City Hangout - Monsoon Bucket List, Around Town

City Hangout – Monsoon Bucket List, Around Town

Best rainy day places. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A little tap on the window-pane, as though something had struck it, followed by a plentiful light falling sound, as of grains of sand being sprinkled from a window…

City Hangout - Cyberwalks, DLF Cybercity

City Hangout – Cyberwalks, DLF Cybercity

An unusual bridge. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The soaring hills of concrete look like a Hindu Kush range of their own kind, their walls glinting under the sunlight like snow-capped mountain summits. A highrise’s window cleaners, harnessed…

City Hangout - Moinuddin's Chai Stall by the Tomb, Turkman Gate Bazaar

City Hangout – Moinuddin’s Chai Stall by the Tomb, Turkman Gate Bazaar

Tea by the tomb. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ever since tea was discovered – a very long time ago – connoisseurs have conjured all manner of enticing environments for serving this favourite drink. Perhaps in a luxury…

City Hangout - Buddha's Pond, Buddha Garden

City Hangout – Buddha’s Pond, Buddha Garden

The path of utmost happiness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] All pathways, it seems, lead to Buddha. Which is a trifle ironic, since Buddha once suggested there is no path to happiness. “Happiness is the way,” he declared,…

City Hangout - Lhasa Restaurant, Ramesh market

City Hangout – Lhasa Restaurant, Ramesh market

Somewhere in Tibet. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It has the charm of an improvised restaurant. As if a mother decided to turn the family drawing room into a part-time eatery one morning. Actually, that’s true up to…

City Hangout - a Beautiful Staircase, Janpath Market

City Hangout – a Beautiful Staircase, Janpath Market

Romancing the stairs. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Grand old staircases haven’t yet suffered the fate of the bird dodo — extinction — but they are few and far between. Elevators and escalators are gradually taking over, downgrading…

City Hangout - Library of Newspapers, Daryaganj

City Hangout – Library of Newspapers, Daryaganj

Celebrating the print edition. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This place may not match any preconceived ideas about public libraries. But that’s exactly what it is. No shelves, no books. Just tonnes of newspapers, all piled up in…

City Hangout - Bihar News Agency, Lakshmi Nagar

City Hangout – Bihar News Agency, Lakshmi Nagar

The world of Hindi books. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sad but true. This is a ‘kadva satya’. Our Hindi-speaking metropolis is a wasteland for book lovers reading in Hindi. You’ll be searching high and low for the…

City Hangout - Prime Minister Shastri's Home,  1, Motilal Nehru Palace

City Hangout – Prime Minister Shastri’s Home, 1, Motilal Nehru Palace

A homage to simple living. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Imagine spotting an earthen chulha (stove) in a modern kitchen, atop a gleaming counter, in the home of a former prime minister. This is 1, Motilal Nehru Palace…

City Hangout - Watching Shadow Leaves, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

City Hangout – Watching Shadow Leaves, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Pure hypnotism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a free exhibition sponsored by Mother Nature and it can immediately calm the ruffled minds, if you have the time. And it’s conveniently located on Kasturba Gandhi Road in…