City Culture - Brecht in Delhi, Sri Ram Centre

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…

City Culture - De Bhasar, Sujan Singh Park

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…

City Culture – Rules for Ayahs, The Delhi Golf Club

City Culture – Rules for Ayahs, The Delhi Golf Club

On lesser human beings. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is not a member of The Delhi Golf Club. Thank God. The 220-acre course of green grass and Lodhi-era tombs mirrors the perverse side of this…

City Culture – De Bhasar, Nehru Place

City Culture – De Bhasar, Nehru Place

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tumri maa ko choot number Apni maa choot walle The Delhi Walla saw this Devnagri calligraphy by an unknown Bhasarian artist at an office basement in Nehru Place, a…

City Culture – De Bhasar, Tolstoy Marg

City Culture – De Bhasar, Tolstoy Marg

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Gadhe ke poot, yahan mat poot. [O, son of an ass, do not pee here.] The Delhi Walla saw this calligraphy by an unknown Bhasarian artist in Tolstoy Marg,…

City Culture - Rekhta, Urdu Poetry

City Culture – Rekhta, Urdu Poetry

Click on Ghalib. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] With the launch of Rekhta, the most comprehensive website on Urdu poetry, the 800-year-old tradition finds itself dragged screaming and kicking into the 21st century. Unveiled in January 2013 at…

City Culture – De Bhasar, Barakhamba Road

City Culture – De Bhasar, Barakhamba Road

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The image of a dark-skinned barber’s modest salon (complete with towels and a mirror) is imposed on a patchwork of hundreds of snapshots of street vendors and homeless people….

City Culture – De Bhasar, Aurobindo Marg

City Culture – De Bhasar, Aurobindo Marg

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] ‘Israel we hate you.’ The Delhi Walla saw this calligraphy by an unknown Bhasarian artist in Aurobindo Marg, a road in south Delhi. It is depicted on the boundary…

City Culture – De Bhasar, Archbishop Makarios Marg

City Culture – De Bhasar, Archbishop Makarios Marg

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] ‘Rich Fucks.’ The Delhi Walla saw this calligraphy by an unknown Bhasarian artist in Archbishop Makarios Marg, a road in central Delhi named after the first President of the…

City Culture – De Bhasar, Oberoi Hotel Flyover

City Culture – De Bhasar, Oberoi Hotel Flyover

The philosophy of nonsense. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Three heart-shaped outlines. The Delhi Walla saw these drawings in the Oberoi Hotel flyover. They are depicted on the pillars adjacent to Lodhi Road, which runs through the underside…