City Neighbourhood - Katra Baan Wale, Old Delhi

City Neighbourhood – Katra Baan Wale, Old Delhi

A place-name in the Walled City. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the old days in Old Delhi, Purani Dilli wale would have beds of baan, strings made of “munj” or “kans” plants. These beds were called charpai,…

City Walk - Gali Hanuman Mandir Wali, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gali Hanuman Mandir Wali, Old Delhi

Hidden beauty. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The arched entrance is made of marble, but at this afternoon hour, the entry is shut closed with a metal shutter. The contrast between the smooth white stone and the choppy…

City Walk - Civil Lines, North Delhi & Gurugram

City Walk – Civil Lines, North Delhi & Gurugram

Double Lines. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is the balmiest of places. It is the balmiest of places. It is called Civil Lines. It is called Civil Lines. It is in north Delhi. It is further south,…

City Walk - Gali Nal Wali, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gali Nal Wali, Old Delhi

The too-short lane. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] This story ought to be really short and must have only three sentences. For this is about Old Delhi’s shortest street, which has just three residential addresses. You can walk…

City Walk - Patli Gali, Old Delhi

City Walk – Patli Gali, Old Delhi

The too-narrow lane. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] You are walking nonchalantly through this severely cramped walled lane in the Walled City. Suddenly somebody approaches from the opposite direction. One of you will have to give up the…

City Walk - Gali Takhat Wali, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gali Takhat Wali, Old Delhi

The street of wooden cot. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dictionary describes it as “any place raised above the ground for sitting, reclining, or sleeping.” Basically a wooden cot, it gives its name to an Old Delhi street….

City Walk - Gali Sui Walan, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gali Sui Walan, Old Delhi

The street of the tailor’s needle. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Thickness of a hair; tiny opening at one end. It is the sui, the tailor’s needle, and this barely tangible thing lends its name to this super-bustling…

City Walk - Chhatta Shaikh Mangloo, Old Delhi

City Walk – Chhatta Shaikh Mangloo, Old Delhi

Life of a lane. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It flows like a nadi from under the shadow of the Jama Masjid. But a citizen walking on the street won’t see anything of the grand mosque. Flanked by…

City Walk - Asaf Ali Road, Old Delhi

City Walk – Asaf Ali Road, Old Delhi

Road by the vanished wall. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Like people, places grow, reach their pinnacle, and then decline. Something like Old Delhi’s Asaf Ali Road. Its cordon of grand buildings once housed la-di-da institutions. Today, modest…

City Walk - Faseel Road Part 2, Old Delhi

City Walk – Faseel Road Part 2, Old Delhi

Path by the wall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some uncertainly say it exists. Most say it doesn’t. The Faseel Road signage is elusive. The road’s name does occasionally pop up on shop hoardings, but no dedicated signboard…