City Neighborhood - The 'Illegal' LNJP Colony, Near 5-Star Lalit Hotel

City Neighborhood – The ‘Illegal’ LNJP Colony, Near 5-Star Lalit Hotel

Life in the invisible city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The place is like a kaleidoscope—the colours change swiftly. First, you are greeted by a yellow-painted brick wall. It turns pink around the corner. The next door is…

City Neighborhood - Batla House, South Delhi

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….

City Neighborhood - Sarai Kale Khan, On the Other Side of the Tracks

City Neighborhood – Sarai Kale Khan, On the Other Side of the Tracks

A world, so close, yet so far. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Someone drifting in here with no prior knowledge can tell that this place has been transformed—it looks smart, it has been spruced up, like a star…

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

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…

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

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…

City Regions - Feminism, Rajouri Garden & Lajpat Nagar

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…