St. Valentine's Special – Love and Trial in New Delhi

A couple struggles to carry on amidst parental disapproval and caste differences.[This report is based on a series of conversations Mayank Austen Soofi had with Ms. Renu Rani Tyagi. The picture is not related to Ms. Tyagi.] Ms. Renu Rani…

Photo Essay: Highway Weddings in New Delhi

Rush hour commuters in the capital cope with street weddings – along with everything else. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] They emerged from the five-star Ambassador Hotel a few hours after sunset. The handsome groom, turbaned and dressed in a cream-colored…

Miranda House Memories: 3 Years, 1 Degree, and 0 Men

A girl’s life in Delhi’s premier college for women.[By Manika Dhama; she is a Delhi-based media professional.] I’m lucky to be a Delhi girl. Many women colleges here are considered the best in the country. However, recently there were rumors…

Photo Essay: Celebrating Australia Day In New Delhi

While India was celebrating Republic Day, Delhi’s small Aussie community did something different. [Report and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even as India celebrated Republic Day on January 26, the Australian High Commission in the leafy Chanakyapuri provided a low-key…

Eating Butter Chicken in Kake Da Hotel – The Pains and Pleasures of Street Cooking in Delhi

Greasy food, rude service and unclean setting – an account of a meal taken in the legendary dhaba. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] This account is based on the recollections of a meal taken during the summer of 2006. We were…

Interview: Do Delhi Women Have Horns Coming Out of Their Heads?

A Delhi Wali muses on how harrowing, outrageous, and funny it is for a girl to work, walk, and drive in this city. As one of 6,212,086 women of Delhi, Ms Manika Dhama is a young working professional. She lives…

Photo Essay – Carrying a Coffin in Old Delhi

The Sunday calm, in the streets of the walled town, gets shattered by the grief of a funeral procession[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “The eyes shed tears and the heart is grieved, but we will not say anything…

Special Photo Essay – New Year Do's in the New Central Park

Within a month of its re-opening, the revamped Central Park has become the social sea beach that Delhi never had.[by Mayank Austen Soofi] Last day of the last year forced the Delhites out into the newly revamped Central Park in…

Photo Essay: The Love Birds of Lodhi Garden

Spying on Delhi ‘couples’ in the historic Lodhi Garden – with a discreet digicam. [Text and photographs by Mayank Austen Soofi] Once declared by Time Magazine as the Best Urban Oasis of Asia, Lodhi Garden is a public park in…

Picture Essay – Poverty Pornography in Sarojini Nagar

Mother India looking sexy in poverty pornography. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Following a Beggar in Sarojini Nagar Market (S N), One of Delhi’s Busiest Bargain Bazaars India is now more than just a the flavor of the…