Delhi Archives - Pegs N Pints, Tuesday Night Report From a New Delhi Gay Bar

Delhi Archives – Pegs N Pints, Tuesday Night Report From a New Delhi Gay Bar

Thank God It’s Tuesday. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was close to midnight at Pegs N Pints pub in Chanakyapuri – New Delhi’s diplomatic enclave. Illegal acts were being performed close to the maximum security zone of…

Delhi Archives – Paan, Around Town

Delhi Archives – Paan, Around Town

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] A foreign art critic visiting Delhi’s Connaught Place may be forgiven for thinking its red-splattered corridors are a form of abstract expression. Although the dirty white pillars of the colonial-era arcade were…

Delhi Archives – Amir Khusro, b. Patiali, Uttar Pradesh, 1253-1325

Delhi Archives – Amir Khusro, b. Patiali, Uttar Pradesh, 1253-1325

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] At 72, the maker of Hindustani classical music lost interest in the world. Poet Amir Khusro, the 14th century courtier to seven kings, was in mourning after the death of his spiritual…

Delhi Archives – Nainital, North of Delhi

Delhi Archives – Nainital, North of Delhi

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] At a height of 1,938m, giddy tourists gratify themselves by boating on the lake, riding the ropeway trolley and shopping on Mall Road. That’s Nainital, the hill station in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region,…

Delhi Archives – Gay Delhi, Around Town

Delhi Archives – Gay Delhi, Around Town

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] In December 2013, India’s Supreme Court pronounced that gay sex is illegal. It has been a long journey for gay people in Delhi and across the country. “Looking for chubby bottoms.” “Looking…

Delhi Archives – JLN Stadium Station, Near Lodhi Road

Delhi Archives – JLN Stadium Station, Near Lodhi Road

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] Most Delhiwallas have grown to think of Metro stations as places to push each other into rail coaches. The Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium station in central Delhi is different. A cynic might…

Delhi Archives – Paan, Around Town

Delhi Archives – Paan, Around Town

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] A foreign art critic visiting Delhi’s Connaught Place may be forgiven for thinking its red-splattered corridors are a form of abstract expression. Although the dirty white pillars of the colonial-era arcade were…

Delhi Archives - Barack Chowk, Obama Vihar

Delhi Archives – Barack Chowk, Obama Vihar

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] In 2009, Barack Hussein Obama took oath as the first black President of USA. In 2012, he was re-elected as the US President. In 2008, Maria Shriver, the then wife of California…

Delhi Archives – Agrasen ki Baoli, Connaught Place

Delhi Archives – Agrasen ki Baoli, Connaught Place

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] Amid the business towers and residential apartments of the Colonial-era Connaught Place, this 14th century baoli or ancient step-well, is flanked on both sides by niches, chambers and passageways, and the 104…

Delhi Archives - City Lingo, Around Town

Delhi Archives – City Lingo, Around Town

[Digging out old stories from The Delhi Walla] News flash on a website: 2G:BJP demands probe against PM, PC. The meaning of the cuss word Chutium Sulphate, explained in an online dictionary: “Complete moron, as in, That chutium sulphate can’t…