Home Sweet Home – Writer Taslima Nasrin’s Study, Somewhere in Delhi

Home Sweet Home – Writer Taslima Nasrin’s Study, Somewhere in Delhi

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Stop bitching. Start a revolution.” “Religion stops a thinking mind.” “Proud to be a feminist.” “Keep your laws off my body.” These stickers grace the room where she is writing…

Home Sweet Home – Novelist Manan Kapoor's Room, Shakti Nagar

Home Sweet Home – Novelist Manan Kapoor’s Room, Shakti Nagar

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Karl Marx is lying on his shoe rack. Italo Calvino is on his double bed. Federico García Lorca is beside a little guitar. Amitav Ghosh, VS Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Ernest…

Home Sweet Home - Late Writer Khushwant Singh's Home, Sujan Singh Park

Home Sweet Home – Late Writer Khushwant Singh’s Home, Sujan Singh Park

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is where he died exactly three years ago. The Delhi Walla is at E-49, Khushwant Singh’s red-brick apartment at the colonial-era Sujan Singh Park in central Delhi. Privileged members…

Home Sweet Home - Moongey Wali Kothi, Katra Khushal Rai

Home Sweet Home – Moongey Wali Kothi, Katra Khushal Rai

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is easy to identify a haveli in Old Delhi. The tell-tale sign is an archway that usually hosts a half-awake stray dog. Within, a passage leads to a forecourt…

Home Sweet Home -Patrice Louis's Proustian Homestead, Combray

Home Sweet Home -Patrice Louis’s Proustian Homestead, Combray

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His house is devoted to Marcel Proust, his most beloved writer. One evening The Delhi Walla enters the home of author Patrice Louis in Combray. This French town is of…

Home Sweet Home - S. K. Rautray's Pavement Quarter, Kasturba Gandhi Road

Home Sweet Home – S. K. Rautray’s Pavement Quarter, Kasturba Gandhi Road

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sky is blue. The air is cool. The leaves of the neem tree are green. This is an idyllic place to live and it is home to S. K….

Home Sweet Home – Tahmina Laskar’s Private Universe, Abul Fazal Enclave-I

Home Sweet Home – Tahmina Laskar’s Private Universe, Abul Fazal Enclave-I

A whole world [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is there anything more beautiful in the world than a woman with a room of her own? The person The Delhi Walla is talking of lives in a room filled…

Home Sweet Home – Chandiwali Haveli, Katra Khushal Rai

Home Sweet Home – Chandiwali Haveli, Katra Khushal Rai

A broken house. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The centuries-old Chandiwali Haveli in Old Delhi’s Katra Khushal Rai neighborhood is an extraordinary mansion. Though dilapidated, it is home to many families and is supremely picturesque. A beautiful door…

Home Sweet Home - Rachna Jain's House, Gali Maata Wali

Home Sweet Home – Rachna Jain’s House, Gali Maata Wali

A slice of haveli. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The most beautiful part of her house is the bedroom window. One afternoon The Delhi Walla enters the home of Rachna Jain in Old Delhi’s Gali Maata Wali. Ms…

Home Sweet Home – Michael David’s House, Rue de la Cité

Home Sweet Home – Michael David’s House, Rue de la Cité

A piece of the pavement. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A paperback is lying open beside him. It means that this pavement must be his study. Next to the book is a folded blue sweater. Now, the pavement…