City Neighbourhood - Brijmohan Marg, Old Delhi

City Neighbourhood – Brijmohan Marg, Old Delhi

A lane in the Walled City. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Buildings evoke eras. With its arched doorway and carved balcony, a mansion of lakhori bricks in Gali Chooriwallan instantly transports the gazer to the late Mughal times….

City Hangout - Friendly Faces, New Friends Colony

City Hangout – Friendly Faces, New Friends Colony

Different perspectives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are folks in New Friends Colony (NFC) friendlier? Seems so—at least in the market. The NFC Community Centre is an archipelago of interconnected plazas dense with mehendi stalls, cake shops, chai…

City Hangout - Khan Market Updates, Central Delhi

City Hangout – Khan Market Updates, Central Delhi

Last houses. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Khan Market sunset is seldom noticed. The sightings of the famous and the fashionable, strolling along the lanes, take away attention from the twilight sky. Then there is the market’s…

City Neighbourhood - Gali Andheri, Old Delhi

City Neighbourhood – Gali Andheri, Old Delhi

The darkened street. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] No darkness tonight in Gali Andheri, not even a spot of it—though the name translates to ‘darkened street.’ The twisty long-winded Old Delhi lane is momentarily landscaped with unwieldily patches…

City Life - Citizen Vinod in Heatwave, Fasil Street

City Life – Citizen Vinod in Heatwave, Fasil Street

Working in extreme temperature. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is unbearably hot these days—such words lack heft unless one dares to walk on Delhi streets during the burning midday hours. Many Delhiwale have no choice but to…

City Life - Auto Drivers in Heat Wave, Around Town

City Life – Auto Drivers in Heat Wave, Around Town

Working in extreme temperature. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sun’s glare was repeatedly hitting the auto rickshaw’s windshield. It was not even ten in the morning, but the road, the roadsides, and the trees along the roadsides…

City Life - Ruskin Bond's Delhi, Atul Grove Road and Other Places

City Life – Ruskin Bond’s Delhi, Atul Grove Road and Other Places

A writer’s city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Happy Birthday, Ruskin Bond. The much-loved author turned 90 on Sunday. Although the hill station of Landour in Mussoorie has been Ruskin Bond’s home since 1964, he would routinely travel…

City Life - Heatwave Lives, Around Town

City Life – Heatwave Lives, Around Town

Dispatch from 40 plus degrees. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Amid the ongoing heatwave-like conditions, thousands of our fellow citizens lack the choice of sheltering themselves from the dangerous afternoon sun. They are obliged to carry on with…

City Life - Two Peepal, Asaf Ali Road

City Life – Two Peepal, Asaf Ali Road

City arbor. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] While wading through a dense jungle, a slight opening of tree leaves abruptly reveals a tantalising glimpse of another world—a tower in progress, 22 floors! See photo. The tower is actually…

City Obituary - Shree Kumari Pandey, Gurgaon

City Obituary – Shree Kumari Pandey, Gurgaon

”Jagat mummy” [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The world is the size of each person’s head. An entire universe has been lost with her passing. Shree Kumari Pandey died on Thursday, aged 97. She is survived by US-based…