entwined into the dense tapestry of Purani Dilli’s rich history. Say salam-namaste to…