City Hangout - National Museum, Janpath

City Hangout – National Museum, Janpath

Historic treasures. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The past gets tangible here. With over 200,000 exhibits, spanning over 5,000 years, the National Museum, India’s largest, is a storehouse of heritage. The museum has three floors. Its corridors are…

City Hangout - Night Time Delhi, Around Town

City Hangout – Night Time Delhi, Around Town

On the road. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Friday. 10.30pm. Hauz Khas Village. The street lamps are not working. The headlights of passing cars briefly illuminate the faces of a chic crowd on the roadside, returning well-fed from…

City Hangout – The Park, Outside Humayun’s Tomb

City Hangout – The Park, Outside Humayun’s Tomb

A free land. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Look. That man standing alone behind that tree. Over there, that gloomy-faced gentleman with his black briefcase… he is looking lost. That young woman, her arms folded. That backpacker with…

City Hangout – NGMA, Jaipur House

City Hangout – NGMA, Jaipur House

India’s modern art. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Set up in 1954 at Jaipur House near India Gate, the National Gallery of Modern Art’s old wing has stately marble flooring and arched corridors. One of the wing’s two…

City Hangout – Palika Parking Park, Connaught Place

City Hangout – Palika Parking Park, Connaught Place

A refuge for rejects. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The most liberating space for Delhi’s social rejects lies in the heart of the capital. The park above Palika Bazaar parking in the colonial-era Connaught Place is one of…

City Hangout - National Science Center, Pragati Maidan

City Hangout – National Science Center, Pragati Maidan

Believe it or not. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A ball floating in air with no regard for gravity; a seat of nails actually comfortable to sit on. Discovering science at the National Science Center is fun. The…

City Hangout – National Zoological Park, Mathura Road

City Hangout – National Zoological Park, Mathura Road

Into the wild. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Situated between Purana Qila and Mathura Road, National Zoological Park has 75 species of animals, birds and reptiles. The area is wooded. Squirrels hop across trees with slanting branches. Tired…

City Hangout - Everest Café, Paharganj

City Hangout – Everest Café, Paharganj

Cramped and cool. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At an altitude of 239 metres, Everest Café cannot fit more than a dozen people at any given time. Tucked in a shaded lane, it is off the main street…

City Hangout - Sarojini Nagar Market, South Delhi

City Hangout – Sarojini Nagar Market, South Delhi

Everything and more. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Think of Sarojini Nagar, or SN, as the setting of a trashy fairy tale. It is fit for a beautiful princess, robbed off her principality and left with little to…

City Hangout - Khwaja Mir Dard Basti, Central Delhi

City Hangout – Khwaja Mir Dard Basti, Central Delhi

The poet’s ghetto. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Khwaja Mir Dard Basti, or Shakur ki Dandi, is crude and poorly constructed. Yet it has poetry, music and handmade art. It is sandwiched between the city’s tallest high-rise and…