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…

City Landmark - Wali's Hair-Cutting Saloon, Bazaar Chitli Qabar

City Landmark – Wali’s Hair-Cutting Saloon, Bazaar Chitli Qabar

The heart of the Walled City. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old Delhi has all sorts of places you’ll visit when it’s high time to feel good about yourself. Perhaps the stone steps of a good old Jain…

City Landmark - Most Beautiful Railway Station, Ghaziabad Junction

City Landmark – Most Beautiful Railway Station, Ghaziabad Junction

Railway beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It isn’t every day one can lay claim to a new discovery. But in fact the most beautiful railway station in the entire capital region has been pinned down. Old Delhi…

City Landmark - Elite Bookstore, Ber Sarai

City Landmark – Elite Bookstore, Ber Sarai

Scholar’s world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You can’t really squeeze very many customers into this tiny bookshop at any one time. Nor do the plastic chairs and noisy ceiling fan suggest the true nature of the just-named…

City landmark - A Hindu Graveyard, Kali Bari Temple, CR Park

City landmark – A Hindu Graveyard, Kali Bari Temple, CR Park

A memorial to Bengalis. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Losing a loved one is a universal experience. And honouring their lives is hardly unusual. How does one go about it? Christians and Muslims alike immortalize their dearly departed…

City Landmark - Lieutenant's Bust, Atul Katarya Chowk, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Lieutenant’s Bust, Atul Katarya Chowk, Gurgaon

A roundabout homage. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Yellow butterflies are dancing over the white and blue flowers. On this muggy afternoon, they are the only visitors of this memorial to a fallen soldier. But others have come…

City Landmark - Peepal Tree, Tiraha Behram Khan

City Landmark – Peepal Tree, Tiraha Behram Khan

A tree in the square. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is awash with great stone monuments, all over the place. But there’s another type of monument that deserves veneration. The fine old trees that you sometimes encounter…

City Landmark - Piccadilly Book Stall, Shankar Market

City Landmark – Piccadilly Book Stall, Shankar Market

The life of a bookshop. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was just another morning in March when bookshop owner Narendra Kumar Chowdhary woke up at his home in Vasant Kunj. Minutes later he died of a cardiac…

City Landmark - Mansion With Seven Doors, Galli Chooriwallan

City Landmark – Mansion With Seven Doors, Galli Chooriwallan

The magic of a cobwebbed house. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s as clear as a smog-free daylight that Snow White and her seven brothers lived in Old Delhi, more specifically here in Galli Chooriwallan. This aged mansion…

City Landmark - Anil Book Corner, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Anil Book Corner, Connaught Place

A bookstore’s longtime life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Buying books isn’t at all out of fashion. (Just ask book-loving online shoppers like The Delhi Walla.) But bookstores are another story altogether. In recent years, they’ve been shutting…