City Hangout - Winter Midnight Ice-Creams, India Gate

A midwinter night’s dream. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s winter is extreme but fleeting. It will no longer do to postpone one of the most memorable ways to cherish the season. Bitter chill is needed for the…

Julia Child in Delhi – Elena Tommaseo Cooks Her Indo-Italian Bathua Risotto, Greater Kailash Enclave I

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is that icy season of the year when our chachis/chachas and mamis/mamas surprise us with delicious bathua parathas. Some home kitchens rustle out rotis and raitas…

City Walk - Midnight Round, India Gate Circle

Late night wonder. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Just about anybody moving about in Delhi knows something about that radial enveloping India Gate Circle. It’s usually clogged with traffic, of course. Which is why knowledgeable city guides to…

Mission Delhi – Ram Deo, Church of Epiphany, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The day began as ordinarily as it always had for Ram Deo. He had no inkling that he would get sucked into the biggest crisis…

City Monument - Gol Gumbad, Lodhi Road

The romance of an illuminated ruin. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Lodhi-era Gol Gumbad, tucked in a corner of Central Delhi’s Centenary Methodist Church, got its present look way back in 2010. The monument was set up…

City Walk - Homely Views, Ashram Flyover

Intruding the privacy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is 1. 1. 2019. Let’s make a New Year resolution: To never ever invade people’s privacy, with just one exception today please! In any case we don’t usually get…

Mission Delhi - Dheerendra, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many business enterprises are hazard-prone. It goes with the territory–and particularly if you’re a rickshaw puller. Case in point: Early morning on this Central Delhi…

City Monument - St Peter's Church, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon

New world church. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A slowly moving breeze is stealing through the windows as if it is trying to murmur a secret to the billowing white curtains. Otherwise, the silence is so profound and…

City Food - Aloo Paratha, Barakhamba Road

Old food, new stall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Every so often one runs across something in Delhi that is almost too good to be true. But the spiced potato mix served at this pavement stall clearly wins…

City Hangout - Sun Watching, Hailey Road

Winter-time magic realism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Human lives are crammed with clichés, mainly because they serve some useful purpose… don’t they? Clichés may point to something that’s important. And also, point to a truism such as:…