Photo Essay - Sakina Mehta's Material Memories of Artist Tyeb Mehta, Greater Kailash-I

Photo Essay – Sakina Mehta’s Material Memories of Artist Tyeb Mehta, Greater Kailash-I

A wife’s legacy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The house is like a museum celebrating the life of Tyeb Mehta, one of contemporary India’s greatest painters. One afternoon The Delhi Walla entered the home of Sakina Mehta, the…

Photo Essay – The Empty Banquet Hall, Pahari Bhojla

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…

Photo Essay - Chasing a Beautiful Woman, Khan Market Bookstores

Photo Essay – Chasing a Beautiful Woman, Khan Market Bookstores

A bookish excursion. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She was in a white top and she looked very happy. One evening The Delhi Walla saw a beautiful curly-haired woman entering Faqir Chand & Sons bookstore on Khan Market’s…

Photo Essay - La Hune Bookstore's Second Life, Paris

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…

Photo Essay - Bahrisons Booksellers After Balraj Bahri's Passing Away, Khan Market

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.)…

City Notice - Somewhere in Delhi, An Exhibition in Venice

City Notice – Somewhere in Delhi, An Exhibition in Venice

[By Mayank Austen Soofi] Can you touch a Facebook post? Yes, you can. Friends, the first batch of my select Facebook posts–both photographs and texts–have been adapted by Venice-based designer Anna Gerotto into the soft texture of a hand-woven muslin…

Photo Essay - The Chitli Qabar Urban Art Installation, Old Delhi

Photo Essay – The Chitli Qabar Urban Art Installation, Old Delhi

A temporary art exhibit. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Old Quarter of Delhi is known for many wonders. The art of spitting noisily has been cultivated to a high form here. Many tourists, of course, come to…

Photo Essay - Shakespeare's World, Around Delhi

Photo Essay – Shakespeare’s World, Around Delhi

Living with the Bard. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Disclaimer: This article has stolen many phrases from the complete works of a writer who had a history of taking inspiration from people’s lives. In Sufism, the death anniversary…

Photo Essay – DL Number Plate, Around Town

Photo Essay – DL Number Plate, Around Town

The symbol of Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The DL number plates given to cars, auto rickshaws and bikes registered in Delhi frame the view of the city’s roads and streets. These two alphabets arranged together speak…

Photo Essay - Delhi Feet, Around Town

Photo Essay – Delhi Feet, Around Town

The low life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hello feet. So, what do you plan to do today? Why not again go to Salim Bhai’s tea-stall in Kucha Chelan and have chai in one of his disgusting white…