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Mapping National Museum – The God of Wealth, 2nd Century AD

The one percenter. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The man without the shirt is dressed in an expression of great content on his face. He has an arresting moustache and a huge belly. He is Kuber, the Hindu god of wealth. One day, The Delhi Walla gazed upon this sculpture at the Kushana…

100 Things To Do Before You Quit Delhi – Hang Out Amid Chirag Dilli’s Anonymous Tombs, Near Greater Kailash

The perfect Delhi experience. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Green grass is growing over one grave. A black cat is sitting on another. And the grey monsoon sky has fallen into another one—actually fresh rainwater has collected over this grave. As part of The Delhi Walla’s series ‘100 Things to Do Before You…

City Hangout – CP @ Midnight, Connaught Place

The new night life in the shopping district. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There they are! Just 2 minutes of walking through a deserted block, and The Delhi Walla spots the party-ready midnight’s children, who confirm what we had suspected all along—CP still has pull. I had spent 2 hours at the A-…

City Hangout – Café Goethe, Max Mueller Bhavan

The dead place. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The wall-sized menu chart is still there on the wall. It shows the same beloved dishes–macaroni masala veg, chilli chicken with rice, muffin, and brownie. One night The Delhi Walla enters Café Goethe at Max Mueller Bhavan, the German cultural center on Kasturba Gandhi Road….

City Hangout – Green Chilli & Other Bars, Paharganj

Pub crawling. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A tattooed foreigner, backpack by his side, sips masala chai at a pavement tea stall. An Israeli rabbi walks out of the Jewish Chabad House. An elderly hippie goes past on his Royal Enfield Bullet. A second-hand book store plays the Buddhist chant Om Mani Padme…

City Hangout – Razia Sultan’s Neighborhood, Bulbuli Khana

The empress’s world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The way to what is believed to be Razia Sultan’s grave winds through a crisscross of alleys so narrow that you cannot even see the sun. That is what makes these Old Delhi lanes so invitingly cool on scorching summer afternoons. To reach the complex,…

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