Bhaskar Ghose

City Library – Bhaskar Ghose’s Books, Mayur Vihar I

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is the stuff dreams are made on. Bhaskar Ghose has read the entire Shakespeare—all the plays, all the sonnets. He has even read Cymbeline (who reads Cymbeline?)! One afternoon The Delhi Walla visits the retired bureaucrat’s apartment in Mayur Vihar I. His wife, classical […]

Dayanita Singh

City Library – Dayanita Singh’s Books, Vasant Vihar

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are bookshelves even outside her apartment—beside the entrance door. One afternoon The Delhi Walla enters Dayanita Singh’s library. The author-photographer lives in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar. Her home is a maze of book-filled rooms. Some of the kitchen shelves, too, are stacked with books […]

Barbara Del Mercato

City Library – Barbara Del Mercato’s Books, Venice

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake, wrote poet Wallace Stevens. And if the lake is too far, step into the poetic world of Steven’s ardent devotee Barbara Del Mercato. One evening The Delhi Walla enters Ms Del Mercato’s home in Venice […]

Riccardo Calimani

City Library – Riccardo Calimani’s Books, Venice

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The weekend edition of The International New York Times is lying in one corner. It has a story on the ancient Jewish district of Venice. The full-page feature, timed to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the world’s first ghetto, shows a portrait of Riccardo Calimani, […]

Library

City Library – Renato Maestro’s Books, Venice Ghetto

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Thick yellowing pages sewed within leather-bound volumes. Ancient threads escaping out of cracked spines. Centuries-old letters tucked inside spotlessly white envelopes. Bundles of very old newspapers. And boxes after boxes marked ‘Fragile’. This is a world of Judaism that lies safe behind the bullet-proof windows […]

Jeet Thayil

City Library – Jeet Thayil’s Books, Safdarjung Development Area

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One afternoon The Delhi Walla visited the home of Jeet Thayil, the poet and novelist in his 50s, who lives with his partner, designer and photographer Akanksha Sharma, and cat, Marjorie Stuart Baxter, in their first-floor apartment in South Delhi’s Safdarjung Development Area (SDA). Their […]

Anjani Kumar

City Library – Anjani Kumar’s Books Sequel, Jor Bagh

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has often flicked books from other people’s homes. So it was quite astounding to know that there are people doing the exact opposite. Readers will remember the library of Anjani Kumar—it was featured on this website’s ‘City Library’ series. A security guard […]

Karthika

City Library – Karthika VK’s Books, East of Kailash

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes a collection of books becomes a portrait of a marriage. One evening, The Delhi Walla visited Karthika VK, publisher of HarperCollins India, at her East of Kailash home. In her late 40s, Ms Karthika shares a first-floor apartment with her dogs, Sundari and Crush, […]

Vinod Mehta's library

City Library – Vinod Mehta’s Books, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The warm daylight is streaming in through the window. It is utterly quiet. This is the book room of Vinod Mehta, the founder-editor of Outlook magazine who died in March, 2015. The Delhi Walla is in Mr Mehta’s first-floor apartment in Hazrat Nizamuddin East. His […]