City Season – Cold Weather Forecasting

Delhi ceases to be Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Evening. Early November. Very soon, the doors leading to the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya will close not at 10 pm, the usual time, but half an hour…

City Season - Signs of Winter, Connaught Place

Delhi’s cold wardrobe. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla is looking for signs of winter in Delhi’s colonial-era shopping district, Connaught Place. It is the second week of November. The city gets chilly, but only in…

City Moment – Bird Catcher, Bulbuli Khana

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one afternoon taking a stroll in a by-lane in Bulbuli Khana, a cramped neighbourhood in Old Delhi. The only public spaces that are wide and…

City Secret - The Body Re-builder, Mahipalpur

The desi way to mend broken bodies. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Good morning and…Brrrinng! Nas char gayi. Neck cramp is painful. Drive towards Indian Spinal Injuries Center at Vasant Kunj, south Delhi. Don’t stop there. Keep going…

Memo from Paharganj – Life After The Renovation

Reporting from the backpackers’ ghetto. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] How is Paharganj, Delhi’s backpackers’ ghetto, doing? Popular among budget tourists for its low-price hotels and cafes, the area’s Main Market underwent renovation in the run up to…

The Delhi Walla Books - They Are Bestsellers

5,000 copies sold. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has got company. The other evening US President Barack Obama was sitting beside me. I mean Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars was placed next to my books, The…

Mission Delhi - Raghavendra Vanjre, Hauz Khas Village

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Approaching the table where two new guests have seated, he looks curiously at the book one of them has placed beside the flower vase….

City Library - The Delhi Walla, Nizamuddin Basti

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One day there will still be books, but they might not be in the printed form. In the series City Library, The Delhi Walla will make a record of the…

City Style - The Classy Delhiwalla, Janpath

Searching for the stylish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla saw this woman in Janpath, the flea market in central Delhi’s Connaught Place. Wearing a white jumpsuit, white sandals, dark sunglasses and no make-up, she had…

Photo Essay - Blueline Buses, Around Town

They will be removed. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Till the 80s, the only city buses to rule Delhi’s roads were run by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). In 1992, the bus service was privatised and Redline buses were…