City Landmark - The Foot Overbridge, Majnu ka Teela

A world apart. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Consider this singular foot overbridge on Outer Ring Road. With prayer flags fluttering on it like butterflies, it’s so easy to see that it is so very Tibetan. And leads…

Julia Child in Delhi – Shubha Sinha Makes Her Jharkhand's Dhuska, Mayur Vihar Phase I

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is told there was never a better time to be in Delhi than now — when it comes to the bustling restaurant scene. There’s…

City Walk - Jahanpanah City Forest, South Delhi

Into the wild. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You’ve probably heard that old expression “can’t miss the woods for the trees!” That’s exactly how The Delhi Walla felt one cold evening when venturing into Jahanpanah City Forest. My…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Dipesh Mittal, Dhubri, Assam

The 177th death. [Text and photos sent by Dipesh Mittal] Dipesh Mittal is dead. He was walking by the road, singing Faiz, when a car hit him. This moment is not for mourning but rather celebration. All his life, he…

Mission Delhi - Doibila, Oxford Cha Bar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] That couple over there at the corner table are asking for pasta and something else that The Delhi Walla isn’t able to hear. Waitress Doibila…

City Faith - Sant Sangh Sabha Gurdwara, Kucha Chalaan

The Sikh temple round the corner. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Those on the lookout for little-known religious landmarks should make a beeline to Old Delhi’s cramped bylanes. Sooner or later you’ll bump into a Sufi shrine or…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Charvee Sharma, Somewhere Across the River in Delhi

The 176th death. [Text and photos sent by Charvee Sharma] Charvee Sharma never wanted to die in the city where she was born. And so, she ran. It was in the early hours of the morning that she was found…

City Style - Lawyer Bhavita Modi Sachdeva's Saree Closet, Mandakini Enclave

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She almost never buys them but owns more than 300 sarees anyway. A startling detail that has transformed Bhavita Modi Sachdeva into something of an Instagram star. Visitors to…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Michael Creighton's Love Songs, Adjacent to Outer Ring Road

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This American poet has lived in our midst for more than a decade, doing what most of us never do. Taking long walks — sometimes for hours at a…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Aparna Sinha, Gurugram

The 175th death. [Text and photos sent by Aparna Sinha] On a crisp Sunday afternoon of October, Aparna Sinha was found dead lying on a rocking chair in the balcony of her home in Gurugram. She had a peaceful zen-like…