City Life - The Black Mughal of Jorbagh in Rural England, Cholsey

The country living of a native migrant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Black Mughal of Cholsey, a sleepy village in England. The Delhi Walla is at Kaalu’s home. He lives with his three friends. One of…

Netherfield Ball – Spotting Retired Justice Leila Seth in Her Memorial Meeting, India International Center

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The women were dressed in subdued but elegant saris. The men, too, looked dignified. There were many famous faces. One evening The Delhi Walla attended the memorial meeting of Retired…

City Landmark - The Book Mark, South Extension I

A survivor. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Let’s talk about Delhi’s extinct bookshops. The Bookworm in Connaught Place had an atmospheric spiral staircase that went up to a stunning collection of books on cinema. The Fact & Fiction…

City Notice - Mint Lounge Newspaper on The Delhi Walla's Role in the Cover of Arundhati Roy's Novel 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'

On a novel cover. So The Delhi Walla has finally found a place in literature. The four-page cover story by writer Elizabeth Kuruvilla on the 27 May 2017 edition of Mint Lounge is on Arundhati Roy’s new novel The Ministry…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Bijaya Biswal, Cuttack, Odisha

The 146th death. [Text by Bijaya Biswal; photo by Piyush Sawant] 22 years old Bijaya Biswal was found dead in her apartment on Good Friday, with her head buried in a book like a dried rose bud. The book was…

100 Things To Do Before You Quit Delhi – Hang Out in CP Starbucks at Midnight, A-Block, Connaught Place

The perfect Delhi experience. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At the stroke of the midnight hour, when Delhi sleeps, you must awake to life at the Starbucks in Connaught Place (CP). Spending an hour from midnight onwards at…

Mission Delhi – Arshad Ali, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes the stuff you see in song-and-dance movies repeats itself in real life. In 2011, Hindi film Rockstar depicted its hero — a young Delhi…

Netherfield Ball - An Unexpected Mr Darcy Eclipsed Anuja Chauhan’s Husband’s Society Debut During Her Book Launch, Lady Baga

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was good looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners. And he was the novelist’s husband. But Niret Alva was not tempting enough to be…

The Delhi Proustians - Life With Marcel in Bahrisons Booksellers & Vasant Vihar

Living with Proust. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She lifts the small white envelope from inside the table drawer, carefully takes out the fragile piece of paper within, and unfolds it carefully with a tweezer. It is merely…

Atget’s Corner – 1026-1030, 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,…