Connaught Place

City Hangout – CP @ Midnight, Connaught Place

The new night life in the shopping district. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There they are! Just 2 minutes of walking through a deserted block, and The Delhi Walla spots the party-ready midnight’s children, who confirm what we had suspected all along—CP still has pull. I had spent 2 hours at the A- […]

Max Mueller Bhavan

City Hangout – Café Goethe, Max Mueller Bhavan

The dead place. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The wall-sized menu chart is still there on the wall. It shows the same beloved dishes–macaroni masala veg, chilli chicken with rice, muffin, and brownie. One night The Delhi Walla enters Café Goethe at Max Mueller Bhavan, the German cultural center on Kasturba Gandhi Road. […]

Bar

City Hangout – Green Chilli & Other Bars, Paharganj

Pub crawling. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A tattooed foreigner, backpack by his side, sips masala chai at a pavement tea stall. An Israeli rabbi walks out of the Jewish Chabad House. An elderly hippie goes past on his Royal Enfield Bullet. A second-hand book store plays the Buddhist chant Om Mani Padme […]

Bulbuli Khana

City Hangout – Razia Sultan’s Neighborhood, Bulbuli Khana

The empress’s world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The way to what is believed to be Razia Sultan’s grave winds through a crisscross of alleys so narrow that you cannot even see the sun. That is what makes these Old Delhi lanes so invitingly cool on scorching summer afternoons. To reach the complex, […]

Swiss Watches

City Hangouts – Javed Khan’s Old Swiss Watches, New Markazi Market

Place of time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] 9711052575 – This is his mobile phone number. Call him now. The extremely frail Javed Husain Khan sells second-hand Swiss watches—for a bargain. The Delhi Walla wrote about him way back in 2012. I’m again reminding you of this watchman because he has moved his […]

Ramzan

City Hangout – Ramzan Nights, Matia Mahal Bazaar

The annual blockbuster. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Picnicking year after year outside Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid during Ramzan nights is like re-reading a favourite Ghalib couplet. Everything is familiar, and yet each thing is a thrill, as if you are experiencing it for the first time. To be sure, the mosque-facing Matia […]