City Hangout - Vishnu's 16th Century Statue, National Museum

City Hangout – Vishnu’s 16th Century Statue, National Museum

God’s view. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What does a god look like when supposed to be sleeping? One answer is found at the National Museum in Delhi where an ancient sculpture of Vishnu is tucked away in…

City Hangout - Night Time Bus Shelters, Around Town

City Hangout – Night Time Bus Shelters, Around Town

The other side of bus stands. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Post-midnight, the bus shelters in Delhi lose their daytime ordinariness, and are infused with unearthly splendour. Gleaming with electrical lights and publicity panels, each shelter transmutes into…

City Hangout - Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

City Hangout – Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

The new life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s raining. The muddy lane outside the glassy South Point Mall quickly goes under water. The conscientious guards improvise a bridge of bricks for the high-heeled shoppers to hop their…

City Neighbourhood - Sarai Kale Khan, Across Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station

City Neighbourhood – Sarai Kale Khan, Across Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station

The sarai beyond the station. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] For many Delhiwallas, Hazrat Nizamuddin station is the place to go to when they have to board the Bombay-bound August Kranti Rajdhani Express. Or, when midnight hunger pangs…

City Hangout - Chapter 101 Bookshop, South Point Mall, Gurgaon

City Hangout – Chapter 101 Bookshop, South Point Mall, Gurgaon

The first edition paradise. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Next time some snob dismisses the world beyond Kapashera border as an all-mall-no-mind destination, tell that fellow to get lost in Gurgaon’s South Point Mall. The glass-walled shopping complex…

City Hangout - The Sheetla Mata Temple Grounds, Old Gurgaon

City Hangout – The Sheetla Mata Temple Grounds, Old Gurgaon

The soothing secretive corner. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some places are like a laidback piece of music that initially leaves you indifferent but soon enough, even before you realize it, you are humming its tunes in the…

City Hangout - Ranji Jhansi Park, Mehrauli

City Hangout – Ranji Jhansi Park, Mehrauli

A dreamworld of grass and ruins. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It isn’t every day new parks in Delhi make their debut. But this setup in South Delhi’s Mehrauli village frankly feels like a little Lodhi Garden next…

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…