City Culture – Delhi’s Table Manners, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Dining rituals. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The delicious food was being served free to passers-by in honor of goddess Mata Rani. The road-side bhandara counter had large cauldrons filled with aloo subzi and deep-fried pooris. One afternoon The Delhi Walla witnessed the city’s famed table manners. There was a long queue of […]

Lodhi Gardens

City Life – Delhi Lovers, Lodhi Gardens

The geography of love. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some say that love’s a little boy. Some say it’s a bird. Some say it makes the world go round — so mused a long dead poet. In Delhi, he would have without doubt heard some say that love is Lodhi Gardens. On a […]


City Culture – De Bhasar, British Council

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A rainbow. The Delhi Walla saw this poster on the high-security wall of the British Council on Kasturba Gandhi Marg. It showed the slogan ‘Love is great’. This is the eleventh instance that I have come face-to-face with De Bhasar movement in Delhi. (Click […]


City Culture – Pissing Men, India Gate & Elsewhere

Urination is prohibited. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The two men were urinating against the monumental backdrop of India Gate. One of them, a photographer who refused to give his name, was defiant: “I take pictures of tourists. I had an emergency and the toilet is far from here and I cannot lose […]

Wall Art

City Culture – De Bhasar, Shankar Market

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A grey-and-white peacock. A tree laden with shopping bags. A sadhu with skin the color of burnt molasses. And two almost-naked male dancers. The Delhi Walla saw these and many other similarly-themed images on the walls of Shankar Market, a tributary of the colonial-era […]

Brecht in Delhi

City Culture – Brecht in Delhi, Sri Ram Centre

Good persons of our capital. [Text and photos by Manika Dhama] On the Christmas Eve of 2013 theatre enthusiasts lined up outside the Sri Ram Centre in Central Delhi to meet Ramkali, the central character in ASMITA Theatre Group’s adaption of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan. This adaptation of the famous and theatrically […]

De Bhasar

City Culture – De Bhasar, Sujan Singh Park

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Smoking Zone The Delhi Walla saw this calligraphy by an unknown Bhasarian artist on the boundary wall of Sujan Singh Park, an exclusive residential apartment in Central Delhi. It was drawn along with the illustration of a smoldering cigarette. This is the ninth instance […]