City Walk - Prithviraj Road, Central Delhi

A stroll through exclusivity. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The road is wide. The pavement is also wide, so wide that three or four of us can easily walk together side by side. Meanwhile, the night air is…

City Vox Popili - A Life in Pooja's Day, Sector 50, Gurgaon

As part of The Delhi Walla series asking citizens to “write down everything you did in one day.” Send yours in 400 words max to thedelhiwallasoofi@gmail.com [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] [By Pooja Matta, a chartered accountant, in Gurgaon’s Sector…

City Landmark - Abdul Sattar's Stairway, Pahari Imli

Scholar’s book. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Forty stairs of stone link the second-storey house to the lane below, down the hilly slopes of Pahari Imli. That lane comes out on a busy main street, onto which also…

City Landmark - Old Bungalows, Patel Nagar

Fading ghosts. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The faded yellow paint of the exteriors have peeled off in many places—is probably peeling off at this moment too, while you read these words. The old paint underneath the yellow,…

City Hangout - Braid Shopping, Chitli Qabar Bazar

The hanging parandas. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Bangles, rusks (they are Delhi’s best rusks!), malai wali chai, flower sehras for brides and grooms, carrot halwa (including the rare white carrot halwa), wall clocks, bullet coffee (only in…

Mission Delhi - Mehreen Shah, Hazrat Nizamuddin West

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is in a relationship. Once, feeling dejected, she asked her new confidante: “What to do with selfish friends?” Another time, cheerful and enthusiastic, she…

City Season - Sunny Saturday, Around Town

Voices from the city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Happy birthday, Sandhya! The lady in white is cutting her pink cake surrounded by friends Riya and Jyoti, here in the super-packed Sunder Nursery. So many folks are crowding the central Delhi…

City Landmark - Turkman Gate, Old Delhi

The world of a living monument. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some beautiful places don’t have true beauty. Old Delhi’s Turkman Gate is that kind of a place. It is suffused with sadness. Take this chilly evening. A…

City Obituary - Dr. Prem Bhuttan, Old Delhi

Death of a living landmark. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The notices in Hindi, Urdu and English are taped on the shutters: “Dr. Prem Bhuttan has died. Shop closed.” The shop refers to the clinic. A living landmark…

Delhi's Proust Questionnaire - Sajjad Ahmad Banjara, Jama Masjid

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The sky is blue, the winter sun is shining, the daylight is warm. The stone staircase of Jama Masjid’s southern face is teeming with citizens. One of them is Sajjad Ahmad Banjara, attired…