City Monument - Poet Arthur Rimbaud's Memorial, Marseille

City Monument – Poet Arthur Rimbaud’s Memorial, Marseille

Poet’s landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is close to midnight. The Delhi Walla cannot see the Mediterranean but can hear it. The sea waves are softly washing upon the shore. I’m on the southern edge of…

City Monument - Puma’s  Heartbreaking Vandalisation of Old Delhi's Prettiest Street, Galli Chooriwallan

City Monument – Puma’s Heartbreaking Vandalisation of Old Delhi’s Prettiest Street, Galli Chooriwallan

The attack on beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So amusing, this. Here is the quick easy way to destroy the most beautiful street in Old Delhi. The Delhi Walla is talking of Galli Chooriwallan, the street of…

City Monument - Hanuman-Ji's Statue, Jhandewalan Park

City Monument – Hanuman-Ji’s Statue, Jhandewalan Park

Inside the icon. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s so very tempting to regard that gleaming metro train zipping past the Lord Hanuman statue as a near collision of ancient beliefs with the uneasy ethos of the modern….

City Monument - President and First Lady's Tomb, Prithviraj Road Christian Cemetery

City Monument – President and First Lady’s Tomb, Prithviraj Road Christian Cemetery

The place of grace. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perhaps the most fitting tribute to a long marriage, this is a memorial to a husband and wife. The tomb’s marble slab describes him as ‘A gentle colossus’ and…

Letter from Another Delhi -- A Walk in Daulatabad, the Tughlaqs’ Other Capital

Letter from Another Delhi — A Walk in Daulatabad, the Tughlaqs’ Other Capital

A journey into another Delhi. [Text and photos by Adrien Thomson] “It was almost a desert,” wrote the great voyager Ibn Battuta in his memoirs, referring to Delhi in 1333. “The greatest city in the world had the fewest inhabitants.”…

City Monument - Najaf Khan’s Tomb, Near Lodhi Road Railway Station

City Monument – Najaf Khan’s Tomb, Near Lodhi Road Railway Station

Tomb without the dome. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What if Humayun’s Tomb didn’t have a dome — just the stone plinth on which it stands? To see what it would look like, just head to Najaf Khan’s…

City Monument - Finding Agatha Christie's Grave, Cholsey, England

City Monument – Finding Agatha Christie’s Grave, Cholsey, England

A quiet home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is cold even though this is summer. Lichens are growing on the gravestones. It is evening and The Delhi Walla is walking through the old cemetery of St…

City Monument - Mubarak Shah Sayyid’s Tomb, Kotla Mubarakpur

City Monument – Mubarak Shah Sayyid’s Tomb, Kotla Mubarakpur

The elusive memorial. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is true only up to a point. It is late afternoon and The Delhi Walla is walking along the alleys of south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur village for more than…

City Monument - Grave Sufis, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

City Monument – Grave Sufis, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

The anonymous relics. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The first one is near the entrance, next to the stand where visitors take off their shoes. Step into the courtyard and you’ll find another one, half hidden behind a…

City Monument – Sunehri Masjid, Chandni Chowk

City Monument – Sunehri Masjid, Chandni Chowk

Remembering the Delhi massacre. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was from Sunehri Masjid that the Persian invader Nader Shah watched the massacre of Delhi in March, 1739. In his book The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from…