City Monument - Bedil's Tomb, Near Purana Quila

City Monument – Bedil’s Tomb, Near Purana Quila

The Bedil pilgrimage. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Torn, faded silk fabrics are lying like shrouds upon the ruined graves, sheltering these relics from rain, sunshine and dust. And in one corner lies a grave with a roof….

City Monument - A Lesser-Known Mosque, Safdarjang’s Tomb

City Monument – A Lesser-Known Mosque, Safdarjang’s Tomb

A side relic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hard to put your finger on it, but there’s an ineffable sense of sadness about Safdarjang’s Tomb—which isn’t always the case with memorials for the dead. One of the…

City Monument - The Ascent of Humayun's Tomb, Central Delhi

City Monument – The Ascent of Humayun’s Tomb, Central Delhi

The top of the monument. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The place is very breezy, and so quiet that you can hear the kites flapping their feathers. For a brief moment, you may even dream of getting a…

City Monument - A Beautiful Unknown Tomb, Mehrauli

City Monument – A Beautiful Unknown Tomb, Mehrauli

The aspects of the unknown. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has found the most exquisite grave in Delhi and it doesn’t belong to any shehenshah or famous fakir. To some, it may just be chipped…

City Monument – Mubarak Begum Masjid, Hauz Qazi

City Monument – Mubarak Begum Masjid, Hauz Qazi

The mosque of the whore. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Machine-part shops overflowing with nuts, bolts, cables, and welding rod electrodes. And amid these sights soars the infinitely graceful Mubarak Begum masjid. Situated in a congested Old Delhi…

City Monument - Jama Masjid's Backside, Old Delhi

City Monument – Jama Masjid’s Backside, Old Delhi

A rarely examined perspective. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A panorama of immense grandeur, the Jama Masjid soars far above the hubbub. Small wonder then countless tourists the world over flock to this Mughal-era masterpiece. But there’s an…

City Monument - Chor Minar, Hauz Khas Enclave

City Monument – Chor Minar, Hauz Khas Enclave

Terrors of the past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Right here in the terribly genteel Hauz Khas Enclave stands an ancient tower mainly noted for cruelty beyond the unspeakable. But The Delhi Walla will speak of it anyway….

City Monument - Bara Gumbad's Evening Mysticism, Lodhi Garden

City Monument – Bara Gumbad’s Evening Mysticism, Lodhi Garden

Evening miracle. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Waxing lyrical about Lodhi Garden isn’t difficult. But, The Delhi Walla won’t utter a single word about the incredible flora, which I have already spoken about — at night and day….

City Monument – Zeenat ul Masaajid, Near Ansari Road

City Monument – Zeenat ul Masaajid, Near Ansari Road

A Jama Masjid miniature. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who shrunk the Jama Masjid? That’s the first thought on spotting this monument from the car window while driving down Ring Road. Zeenat ul Masjid greatly resembles that grand…

City Monument - An Old Fridge, The Oriental Fruit Mart

City Monument – An Old Fridge, The Oriental Fruit Mart

A souvenir that survives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This shop is one of the oldest surviving landmarks in Connaught Place. Everything — except the fruits, cookies, protein chocolates and wasabi peas — looks like a collectible. The…