City Hangout - The Perfect Sunset Point, India Gate Circle

City Hangout – The Perfect Sunset Point, India Gate Circle

The ideal sundown island. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla always imagined that the perfect sunset belonged to cities with a beach or a mountain range. So obviously there couldn’t be any place in Delhi to…

City Hangout - Sajid's Hair-Cutting Salon, Ballimaran

City Hangout – Sajid’s Hair-Cutting Salon, Ballimaran

Best barber shop. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is there anything to say about the Walled City that hasn’t already been said? Though the area thrives on pure chaos, you can always find a small space offering sweet…

City Hangout - Magnificent Window Scenes, Pragati Maidan Metro Station

City Hangout – Magnificent Window Scenes, Pragati Maidan Metro Station

The magical sights. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] That chandelier on the first level is rarely lit, making me feel I’ve somehow strayed into a palace in decline. The Delhi Walla is inside Pragati Maidan Metro station, where…

City Hangout - Amrit Book Company, Connaught Place

City Hangout – Amrit Book Company, Connaught Place

The last folks standing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the age of electronic bookselling, an independent bookstore at Connaught Place is a rarity. As one of New Delhi’s few surviving book shops, the Amrit Book Company is…

100 Things To Do Before You Quit Delhi – Hang Out at Midnight by the Holy Sarovar, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

100 Things To Do Before You Quit Delhi – Hang Out at Midnight by the Holy Sarovar, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

The perfect Delhi experience. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One thing you ought to do before leaving Delhi forever is to visit the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib at midnight. After going to the prayer hall, get out into the…

City Hangout - Poems from the Underground, British Council

City Hangout – Poems from the Underground, British Council

The consolation of verses. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Finding poetry in a smoggy chaotic city like ours can be a challenge. The other day, however, The Delhi Walla was delighted to discover a barely visited stairway that…

City Hangout - Minto Bridge Underpass, Central Delhi

City Hangout – Minto Bridge Underpass, Central Delhi

The bridge of sounds. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We don’t expect romance out of a railway underbridge. And yet, here is Minto Bridge. Named after a British viceroy, it connects Connaught Place (CP) to the New Delhi…

City Hangout - The World's Best Garden Bench, Nehru Park

City Hangout – The World’s Best Garden Bench, Nehru Park

To you with love. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Yay, The Delhi Walla found it. I have discovered the most romantic garden bench in the entire capital. It’s in Nehru Park, and it sits alone under a grove…

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…