City Monument - Dadi-Poti's Tombs, Green Park

City Monument – Dadi-Poti’s Tombs, Green Park

Ode to unknowns. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Every granny needs a monument. And every granddaughter, another one close by. This double requirement is perfectly fulfilled in south Delhi’s breezy Green Park locality, which is home to two…

City Monument - Beyond Humayun's Tomb, Humayun's Tomb

City Monument – Beyond Humayun’s Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb

The world around the icon. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The big one, Pilkhan, is 104 years old, and the small one, frangipani, is just 15. You too might have noticed the juxtaposed beauty of these two trees—…

City Monument - Old Beautiful Doorways, Galli Chooriwallan Street

City Monument – Old Beautiful Doorways, Galli Chooriwallan Street

Celebrating a souvenir. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is arrayed out in six panels. The planks that link them are studded with cap-like decorations, like little black nails. Four gigantic latches are fitted at different corners, their…

City Monument - Green Door, Galli Chooriwallan Street

City Monument – Green Door, Galli Chooriwallan Street

On the death of a door. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s gone. Until last week, the beautiful door was there. But not anymore. Nor the old house behind it. A black plastic sheet stands in place of…

City Monument - Ruined Graveyard, Deer Park

City Monument – Ruined Graveyard, Deer Park

Here lie the unknown. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It has been raining on and off for the past few days, and the graves have gone mossy. The stoney ground is green and slippery too. But this evening,…

City Monument - Corona-Era Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

City Monument – Corona-Era Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

The edifice these days. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The gigantic courtyard is empty. So empty that even the customary pigeons are not there — remember how they would always be seen flying from the courtyard to the…

City Monument - The Mosque's Minar, Jama Masjid

City Monument – The Mosque’s Minar, Jama Masjid

Top of the world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Pigeons have it lucky. They can simply soar upwards to easily mount the imposing dome of Jama Masjid—to take in a panoramic view of not only the Walled City…

City Monument - Mirza Ghalib's Statue, Jamia Millia Islamia University

City Monument – Mirza Ghalib’s Statue, Jamia Millia Islamia University

Poet’s spot. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Consider this. Although he’s one of the world’s great poets, spending most of his life in Delhi, there’s nary a statue of him in the Capital. How is it that Mirza…

City Monument - Muhammad Shah Rangila's Tomb, Hazrat Nizamuddin's Dargah

City Monument – Muhammad Shah Rangila’s Tomb, Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Dargah

King’s grave. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was known as ‘Rangila’, the colourful, but his grave is white. Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah Rangila‘s marble tomb lies in the central Delhi sufi shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The…

City Monument - Barhi Mata Temple, Paharganj

City Monument – Barhi Mata Temple, Paharganj

A broken shrine. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This temple feels like a welcome aberration in central Delhi’s Paharganj—a district avoidable for its crowds and chaos. The small spire is dilapidated, washed of all colours, but looks gorgeously…