City Hangout – Inter-State Bus Terminuses, Around Town

City Hangout – Inter-State Bus Terminuses, Around Town

When buses will fly. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s international airport is named after Indira Gandhi, while Maharana Pratap has to make do with its main inter-state bus terminus. Unfair? Bus terminals, or bus addas, are not…

City Hangout – Castro Café, Jamia Millia Islamia

City Hangout – Castro Café, Jamia Millia Islamia

The ideas den. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The floor is of Kota stone. The benches have wooden sheesham tops. There are no doors. Designed by the Delhi-based Romi Khosla Design Studio, this is Castro Café in Jamia…

City Hangout - Lanes & Localities, Old Delhi

City Hangout – Lanes & Localities, Old Delhi

The Walled City dictionary. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Once, it was a land of galis (lanes) and kuchas (residential alleys usually inhabited by people having the same occupation). But little remains of Purani Dehli’s canals and tree-lined…

City Hangout – BK Dutt Colony, Central Delhi

City Hangout – BK Dutt Colony, Central Delhi

A cushioned world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the summer, the blooming flowers of the park’s Amaltas trees paint BK Dutt Colony a shade of gold. During the rest of the year, however, the park looks as…

City Hangout – Cinemas, Around Town

City Hangout – Cinemas, Around Town

Single screens and multiplexes. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The pink chandeliers are from Italy. The carved pillars are of wood. The LED screen displays the exact air-conditioned temperature inside the auditorium. The balcony seats—headrest included—are of velvet…

City Hangout - The Subways, Connaught Place

City Hangout – The Subways, Connaught Place

The Delhi underworld. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Omwati sweeps the place. Anil sells guavas and apples. Dinesh Kumar hawks mobile phone covers and chargers. Baneshwar Sahu keeps application forms for passport and PAN (permanent account number) card….

City Hangout - Tilak Nagar Central Market, West Delhi

City Hangout – Tilak Nagar Central Market, West Delhi

Two hours in the West. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tilak Nagar Central Market (Wednesday closed) in West Delhi can be regarded as the chicken curry for the desi soul. Congested and cosy — it has the small-town…

City Hangout - Deer Park, South Delhi

City Hangout – Deer Park, South Delhi

Gangnam, DDA style. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] As seen on a board in south Delhi’s Deer Park: • Stand erect • Feet together • Jump stride • Bringing arms to shoulder level Follow these instructions and, the…

City Hangout - Kashmere Gate, North Delhi

City Hangout – Kashmere Gate, North Delhi

In search of lost time. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] With sloping tin roofs, decorated iron columns, terracotta jaalis, independently-owned stores and a 19th century church, Kashmere Gate in north Delhi suggests a small-town setting, in which the…

City Hangout – Change of Guard, Rashtrapati Bhawan

City Hangout – Change of Guard, Rashtrapati Bhawan

The Raisina show. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sleekly muscled. Powerful. Well-groomed. These were some of the assertions made in a letter sent by Rashtrapati Bhavan in December 2012. The invitation to The Delhi Walla was for a…