Letter from Venice - A home in Venezia, Calle delle Canne

Letter from Venice – A home in Venezia, Calle delle Canne

Inside a Venetian home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The first floor window usually remains open during the day. A pedestrian walking on the street outside just have to crane his neck upwards to have a glimpse of…

Letter from Allahabad  - The Last Bungalows, Civil Lines

Letter from Allahabad – The Last Bungalows, Civil Lines

The precious relics. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Allahabad is the land of the Sangam. This meeting point of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers in eastern Uttar Pradesh has been attracting pilgrims for centuries. But one…

Letter from Allahabad - Poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Jyoti Apartments

Letter from Allahabad – Poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Jyoti Apartments

The prodigal poet [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Posing in a camouflage jacket and faded denims, poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra looks like People magazine’s sexiest man alive. He has long black hair, a five o’clock shadow, a cigarette…

Letter from Allahabad - Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Hastings Road

Letter from Allahabad – Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Hastings Road

A Delhi writer in spirit. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One November noon, The Delhi Walla met Shamsur Rahman Faruqi at his bungalow in Hastings Road, Allahabad, a historically rich town 600 kilometers east of of our city….

Letter from Lahore - Delhi Dreaming, Pakistan

Letter from Lahore – Delhi Dreaming, Pakistan

An Indian in a post-Partition world. [Text and photos by Aanchal Malhotra] Lahore was wild today. The sky had suddenly turned dark and it felt like late evening though it was barely noon. Rain poured hard against my window pane….

City Travel - Pekhari Village, Great Himalayan National Park

City Travel – Pekhari Village, Great Himalayan National Park

The UNESCO heritage site. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perched almost on the peak, this is a hamlet of gabled houses and fruity smells. Black and Yellow Grosbeaks whistle through apricot trees. Wild mongooses dart through cannabis bushes….

City Travel - Tid Bit Book Shop, Karachi

City Travel – Tid Bit Book Shop, Karachi

Pakistan’s charming bookseller. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The bookstore was in Saddar, across the street from De Paris, my 273-rupees-a-day hotel in Karachi. This was my first journey to Pakistan. I had no camera then. Despite its American-style fast food…

Letter from England - The Maharajah’s Well, Oxfordshire

Letter from England – The Maharajah’s Well, Oxfordshire

India’s gift. [Text and photos by Solveig Marina Bang] A hundred and fifty years ago, on hearing that a thirsty child had been beaten for stealing a gulp of water from private land because communal ponds had dried up, the…

City Travel – Views of Paris, Around Town

City Travel – Views of Paris, Around Town

Made in France. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In Paris, The Delhi Walla spent many many hours in streets, gardens, bookstores, restaurants and graveyards. I also visited landmarks associated with the life and work of novelist Marcel Proust….

City Travel - Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

City Travel – Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

The heart of France. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Its bell tower is the oldest in the French capital. The Delhi Walla is in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the oldest churches of Paris. The ancient abbey has been standing…