Netherfield Ball – MP Swapan Dasgupta Leads The New Right-Wing Elite at Hindol Sengupta’s Book Launch, Teen Murti Bhawan

Netherfield Ball – MP Swapan Dasgupta Leads The New Right-Wing Elite at Hindol Sengupta’s Book Launch, Teen Murti Bhawan

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Their books will never be banned. They will never be called antinational. They are the beautiful anti-liberals of the right. These days, it is said, everybody in Delhi wants to…

Netherfield Ball - Singer Madhumita Bose Awes All the Poets at Ghalib's Tea Party Except for a Wahabi Short Story Writer, Ghalib Academy

Netherfield Ball – Singer Madhumita Bose Awes All the Poets at Ghalib’s Tea Party Except for a Wahabi Short Story Writer, Ghalib Academy

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] All the men seem to be taken in with the stiff protocol demanded by the ritual of milky chai and two kinds of biskuts. Only an illusion, however. Actually, all…

Netherfield Ball – William Dalrymple of Jaipur Literature Festival Exposes His Rumored Friendship with Namita Gokhale of Jaipur Literature Festival at Her Book Launch, The Taj Mahal Hotel

Netherfield Ball – William Dalrymple of Jaipur Literature Festival Exposes His Rumored Friendship with Namita Gokhale of Jaipur Literature Festival at Her Book Launch, The Taj Mahal Hotel

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Et tu William Dalrymple? The great historian who, in his usual modest fashion, brought ignominious Delhi to the notice of the wider world showed up shockingly late at the launch…

Netherfield Ball – Novelist Manu Joseph, Friend of Publisher Karthika V.K., Seen Cozying Up To Publisher Chiki Sarkar at Shashi Tharoor’s Book launch, The Taj Mahal Hotel

Netherfield Ball – Novelist Manu Joseph, Friend of Publisher Karthika V.K., Seen Cozying Up To Publisher Chiki Sarkar at Shashi Tharoor’s Book launch, The Taj Mahal Hotel

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s a bitch. You can smell conspiracies even in the most innocent dealings. One smog-filled evening The Delhi Walla was at the outdoor launch of Anglophone politician Shashi Tharoor’s book…

Netherfield Ball – Actor Sharmila Tagore Creates Sensation With Her Bikini-Clad Entourage in Aruna Chakravarti's Book Launch, India International Center

Netherfield Ball – Actor Sharmila Tagore Creates Sensation With Her Bikini-Clad Entourage in Aruna Chakravarti’s Book Launch, India International Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So many people and for… literature! Beyond belief. One evening The Delhi Walla attends the book launch of Daughters of Jorasanko at the India International Center. The evocatively-named Multipurpose Hall…

Netherfield Ball – Bali High Society Makes Out With Writer Types, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Netherfield Ball – Bali High Society Makes Out With Writer Types, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most dresses were flowery, and since white people love Bali, most complexions were decidedly pale. One evening The Delhi Walla attended the opening of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival on…

Netherfield Ball – The Golden Era's Last Generation Throws a Biryani Bash, Anglo-Arabic School & Delhi College

Netherfield Ball – The Golden Era’s Last Generation Throws a Biryani Bash, Anglo-Arabic School & Delhi College

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is such happiness when old friends meet over chicken biryani, especially when the friends are very, very, very old. One afternoon The Delhi Walla gatecrashes into a get-together of…

Netherfield Ball – 'International fame' Poetess Ana Dehlavi Casts a Magical Spell on Her Birthday Celebrations, Ghalib Academy

Netherfield Ball – ‘International fame’ Poetess Ana Dehlavi Casts a Magical Spell on Her Birthday Celebrations, Ghalib Academy

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes the wide world has space enough only for one person. This evening our rich plenteous earth seems to have been created only for Ana Dehlavi. The Delhi Walla is…

Netherfield Ball – Martyr Writer Perumal Murugan Ends Exile With a Courageous Poem on Cowards, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Netherfield Ball – Martyr Writer Perumal Murugan Ends Exile With a Courageous Poem on Cowards, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The ear whisperers are nowhere to be seen. Perhaps this is not their world. One evening The Delhi Walla attends a gathering at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. The…

Netherfield Ball – Retired Chief Justice Leila Seth, The Empress of Delhi's Book Launches

Netherfield Ball – Retired Chief Justice Leila Seth, The Empress of Delhi’s Book Launches

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One person almost always seen at Delhi’s book launches is novelist Vikram Seth’s mother, Leila Seth. A retired High Court justice as well as a memoirist, this graceful woman is…