City Moment - The Overworked Music Men of the Yellow Line, Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

City Moment – The Overworked Music Men of the Yellow Line, Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They were apparitions in golden dhotis and pink jackets. One late night The Delhi Walla saw members of the Kirti music band. They were sitting inside a Metro rail coach….

Delhi Metro – Two Lovers in My Coach, Yellow Line

Delhi Metro – Two Lovers in My Coach, Yellow Line

Life on the Metro. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was around 9 in the morning. The Delhi Walla was on the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro. Ten minutes after leaving Chawri Bazaar Metro Station, the eight-coaches-long…

Delhi Metro – Divya Babu’s Commute With Proust, Pamuk, Dalrymple, Lahiri, Huda City Center

Delhi Metro – Divya Babu’s Commute With Proust, Pamuk, Dalrymple, Lahiri, Huda City Center

The book lover’s commute. [Text by Divya Babu; photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] I open William Dalrymple’s Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan. I look around and try to reposition my elbows in the best way possible. It’s…

Delhi Metro - The Wenger's Man, Blue Line

Delhi Metro – The Wenger’s Man, Blue Line

Life in the Metro. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] 9 pm, Saturday night. The Delhi Walla is on the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro. The train halts at Mandi House. The platform is almost empty. Only one…

Metro Observed – Inside the Coaches-4, Delhi Subway

Metro Observed – Inside the Coaches-4, Delhi Subway

Life in the Metro. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Metro commuters are great readers. Every person is spotted reading something or the other on the Smartphone. Sometimes, however, The Delhi Walla spots people actually reading a…

Delhi Metro – Nikhil Kumar's Commute With Vikram Seth, Barakhamba Metro Station

Delhi Metro – Nikhil Kumar’s Commute With Vikram Seth, Barakhamba Metro Station

The book lover’s commute. [Text by Nikhil Kumar; photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Among a sea of humanity that travels on the Delhi Metro everyday, there are some who read. How is not a question. A reader has to find…

Delhi Metro - Manika Dhama's Commute With Rebecca West, KG Marg

Delhi Metro – Manika Dhama’s Commute With Rebecca West, KG Marg

The book lover’s commute. [Text by Manika Dhama; photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At 1,200 pages in tiny ant-lettering, it was an unwieldy choice for Metro commute reading. More than once during the course of the month I spent reading…

Metro Observed – Inside the Coaches-3, Delhi Subway

Metro Observed – Inside the Coaches-3, Delhi Subway

Life in the Metro. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No place like home, New York, New York. The Delhi Walla saw this man on the Delhi Metro Blue Line, somewhere between the Rajiv Chowk and Dwarka Sector 21…

Metro Observed – Inside the Coaches-2, Delhi Subway

Metro Observed – Inside the Coaches-2, Delhi Subway

Life in the Metro. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She was probably around twenty (see the photo above). She wore a purple sari with silver-colored designs that seemed to be patterned after flowers and leaves. Her arms were…

Delhi Metro - Last Points, Around Town

Delhi Metro – Last Points, Around Town

The ends of the lines. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] All good stories must come to an end. But not always. In the case of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, it’s not clear where it all culminates. You…