Batla House

City Neighborhood – Batla House, South Delhi

The encounter district. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some of the lanes leading to his home are so dark that you can’t see your own feet. The Delhi Walla‘s internal GPS is seriously confused. It’s way beyond midnight. The alleys are deserted, but outside the Surya Light Store we encounter a dozen men […]

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 9

Life in Delhi’s prettiest neighborhood. [Text by Nina Warglien and Charlotte Liebenow; photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Note to the reader: This piece is written by two young fashion designers from Europe. Nina Warglien and Charlotte Liebenow live in a monument-facing apartment in Hauz Khas Village. It has been three weeks now since we landed […]

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 8

Life in Delhi’s prettiest neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On a humid afternoon recently, Lal Pari, a vegetable vendor’s wife, unhurriedly walks down this tree-lined path to her village. Sometime later she is followed by Madan, a plumber’s teenage son. Next, Madhav, a carpenter, is seen. A few minutes later appears Steven […]

Queen

City Regions – Feminism, Rajouri Garden & Lajpat Nagar

Beyond the stereotypes. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A homely Punjabi girl in west Delhi’s Rajouri Garden is dumped by her fiancé hours before the wedding. The shattered girl flies to Europe, becomes her own woman, and returns to west Delhi. This was the plot of the Hindi film, the critically acclaimed Queen. […]

Hauz Khas Lake

Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 7

Life in Delhi’s prettiest neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sun leaves the December sky. The air empties of all sounds. The lake by the village crystallizes into utter solitude. The Delhi Walla is walking around Hauz Khas lake. Although visible from my roof, it is stirring up feelings only at this […]

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 6

Life in Delhi’s prettiest neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has been asked to move out of his rented room in Hauz Khas Village. Ah, these greedy landlords! The rant of every artist/designer/hipster of Hauz Khas Village. Wasn’t it once just another ugly village in south Delhi, notwithstanding its picturesque […]

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Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 5

Life in Delhi’s prettiest neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] My landlord has asked for the phone number of my nearest kin. If I suddenly die, whom would he call to dispose off the body? He produces a form. I fill my particulars: height, weight, birthmark, blood group, the eye color, permanent address… […]

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Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 4

Life in Delhi’s prettiest neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hauz Khas Village has become a ‘hang out’. Artist types still come but the ageless rich have infiltrated in large numbers. These people look successful, cocky and aggressively happy. They have great bodies and they are plushly underdressed; they speak accented English among […]

Sister India

Hauz Khas Series – A House in the Village, Chapter 3

Life in Delhi’s prettiest neighbourhood. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Late September morning. The shadows are cold. I enter into a part of the Hauz Khas ruins that is not frequented by tourists. May be they are here. I’m searching for Pappu and Usha, the couple I met the other day while walking […]