City Hangout - India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

City Hangout – India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

Delhi’s swish space. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Little must have Joseph Allen Stein, the American architect of India Habitat Center (IHC), imagined that the six restaurants, four galleries, one auditorium, amphitheatre and a sprawling atrium in his…

City Hangout - Coffee House, Majnu Ka Tila

City Hangout – Coffee House, Majnu Ka Tila

The new-age Lhasa. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] House No. 39. Basement at New Tibetan Camp, Majnu Ka Tila – For five decades, Majnu Ka Tila (MT) is where Delhiites go to experience the Capital’s Little Lhasa. A…

City Hangout - Café Turtle, Khan Market

City Hangout – Café Turtle, Khan Market

The Proustian pleasure. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Soft jazz. Handmade Thangka paintings. Gentle murmurs. Every city needs a bubble where you can pretend to be what you fancy yourself as. The Café Turtle in Delhi’s Khan Market…

Dateline Connaught Place - CP Goes Grassy

Dateline Connaught Place – CP Goes Grassy

The greenification of the British-era district. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is this the new look Connaught Place (CP)? The other day The Delhi Walla was walking in A Block, Inner Circle, expecting to see the usual sights…

City Hangout – National Archives of India, Janpath

City Hangout – National Archives of India, Janpath

Delhi’s best kept secret. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is no reason for this treasure tucked at the Capital’s heart to remain rundown and unexplored. As the storeroom of the non-current records of the Indian government, the…

City Hangout - Kunzum Travel Café, Hauz Khas Village

City Hangout – Kunzum Travel Café, Hauz Khas Village

A pocket-friendly haven. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] T-49. Ground Floor, at Hauz Khas Village (9650702777) – Though there is no crunch of hangouts in this historic village, anyone weary of The Living Room lounge, Gunpowder restaurant, designer…

City Hangout  - Dilli Haat, Aurobindo Marg

City Hangout – Dilli Haat, Aurobindo Marg

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s dream village. In a city as disconnected from cowbelt India as Delhi, it is poignant to enter Dilli Haat (opened 1994), the food and craft bazaar spread over six acres and modelled…

City Hangout – 7pm in Khan Market

Life in Delhi’s Upper East Side. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Outside a skin clinic: a freshly-Botoxed (Rs 8,000 per session) woman stepping out in Jimmy Choo evening heels (Rs 50,000). Outside a foreign magazine stall: a young…