City Landmark - City News Service, Connaught Place

City Landmark – City News Service, Connaught Place

The print media landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hardly a secret that these are difficult days for print media—because of the Internet. Here in Delhi, it’s hard to find all-day newspaper stalls anymore. Even so, a…

City Landmark - Premier Shoe Factory, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Premier Shoe Factory, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

The old time jewel. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are places in the National Capital Region where every little or big landmark gives an illusion that it must have come up around the year 2000. Dwarka, for…

City Landmark - Rafugar Sajid Suhail's Establishment, Chawri Bazaar

City Landmark – Rafugar Sajid Suhail’s Establishment, Chawri Bazaar

The last of his kind. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He first learnt rafu—the noble art of darning—from his father, who in turn was taught by a master. Even so, Sajid Suhail, Chawri Bazaar’s only full-time rafugar, sincerely…

City Landmark - Midland Bookshop, Shopping Mall, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Midland Bookshop, Shopping Mall, Gurgaon

A link in the chain. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many snobby Delhiites crib about Gurgaon as a destination with nothing about culture and everything about malls (as if malls were not an integral part of our modern…

City Landmark - Ice Stall, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Ice Stall, Gurgaon

A journey to Iceland. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Iceland is far towards the polar north of the globe, and the flight tickets aren’t cheap to its capital, Reykjavik. But then there’s another land of ice, and that…

City Landmark - Cheap Electricals, Ganj Meer Khan

City Landmark – Cheap Electricals, Ganj Meer Khan

The most instagrammable store. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sight is more than merely amazing. It’s incredibly instagrammable. The entire store is crammed with used electricals as a kind of monument to our modern civilization. All manners…

City Landmark - Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Face, National Museum

City Landmark – Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Face, National Museum

Sufi faces. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi is one of the most important Sufi shrines in the world. Not only does it attracts Sufi pilgrims and devotees from everywhere, it…

City landmark - Gurgaon Club, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

City landmark – Gurgaon Club, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

The watering hole that was. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Iced beer and bridge tables, pukka sahibs and uniformed butlers. This is the mise-en-scène instantly evoked by the mere thought of colonial-era clubs that sprang up in every…

City Landmark - Balkrishna Shivram Moonje, Outside New Delhi Railway Station

City Landmark – Balkrishna Shivram Moonje, Outside New Delhi Railway Station

The statue outside the station. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One of the many fates that can befall a human is immortaliation — in the shape and form of a statue. Chances are nobody will glance twice at…

City Landmark - A Civic Mortuary, Gurgaon

City Landmark – A Civic Mortuary, Gurgaon

A face of life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A yard lined with rooms, a small temple under a banyan tree and a few bare hospital-like stretchers. This is not a place you would like to visit even…