City Hangout - Early Morning Delhi, Around Town

City Hangout – Early Morning Delhi, Around Town

Exploring the city in the time sof extreme heat. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the early morning, just before the summertime sun of mid-June flames brightly on the domes of tombs and forts, on windows and balconies…

City Hangout - Friendly Faces, New Friends Colony

City Hangout – Friendly Faces, New Friends Colony

Different perspectives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are folks in New Friends Colony (NFC) friendlier? Seems so—at least in the market. The NFC Community Centre is an archipelago of interconnected plazas dense with mehendi stalls, cake shops, chai…

City Hangout - Khan Market Updates, Central Delhi

City Hangout – Khan Market Updates, Central Delhi

Last houses. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Khan Market sunset is seldom noticed. The sightings of the famous and the fashionable, strolling along the lanes, take away attention from the twilight sky. Then there is the market’s…

City Landmark - Accordion Man, South Extension I

City Landmark – Accordion Man, South Extension I

His silent music. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sitting with legs crossed, head tilted, moustache neatly trimmed and twirled, smiling beatifically, he is playing his accordion, the bellows of the instrument fanned out to their utmost extremity. No…

City Walk - Gail Choori Walan, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gail Choori Walan, Old Delhi

Street of the bangle folks [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Did you know that Snow White and the seven dwarves isn’t just a fairy tale? True, those eight folks used to live in Old Delhi, here in Gali…

City Landmark - New Wall Clock, Turkman Gate

City Landmark – New Wall Clock, Turkman Gate

Timeless gets new time. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lush banyan tree stands by the old marble grave. High up in the smoggy air, the leafy branches bend over the chaotic street, keeping it marooned in perpetual…

City Hangout - Madan & Festa, Paharganj

City Hangout – Madan & Festa, Paharganj

Two cool cafés. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] No deafening pop, jazz, or Hindi remixes. Nobody chatting loudly, no south Delhi snobbery. So calm and unpretentious, these two cafés. Laid back and moody, here one can actually follow…

City Walk - Civil Lines, Gurugram

City Walk – Civil Lines, Gurugram

A walk for a civil season. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The fog is gone. The smog isn’t so visible. The sky is of a rare blue, at least on certain days. It is that magical time of…

City Landmark - Art Gallery, Ghalib Academy

City Landmark – Art Gallery, Ghalib Academy

Poetry intersecting with painting. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He seems so far from the world of today, but Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan Ghalib died only 155 years ago, aged 72. This being the great poet’s death anniversary,…

City Life - Staircases, Gurgaon Mosque & Gurgaon Mall

City Life – Staircases, Gurgaon Mosque & Gurgaon Mall

More than just a fire exit. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here are two aspects of one city. As seen through two staircases. The first one is a steep staircase littered with shoes, sandals and chappals—see right photo….