City Landmark - Barber Baldev Raj's Pavement Stall, Daryaganj

A fragile landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Gone is the atmospheric Afghan eatery nearby with photographs of Kabul and Kandahar on the walls. Gone is the mile-long Sunday Book Bazaar that ended at this point. And long…

Atget’s Corner – 1131-1135, Delhi Photos

The visible city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is a voyeur’s paradise and The Delhi Walla also makes pictures. I take photos of people, streets, flowers, eateries, drawing rooms, tombs, landscapes, buses, colleges, Sufi shrines, trees, animals, autos, libraries, birds,…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Anannya Uberoi, Vikaspuri, Delhi

The 245th death. [Text and photos sent by Anannya Uberoi] Anannya Uberoi, 22, petter of alley cats, quarreler of strange bush squirrels, but otherwise a modest girl herself, rode old Charon’s ferry-boat early this morning. Like most literature-appreciating humans, she…

Mission Delhi - Bhumani, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her name is rather unusual. Bhumani. “I don’t even know its meaning,” she confesses. The fruit seller, 60, has been a familiar face of this…

City Style - The Shepherd Sartorialist, Gurgaon Railway Station

The Rajasthan elegance. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s easy to be extravagantly stylish. But only a few become that in a most effortless way. Such is the case with Bhairu, who seems to have jumped straight out…

City Landmark - Brijlal and Sons, Meharchand Market

The gentrification survivor. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It wasn’t always that way. But now, a pot of tea for one at the Meharchand Market can set you back by 150 rupees. Flush with expensive restaurants and showrooms,…

Mission Delhi - Rathore, Sector 15, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dark, cool, silent and shaded, it has become his refuge. Every afternoon, he migrates inside this little space and forgets the world. This is one…

City Walk - Strolling With Twilight in Delhi, Old Delhi

A good walking guide. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s customary for people to walk through their city’s historic quarters while holding on to informative guidebooks. Delhi is blessed to have inspired many fine novels and these works…

City Food - Chilli Gobhi, Gymkhana Club, Gurgaon

Greasy love. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] First thing first. It’s not that famous Gymkhana, the one that’s close to the prime minister’s residence in Delhi. The restaurant at the HUDA Gymkhana Club in Gurgaon’s Sector 4 in…

Mission Delhi - Sakeena, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sakeena regards herself as a modern woman with specific reasons to back her claim. “I earn my own money,” says the lady, asserting that she…