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…

City Monument - Shahi Kadam Quila, Nabi Karim

City Monument – Shahi Kadam Quila, Nabi Karim

Ruined fort. [Text and photos by Maynak Austen Soofi] Some nimble guesswork may be required to figure out what one is confronted with. In truth these are the ruins of a 14th century citadel right in the heart of central…