Photo Essay – Women Are Not Allowed Inside Nizamuddin Dargah

They say it’s the tradition. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Women are not allowed inside Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi’s principal sufi shrine. While they could pray in the courtyard, the women are denied entry into the tomb-chamber of…

Photo Essay – Will in the World

Chasing Delhi’s most popular historian. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Five evenings after the formal launch of his book Nine Lives – In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, author William Dalrymple (Will, if you please) was…

Photo Essay – Delhi@Night

It’s dangerous, but beautiful. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is considered an unsafe city at night. They say that the instant the sun sets in Janakpuri, Connaught Place’s Outer Circle starts getting crowded with sex workers. While…

Photo Essay – Big City Loneliness

1 in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In this crowded city, loneliness is hardly elusive. It is sitting on the steps of Rajauri Garden metro station, crouching on the grassy grounds of Lodhi Garden. It is…

Photo Essay – Khan Market After Dark

When life fizzles out of Delhi’s most uppity joint. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] 6.35 pm: Peak hour. Noise. Chaos. Screams of ‘hi’s and hello’s. 7.05 pm: People spotting exercise in full steam. Farukh Abdullah, the former chief…

Photo Essay – Chicks of Delhi

Your guide to Delhi’s eye candy. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] After exhausting most of the tombs, dargahs, forts, masjids, cafes, bazaars and bookshops, The Delhi Walla has finally compiled a guidebook of what this city is perhaps…

Photo Essay – Muharram Mourning, Kashmere Gate

The heart could not hold its tears. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Portraits of grief captured in the Muharram procession in Kashmere gate, Old Delhi. We’re in mourning Ya Hussain Ya Hussain The Karbala Story – listen and…

Photo Essay – 1:24am; Jama Masjid

GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. Celebrating Ramadan night in the old city. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Midnight hour. Jama Masjid – eyes wide shut. Matia Mahal…

Photo Essay – The Gutter Man of Delhi

GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. A peek into the city’s gutter life. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was naked. I discovered him in a Ballimaran street….

Photo Essay – Easter Sunday, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Easter Sunday couldn’t bridge the social divide. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Sunday was not sunny and so the overcast sky blew in cool wind and good mood. Lepers and hawkers gathered outside the iron gates of…