Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Booksellers Swati Roy & M Venkatesh, Greater Kailash II

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Their business is something rare. Swati Roy, a former marketing manager, and M Venkatesh, a former journalist, co-run a bookstore specialising in children’s books. They opened Eureka in 2003 in B Block, CR…

Mission Delhi - Rashidni, Near Golf Course Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] From this distance, she is looking like a slow-moving blur. A blur flashy and multi-coloured, for she is in a green-and-blue sari, with a large…

City Walk - Gali Wakil Wali, Old Delhi

Lawyer’s way. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Indeed, there is somebody walking in black. But she is a figure in burqa, not a lawyer in robes. It was an honest mistake. Blame the lane. Is Gali Wakil Wali…

City Life - Ms Rani & Ms Chandra, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Two friends. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ms Rani’s feelings seem to be as strong as anybody’s but she has a quietness about her. Ms Chandra (left) is showing more eagerness in everything, her nature being gregarious. They…

City Landmark - Plaza Saloon, Connaught Place

Like a monument. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] With dark wood panelling and window display of stately wigs, its exterior inflicts awe. Must be one of those high-end hairdressing places where the welcoming stylists just cannot trim down…

Mission Delhi - Aryan Khan, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No second thoughts, no doubt, absolutely no dilemma. Aryan Khan, 18, arrived in Delhi a week ago, and is as clear as a glassy stream…

City Landmark - Metalsmith Muhammed Ikram's Workshop, Galli Chooriwallan

Museum of metal. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Metal coerced into a multitude of shapes. All these disparate tools hanging on hooks nailed into the walls. The tools cover a part of the floor, too. This is like…

City Life - Tikona Park, Near Oberoi Hotel Flyover

Changing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The concrete island beside the traffic light has been dug up, and the raw earth is now full of new trees, so young that their trunks look like mere stalks. Maybe,…

City Hangout - Gwal Pahari, Near Golf Course Road

City escape. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] I love Rashi—the declaration on the rock is scrawled in white. The ‘love’ is depicted with a heart. The same declaration covers the surface of the adjacent rock. The rock next…

Mission Delhi - Kavita Joshi Rai, Lodhi Garden

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This mobile phone snapper has perhaps the most beautifully named instagram handle in Delhi. Please shake paws with Kavita Joshi Rai, the founder of @dogs_of_lodhi,…