Gathered in Delhi, the wretched of the countryside are full of complaints, accusations, and hope. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The onslaught of summers has started with the farmers holding Gandhian demonstrations in the historic Jantar Mantar –…

Non-stop shoppping in one of Delhi’s busiest bazaars. [Story and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sandals are pretty but expensive so Mrs. Sarla Nigam is arguing with the sandal walla to come down from Rs 300 to Rs 200…

Heartbreaking account of how India’s cricket stars disappointed the “red-eyed” Delhi girls. [Reporting by Manika Dhama; pictures by Supriya Anand and Manika Dhama] 23rd March, 7:00 pm It was going to be a perfect evening – 5 Girls, 1 Pub,…

Delhi in Lonely Planet-style exotica that only a westerner could have portrayed. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Olivia Fraser must be a happy artist. She has retained her identity in spite of being the wife of a superstar author. Most of…

Something went wrong at a wedding in Mahipalpur. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Somebody was getting married in Mahipalpur, an urban village near Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The excitement had burst out into the afternoon alley. The white mare which…

A couple struggles to carry on amidst parental disapproval and caste differences.[This report is based on a series of conversations Mayank Austen Soofi had with Ms. Renu Rani Tyagi. The picture is not related to Ms. Tyagi.] Ms. Renu Rani…

Rush hour commuters in the capital cope with street weddings – along with everything else. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] They emerged from the five-star Ambassador Hotel a few hours after sunset. The handsome groom, turbaned and dressed in a cream-colored…

A girl’s life in Delhi’s premier college for women.[By Manika Dhama; she is a Delhi-based media professional.] I’m lucky to be a Delhi girl. Many women colleges here are considered the best in the country. However, recently there were rumors…

While India was celebrating Republic Day, Delhi’s small Aussie community did something different. [Report and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even as India celebrated Republic Day on January 26, the Australian High Commission in the leafy Chanakyapuri provided a low-key…

Greasy food, rude service and unclean setting – an account of a meal taken in the legendary dhaba. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] This account is based on the recollections of a meal taken during the summer of 2006. We were…