Letter from Paris - Hazrat Marcel Proustuddin's Dargah, Père Lachaise Cemetery

Letter from Paris – Hazrat Marcel Proustuddin’s Dargah, Père Lachaise Cemetery

The secret origins of Marcel Proust. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] O Sheikh Marcel, bless us so that we all can write like you. The Delhi Walla is in the dargah of Hazrat Marcel Proustuddin in Père Lachaise…

Letter from Venice – Marcel Proust's Woman, Calle dei Preti

Letter from Venice – Marcel Proust’s Woman, Calle dei Preti

A Proustian in Italy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She has read the entire Proust, all the seven volumes of À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu. We the English-speakers, of course, know the French novel as In Search…

Letter from Venice – Proust in French, Castello

Letter from Venice – Proust in French, Castello

In search of Marcel. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is performing a Proustian pilgrimage in Venice, a place that was special to French novelist Marcel Proust. One day I visited Libreria “Acqua Alta” in Castello….

Letter from Venice - Proust on Selfies, Piazza San Marco

Letter from Venice – Proust on Selfies, Piazza San Marco

In search of Marcel. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is for Marcel Proust In April 2013, The Delhi Walla finished all the seven volumes of Proust’s novel In Search of Lost Time. Immediately afterwards I picked them…

The Delhi Proustians – C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Proust’s High Commissioner

The Delhi Proustians – C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Proust’s High Commissioner

A biography by Jean Findlay. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There happens to be a very, very long novel. It has seven volumes, 200 characters and 1.2 million words. A Scotsman, who was an extremely sensitive homosexual and…

The Delhi Proustians – The Best English Translation, Scott Moncrieff or Lydia Davis

The Delhi Proustians – The Best English Translation, Scott Moncrieff or Lydia Davis

Letters from Nagpur and Birmingham. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is soon to restart the weekly meetings of The Delhi Proustians. The other day I received a mail from Ankit Kumar, a reader in Nagpur, Maharashtra. I’m sharing…

City Notice – The Delhi Proustians, 38th Meeting

City Notice – The Delhi Proustians, 38th Meeting

A la recherche du temps perdu. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The 38th meeting of The Delhi Proustians was to take place on March 9 2015. The Delhi Walla has moved it to next week. Sorry, but there’s…

City Notice – The Delhi Proustians is Back

City Notice – The Delhi Proustians is Back

A la recherche du temps perdu. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is happy to announce the 38th meeting of The Delhi Proustians, a wildly-popular club created in 2011 that gossips about French novelist Marcel Proust…

Delhi Proustians - Becoming Marcel, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Delhi Proustians – Becoming Marcel, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Living a literary fantasy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is 9 pm. The Delhi Walla is in the guest room of a friend’s apartment in Delhi’s fashionable Hazrat Nizamuddin East, along with a bedside lamp, a silver…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Naman Govil, The Book Shop

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Naman Govil, The Book Shop

The Proustian self-introspection. [By The Delhi Proustians] The Proust Questionnaire represents a form of interview that owes its structure to answers given by French novelist Marcel Proust, the author of In Search of Lost Time, at two birthday parties that…