City Hangout - Live Music, Connaught Place

Killing us softly with their songs [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Late evening. A young man is strumming a guitar in a Connaught Place (CP) corridor, crooning the Ankit Tiwari love song Teri galiyaan. A small crowd swiftly…

City Food - Monsoon Pakoda, Around Town

Rainy day fries [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] When it rains, one feels for the Minto Road bridge. The central Delhi underpass almost always gets flooded. Truth be told, extreme weather trends has robbed Delhi monsoon of its…

Mission Delhi - Manoj, Pragati Maidan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Its construction began in May 1639, it was completed almost a decade later in April 1648–Old Delhi’s Lal Qila, the seat of the Mughals. This…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire - Arif Ali, Central Delhi

Into a newsstand person’s soul. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] If not busy mending torn clothes, he might be sighted playing ludo with friends (see photo) on his shop counter in Old Delhi’s Bulbuli Khana. A Farash Khana…

City Food - Poet's Mangoes, Ghalib's Tomb

To Mirza with love [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Mubarak, season’s most idyllic scene just sighted. A mango cart parked right beside the tomb of Delhi’s greatest poet—see photo. It is a truth universally acknowledged that nobody can…

City Life - Ramjas Path, Daryaganj

Of silence and song [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lane is steeped in ‘pin drop silence,’ just the thing the teachers at the school ahead might expect from their students. The short Ramjas Paath in Daryaganj is…

City Hangout - Gali Teeke Wali, Old Delhi

Doorway lane. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sixty-paces-long, the narrow Gali Teeke Wali is a tributary of the much larger Gali Choori Walan. The lane is stamped with a few “car body parts” shops, along with a few…

City Monument - Maham Begam's Tomb, Mathura Road

A Mughal landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Looming tall on a traffic circle, outside the Humayun Tomb complex, it is one of Delhi’s most overlooked monuments. The Mathura Road landmark is colloquially known as Neela Gumbad —…

City Hangout - Monsoon Places, Around Town

In Delhi rains. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The grey sky above the ITO crossing is growing darker. The sweating humidity is soon replaced by a cool breeze. It is starting to rain. Lightly, then heavily. Bikers huddle…

City Home - Rishabh's Installation, Central Delhi

Homemade biennale. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] You don’t necessarily need to go to Venice or Kochi to enjoy a biennale. Every home has its art installation, as unique as a fingerprint. Young bookseller Rishabh’s central Delhi apartment…