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…

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….