Delhi's Proust Questionnaire - Ritu Ahuja, Somewhere in Delhi

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Ritu Ahuja, Somewhere in Delhi

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] This muggy evening in a public park, she is immersed in a Jonas Jonasson novel. A climate policy professional, Ritu Ahuja agrees to become a part of our Proust Questionnaire series in which…

City Food - Proust's Paape, Diamond Bakery

City Food – Proust’s Paape, Diamond Bakery

Proust for Old Delhi. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Seven volumes, 3,000 pages, 1.5 million words. Naturally nobody has time for In Search of Lost Time. Why read the novel anyways when you can live it, and so…

Delhi's Proust Questionnaire - Umama Khan, Pahari Imli

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Umama Khan, Pahari Imli

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] She gets up at 6. She goes to sleep at 11. Despite her day in her Pahari Imli home being so hectic—looking after husband, Shahnawaz, daughters Aaima and Rizah, and month-old son Mustafa—homemaker…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Irish Ambassador Brendan Ward, Bloomsday Special!

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Irish Ambassador Brendan Ward, Bloomsday Special!

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Thálatta! Thálatta! It’s June 16, the date on which the entire Ulysses is set. The novel by James Joyce is considered among the literature’s greatest modernist masterpieces. Today, Ulysses fans worldwide will celebrate…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Anant Kumar, Sunday Book Bazar

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Anant Kumar, Sunday Book Bazar

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] It is a truth universally acknowledged that the greatest place to shop for all kinds of books in the entire Delhi region is at the Sunday Book Market. For decades the bazar unfolded…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Rajesh Kumar, Indian Coffee House

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Rajesh Kumar, Indian Coffee House

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Buzzy, affordable, unpretentious, class-transcending, iconic, and unique to the megapolis. The Indian Coffee House, established in 1957, at Mohan Singh Place. A living landmark here is the cheery-chatty head bearer Rajesh Kumar, a…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Lafazuddin, Dilli Gate

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Lafazuddin, Dilli Gate

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] He just finished his lunch, and is ready to launch into his second round of collecting discards from the city streets, here in Dilli Gate. Waste recycler Lafazuddin agreed to be a part…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Anil Jain, Connaught Place

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Anil Jain, Connaught Place

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] If the big wide national capital region were a human body, then its heart would be the historic Connaught Place (CP) in central Delhi. The colonial-era commercial district has always moved with the…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Maliha Sultan, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Maliha Sultan, Gurgaon

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] She spent her growing years in a home that overlooks Humayun’s Tomb. Perhaps it was the perfection of the Mughal-era dome that inspired her to become an architect. Maliha Sultan’s work has straddled…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Annie Ernaux, Gali Kebabiyan

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Annie Ernaux, Gali Kebabiyan

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] One of the world’s greatest living authors, French novelist Annie Ernaux is in our city to attend the Delhi Book Fair, in which France is the guest of honour. The 2022 Nobel laureate…