City Life - A Man With Two Wives, Lodhi Garden

City Life – A Man With Two Wives, Lodhi Garden

The Family of Man. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One summer evening in Lodhi Garden, The Delhi Walla meets a man, a woman, a woman and a child. Ashok Kumar, 27, is sitting on a bench, sandwiched between Rekha…

City Life - Barsatis, South Delhi

City Life – Barsatis, South Delhi

The vanishing rain shack. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s vanishing. The barsati. The small room at the top of the house where the family could enjoy the cool breeze during the monsoon. A unique Delhi phenomenon. The…

City Life – The Expat World of Delhi

City Life – The Expat World of Delhi

A glimpse of the bubble. [Text by an expat; pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is tough. Ask the expats. Some say that they survive the city by living in a bubble. How is this bubble built? The answer can…

Campus Notepad – Fuchchas, Hindu College

Campus Notepad – Fuchchas, Hindu College

On the morning of July 21, 2010, The Delhi Walla went to Hindu College in Delhi University.

City Life – One Year of Legalised Gay Sex

City Life – One Year of Legalised Gay Sex

Celebrations in Jantar Mantar. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is the new Delhi. It happened in public. Men kissed men. Women hugged women. And cops just watched. On the evening of July 2, 2010, a year after…

City Life - Gay Delhi is Getting Straight

City Life – Gay Delhi is Getting Straight

One year after the landmark Delhi High Court verdict. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Time: Late evening. Place: Central Park, Connaught Place. Props: Trees, pathways, bushes and men — young and old, masculine and effeminate. Under unlit lamps,…

City Life - Honour Killings in Delhi

City Life – Honour Killings in Delhi

Love birds under threat. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is no longer happening elsewhere — in Pakistan, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. The killings of runaway couples belonging to the same gotra (sub-caste) or different caste…

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….