Photo Essay - In Memory of the Nameless Homeless Man Who Died, Around City Pavements

Photo Essay – In Memory of the Nameless Homeless Man Who Died, Around City Pavements

Rest in sleep. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is almost midnight. He is lying sprawled on the road divider. He seems to be sleeping. His eyes are closed. The headlights of a speeding car fall on his…

Photo Essay - The Lonely Foreign Woman and Other Women in the Italian Unification Celebrations, Italian Embassy Grounds

Photo Essay – The Lonely Foreign Woman and Other Women in the Italian Unification Celebrations, Italian Embassy Grounds

Women watching. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The beautiful people of the capital’s diplomatic world trickled in one after another. One evening The Delhi Walla attended the Italian Unification Celebration on the grassy grounds of the Italian embassy…

Photo Essay - The Deceitful Sky Over Our Jealous Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

Photo Essay – The Deceitful Sky Over Our Jealous Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

Beauty lost. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What’s gone wrong with Jama Masjid?! It is morning and the grand Mughal-era mosque is still standing on its centuries-old spot but there is no trace of its yesterday’s grandness. It…

Photo Essay - Sandal Vs Chappal, Delhi High Court & Elsewhere

Photo Essay – Sandal Vs Chappal, Delhi High Court & Elsewhere

The great riddle. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What is India Gate and what is Gateway of India? The first monument is in Delhi and the second is in Bombay. But there’s a greater riddle. What is chappal…

Photo Essay - Stealing a Letter and Doing Pushups at Marcel Proust's Tomb, Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Photo Essay – Stealing a Letter and Doing Pushups at Marcel Proust’s Tomb, Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

After Proust. [Photos by a Friend of Marcel Proust; text by Mayank Austen Soofi] Suddenly, MARCEL PROUST. His tomb. The Delhi Walla is at Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. I have come to see Proust, the author of In Search of…

Photo Essay – 'Somewhere in Delhi' Exhibition, Goa Arts & Literature Festival

Photo Essay – ‘Somewhere in Delhi’ Exhibition, Goa Arts & Literature Festival

Floating visions from The Delhi Walla’s online archives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] ‘Somewhere in Delhi’ is a collaborative work between The Delhi Walla, and Anna Gerotto, a designer in Venice (see photo 5a below). Since 2007, I…

Photo Essay - The Most Beautiful Writer's Room in the World, Ubud, Bali

Photo Essay – The Most Beautiful Writer’s Room in the World, Ubud, Bali

A refuge to remember forever. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is utterly quiet. The reading lamp is glowing like smoldering coal. The bed sheets are as white as the Arctic. It is more than midnight. The Delhi…

Photo Essay - The Rebirth of an Old House, Old Delhi

Photo Essay – The Rebirth of an Old House, Old Delhi

Time regained. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In Delhi, there is a place called Old Delhi. In Old Delhi, there are many, many narrow alleys, so narrow that the sun never penetrates into them. One such narrow lane…

Photo Essay – The Dream World of the Diplomats, German Ambassador’s Residence, Shantipath

Photo Essay – The Dream World of the Diplomats, German Ambassador’s Residence, Shantipath

The people of the aquarium. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Such delicate figure, such slender arms and all of her essence so perfectly condensed into her long white pearl necklace. And look at the woman there. Her white…

Photo Essay - The Peacock's Monsoon Plot, Mausam Bhawan

Photo Essay – The Peacock’s Monsoon Plot, Mausam Bhawan

Entry without the I-card. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The intruder entered without making any sound. One evening The Delhi Walla witnessed a daring act of trespassing. The intruder sneaked into the highly secured Mausam Bhawan in Central…