City Style - Jaya Jaitly's Sari Closet, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

City Style – Jaya Jaitly’s Sari Closet, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She lives in a world of handwoven saris. Even the blinds of her drawing room are, well, saris (see second last picture at the bottom). One afternoon, The Delhi…

City Style – The Imperial Woman in White, Aurobindo Marg

City Style – The Imperial Woman in White, Aurobindo Marg

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She looked extraordinary. The Delhi Walla saw this woman one rush hour morning at a bus stop in Aurobindo Marg. She was in a white sari; it was embroidered…

City Style – A Woman from Kashmir, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Style – A Woman from Kashmir, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She looked like the cover picture of a yellowing National Geographic magazine. One evening The Delhi Walla saw a woman in an eatery in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. She was…

City Style - A Conference of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay's Saris, India International Center

City Style – A Conference of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay’s Saris, India International Center

The handwoven world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There, blue with red border. Here, green edged with orange. And now walks in a landscape patterned with paisley. One evening The Delhi Walla enters a room peopled with handloom…

City Style - Rakhshanda Jalil's Ghararas, South Delhi

City Style – Rakhshanda Jalil’s Ghararas, South Delhi

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Strange outfit this. It’s neither a skirt, nor a gown. It’s definitely not a sari. It’s also not a pajama. What is it? “It is gharara,” says author Rakhshanda…

City Style - The Man with the Peacock Feather, Urdu Bazaar

City Style – The Man with the Peacock Feather, Urdu Bazaar

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His eyes were underlined strongly with black kaajal. His get-up included a white skullcap, and a necklace of green plastic beads. He had one leg; one of his two…

City Style – The Message of the Dresses, India Fashion Week, Okhla

City Style – The Message of the Dresses, India Fashion Week, Okhla

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] All of these costumed people are looking awe-inspiring. Some look like the photo spreads of Vogue Paris. The Delhi Walla is in the National Small Industries Corporation Grounds in…

City Style – People Watching, India Fashion Week, Okhla

City Style – People Watching, India Fashion Week, Okhla

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who are these people? How do they manage to look so cool in these clothes when we know we would look like clowns in them? The Delhi Walla went…

City Style – A Man in Asymmetrical Colours, Subway Restaurant, Khan Market

City Style – A Man in Asymmetrical Colours, Subway Restaurant, Khan Market

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His T-shirt is pink. His shorts are white. His hair are tied into two ponytails. Oh my God, his socks. One is pink. The other is green. There is…

City Style - Tina's Handloom Saris, Sector 56, Gurgaon

City Style – Tina’s Handloom Saris, Sector 56, Gurgaon

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One afternoon The Delhi Walla arranged to meet Tina Babbar at her apartment in Sector 56, Gurgaon. A creative director with a TV production house, she has more than…