City Secret - LPs & Album Covers, Meena Bazaar

The old world melodies. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Overshadowed by Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid, amidst scampering goats and the air redolent with the smell of milky chai and mutton curry, stands a nondescript shop. The unimpressive exterior…

City News – The Delhi Walla books

Four new books on Delhi. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla‘s first book, The Delhi Walla, will be published by HarperCollins India in September 2010. Actually a set of four books, they offer a scenic vista of the city…

Mission Delhi – Naresh Chandra, Lodhi Road

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lamplight is not falling on him, but on the puddle behind him. Looking like his own silhouette, he re-arranges the stuff in his…

Photo Essay - Fast Food City, McDonald's Delhi

The world of McDonald’s. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s easy to say why you think a McDonald’s burger is bad. It is unhealthy, fattening and industrial. But then all of Delhi’s traditional food too is fattening. Tell…

City Food – Bhutta, Delhi Streets

Soul snack for the monsoon. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a monsoon thing. As the air gets humid, the respite is in the dry, crackling, slightly burnt ears of corn, the bhutta in Delhi lingo. Street vendors…

City Notes - The Connaught Place Re-builders

The people behind CP’s new look. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is the twilight hour in F Block, Connaught Place (CP). Amid apprehensions that the renovation work will not get over by October 3, the first day…

City Life - Emma Spotting in Delhi

Searching for a Jane Austen’s heroine. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] In 1815, she was handsome, clever and rich in Highbury, England. In 2010, she is bitchy, sexy and rich somewhere in upmarket South Delhi. The English novelist…

City Monument – Metcalfe’s Folly, Mehrauli Archaeological Park

A soul-stirring ruin. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One dreamy ruin that you must visit when in love is the Metcalfe’s Folly in Mehrauli Archaeological Park, that deliciously dense jumble of trees, graves, and domes in south Delhi….

City Moment – The Conference of Birds, Basant Lok Market

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was in Basant Lok Market, South Delhi. I was standing against a circular pool in front of Modern Bazaar departmental store. The pool had no water….

Mission Delhi - Ajeet Singh Chauhan, Green Park Market

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He fills the jug with cold milk, checks the temperature on the thermometer (it should be 32 F) and keeps the jug aside. He…