Tonga

City Moment – Tonga Riders, Outside Zakir Husain Delhi College

Commuting into the past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At least a dozen people are seated on the orange tonga. Most are women and children. The white horse is quiet. One white-hot afternoon The Delhi Walla comes across a horse-driven carriage just outside Zakir Husain Delhi College. Until a few years ago tongas […]

Mahika Chaturvedi

City Moment – The New Face at The Book Shop, Jorbagh Market

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A history student in Gargi College, she reads poetry, keeps a journal (see photo 3 below) and now she is the new shop assistant at The Book Shop in Jorbagh. The Delhi Walla meets Mahika Chaturvedi on her first day of work at the capital’s […]

Kitchen King

City Moment – The Kitchen King’s Evening Outing, Nehru Park

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sun has set but the sky isn’t dark yet. One evening The Delhi Walla is walking in Nehru Park. The city seems to be winding down for the night. A young man is meditating on the grass. A woman is walking slowly in circles. […]

Moment

City Moment – Two Women Bikers in Late Night Delhi, Bhishma Pitamah Marg

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A most unexpected thing happened on Central Delhi’s Bhishma Pitamah Marg one late night. Two young women stopped their bike abruptly on spotting The Delhi Walla‘s camera and demanded to be photographed right there on the road. Delhi is considered a dangerous city for women, […]

Jain Paan House

City Moment – The Day’s First Transaction, Jain Paan House

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He parks his car beside what looks like a giant steel trunk–it is actually one of the most popular refreshment stalls in the area. One morning The Delhi Walla is at Kasturba Gandhi Road watching Sunil Jain open his Jain Paan House. The stall is […]

Dynasty

City Moment – Father to Son, Turkman Gate Bazaar

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The father is at work. The little son is playing in an adjoining alley. One morning The Delhi Walla sees the man and his boy in Delhi’s Turkman Gate Bazaar. The father is standing outside his meat shop. Taking off his apron, he calls out […]

Daphne Carnegy

City Moment – A London Potter’s Delhi Adventure, Paharganj

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is hot and she is in white. One summer afternoon The Delhi Walla sees a foreign woman in the hotel district of Paharganj. The woman is walking down a cramped alley lined with travel offices and lazy dogs. She had arrived early that day […]