City Hangout - Magnificent Window Scenes, Pragati Maidan Metro Station

The magical sights. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] That chandelier on the first level is rarely lit, making me feel I’ve somehow strayed into a palace in decline. The Delhi Walla is inside Pragati Maidan Metro station, where…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sukanya Shaji, Hyderabad

The 148th death. [Text by Sukanya Shaji; author photos by Midhun Mukund and Hari Sankar] Sukanya Shaji, a dreamer of no significance, was found dead in her bed this morning. She was a perfectly healthy woman of 26, who met…

City Hangout - Amrit Book Company, Connaught Place

The last folks standing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the age of electronic bookselling, an independent bookstore at Connaught Place is a rarity. As one of New Delhi’s few surviving book shops, the Amrit Book Company is…

Julia Child in Delhi – Sangeeta Makes Her Vegan Malai Kofta, Uday Park

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Everything was almost lost trying to pay for Papa’s medical bills when he fell ill. The land had to be pawned. Sangeeta, the third of four sisters,…

100 Things To Do Before You Quit Delhi – Hang Out at Midnight by the Holy Sarovar, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

The perfect Delhi experience. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One thing you ought to do before leaving Delhi forever is to visit the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib at midnight. After going to the prayer hall, get out into the…

Mission Delhi – Momo, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A moonbeam lent too briefly. Momo, who was born just a few months ago, died recently. The Delhi Walla first saw the kitten in an…

City Moment - Candle Light Dinner in the Time of Pollution, South Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was late evening. A candle was flickering. Three men were sitting around the table with untouched glasses of white wine. A Bollywood song was playing on a laptop with…

City Hangout - Poems from the Underground, British Council

The consolation of verses. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Finding poetry in a smoggy chaotic city like ours can be a challenge. The other day, however, The Delhi Walla was delighted to discover a barely visited stairway that…

City Food - Winter Chikkis, Rithala

The cold season treat. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These days it’s the smog that heralds the Delhi winters. The Delhi Walla is told that long ago, when the air was still clean, this shift in the season…

City Hangout - Minto Bridge Underpass, Central Delhi

The bridge of sounds. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We don’t expect romance out of a railway underbridge. And yet, here is Minto Bridge. Named after a British viceroy, it connects Connaught Place (CP) to the New Delhi…