City Life - FIFA Soccer World Cup, Jo'burg & Jor Bagh

City Life – FIFA Soccer World Cup, Jo’burg & Jor Bagh

A home away from home. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Evening. June 11, 2010. The Jor Bagh resident is in her living room, in front of the television. She is waiting for the inaugural ceremony of the FIFA…

City Life – The Love Life of Vidya Rao, Thumri Singer

The other woman in her life. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Vidya Rao, thumri singer, actor and part-time editor at Orient Longman, lives with Sufi in a sunny second-floor apartment, not far from Qutub Minar, in Mehrauli, south…

City Life – Admission Season, Delhi University

The rite of passage. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is the last hurdle before you become an adult. The admission process in Delhi University (DU) has its own rituals. It comes in summer. It demands long queues….

City Life – Unique Gym, Kucha Tarachand

Sweating for the body. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a large room with no window. The air smells of salty sweat. The walls are painted orange and purple. Stairs go up to a smaller floor area…

City Life – Love, Friendship, Sex

What Delhiwallas want. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla spent an entire day browsing through several dating websites in which Delhiites are looking for what they presumably lack in their lives. Here’s a sample. It’s cheesy,…

City Life – The Curious Case of Kaloo

The darling of Jor Bagh. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; pictures by Marina Bang and Mayank Austen Soofi] The problem with Kaloo, a Jor Bagh resident, is that he bites. “But he doesn’t bite everybody,” says the new mother of…

Sujan Singh Park Diary – My Life with Khushwant Singh

Author Sadia Dehlvi on Delhi’s legendary writer. [Text by Sadia Dehlvi; pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you ask me about the women in author Khushwant Singh’s life, I would say I am the only one. That’s how special he…

City Commute – Business Class for Delhi Metro?

The mass in the mass rapid transit system. Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] While residents of east Delhi and neighbouring Ghaziabad happily boarded the Metro on the new line that opened in Anand Vihar on January 7th, 2010,…

City Living – So Many Delhis

It’s too varied. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi may be a city but it is as varied as any country. “We have many Delhis,” says Rakhshanda Jalil, the author of Invisible City. “You’ve these oasis of privileges…

City Life – William Dalrymple, Bestselling Author

Delhi’s most famous expat author. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] William Dalrymple has a big paunch. When The Delhi Walla met the Delhi-based British author at his Mira Singh farmhouse off the Mehrauli-Gurgaon highway, he was lounging on…