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 – 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…

City Hangout – A Booklover’s Connaught Place

City Hangout – A Booklover’s Connaught Place

The definitive Delhi guide for book lovers. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The book is not dead. Not in Connaught Place, central Delhi’s colonial-era shopping district. One winter afternoon, The Delhi Walla visited all the bookshops in the…

City Hangouts – Carom Clubs, Around Town

City Hangouts – Carom Clubs, Around Town

Your entry into the city’s underbelly. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the famous short story, Shatranj ke Khiladi, by Hindi writer Premchand, the chess players continued playing chess and lost the city of Lucknow to the British….

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…