GO STRAIGHT TO CITY CLASSIFIEDS & CITY EVENTSGO STRAIGHT TO MORE STORIESContact mayankaustensoofi@gmail.com for ad enquiries. Playing the game with a halaal touch. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Besides its Sufi shrine, Thursday qawwalis, and Karim restaurant, Hazrat…

Delhi’s legendary piano shop. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The high ceiling of this charming piano shop seems overwhelmed with the weight of history. Situated at the desolate end of the Regal Cinema building, A. Godin & Co….

Snapshot moments captured in one of Delhi’s more charming landmarks. [Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ishrat Ali is an employee of Godin &a Co., the capital’s legendary piano shop at Connaught Place. He has been here for the…

Profiling the Muslim boom town in the capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Close your eyes and think Jamia Nagar. What do you see? Lots of Muslims? Police encounters, fake or otherwise, with terrorists? But hello, Jamia Nagar…

Living a tough life but on her terms. [Text and picture by Manika Dhama; she manages the blogsite Myriad Musings and More] Ms. Bala Devi is a 34-year-old housemaid who works at three houses in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh. One is…

Bookworm manager makes a sensational confession. [Interview and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ms. Shalini Rose is managing The Bookworm, Connaught Place’s venerable bookshop, since last twenty years. This interview was taken on July 21, the day of the release…

Exclusive pictures on Potter mania in the capital. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] On the day of its release, the final novel in the Harry Potter series created a little hysteria in the capital. Bookshops were decorated with…

A resident American scholar sees India afresh through his wife’s eyes. [Text and picture by James Mutti; the author has a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies. He hails from Seattle.] Today is June 18. Tomorrow my wife arrives in…

A hungry and injured child has nowhere to go. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nobody knew his name. Found crying in pain at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, he was scared as a crowd collected around him. He said,…

Reflective getaway from the city’s chaos and confusion. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] First I went to the Jewish graveyard, Delhi’s only Jewish graveyard. Then I walked out, strolled straight to the left, and turned left again. The…