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…

City Notice - Gravedigger Allah Hu is Dead, Batla House Graveyard

City Notice – Gravedigger Allah Hu is Dead, Batla House Graveyard

Death of a man. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The elderly gravedigger Allah Hu died on 25 April 2016. The details of his life are not known. The Delhi Walla had taken his portrait in August 2007 at…

Letter from Venice - What the Morning Commuter Sees, Lido

Letter from Venice – What the Morning Commuter Sees, Lido

Early day’s revelations. [Text and photo by Lucio De Capitani] The main disadvantage of living in Lido, at the outer edge of the Venetian lagoon, is that, although you technically are in Venice, it takes about forty minutes to reach…

Letter from Dayanita Singh - On The Delhi Walla Picture Prints

Letter from Dayanita Singh – On The Delhi Walla Picture Prints

An artist’s idea. [By Dayanita Singh] Dear The Delhi Walla, What I LOVE the the most about Photography is the various ways in which it can be disseminated. You do it so briliantly on the net. I make books and…

City Notice – Artist Dayanita Singh's Gift To The Delhi Walla Website, Museum of Chance

City Notice – Artist Dayanita Singh’s Gift To The Delhi Walla Website, Museum of Chance

A beautiful gesture. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening at the Museum of Chance in South Delhi’s Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, artist Dayanita Singh, in front of a gathering of some of the city’s fine people,…