The Delhi Proustians - Life With Marcel in Bahrisons Booksellers & Vasant Vihar

The Delhi Proustians – Life With Marcel in Bahrisons Booksellers & Vasant Vihar

Living with Proust. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She lifts the small white envelope from inside the table drawer, carefully takes out the fragile piece of paper within, and unfolds it carefully with a tweezer. It is merely…

Photo Essay - Stealing a Letter and Doing Pushups at Marcel Proust's Tomb, Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Photo Essay – Stealing a Letter and Doing Pushups at Marcel Proust’s Tomb, Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

After Proust. [Photos by a Friend of Marcel Proust; text by Mayank Austen Soofi] Suddenly, MARCEL PROUST. His tomb. The Delhi Walla is at Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. I have come to see Proust, the author of In Search of…

The Delhi Proustians - Benoît Puttemans of Sotheby's Paris Talks to The Delhi Walla on the Great Proust Auction

The Delhi Proustians – Benoît Puttemans of Sotheby’s Paris Talks to The Delhi Walla on the Great Proust Auction

On Sotheby’s auction of Proust memorabilia. [By Mayank Austen Soofi; photo given by Sotheby’s / art digital studio] Imagine that your lover’s most intimate letters and private photographs are sold away. This is probably what the most devoted readers of…

Delhi Proustians – My Life with Marcel and the Unjustness of Proust's Great-Grand-Niece

Delhi Proustians – My Life with Marcel and the Unjustness of Proust’s Great-Grand-Niece

Consider the Proustians. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; photos by friends] This is personal. French novelist Marcel Proust’s personal archives is to be auctioned by Soethby in Paris. They are being sold by his great-grand-niece. Here’s the news from AFP,…

Delhi Proustians - A Journey to Marcel Proust's Balbec, France

Delhi Proustians – A Journey to Marcel Proust’s Balbec, France

A day’s outing into Lost Time. [Text and photos by Florian Morin] If you take as a starting point the Saint-Michel Church, and from there walk north on the Avenue de la Mer, then you will pass all kinds of…

Delhi Proustians - First Meeting With Marcel, Venice

Delhi Proustians – First Meeting With Marcel, Venice

First day, first show. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Very soon, his life will revolve around a single object—a book with 2,058 pages. And if in this world of million distractions he manages to read even five pages…

Delhi Proustians - Finding Marcel, Near Santi Giovanni, Venice

Delhi Proustians – Finding Marcel, Near Santi Giovanni, Venice

The Italian Proust. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There he was. All of him. One afternoon The Delhi Walla was browsing at the Libreria Acqua Alta bookstore on Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa. The famous shop is near…

Delhi Proustians – First Look, William Carter's Annotated Edition of Marcel Proust's 2nd Volume

Delhi Proustians – First Look, William Carter’s Annotated Edition of Marcel Proust’s 2nd Volume

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has seen the cover. And it’s utterly beautiful. I’m talking of the much-awaited annotated English translation of the second volume of À la recherche du…

The Delhi Proustians – 10 July, Hazrat Marcel Proustuddin's Happy Birthday

The Delhi Proustians – 10 July, Hazrat Marcel Proustuddin’s Happy Birthday

Celebrating Marcel Proust. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] 10 July is a special date. It is the Happy Birthday of Marcel Proust, author of the seven-volume French novel À la Recherché du Temps Perdu, known to the English-speaking…

Letter from Paris - The Reluctant Proustian, Marais

Letter from Paris – The Reluctant Proustian, Marais

Proust’s reader in Proust’s city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is a man of another time. On streets, he is shocked to see women with cigarettes. At home, he paints, and plays piano and cello. In drawing…