City Walk – Playing Footsie at Sunday Book Bazaar, Daryaganj

Leaping past the secondhands. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s not Chandni Chowk. Not Mehrauli Archaeological Complex. No, not even Lodhi Gardens. It’s the Sunday Book Bazaar in Daryaganj. This mile-long pavement market for secondhand books is the best place for a happy walk in Delhi. I have been walking here for ten […]


City Walk – Nicholson Cemetery, Near Kashmere Gate

Strolling among the forgotten. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The track fades into thorny vines. It re-emerges a few steps later and pass by a small grave. The inscription is not immediately discernible. Some of the engraved alphabets have gone but they have left behind the imprints. It probably reads: In Ever Loving […]

Ghalib Street

City Walk – Ghalib Street, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Poet’s highway. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] While the poet has been dead for over a century, his poetic landscape lives on in the iambic pentameter of the crowds on Ghalib Street. Here human rhythms beat out a verse all their own. The various landmarks are like couplets. Super Looks Saloon looks out […]

Aurangzeb Road

City Walk – Aurangzeb Road, Central Delhi

The last days of the avenue. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Speeding cars are making gentle breezy sounds. Somewhere a peacock is crying out. While the soft sun of the August evening is filling Aurangzeb Road with golden light. The Delhi Walla is walking on this tree-lined avenue with a gathering sense of […]

City Street

City Walk – Galli Chooriwallan, Near Chawri Bazaar

It’s a dream. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is an extraordinary street in Old Delhi. Its entrance offers a most dream-like prospect. You must step into Galli Chooriwallan from Chawri Bazaar. The turning transports the stroller into a sublime country. There are old buildings built of lakhori bricks; the lane is flanked […]

City Walk

City Walk – Chelmsford Road, Central Delhi

Stretch of serenity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “… The 20 kiloton warhead, which had exploded 1,600 ft above Chelmsford Road, midway between Connaught Place and New Delhi railway station, had demolished everything. Temperatures at the blast areas would have reached 3,000 degrees Celsius. The heat had no discrimination. Nothing appeared to have […]

Hazrat Nizamuddin East

City Walk – Bungalow No. 12 to 22, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Lined with vanishing houses. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The residences are arranged along a tree-lined semicircle. The community garden permits entry only to the area’s residents. This section of the upscale Hazrat Nizamuddin East – from bungalow no. 12 to 22 – is undergoing a profound transformation. It is also home to […]

Lodhi Road

City Walk – Lodhi Road, Central Delhi

The tree-lined pathway. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A great multitude of giant-sized trees gives Lodhi Road its grave dignity. These aged-looking brown trunks bend over the roadside making graceful swaying patterns. The branches expand and bifurcate, frequently diminishing to a twig-like thinness. The two-mile long Lodhi Road in central Delhi provides one […]

City Walk

City Walk –Weeping Fig Way, Near Humayun’s Tomb

The tree-lined path. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The narrow dust track is guarded on both sides by the weeping fig (Ficus benjamina). The path is so small that you could walk its entire length in two minutes. Situated in the semi-wild garden outside the entrance of Humayun’s Tomb, this tree-lined corridor is […]

Maidens' Way

City Walk – Maidens’ Way, Civil Lines

The calming path. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The short walk from the underground Civil Lines metro station in North Delhi to hotel Oberoi Maidens offers a beauty distilled out of ordinariness. The bus stop outside the station is in front of a sturdy white colonnade, home to Embassy restaurant and The Exchange […]