City Life - The Art of Currency Garland, Chitli Qabar Chowk

City Life – The Art of Currency Garland, Chitli Qabar Chowk

The poetry of money. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Money is a kind of poetry, said a corporate lawyer who was also a great American poet. Nowhere is Wallace Stevens’ maxim more evident than in the work of…

City Obituary - Old  Delhi's Urdu Poet Rauf Raza is Dead, Gali Mem Walli

City Obituary – Old Delhi’s Urdu Poet Rauf Raza is Dead, Gali Mem Walli

End of a world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It began like just another winter morning. Urdu poet Rauf Raza woke up at six, performed his ablution, and offered the fajra prayer–at home though usually he would always…

Letter from the ATM Queue - "I Had a Fiery Dispute With Two Particularly Off-Putting Women", Khan Market

Letter from the ATM Queue – “I Had a Fiery Dispute With Two Particularly Off-Putting Women”, Khan Market

From the heart of the conflict zone. [Text by Sanchita Guha; photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Note: This piece is by Sanchita Guha, a Delhi writer dreaded by all those uncivilised men in this city who either dare to piss…

City News - The Magnificent and Much-Loved 'Tribal Tree' of Alliance Française is No More, Lodhi Estate

City News – The Magnificent and Much-Loved ‘Tribal Tree’ of Alliance Française is No More, Lodhi Estate

The passing of an era. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In a world that appears to be striving for a race to the bottom, it was the epitome of stateliness and dignity. Now, it has left this world….

City News – Arundhati Roy’s New Novel After 20 years is... ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’

City News – Arundhati Roy’s New Novel After 20 years is… ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’

After ‘The God of Small Things’. [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Arundhati Roy, the novelist, is a distinguished Delhiwalla and The Delhi Walla is happy to read the news just tweeted by Simon Prosser of Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Books–“Announcing big…

City Notice – The Delhi Walla’s Photo of Arundhati Roy Appears on Her New Book of Essays!

City Notice – The Delhi Walla’s Photo of Arundhati Roy Appears on Her New Book of Essays!

An important landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla website will complete a decade in 2017. Since the beginning of my blogsite, I have been photographing a distinguished Delhi walla, writer Arundhati Roy (see the photos…

City Obituary - Delhi's Great Persian Scholar S.M. Yunus Jaffery is Dead, Ganj Mir Khan

City Obituary – Delhi’s Great Persian Scholar S.M. Yunus Jaffery is Dead, Ganj Mir Khan

The death of an age. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] S.M. Yunus Jaffery, Delhi’s great Persian scholar, died on 29 August 2016. He was 86. He breathed his last at 4.25 am, the day after a tumor surgery,…

City Obituary - Anil Arora of The Bookworm in Connaught Place is Dead

City Obituary – Anil Arora of The Bookworm in Connaught Place is Dead

Death of a bookseller. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Anil Arora, the owner of The Bookworm in Delhi’s Connaught Place, died on 9 August 2016. He was 74. The reason of his death is not known. Mr Arora’s…

City Notice - A Godin & Co., The Piano Shop of Connaught Place, is Gone!

City Notice – A Godin & Co., The Piano Shop of Connaught Place, is Gone!

Lost to past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A great Colonial-era icon of Connaught Place is lost to history. One late night, The Delhi Walla discovered that A Godin & Co., the capital’s legendary piano shop, is gone….

City Notice - Catherine Lama is Dead, Lodhi Road

City Notice – Catherine Lama is Dead, Lodhi Road

The passing away of a beautiful woman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Catherine Lama, who always wore a red rose in her hair and who lived on a Delhi pavement, died in June 2016. There was no certainty…