Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Samia Mehraj's Poem ‘The Runaway Girl’, Maidan Garhi

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A paperback of Aga Shahid Ali’s poetry is lying on her living room mattress. The small table has an old copy of The New Yorker. The shelf is stacked…

Photo Essay - Some Suitable Boys for BBC's Suitable Boy, Around Town

On Vikram Seth’s hero. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who shall be Vikram Seth’s Suitable Boy? BBC has announced its adaption of Mr Seth’s novel A Suitable Boy. It will be the British broadcaster’s first period drama with…

Netherfield Ball – Stranded in the Dream World of Diplomats at Israel's Independence Day Celebrations, Hotel Taj Palace

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Warm-eyed ladies are moving around in formal costumes. The gentlemen pay tribute to the old-fashioned codes of chivalry by dressing up in suits and military uniforms. This must be the…

City Secret - The Vanished Mashak, the Goat-Skin Bag, Mushtaqeem Chai Stall

A rare souvenir. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A small souvenir of our vanished past has magically survived in a corner of the Walled City. The Delhi Walla is outing the secret to you. A side wall at…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ron Bhasin, Dwarka Sector 18B

The 144th death. [Text and photos by Ron Bhasin] Ron Bhasin, a filmmaker who made films in and around Delhi, died on June 9 at his one-room apartment in Dwarka Sector 18B. His body was discovered by the domestic maid…

Letter from Venice - Remembering the Hall of Nations, Pragati Maidan

A brief obituary. [Text and photos by Anna Gerotto] The Hall of Nations has been flattened. Even its name evoked respect. During my visits to the wide open exhibition grounds of Pragati Maidan, I always tried to enter the building…

Mission Delhi - Simona Anedda, Old Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most foreign tourists experience their fleeting glimpse of Old Delhi from behind the dust-free glass of their air-conditioned bus windows, with the bus circling the…

Netherfield Ball – Arundhati Roy Sighting, Somewhere in Delhi

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her wild hair was not tied back to look straight. A tiny diamond, however, did gleam in one of her nostrils. She still had absurdly beautiful collarbones. One evening The…

Atget’s Corner – 1021-1025, 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,…

Home Sweet Home – Novelist Manan Kapoor's Room, Shakti Nagar

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Karl Marx is lying on his shoe rack. Italo Calvino is on his double bed. Federico García Lorca is beside a little guitar. Amitav Ghosh, VS Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Ernest…