City Hangout - The Bookshop Ghosts of PVR Anupam, Saket

City Hangout – The Bookshop Ghosts of PVR Anupam, Saket

The saving grace of bookstores. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There were days, not long ago, when the PVR cinema and plaza in Saket seethed with energy. The capital’s smart set would inevitably beeline to this south Delhi…

City Hangout - A Lonely Railway Station, Sarojini Nagar Market

City Hangout – A Lonely Railway Station, Sarojini Nagar Market

Where few trains stop. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You may think that this lonely little railway station is somewhere out there in the hinterland — one of those bleak little stops that express trains pass by in…

City Hangout - Gallery of Musical Instruments, Rabindra Bhavan, Mandi House

City Hangout – Gallery of Musical Instruments, Rabindra Bhavan, Mandi House

Music as objects. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here, you’ll make friends with the Dama from Tripura, which looks like a tapering dholak (drum). And there’s the Sanitar, a kind of lute from Kashmir, with a hollow resonator…

City Hangout - Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport

City Hangout – Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport

Foreign holiday with no jet lag. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Isn’t it a hassle to file visa forms for EU nations? Besides asking us for our passport, we have to furnish our return flight ticket, salary slips,…

City Hangout - Sperm Park, AIIMS Flyover

City Hangout – Sperm Park, AIIMS Flyover

Silence in the chaos. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who could have imagined the quietest place in Delhi is snuggled in the heart of noise? All around The Delhi Walla is chaos — bikes, autos, cars and buses…

City Hangout - Midnight in Nehru Place, South Delhi

City Hangout – Midnight in Nehru Place, South Delhi

A poetic world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Have you noticed how some places evoke different feelings at night and in the day? Take Nehru Place. Nobody would go to that business district for aesthetic reasons. The concrete…

City Hangout - Riverside Ghat, Yamuna Bazaar

City Hangout – Riverside Ghat, Yamuna Bazaar

Remember the river. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The evening sky is clear blue. The water is moving serenely. A handful of young men are sitting on the edge of the river. Two women are standing a few…

City Hangout - Ramzan Nights, Old Delhi

City Hangout – Ramzan Nights, Old Delhi

The season’s destination. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No secret is being leaked if The Delhi Walla tells you to head to Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid area one of these Ramzan nights. I go there every year in…

City Hangout - Rose Garden of England, Lodhi Gardens

City Hangout – Rose Garden of England, Lodhi Gardens

Celebrating the English rose. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is possible to feel romantic about Delhi summer. Just hang out at the Rose Garden in Lodhi Gardens. This central Delhi park is famous for its tombs and…

City Landmark - The Book Mark, South Extension I

City Landmark – The Book Mark, South Extension I

A survivor. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Let’s talk about Delhi’s extinct bookshops. The Bookworm in Connaught Place had an atmospheric spiral staircase that went up to a stunning collection of books on cinema. The Fact & Fiction…