City Moment – Portrait of a Marriage, Mandir Marg

City Moment – Portrait of a Marriage, Mandir Marg

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One sunny noon The Delhi Walla saw a bride and a groom at a temple in Mandir Marg, Central Delhi. The couple was in the temple’s lawn, along with…

City Moment – Feeding the Soul, Connaught Place

City Moment – Feeding the Soul, Connaught Place

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One cold morning The Delhi Walla saw a woman vendor in the F-block of the colonial-era shopping district Connaught Place. The showrooms were still closed. The Inner Circle corridors…

City Moment – The Woman’s iPad, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

City Moment – The Woman’s iPad, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One cold evening The Delhi Walla saw a burqa-clad woman in the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the 14th century Sufi saint. The shrine is in central Delhi. The…

City Moment – Heart to Heart, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

City Moment – Heart to Heart, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One winter morning The Delhi Walla accompanied thumri singer Vidya Rao to the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the 14th century sufi saint. Ms Rao was carrying a copy…

City Moment – Street Lost & Regained, Nizamuddin Basti

City Moment – Street Lost & Regained, Nizamuddin Basti

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is evening. The Delhi Walla is walking down the principal lane in Nizamuddin Basi, a 14th century village in central Delhi, named after a sufi saint. The street…

City Moment – Song of the Road, Aurangzeb Marg

City Moment – Song of the Road, Aurangzeb Marg

Late night melody. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One late night The Delhi Walla is walking down Aurangzeb Marg, a boulevard in central Delhi. Named after a Mughal emperor, it is lined with bungalows of Very Important People,…

City Moment – Breaking the Fast, Jama Masjid

City Moment – Breaking the Fast, Jama Masjid

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla was in Jama Masjid, the grand mosque that Mughal emperor Shahjahan built in 1628. The gigantic courtyard was taken over by hundreds of men,…

City Moment - The Daughter's Music, Sahibabad

City Moment – The Daughter’s Music, Sahibabad

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One morning The Delhi Walla was at a flat in Vasundhra Valley Apartments, a grey-colored housing complex in Sahibabad, a township beyond Delhi’s eastern limits. Sitting cross-legged on a…

City Moment – A Bird on Death Row, Farash Khana

City Moment – A Bird on Death Row, Farash Khana

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is on the rooftop of a house in Farash Khana, a congested neighbourhood in the Walled City. It is evening. There is a boy and a…

City Moment – The Girl With Red Roses, Near Sai Baba Temple

City Moment – The Girl With Red Roses, Near Sai Baba Temple

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon traveling in an auto rickshaw when it stopped at a traffic light near Sai Baba Temple, central Delhi. Suddenly a girl emerged from…