City Walk - The Lane to Cornwallis Colony, Central Delhi

City Walk – The Lane to Cornwallis Colony, Central Delhi

The colonial-era way. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most British-built neighbourhoods, avenues and streets in our fair city of Delhi have been stripped of their original English names. (Goodbye colonialism!) Post-Independence rulers made certain that Curzon Road, for…

City Walk - Strolling With Twilight in Delhi, Old Delhi

City Walk – Strolling With Twilight in Delhi, Old Delhi

A good walking guide. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s customary for people to walk through their city’s historic quarters while holding on to informative guidebooks. Delhi is blessed to have inspired many fine novels and these works…

City Walk - Hauz Rani, South Delhi

City Walk – Hauz Rani, South Delhi

Signs of a locality. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At first glance, this South Delhi village seems very unremarkable as a cluster of ordinary lanes and dwellings. But like so much else in Delhi, Hauz Rani reveals its…

City Walk - A Lane in Jacoobpura, Gurgaon

City Walk – A Lane in Jacoobpura, Gurgaon

Another country. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a sudden dive into peacefulness. As if you have not entered into a mere lane but a region of light and void and silence. The very air feels on…

City Walk - Chirag Delhi Village, South Delhi

City Walk – Chirag Delhi Village, South Delhi

A small town stroll. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ladies standing by a corner, murmuring to each other in low voices. Idle shopkeepers silently watching the street life outside. Small town vibes are evocative of slow living, letting…

City Walk - Side-lane Strolling, Jor Bagh

City Walk – Side-lane Strolling, Jor Bagh

A passage to exclusivity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who wouldn’t want to live right here in Jor Bagh? This upscale neighbourhood in Central Delhi is far from maddening crowds, with graceful mansions safely secured by guards and…

City Walk - Hailey Road, Central Delhi

City Walk – Hailey Road, Central Delhi

Loafing through calmness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tucked behind the commercial high-rises of a hectic Connaught Place, Hailey Road, by contrast, is utterly serene with its tree-lined pavements, unapproachable residences, scarce traffic, weather-beaten brick walls and a…

City Walk - Skywalk Passageways, Pragati Maidan

City Walk – Skywalk Passageways, Pragati Maidan

New kind of stroll. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s as if an artistic child had scribbled lines across a blank page. Or this is at least how the Pragati Maidan footbridges, or the skywalk if you will,…

City Walk - Raisina Hill Walk, Central Delhi

City Walk – Raisina Hill Walk, Central Delhi

Into the heart of the governing elite. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The 2019 General Election results will be out later this month. By then we’ll have a clear idea of who would be ruling upon us for…

City Walk - Kaka Nagar, Central Delhi

City Walk – Kaka Nagar, Central Delhi

A neighbourhood stroll. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The serene and privileged world of government housing seems nigh unto dead in this sweltering mid-afternoon, here in Central Delhi. Finding a single fellow human walking about in the Kaka…