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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 train came to a stop at the crowded Rajiv Chowk. A great mass of commuters […]

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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 person steps into the coach. He is holding a big box wrapped in a silver-colored […]

Metro Reader

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 book on paper. Once, a young man was seen reading American journalist Steve Coll’s highbrow […]

Manika Dhama

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 it, I questioned this decision. And yet there she was, bulging out of my old […]

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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 stations. He clearly knew his daily six from the Grand Central. Just look at him–his […]

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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 covered with purple bangles. She must be a newly-married woman. The Delhi Walla saw her […]

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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 could argue that there is no end of the line, because it’s one of the […]

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Metro Observed – Inside the Coaches-1, Delhi Subway

Life in the Metro. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His eyes were closed. His right fist was wrapped in a yellow cloth. The cloth was printed all over with the names of Lord Ram and his wife Sita. The man seemed to be in a state of perfect mindfulness. He could have been […]