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….

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

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…

City Library – Dayanita Singh’s Books, Vasant Vihar

City Library – Dayanita Singh’s Books, Vasant Vihar

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are bookshelves everywhere, even outside, just beside the door. One afternoon, The Delhi Walla steps inside Dayanita Singh’s studio. The internationally acclaimed author-photographer’s pad in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar…

City Library – Barbara Del Mercato’s Books, Venice

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…

City Library – Riccardo Calimani’s Books, Venice

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…

City Library - Renato Maestro's Books, Venice Ghetto

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…

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

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,…

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

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…

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

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…

City Library – Shuddhabrata Sengupta's Books, Old Rajinder Nagar

City Library – Shuddhabrata Sengupta’s Books, Old Rajinder Nagar

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Life to death, sex to body (and body parts – the eyes, hands, the left hand, breasts, the penis, the vagina, bones and blood and guts). There are also shelves…