City Life - The 40 Kashmiris of Old Delhi, Turkman Gate Bazaar

City Life – The 40 Kashmiris of Old Delhi, Turkman Gate Bazaar

Home away from home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They are like migratory birds who make permanent, if makeshift, nests in a faraway land. A group of 40 Kashmiri men live in a corner at Old Delhi’s Turkman…

Book of The Times - Michiko Kakutani's Review of 'Ruined by Reading', by Mayank Austen Soofi

Book of The Times – Michiko Kakutani’s Review of ‘Ruined by Reading’, by Mayank Austen Soofi

The definitive Delhi novel. [Review by Michiko Kakutani] Ruined by Reading, Mayank Austen Soofi’s affecting first novel, begins as a sort of diary entries of a lonely book lover. What novels to buy today? Where to find a lover? What…

City Obituary - Uma Marwah of Khan Market's Faqir Chand & Sons Bookshop is No More

City Obituary – Uma Marwah of Khan Market’s Faqir Chand & Sons Bookshop is No More

Life of a bookstore matriarch. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] For some affluent Delhiites, posh Khan Market is like a second home. For a very, very few, Khan Market is home. Uma Marwah, who lived in house number…

City Obituary - Dinesh Chandra Grover, the Legendary Hindi Publisher of Allahabad

City Obituary – Dinesh Chandra Grover, the Legendary Hindi Publisher of Allahabad

The passing of an age. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is sitting against a mostly-empty bookshelf. The upper reaches of the walls are lined with framed portraits of Hindi writers. This dimly-lit musty space seems to have…

City Life - The Black Mughal of Jorbagh in Rural England, Cholsey

City Life – The Black Mughal of Jorbagh in Rural England, Cholsey

The country living of a native migrant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Black Mughal of Cholsey, a sleepy village in England. The Delhi Walla is at Kaalu’s home. He lives with his three friends. One of…

City Notice - Mint Lounge Newspaper on The Delhi Walla's Role in the Cover of Arundhati Roy's Novel 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'

City Notice – Mint Lounge Newspaper on The Delhi Walla’s Role in the Cover of Arundhati Roy’s Novel ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’

On a novel cover. So The Delhi Walla has finally found a place in literature. The four-page cover story by writer Elizabeth Kuruvilla on the 27 May 2017 edition of Mint Lounge is on Arundhati Roy’s new novel The Ministry…

City Notice - The Delhi Walla is Looking for One Night Stands, Around Town

City Notice – The Delhi Walla is Looking for One Night Stands, Around Town

One night in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla needs your help. I have a dream to spend a night in each of Delhi’s hundreds of neighborhoods. I want to kill a part of…

City Obituary - Retired Justice Leila Seth is No More, Noida, Near Delhi

City Obituary – Retired Justice Leila Seth is No More, Noida, Near Delhi

Passing of a heroine. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] India’s first woman High Court Chief Justice Leila Seth died of cardiac arrest on 6 May 2017, aged 86. She was also Delhi High Court’s first woman judge. She…

Letter from Venice - Remembering the Hall of Nations, Pragati Maidan

Letter from Venice – Remembering the Hall of Nations, Pragati Maidan

A brief obituary. [Text and photos by Anna Gerotto] The Hall of Nations has been flattened. Even its name evoked respect. During my visits to the wide open exhibition grounds of Pragati Maidan, I always tried to enter the building…

City Notice – The Delhi Walla’s Photograph is the Cover Photo of Arundhati Roy’s Forthcoming Novel, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’

City Notice – The Delhi Walla’s Photograph is the Cover Photo of Arundhati Roy’s Forthcoming Novel, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’

On Arundhati Roy’s second novel. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi] This was a dream that was never dreamed. Arundhati Roy wrote The God of Small Things 20 years ago. The Delhi Walla is a faithful acolyte of that novel as…