Netherfield Ball – Spotting Laila Tyabji, Salma Sultan and Other Divas in Sadia Dehlvi's Birthday Celebrations, Central Delhi

Netherfield Ball – Spotting Laila Tyabji, Salma Sultan and Other Divas in Sadia Dehlvi’s Birthday Celebrations, Central Delhi

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Society women never accumulate years. The solidity of this universal truth stands severely strained this evening. Author Sadia Dehlvi is celebrating her birthday. She claims she is turning sixty. The…

Netherfield Ball – Arundhati Roy's Book Launch, Union Chapel's Bar, London

Netherfield Ball – Arundhati Roy’s Book Launch, Union Chapel’s Bar, London

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is in white. One rainy evening The Delhi Walla is at Union Chapel’s bar attending the launch of Arundhati Roy’s novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. The bar is…

Netherfield Ball – Spotting Retired Justice Leila Seth in Her Memorial Meeting, India International Center

Netherfield Ball – Spotting Retired Justice Leila Seth in Her Memorial Meeting, India International Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The women were dressed in subdued but elegant saris. The men, too, looked dignified. There were many famous faces. One evening The Delhi Walla attended the memorial meeting of Retired…

Netherfield Ball - An Unexpected Mr Darcy Eclipsed Anuja Chauhan’s Husband’s Society Debut During Her Book Launch, Lady Baga

Netherfield Ball – An Unexpected Mr Darcy Eclipsed Anuja Chauhan’s Husband’s Society Debut During Her Book Launch, Lady Baga

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was good looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners. And he was the novelist’s husband. But Niret Alva was not tempting enough to be…

Netherfield Ball – Stranded in the Dream World of Diplomats at Israel's Independence Day Celebrations, Hotel Taj Palace

Netherfield Ball – Stranded in the Dream World of Diplomats at Israel’s Independence Day Celebrations, Hotel Taj Palace

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Warm-eyed ladies are moving around in formal costumes. The gentlemen pay tribute to the old-fashioned codes of chivalry by dressing up in suits and military uniforms. This must be the…

Netherfield Ball – Arundhati Roy Sighting, Somewhere in Delhi

Netherfield Ball – Arundhati Roy Sighting, Somewhere in Delhi

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her wild hair was not tied back to look straight. A tiny diamond, however, did gleam in one of her nostrils. She still had absurdly beautiful collarbones. One evening The…

Netherfield Ball – Wicked Babble on Narayani Gupta, Laila Tyabji and Meru Gokhale at TCA Raghavan’s Book Launch , India International Center

Netherfield Ball – Wicked Babble on Narayani Gupta, Laila Tyabji and Meru Gokhale at TCA Raghavan’s Book Launch , India International Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is supremely enigmatic, and since she is a diva, she never allows herself to be photographed. You may Google for a clear portrait of her face and you shall…

Netherfield Ball – Jaya Jaitly's Non-Journalistic Grey Sari  Royally Snubs the Journalistic Saris of Supriya Nair and Sonal Shah at The Caravan Magazine's Book Launch, Bikaner House

Netherfield Ball – Jaya Jaitly’s Non-Journalistic Grey Sari Royally Snubs the Journalistic Saris of Supriya Nair and Sonal Shah at The Caravan Magazine’s Book Launch, Bikaner House

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was gentlemanlike, with unaffected manners, and since he was an MA from the Columbia Journalism School, he was looked at with great admiration. The tide of Vinod K Jose’s…

Netherfield Ball – The Invasion of the Bearded Men at Sanjay Kak's Book Launch, India Habitat Center

Netherfield Ball – The Invasion of the Bearded Men at Sanjay Kak’s Book Launch, India Habitat Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even the mere thought triggers hair-raising pain. Were Kashmir to break off its marriage to India, and the Indian army were to quit Kashmir, our beloved motherland would lose its…

Netherfield Ball – Author RV Smith's Kissing Escapades With Delhi's Beautiful Ladies, Central Delhi Garden Party

Netherfield Ball – Author RV Smith’s Kissing Escapades With Delhi’s Beautiful Ladies, Central Delhi Garden Party

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He came, he saw, and he kissed one willing woman after another. This is Ronald Vivian Smith, Delhi’s ultimate romantic figure. One afternoon, The Delhi Walla attended a garden party…