City Hangout - Leisure Valley Park, Sector 29, Gurgaon

City Hangout – Leisure Valley Park, Sector 29, Gurgaon

A bubble in the bubble. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The land of Gurgaon, just across Delhi’s southern border, is a world of dreams. Sky-kissing towers are clustered together in such a way that the place becomes New…

Mapping National Museum – The Great Erection and Other Shrouded Mysteries, In The Dusty Corridors

Mapping National Museum – The Great Erection and Other Shrouded Mysteries, In The Dusty Corridors

Amid 21st century dust. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hooded history here. One afternoon The Delhi Walla walks along the corridors of National Museum. India’s biggest depot of heritage with objects dating back to 3rd century BC, the…

City Hangout - Café De Art, Connaught Place

City Hangout – Café De Art, Connaught Place

Somewhere beyond Paris. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nobody cares about the art. The Delhi Walla is in the imaginatively named Café De Art, yet another freshman in Delhi’s overpacked CP, or Connaught Place. And it is deathly…

City Hangout - The New Bikaner House, Near India Gate

City Hangout – The New Bikaner House, Near India Gate

Reinvented ambitions. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It feels like a discreet world of mirrors and chandeliers. Until recently it was a bus stand. The monumental Bikaner House in central Delhi has existed in the city’s collective consciousness…

City Hangout - The Morning Mystery in the Ghetto, Venice

City Hangout – The Morning Mystery in the Ghetto, Venice

The special district. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Really, is this the place where it all began? One early morning The Delhi Walla walks through the world’s first ghetto. Apparently Jews no longer live in this ancient ghetto;…

City Hangout - Paper Market, Chawri Bazar

City Hangout – Paper Market, Chawri Bazar

A papery world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is the modern world really paperless? Some of us hope that we get there soon–it’d be good not to kill trees just so that lackadaisical office employees can generate mountains…

City Hangout – The Bridge, New Delhi Railway Station

City Hangout – The Bridge, New Delhi Railway Station

A place of mixed emotions. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It showcases one of Delhi’s most moving sceneries. The road bridge that is built over the New Delhi Railway Station stirs conflicting emotions. One evening The Delhi Walla…

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

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…

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

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…

City Hangout - CP @ Midnight, Connaught Place

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…