Photo Essay: Veils, Beards, and Eid Desserts in the Exotic Streets of Old Delhi

A heritage walk with an American in the Muslim quarter of India’s capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The night sky twinkled with its stars. The crowded street glittered with its decorated electric bulbs. We were sitting on…

Photo Moment: Dead Man Waiting in a Bus Stop!

[Picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Place: South Extension Market, Part IITime: 2:14 PMDay: Saturday, November 4, 2006.

Photo Essay – Time Out Jama Masjid

Visiting the society of Muslims in the world’s greatest and grandest Mosque. [Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi] Mecca has Masjid-al-Haram and Istanbul boasts of Blue mosque. The former has its ancient authenticity compromised by Petrodollar-funded air-conditioned renovations and…

'White Ghosts' at Red Fort: Late Evening Sufi Music Concert at a 17th Century Delhi Monument

Old Delhi charm; Ramadan night magic; Red Fort glitter; Pakistani pop stars’ charisma; and my digicam.– by Mayank Austen Soofi Since this was Delhi, we reached Red Fort one hour after the scheduled start of the concert. It is not…

Live From Jantar Mantar – The Iron Lady of Manipur Comes to Delhi

Far away from New Delhi, beyond the heart of mainstream India, forgotten in the eastern corner of the country, close to the Burmese border, lies a troubled Himalayan province with a population of around 2.2 million people, less than even…

A Dutch Diplomat Calls Delhi Filthy, and Its People a Nuisance

A Delhi-based Dutch diplomat is apparently so frustrated being a resident of this chaotic Asian capital city that he was moved enough to confess that "New Delhi is the most miserable place I have ever lived in". The venerable diplomat…

Book Review: Home – Chronicling the Lives of Middle Class Women of Delhi

[Picture and Review by Mayank Austen Soofi] THE noteworthy matter of interest about Home is that it happens to be the first novel to have come out of Random House India. The binding is fine, the paper is tough and…

Delhi Vignettes – An NRI Visits Hometown and Sees a Changing India

[By Gaurav Sood. Mr. Sood visited Delhi early this year. Mr. Sood also mantains a blog: spinCycle] MY flight landed on a humid and somewhat benign May morning in Delhi. My initial impression on reaching the Delhi airport was how…

Books, Boobs and Breathing in New & Old Delhi

[Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; Picture Courtesy: Raymond Lee, Laurent Clere, Wengers Pastry Shop in Delhi] Sex and ShakespearePressing onto herI whisper Romeo’s farewell quote:“One kiss, and I’ll go down” Monsoon ReadingJuly morning by a glass windowRain falling outsideMansfield Park…

New Talk in New Delhi: No Sex, No Condom

By Mayank ‘Austen’ Delhi’s smart school-going kids can win the country’s battle against AIDS The Children were Smart and Knowledgeable in Sex Awareness THE OTHER day we went to the Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts at Safdar Hashmi Road…