Woman

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 seated with her companions-one man, one woman. Despite the heat, her head was covered with […]

Rakhshanda Jalil

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 Jalil, pronouncing the ‘gh’ in a special deep-throat voice. The Delhi Walla is at Ms […]

Style

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 crutches was luxuriously decorated with a real peacock feather. It also had a purple plastic […]

Fashion Show

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 South Delhi’s Okhla. It’s the penultimate day of the India Fashion Week. All around: sandals, […]

Fashion Week

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 to the National Small Industries Corporation Grounds in South Delhi’s Okhla to watch the capital’s […]

Miss Tina

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 100 handloom saris from across the country. This is astonishing because this charmingly chirpy woman […]

City Style

City Style – A Slender Woman in White, Harish Chander Mathur Lane

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is wearing a cotton silk white vintage dress with black piping stripes and pearl buttons. Her nose ring is barely perceptible. The Delhi Walla meets this slender woman one warm evening on Central Delhi’s Harish Chander Mathur Lane. The woman says her dog […]

Lungi

City Style – The Lungi Aesthetes, Lal Kuan & Elsewhere

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Apparently, for men in hot and humid cities such as Delhi, the ubiquitous lungi is the next best thing to being naked. A sheet of cloth wrapped around legs, it is said to ventilate the body’s lower regions. Many Delhiwallas wear lungis at home […]