City Landmark - Hafizji ki Clock Shop, Gali Choori Wallan

City Landmark – Hafizji ki Clock Shop, Gali Choori Wallan

Funeral blues, and resurrections. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Stop all the clocks, silence the street sounds, and bring out the janaza, let the mourners come. We thought that it would last forever, we were wrong. For a…

City Landmark - Neem Tree, Old Delhi

City Landmark – Neem Tree, Old Delhi

A Walled City sight. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The night air is growing less hot, almost spring-like pleasant. The sky is pitch black, not a single star to be seen. The dozens of street stalls are lying…

City Landmarks - Jeevan Bharti Office Complex, Connaught Place

City Landmarks – Jeevan Bharti Office Complex, Connaught Place

Different perspectives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is post-twilight, and most glass panels of the multi-storey have their lights out. This is Connaught Place’s Jeevan Bharti office complex as seen from N block. A Charles Correa creation,…

City Landmarks - Two Houses, Gurugram

City Landmarks – Two Houses, Gurugram

More than just a Millennium City. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The complexity of things—the things within things—just seems to be endless, nothing is easy, nothing is simple. So said Alice Munro, the Nobel prize winning author who…

City Landmark - Accordion Man, South Extension I

City Landmark – Accordion Man, South Extension I

His silent music. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sitting with legs crossed, head tilted, moustache neatly trimmed and twirled, smiling beatifically, he is playing his accordion, the bellows of the instrument fanned out to their utmost extremity. No…

City Landmark - Empty Field, Ghaziabad

City Landmark – Empty Field, Ghaziabad

Space in suburbia. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Something serving as a relief from what is usual—this is a more evocative dictionary meaning of ‘oasis.’ Technically, the word refers to “a green area in desert.” Zila Ghaziabad is…

City Landmark - New Wall Clock, Turkman Gate

City Landmark – New Wall Clock, Turkman Gate

Timeless gets new time. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lush banyan tree stands by the old marble grave. High up in the smoggy air, the leafy branches bend over the chaotic street, keeping it marooned in perpetual…

City Landmark - Tile Art, Pedestrian Subway, Outer Ring Road

City Landmark – Tile Art, Pedestrian Subway, Outer Ring Road

Tiles in the city [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Taak, a niche on the wall, is a disappearing element of Delhi’s architecture. Maybe because suburban flats no longer have walls thick enough to afford taak. But here’s a…

City Landmark - Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s 720th Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

City Landmark – Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s 720th Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

A poet-saint’s anniversary [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] As monuments go by, it is not instantly striking. But it is cloaked in rich layers of histories. In the beginning, it was just a marble grave and remained so…

City Landmark - Sahibabad RRTS Station, Ghaziabad

City Landmark – Sahibabad RRTS Station, Ghaziabad

Learning to see a new landmark. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It looks like an ocean liner stranded in plain land, far from the sea it belongs to. This is a fairly new landmark in zila Ghaziabad, that…