City Library – William Dalrymple's Books, Mira Singh Farm, South Delhi

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His empire at Mira Singh Farm, on the outskirts of Delhi, teems with Polish chickens and Scottish bantams. He also rules over a large population of goats, including Petunia, who…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Madhulika Ra Chauhan, Dalian, China

The 137th death. [Text by Madhulika Ra Chauhan; photo by Unknown] Madhulika Ra Chauhan, the vivacious septuagenarian, was found lying dead comfortably in her cozy home and without the hint of a scandal. Perhaps her face, which bore a mysterious…

City Culture - The Art of Seat Weaving, Near Tolstoy's Statue

Handmade chairs. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Do you know who has made the seat of the chair on which you are sitting? A man or a woman, certainly, but this might be true only up to a…

City Notice – The Delhi Walla’s Photograph is the Cover Photo of Arundhati Roy’s Forthcoming Novel, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’

On Arundhati Roy’s second novel. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi] This was a dream that was never dreamed. Arundhati Roy wrote The God of Small Things 20 years ago. The Delhi Walla is a faithful acolyte of that novel as…

City Food - Kashmiri 'Noon' Chai, Around Jama Masjid

The pink tea. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A freezing morning certainly, but no snow, no mountain, and no valley. Yet, you see people of Kashmir snugly absorbed in their traditional breakfast of the noon chai and lavassa…

Photo Essay - Sandal Vs Chappal, Delhi High Court & Elsewhere

The great riddle. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What is India Gate and what is Gateway of India? The first monument is in Delhi and the second is in Bombay. But there’s a greater riddle. What is chappal…

City Monument - Delhi's Vanishing Ruins, Mehrauli

The dying heritage. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Outrageous. No other word to describe it. A new garish pink building, still splotched with cement stains, now stands right beside what is probably the last important Mughal monument in…

Netherfield Ball – Author RV Smith's Kissing Escapades With Delhi's Beautiful Ladies, Central Delhi Garden Party

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He came, he saw, and he kissed one willing woman after another. This is Ronald Vivian Smith, Delhi’s ultimate romantic figure. One afternoon, The Delhi Walla attended a garden party…

City Walk - The Regal Cinema Backside, Central Delhi

The underground excursion. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This has to be the craziest ‘walk’ in Delhi. Actually, it is nothing but a little lane hidden behind the Regal cinema building in the Colonial-era Connaught Place. You might…

City Moment - The Homeless Person Sleeping Through Sufi Songs, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid's Dargah

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a concert without an audience. One night The Delhi Walla is at the Sufi shrine of Hazrat Sarmad Shahid… sorry, a factual error.This is actually a shrine to…