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…

City Landmark - Nizam, the Last of the Pankhawallas, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

City Landmark – Nizam, the Last of the Pankhawallas, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

The last of the fan-bearers. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Talk of dying professions. A case in point are those industrious pankhawallas who fan heat-stricken pilgrims at Sufi shrines in summer. Not long ago the Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya…

City Landmark - Naushad's No. 1 Head Massage,  Smart Cut Saloon

City Landmark – Naushad’s No. 1 Head Massage, Smart Cut Saloon

The 10-minute thrill. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One thing you certainly have to do before you quit Delhi for good is to experience the head massage by barber Naushad at his Smart Cut saloon in Central Delhi’s…

City Landmark - Scholar's Cubicle, India International Centre

City Landmark – Scholar’s Cubicle, India International Centre

The hideout of the intellectuals. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How is it like to be an India International Centre scholar? One evening, The Delhi Walla enters the IIC scholar’s sanctum sanctorum — it’s the heart of the…

City Landmark -- The Long Narrow Entry Lane, Basti Mir Dard

City Landmark — The Long Narrow Entry Lane, Basti Mir Dard

The relationship with the passageway. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi may be a world unto itself – encompassing nearly 25 million of us. But it’s also countless private lives vividly played out on the streets and alleyways…

City Landmark - The Forlorn Clock Tower, Sabzi Mandi

City Landmark – The Forlorn Clock Tower, Sabzi Mandi

Timeless desolation. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The very idea of a bell tower is a grand one. Every hour the bell tolls, and the good townspeople are briefly linked to one another. But take the bell tower…

City Landmark - The Airport Angels, Airport Metro Station

City Landmark – The Airport Angels, Airport Metro Station

Travelling statues. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Public art in Delhi sometimes find me scratching the head. The sculptures at the Mandi House crossing are so abstract that The Delhi Walla just don’t get them. Equally puzzling are…