City Monument - Anonymous Ruin, Mehrauli

City Monument – Anonymous Ruin, Mehrauli

A sad beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is there. And it is not there. Both assertions are based on ground realities. This severely damaged edifice in Mehrauli is the very essence of contemporary Delhi, where relics…

City Monument - Winter-Time Ghamand Sarai, Gurgaon

City Monument – Winter-Time Ghamand Sarai, Gurgaon

Stones of November. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Without fail, the malleable winter light always softens the jagged stones, lying on the top, into a texture that appears only partially solid. As if a mere touch of the…

City Monument - Sunheri Masjid, Near Red Fort

City Monument – Sunheri Masjid, Near Red Fort

A lesser known monument [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Three domes, two minars. That’s the Jama Masjid, the Old Delhi centrepiece. Three domes, two minars. This is the Sunheri Masjid. It is similar to the famous mosque, but…

City Monument - Joseph Stein's Legacy, Central Delhi

City Monument – Joseph Stein’s Legacy, Central Delhi

An architect’s world [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Pierced with elongated holes, this otherwise simple wall can also be perceived as a maze of air. And along a portion of the staircase, the ordinary afternoon light has miraculously…

City Heritage - Nadira's People, or People of Delhi's Jewish Cemetery

City Heritage – Nadira’s People, or People of Delhi’s Jewish Cemetery

The capital heritage [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nadira, Sulochana and Pramila. These long-ago Hindi film actors adorn a recently painted Connaught Place mural. All three were “Indian-Jewish,” as an accompanying plaque points out. Nadira’s original nome was…

City Monument - Kesar's Pilkhan Tree as Covid-Era Memorial, Connaught Place

City Monument – Kesar’s Pilkhan Tree as Covid-Era Memorial, Connaught Place

A memorial to the coronavirus loss [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The trunk bifurcates into long, thick branches. Each branch is clad with thousands of glossy green leaves. Each of these branches bifurcates further into more branches, which…

City Monument - Church Windows, Gurgaon

City Monument – Church Windows, Gurgaon

Tall views [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla celebrated this monument some years ago, but not this particularity. As it rains out of season, this distinguishing aspect makes the landmark one of the most ideal destinations…

City Monument - Jahaz Mahal after Sunset, Mehrauli

City Monument – Jahaz Mahal after Sunset, Mehrauli

Of stones and shadows [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The cottony clouds are almost touching the jagged tops of the stone walls. A bunch of boys and girls are playfully loitering about the stone arches. The elderly man…

City Monument - Phatak Teliyan, Old Delhi

City Monument – Phatak Teliyan, Old Delhi

Its oily past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Cobwebbed by loopy power cables, its old lakhori bricks peer out of the peeling plaster in uneven fragments. Small shops cling to its walls like a limpet. Women, men, children,…

City Monument - Unnamed Mosque, Lodhi Garden

City Monument – Unnamed Mosque, Lodhi Garden

Ruin’s shade. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Let us go then to Lodhi Garden, you and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky. Here, you may watch the sun slowly dunk down behind the grass-topped…