Netherfield Ball – Jaya Jaitly's Non-Journalistic Grey Sari  Royally Snubs the Journalistic Saris of Supriya Nair and Sonal Shah at The Caravan Magazine's Book Launch, Bikaner House

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was gentlemanlike, with unaffected manners, and since he was an MA from the Columbia Journalism School, he was looked at with great admiration. The tide of Vinod K Jose’s…

City Monument - Grave Sufis, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

The anonymous relics. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The first one is near the entrance, next to the stand where visitors take off their shoes. Step into the courtyard and you’ll find another one, half hidden behind a…

Atget’s Corner – 1006-1010, Delhi Photos

The visible city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is a voyeur’s paradise and The Delhi Walla also makes pictures. I take photos of people, streets, flowers, eateries, drawing rooms, tombs, landscapes, buses, colleges, Sufi shrines, trees, animals, autos, libraries, birds,…

Mission Delhi - Arjun Sagar Gupta, The Piano Man, Safdarjung Enclave Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is a pianist. Tall and slim. His fingers are slender and long; his hair a forest of ringlet curls; his wrists as delicate as…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shweta Kumari Sharma, Bangalore

The 139th death. [Text by Shweta Kumari Sharma; author photo by Unknown] This morning the sun was glistening brighter than ever. It was glowing fervently as it was going to embrace the soul of Shweta Kumari Sharma who just left…

City Food – Bedmi Poori, Shyam Sweets

The classic Old Delhi breakfast dish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Deep-fried, crisp and very puffy, bedmi poori is a bread made of wheat flour and ground urad lentil. Served with aloo subzi (potato gravy), it is heavier…

Home Sweet Home - Moongey Wali Kothi, Katra Khushal Rai

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is easy to identify a haveli in Old Delhi. The tell-tale sign is an archway that usually hosts a half-awake stray dog. Within, a passage leads to a forecourt…

City Moment - The Soundless Bugle from a Band of Musicians, Lodhi Road

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is evening, not cold, not warm. The Delhi Walla is walking on Lodhi Road. Not long after crossing Dyal Singh College I come across half a dozen men—each in…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Maria Faraz, Cantt., Lahore, Pakistan

The 138th death. [Text by Maria Faraz; photo by Faraz Jahangir] Everyone thinks a psychologist knows everything, a proverbial mind-reader, magical being, twister of fates…. But she was an ordinary woman. Drawn to her destiny by the strings of circumstance…

City Food - Muhammed Rafi's 40-Year-Old Rooh Afza Drink Stall, Turkman Gate

Summer’s great hero. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The arrival of Delhi summer can be ascertained in a number of ways. A poetic way is to look for the yellow flowers of Amaltas trees. The Delhi Walla’s summer…