City Wall - Maidens' Way, Civil Lines

City Wall – 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…

City Walk - Towards Flaubert's Tomb, Cimetière Monumental de Rouen

City Walk – Towards Flaubert’s Tomb, Cimetière Monumental de Rouen

Visiting a writer’s grave. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So harmonious, these living arrangements of the dead. The Delhi Walla is at the Monumental Cemetery in Rouen, the home of Gustave Flaubert, the creator of Madame Bovary. In…

City Walk - Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

City Walk – Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

Touched by moonlight. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is pleasant to be in Chandni Chowk, to sweep the eyes 360 degrees in this in-your-face Secular India theme park—temples, mosques, church and gurdwara. To see masked Jains, kirpan-wielding…

City Walk - From ITO to Red Fort, Central Delhi

City Walk – From ITO to Red Fort, Central Delhi

The path less traveled. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Trips to Jama Masjid will soon become easier. The trial run of the eagerly awaited and much postponed Heritage Line of the Delhi Metro will begin in August 2016,…

City Walk - Playing Footsie at Sunday Book Bazaar, Daryaganj

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…

City Walk – Nicholson Cemetery, Near Kashmere Gate

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…

City Walk - Ghalib Street, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

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…

City Walk - Aurangzeb Road, Central Delhi

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…

City Walk - Galli Chooriwallan, Near Chawri Bazaar

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…

City Walk – Chelmsford Road, Central Delhi

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…