City Landmark - The Book Shop, Jor Bagh & Khan Market

The death and life of a bookstore. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In my dream, I find myself outside Khan Market’s The Book Shop. I was told it had shut down in 2006 and that there’s a Swarovski…

City Hangout  - Dilli Haat, Aurobindo Marg

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s dream village. In a city as disconnected from cowbelt India as Delhi, it is poignant to enter Dilli Haat (opened 1994), the food and craft bazaar spread over six acres and modelled…

City Style - The Classy Delhiwalla, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Searching for the stylish. [Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] One summer morning while walking down Kasturba Gandhi Marg in Connaught Place, The Delhi Walla was struck by this woman’s appearance. Amid a blur of tight jeans and salwars…

Who Do You Think You Are - Sunil Singh Kushwaha, Cricketer

[Interview and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was climbing the stairs of an apartment complex in Hauz Khas Village when he approached a boy. Who are you? What are you doing here? I’m Sunil Singh Kushwaha. I’m…

City Food – Jalebi, Old & Famous Jalebi Wala

Delhi’s best jalebi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Thick and juicy, it is food porn at its best. Jalebis, the golden-coloured rings of deep-fried maida batter, soaked in sugar syrup, fill the mouth with a warm liquid of…

Mission Delhi – Nitin Chanana, Connaught Place

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Lying on the grass, he is looking up at the sky. There are no stars to be seen yet. The evening’s gathering darkness, however,…

City Life - FIFA Soccer World Cup, Jo'burg & Jor Bagh

A home away from home. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Evening. June 11, 2010. The Jor Bagh resident is in her living room, in front of the television. She is waiting for the inaugural ceremony of the FIFA…

Death is beautiful. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The aroma of freshly cooked mutton biryani is wafting in the air. The old woman in white is whirling round into a blur. Two boys are lighting candles. Qawwals are…

City Culture – The Band of Brothers, Hauz Khas Ruins

The 7 idiots. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Their shoulders are swinging softly, their feet are tapping on the stone floor and some of them are shutting their eyes in intense passion. This is a group of seven…

Searching for the stylish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are you classy? Have you read Marcel Proust and Munshi Premchand? Can you distinguish Bach from Beethoven? Do you feel joy listening to Raag Malhar? Do you feel a…