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…

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…