City Library - A Rare Family Bible in Urdu, Pahari Imli

City Library – A Rare Family Bible in Urdu, Pahari Imli

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some books are like family heirlooms passed down from one generation to another. And then they get lost and are washed ashore on some other coast. Such is the case…

City Library - Retired Diplomat TCA Raghavan's Books, CR Park

City Library – Retired Diplomat TCA Raghavan’s Books, CR Park

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla kinda knows what diplomats do for a living. But what happens after they retire? In the case of TCA Raghavan, he’s managed to write two books so…

City Library - Jane Austenite Manisha Saluja's Library, Inderpuri

City Library – Jane Austenite Manisha Saluja’s Library, Inderpuri

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Happy disorder. Viable anarchy. Enticing mishmash. Call it what you want, but the fact remains that finding a book in her private library is like looking for a needle in…

City Library - Late Leila Seth's Private Study, Noida Sector 15A

City Library – Late Leila Seth’s Private Study, Noida Sector 15A

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is in the private study of Justice Leila Seth, who died four months ago (5 May 2017). This quiet room, redolent with memory, “was her heart and…

City Library – The New York Times's Ellen Barry’s Books, Jor Bagh

City Library – The New York Times’s Ellen Barry’s Books, Jor Bagh

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Never befriend a foreign correspondent. They always leave. Take Ellen Barry, the South Asia bureau chief of The New York Times. She arrived in our city four years ago and…

City Library – William Dalrymple's Books, Mira Singh Farm, South Delhi

City Library – William Dalrymple’s Books, Mira Singh Farm, South Delhi

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His empire at Mira Singh Farm, on the outskirts of Delhi, teems with Polish chickens and Scottish bantams. He also rules over a large population of goats, including Petunia, who…

City Library - Rakhshanda Jalil's Urdu Books + Her Forthcoming Urdu Festival, Central Delhi

City Library – Rakhshanda Jalil’s Urdu Books + Her Forthcoming Urdu Festival, Central Delhi

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Can you dream of touching with your own hand Ghalib’s handwritten poem? Well, just visit author Rakhshanda Jalil’s private library. One freezing evening, Ms Jalil unfolds this priceless object on…

City Library – Aanchal Malhotra’s Books, Safdarjung Enclave

City Library – Aanchal Malhotra’s Books, Safdarjung Enclave

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Love books? Then envy Aanchal Malhotra. Her parents run Bahrisons Booksellers, India’s most successful independently owned bookstore. One morning The Delhi Walla enters Ms Malhotra’s book-lined home in Safdarjang Enclave….

City Library – Namita Gokhale’s Books, Safdarjung Development Area

City Library – Namita Gokhale’s Books, Safdarjung Development Area

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The books are everywhere, including under her bed. One afternoon The Delhi Walla visits Namita Gokhale at her home in South Delhi’s poetically named neighborhood of Safdarjung Development Area. “I…

City Library - Yunus Jaffery's Books, Ganj Mir Khan

City Library – Yunus Jaffery’s Books, Ganj Mir Khan

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One morning The Delhi Walla enters the library of the city’s great Persian scholar S.M. Yunus Jaffery at his home in the congested Walled City neighborhood of Ganj Mir Khan….