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…

Metro Observed - Inside the Coaches-1, Delhi Subway

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….

Delhi Metro - Poet-Commuters, Around Town

Delhi Metro – Poet-Commuters, Around Town

Poems on the Metro. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We know that the Delhi Metro has become a part of our lives. The undocumented development, however, is the Metro’s deep tunnelling into the Capital’s literary bedrock. “Meanwhile, as…

Delhi Metro – Jahangir Puri, Yellow Line

Delhi Metro – Jahangir Puri, Yellow Line

The final frontier. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One cold morning The Delhi Walla travelled on the yellow line of the metro train and got off at Jahangir Puri, the route’s last destination in the north-west. At the…

Delhi Metro - Trainspotting, Around Town

Delhi Metro – Trainspotting, Around Town

The scenic tracks. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has found the most picturesque spot from where to watch the majesty of the Delhi Metro. It lies in the little-known Aastha Kunj, in south Delhi. Visited…

Delhi Metro - JLN Stadium Station, Near Lodhi Road

Delhi Metro – JLN Stadium Station, Near Lodhi Road

Ghost of the games. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is 10 years since Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC) ran its first train. Most Delhiwallas have grown to think of Metro stations as places to push each other…

Delhi Metro – United Colors of Helmets, Janpath

Delhi Metro – United Colors of Helmets, Janpath

Divided by the headgear. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The permanent and temporary employees in the construction sites of Delhi Metro are divided by the colors of their helmets. The white is for the officers of Delhi Metro…