City Monument - Kashmere Gate, North Delhi

City Monument – Kashmere Gate, North Delhi

A broken dignity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Kashmere Gate looks like a boring business indeed when first viewed from the busy street. But, take heart. Passing through the gateway’s corridor to the other side is a scene…

City Monument - Maulana Shaukat Ali's Grave, Old Delhi

City Monument – Maulana Shaukat Ali’s Grave, Old Delhi

A milestone in history. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This morning the simple marble grave in Old Delhi is lined with rotting rose petals and not much else. A historic tombstone but its existence rarely registered. This is…

City Monument - Moti Bagh Gurudwara, South Delhi

City Monument – Moti Bagh Gurudwara, South Delhi

A refuge in Sikhism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Peace is softly settling about each person. This is how it appears to be during ordinary afternoons at this historic gurudwara in South Delhi—a site sanctified by the visit…

City Monument - Madhi Masjid, Mehrauli

City Monument – Madhi Masjid, Mehrauli

So beautiful, so ignored. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Monuments aren’t only about stones, not always. Sometimes they are more about air and sky. Such is the case with Madhi Masjid in Mehrauli. Close to Jain Mandir Dadabari,…

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…