City Library - Nandini Mehta's Books, Vasant Vihar

City Library – Nandini Mehta’s Books, Vasant Vihar

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening, The Delhi Walla knocks on the door of Nandini Mehta. In her sixties, Mrs Mehta lives with her husband Dalip in a bungalow in Vasant Vihar, a south…

City Library - Akshay Pathak's Books, Vasant Kunj

City Library – Akshay Pathak’s Books, Vasant Kunj

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One humid afternoon The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Akshay Pathak. In his 30s, Mr Pathak lives in an apartment in Vasant Kunj, a neighbourhood in south Delhi….

City Library – Aatish Taseer’s Books, Rajesh Pilot Lane

City Library – Aatish Taseer’s Books, Rajesh Pilot Lane

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One late evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Aatish Taseer, a novelist. In his 30s, Mr Taseer lives in an apartment in Rajesh Pilot Lane, a quiet…

City Library – Payal Singh’s Books, Vaishali

City Library – Payal Singh’s Books, Vaishali

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Payal Singh, keeper of her family’s treasure: six hardbounds of the eleventh edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. In her 30s, Ms…

City Library - Sonal Aggarwal's Books, Pitampura

City Library – Sonal Aggarwal’s Books, Pitampura

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One late evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Sonal Aggarwal, a devoted reader of Anita Desai and many other authors. In her 30s, Ms Aggarwal, an industrialist’s…

City Library - Chandrahas Choudhury's Books, Kalkaji

City Library – Chandrahas Choudhury’s Books, Kalkaji

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One late evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of author Chandrahas Choudhury. In his 30s, Mr Choudhury lives on the second floor of a bungalow in Kalkaji, south…

City Library – Ira Pande’s Books, Noida

City Library – Ira Pande’s Books, Noida

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One rainy afternoon, The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of writer and editor Ira Pande. Now 60, Mrs Pande shares her ground floor apartment in Sector 93, Noida, a…

City Library – Vidya Rao’s Books, Mehrauli

City Library – Vidya Rao’s Books, Mehrauli

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One humid afternoon The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of thumri singer Vidya Rao. In her 50s, Ms Rao shares her second-floor apartment in Mehrauli, south Delhi, with her…

City Library - Advaita Kala's Books, Nizamuddin East

City Library – Advaita Kala’s Books, Nizamuddin East

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One warm evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Advaita Kala, the author of Almost Single. Like her novel’s protagonist, Ms Kala, is single. In her early 30s,…

City Library - Somini Sengupta's Books, Nizamuddin East

City Library – Somini Sengupta’s Books, Nizamuddin East

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One cold afternoon The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Somini Sengupta, the former South Asia bureau chief of The New York Times. Ms Sengupta, 43, is working on…