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…

Netherfield Ball – Publisher Chiki Sarkar's Secret Remained a Secret at Journalist Madhu Jain's Anniversray Bash

Netherfield Ball – Publisher Chiki Sarkar’s Secret Remained a Secret at Journalist Madhu Jain’s Anniversray Bash

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A few of them looked adequately solemn to be practitioners of long-form journalism (see photo 8 below). One evening The Delhi Walla attended journalist Madhu Jain’s get-together at India Habitat…

Netherfield Ball – Barkha Dutt the Prime Time Killer & Siddhartha Mukherjee the Telugu Film Heartthrob, India Habitat Center

Netherfield Ball – Barkha Dutt the Prime Time Killer & Siddhartha Mukherjee the Telugu Film Heartthrob, India Habitat Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] News anchor Barkha Dutt looked like a Prime Time killer in her flowing silky-white pajamas. Publisher Meru Gokhale, wearing white from head to toe, seemed as fragile as late night…

Netherfield Ball – Power Couple Ananya Vajpeyi and Basharat Peer & Former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, India International Center

Netherfield Ball – Power Couple Ananya Vajpeyi and Basharat Peer & Former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, India International Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most people looked grave enough to pass off as authors. The curly-haired Vinay Sitapati was not one of them (see photo 3 below). He looked like an author only on…

Netherfield Ball – Novelist Arundhati Roy Stuns Society by Opening a Banarasi Saree Showroom, Chitli Qabar Bazaar

Netherfield Ball – Novelist Arundhati Roy Stuns Society by Opening a Banarasi Saree Showroom, Chitli Qabar Bazaar

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was the day when the unthinkable became the thinkable and the impossible really happened. One sweltering afternoon novelist Arundhati Roy was seen inaugurating a Banarasi saree showroom in Old…

Netherfield Ball – The Superhit Show at Rana Ayyub’s Book Launch, India Habitat Center

Netherfield Ball – The Superhit Show at Rana Ayyub’s Book Launch, India Habitat Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There was so much room to breathe during the forgettable launch of Tavleen Singh’s book a few weeks ago at the India Habitat Center. The veteran journalist with 233K followers…

Netherfield Ball – The Ordeal of the Ambassador’s Beautiful Partner at the Israel National Day Celebrations, ITC Maurya Hotel

Netherfield Ball – The Ordeal of the Ambassador’s Beautiful Partner at the Israel National Day Celebrations, ITC Maurya Hotel

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A blue shade covered her bare shoulders. The delicate cloth languidly fell over her red gown. And her blue necklace resembled a late-night dream. The Israeli ambassador’s beautiful partner, the…

Netherfield Ball – The Flop Show at Tavleen Singh's Book Launch, India Habitat Center

Netherfield Ball – The Flop Show at Tavleen Singh’s Book Launch, India Habitat Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was a scandal and it was very distressing. Only a few people were there to celebrate the iconic Tavleen Singh, the bestselling author and journalist with 228K followers on…

Netherfield Ball – Explosive Clash Averted at William Dalrymple's Opening Bash, Vadhera Art Gallery, Defence Colony

Netherfield Ball – Explosive Clash Averted at William Dalrymple’s Opening Bash, Vadhera Art Gallery, Defence Colony

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was a countdown to the nuclear war. Two superstar Indian journalists ended up almost within an inch of annihilation. The Delhi Walla watched the spectacle with bated breath one…