City Landmark - Mohan Singh Place Shopping Cum Office Complex, Baba Kharak Singh Marg

City Landmark – Mohan Singh Place Shopping Cum Office Complex, Baba Kharak Singh Marg

A New Delhi oddity. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In a colonial-era commercial district that is getting colonized by multiplex chains and fast food joints, the Mohan Singh Place ‘shopping cum office complex’ in Connaught Place has no…

City Hangout - Delhi Forests, Around Town

City Hangout – Delhi Forests, Around Town

Delhi’s wild side. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Secretive and silent. Intertwined trees, twisted trunks, thorny twigs, rocky slopes, and clumps of grass. The nearest McDonald’s is two miles away. The Delhi Walla is on Delhi’s Central Ridge,…

City Hangout - Half Price Bookstore, Select Citywalk Mall

City Hangout – Half Price Bookstore, Select Citywalk Mall

Affordable trash. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some of Delhi’s best independently owned book stores (Fact & Fiction, the Bookshop, New Book Depot) don’t encourage discounts. Concessions kill the small players. The 31-year-old Bookworm, a landmark store in…

City Hangout - Shankar's International Dolls Museum, Near ITO Crossing

City Hangout – Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Near ITO Crossing

People of the world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] For anyone curious about the world, its civilization and its people, this is a trip more affecting than your grandfather’s stacks of National Geographic magazines. Set up by cartoonist…

City Hangout - Old Delhi's Best Guidebook

City Hangout – Old Delhi’s Best Guidebook

It’s a novel. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] First published in 1940 by Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press, Ahmed Ali’s novel Twilight in Delhi is the best guidebook to Old Delhi for the sophisticated traveller. While the area is…

City Hangout – Rewari Steam Loco Shed, Haryana

City Hangout – Rewari Steam Loco Shed, Haryana

80 km from Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Half a century ago, it had 85 steam engines and a staff of 500. Today it has nine engines and a staff of 25. The Rewari Steam Loco Shed,…

City Hangout – Flipside Café, Hauz Khas Village

City Hangout – Flipside Café, Hauz Khas Village

A cultivated casualness. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] No. 7. First Floor, at Hauz Khas Village (2651 6341) – Taken in by its faux-bohemian spirit, some consider Hauz Khas Village a John Lennon song. People come here to…

City Hangout - Shahpur Jat Village, South Delhi

City Hangout – Shahpur Jat Village, South Delhi

A designer getaway. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In Shahpur Jat (SPJ) village, south Delhi, the turbaned elders smoke hookahs in street corners while primped mannequins gaze out through glass windows. More than a hundred stores – from…

City Hangout – The Art Galleries of Hauz Khas

City Hangout – The Art Galleries of Hauz Khas

The 14th century village as an art destination. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Besides its haunting ruins, Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi is known for its designer stores, curio shops, two South Indian specialty restaurants, one lounge-bar…

City Hangout - The New Landmarks, Connaught Place

City Hangout – The New Landmarks, Connaught Place

Four hours in Delhi’s premier shopping district. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Connaught Place, aka CP, Delhi’s Colonial-era shopping district, is changing rapidly. Old landmarks are giving way to new. Under extensive renovation in 2010, CP is returning…