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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 Delhi. This sensitive installation in the heart of the national capital annually allots floods and…

Photo Essay – 20 The God of Small Things Readers, Ayemenem

On the novel’s 20th year. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Everyone is reading The God of Small Things in Ayemenem. This village in the backwaters of Kerala is the setting of the aforementioned book. Arundhati Roy’s first novel will turn 20 next year and The Delhi Walla is in Ayemenem to celebrate the…

Photo Essay – The Aloneness of Ruchir Sharma, Khan Market

The published author with his new book. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is there a more intensely anxious feeling than to be a published writer and enter a bookshop to gaze upon one’s own book that has newly arrived in the world? One afternoon The Delhi Walla sees author Ruchir Sharma enter Bahrisons…

Photo Essay – Ramzan Sky, Matia Mahal Bazaar

The silvery stretches. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Yesterday, it was a blue sky. Today, it’s embroidered in silver. One day before the start of the Islamic month of Ramzan, the sky above the Matia Mahal street in Old Delhi was screened with silver jhaalars. The Delhi Walla saw a man climbing atop…

Photo Essay – Sufi’s World, Mehrauli

Meow. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sufi lives in a monument-facing apartment in South Delhi’s Mehrauli. She shares it with Vidya Rao who is a human. Sufi is very old now. She spends her days reading books about fellow cats. These days she is engaged with Carl Van Vechten’s The Tiger in the…

Photo Essay – The Empty Banquet Hall, Pahari Bhojla

Scenes of silence. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The blue-robed chairs are neatly arranged around tables that are covered with white clothes. This must be the setting for a formal sit-down dinner but there is no one. One evening The Delhi Walla enters a public hall in Pahari Bhojla, a congested Walled City…

Photo Essay – La Hune Bookstore’s Second Life, Paris

A great landmark’s afterlife. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Once upon a time one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world was in the most beautiful part of beautiful Paris. La Hune, next to the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, closed down on 14 June, 2015, due to depleting business. The Delhi Walla was…

Photo Essay – Bahrisons Booksellers After Balraj Bahri’s Passing Away, Khan Market

Life of a bookshop. [photos by Florian Morin; text by Mayank Austen Soofi] February 26, 2016: Balraj Bahri Malhotra, the 87-year-old founder of Delhi’s iconic Bahrisons Booksellers bookstore in Khan Market, passes away. (The Delhi Walla wrote his obituary here.) February 27: His funeral takes place at Central Delhi’s Lodhi Crematorium. The bookstore remains closed….

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