City Moment - Two Houseless Friends, Turkman Gate

City Moment – Two Houseless Friends, Turkman Gate

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No doubt about it. They’re inseparable. Far away from their respective families, both Mumtaz and his canine friend have found common cause, living together through thick and thin. They are…

City Moment - Guns 'N Books, Central Delhi

City Moment – Guns ‘N Books, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On just about any day of the week, this second-hand bookstore in Central Delhi is packed with rather bored shoppers. Maybe browsing for an old 2018 diary for some reason….

City Moment - Monet's Metro Station, Vaishali

City Moment – Monet’s Metro Station, Vaishali

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is rightly chastised for its profound pollution. There are those ghastly days when the very air we breathe is accursed. Even so. There can also be something akin to…

City Moment - Vermas' 32nd Wedding Anniversary, Ajmer-Delhi Shatabdi Express

City Moment – Vermas’ 32nd Wedding Anniversary, Ajmer-Delhi Shatabdi Express

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you’ve been married for lo, these many years, exactly how would you go about celebrating, say, your 32nd? Meet Mrs and Mr Verma. The Delhi couple is comfortably seated…

City Moment - The Middle Lane Midnight Dance, Khan Market

City Moment – The Middle Lane Midnight Dance, Khan Market

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s about 11 in the night, too early to be so quiet in Khan Market. Perhaps because this is not a weekend. Bored doormen sitting inside darkened showrooms, which have…

City Moment - Friends from Kabul, Lodhi Gardens

City Moment – Friends from Kabul, Lodhi Gardens

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Two thousand four hundred years after it was written, The Delhi Walla bumps into somebody actually reading the classic Chinese text Tao Te Ching. And poring over it in Farsi,…

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] One afternoon The Delhi Walla spots a foreign woman sitting in a Central Delhi café. She is dressed in a long gown, blue ear danglers and a bucket hat. Her…

City Moment - A Rickshaw Puller's Business Negotiations, Central Delhi

City Moment – A Rickshaw Puller’s Business Negotiations, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If rickshaws could talk, they would sometimes protest. And certainly this poor vehicle has every right to complain. Laden as it is with huge bundles, one on top of the…

City Moment - The Drawing Room Darvesh, Central Delhi

City Moment – The Drawing Room Darvesh, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Academic Ronie Parciack may be the only person in Delhi who has found something positive to say about our city’s loathsome pollution. “Smog blurs the surroundings which makes for good…

City Moment - Candle Light Dinner in the Time of Pollution, South Delhi

City Moment – Candle Light Dinner in the Time of Pollution, South Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was late evening. A candle was flickering. Three men were sitting around the table with untouched glasses of white wine. A Bollywood song was playing on a laptop with…