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…

City Moment – BMW Studio, Scindia House

City Moment – BMW Studio, Scindia House

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one evening taking a stroll in Scindia House, a commercial block in Outer Circle, Connaught Place, the city’s Colonial-era bazaar. The lane is lined with…

City Moment – The Hanging of Joseph Lelyveld, Jantar Mantar

City Moment – The Hanging of Joseph Lelyveld, Jantar Mantar

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon walking around Jantar Mantar, the area outside the 18th century solar observatory where Indians protest against injustice. Heading to Tolstoy Marg, I witnessed…

City Moment – The Family of Man, Galli Kaley Khan

City Moment – The Family of Man, Galli Kaley Khan

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon taking a stroll at Galli Kaley Khan, a narrow passage in Daryaganj, a quarter in the Walled City. The alley was lined with…

City Moment – The Just People, Netaji Subhash Marg

City Moment – The Just People, Netaji Subhash Marg

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one morning… no, it was not just any morning. It was the anniversary of the day when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu fundamentalist…