City Obituary - Dr. Prem Bhuttan, Old Delhi

City Obituary – Dr. Prem Bhuttan, Old Delhi

Death of a living landmark. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The notices in Hindi, Urdu and English are taped on the shutters: “Dr. Prem Bhuttan has died. Shop closed.” The shop refers to the clinic. A living landmark…

City Landmark - Hazrat Chirag Dehli Shrine in Winter,  South Delhi

City Landmark – Hazrat Chirag Dehli Shrine in Winter, South Delhi

Cold courtyard. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is windier than elsewhere in the city. The cold too is colder. With its vast courtyard, and its many trees, the sufi shrine of Hazrat Chirag Dehli is one…

City Landmark - Nizamuddin's Curio Corner, Metropole Market

City Landmark – Nizamuddin’s Curio Corner, Metropole Market

Alibaba’s cave. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] A painted portrait of King “George Pancham” at the Delhi durbar. A Romeo y Julieta cigar box from pre-revolution Cuba. A helicopter model from some unspecified country. A metallic telephone with…

City Landmark - Sachdeva Book Shelf, Patel Nagar

City Landmark – Sachdeva Book Shelf, Patel Nagar

Small wonder. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] So simple, the name of this bookstore. Here in Patel Nagar, by the stairs of the area’s gigantic metro station. Sachdeva Book Shelf have been occupying this tiny spot for 36…

City Neighbourhood - Last Bungalows, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

City Neighbourhood – Last Bungalows, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Era, passing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Thak, thak, thak. The dusty air is reverberating with the sound of continued hammering. The source of the clatter is a white bungalow, here in Nizamuddin East. The bungalow is being…

City Landmark - Delhi Junction Railway Station, Kashmere Gate Side

City Landmark – Delhi Junction Railway Station, Kashmere Gate Side

The junction’s other view. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The hapless citizen is wading through Kashmere Gate chaos, unable to find a way out of the bazar’s loopy labyrinthine. Suddenly—escape! The land ends into multitudes of intersecting railways…

City Landmark - RK Mohan Musical Instruments, Hamilton Road

City Landmark – RK Mohan Musical Instruments, Hamilton Road

A city secret. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Pinewood harmoniums are piled up one upon another. Over there: a sitar, a veena, a mandolin. Confined to a tiny space, this amazing Hamilton Road shop is densely crammed with…

City Landmark - Anil Book Corner, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Anil Book Corner, Connaught Place

The friend around the corner. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Volga river is in Russia. Connaught Place (CP) too had its Volga, the restaurant. A denim showroom exists on the site. Also a part of CP’s history: Gaylord…

City Obituary - The Book Shop, Jor Bagh Market

City Obituary – The Book Shop, Jor Bagh Market

Passing of a place. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Miles Davis’s moody music fills the room. An elegant woman is sitting, surrounded by books. The rest is silence and sakoon. This was an evening scene from some years…

City Landmark - Ramlila Maidan, Central Delhi

City Landmark – Ramlila Maidan, Central Delhi

Living to its name. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Break Dance, Joy Wheel, Columbus, Cross, Tora Tara… such are the names of the joy rides that have sprung up here. There’s a toy train too. Sandwiched like a…