City Moment - The Soundless Bugle from a Band of Musicians, Lodhi Road

City Moment – The Soundless Bugle from a Band of Musicians, Lodhi Road

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is evening, not cold, not warm. The Delhi Walla is walking on Lodhi Road. Not long after crossing Dyal Singh College I come across half a dozen men—each in…

City Moment – An Evening in the Life of Authors  Padma Lakshmi and Sheela Reddy, Bahrisons Booksellers, Khan Market

City Moment – An Evening in the Life of Authors Padma Lakshmi and Sheela Reddy, Bahrisons Booksellers, Khan Market

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The evening is opening up like a play and is best divided into six acts. Act 1 Bahrisons Booksellers, Khan market, is looking a little different today. A table and…

City Moment - The Homeless Person Sleeping Through Sufi Songs, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid's Dargah

City Moment – The Homeless Person Sleeping Through Sufi Songs, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid’s Dargah

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a concert without an audience. One night The Delhi Walla is at the Sufi shrine of Hazrat Sarmad Shahid… sorry, a factual error.This is actually a shrine to…

City Moment – Music, Food, Friends, Mobile Phone at Author Sadia Dehlvi's Drawing Room, H. Nizamuddin East

City Moment – Music, Food, Friends, Mobile Phone at Author Sadia Dehlvi’s Drawing Room, H. Nizamuddin East

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was the late afternoon of the last day of the last year. The drawing room was filled with guests–many of these elegant people had their eyes closed, their feet…

City Moment - Seeing Proust's Soul in a Solitary Seagull, Cabourg, France

City Moment – Seeing Proust’s Soul in a Solitary Seagull, Cabourg, France

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The seagull is quietly watching the waves. One evening The Delhi Walla is on Promenade Marcel Proust in Cabourg, the coastal town immortalised by Proust as Balbec in his novel…

City Moment - The Overworked Music Men of the Yellow Line, Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

City Moment – The Overworked Music Men of the Yellow Line, Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They were apparitions in golden dhotis and pink jackets. One late night The Delhi Walla saw members of the Kirti music band. They were sitting inside a Metro rail coach….

City Moment - The Dance of a Woman, Appetite German Bakery

City Moment – The Dance of a Woman, Appetite German Bakery

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The woman with the hat is wearing a gown. She is alone. One afternoon The Delhi Walla meets her at the Appetite German Bakery in the tourist district of Paharganj….

City Moment - Facebook Betrayal and Redemption at the Reading of The God of Small Things, Caara Café, British Council

City Moment – Facebook Betrayal and Redemption at the Reading of The God of Small Things, Caara Café, British Council

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is only The Delhi Walla. It is evening and I’m at Caara Café inside British Council to attend a discussion of Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small…

City Moment – Yoga Homage to Emperor Muhammad Shah, Lodhi Gardens

City Moment – Yoga Homage to Emperor Muhammad Shah, Lodhi Gardens

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is the short story of one woman and four men. One evening The Delhi Walla sees Miss Fatima, Mr Suhail Ansari, Mr Mohan, Mr Kaushal Suryavanshi and Mr Anil…

City Moment - Dark Fantasy of the Midnight Metropolis, Lodhi Road

City Moment – Dark Fantasy of the Midnight Metropolis, Lodhi Road

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is close to midnight. No stars to be seen in the cloudless sky. The warm air smells of diesel. The Delhi Walla is walking on Lodhi Road, so close…