City Monument - Unnamed Mosque, Agrasen ki Baoli

City Monument – Unnamed Mosque, Agrasen ki Baoli

The beauty of an ignored ruin. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So melancholic and beautiful, and nobody bothers about it. The unnamed and unused mosque is tucked in a corner of the Agrasen ki Baoli, one of Delhi’s…

Mission Delhi - Imdad Barbhuyan, South Extension II

Mission Delhi – Imdad Barbhuyan, South Extension II

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Imdad Barbhuyan is so inspired by fine art that it sometimes gets very personal. Gets integrated into his very own personality. Like the pearl on…

City Monument - Ghamand Sarai Gateway, Gurgaon

City Monument – Ghamand Sarai Gateway, Gurgaon

A forgotten relic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The softened weather-beaten stones on the top are jutting out towards the street as if they are overlooking a cliff. This arched gateway in a quiet corner in Gurgaon’s otherwise…

City Monument - Barah Khamba, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Monument – Barah Khamba, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Too moon-soaked to be substantial. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] As soon as the sun sets, the Lodhi-era Barah Khamba, tucked within an unlit park, starts marinating in darkness; its 16th century stone walls and dome gradually become…

City Monument - Gol Gumbad, Lodhi Road

City Monument – Gol Gumbad, Lodhi Road

The romance of an illuminated ruin. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Lodhi-era Gol Gumbad, tucked in a corner of Central Delhi’s Centenary Methodist Church, got its present look way back in 2010. The monument was set up…

City Monument - St Peter's Church, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon

City Monument – St Peter’s Church, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon

New world church. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A slowly moving breeze is stealing through the windows as if it is trying to murmur a secret to the billowing white curtains. Otherwise, the silence is so profound and…

City Monument - Jama Masjid's Stairs, Old Delhi

City Monument – Jama Masjid’s Stairs, Old Delhi

New wine in old bottle. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It isn’t every day or even every 100 years that something new makes its appearance at historic Jama Masjid mosque. The recent addition of metal railings along the…

City Monument - Unknown Tomb, Mathura Road Graveyard

City Monument – Unknown Tomb, Mathura Road Graveyard

The god of small things. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In a city of formidable-looking monuments raised by megalomaniac despots, it is still possible to find beauty in small, obscure relics. The unknown tomb lies in a graveyard…

City Monument - Dilli Gate, Central Delhi

City Monument – Dilli Gate, Central Delhi

The ignored one. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dilli Gate is one of those great monuments that are taken for granted and seldom gushed over by guidebook junkies. Instagrammers too give it a royal ignore. Built more than…

City Monument - Three Unbreathing Soldiers, Teen Murti Traffic Circle

City Monument – Three Unbreathing Soldiers, Teen Murti Traffic Circle

Souvenirs of a war. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Almost everybody knows that Teen Murti Memorial derives its name from those three statues plonked in the centre of the landscaped garden… right? But many of us probably haven’t…