City Hangout - Shah Music Center, Meena Bazar

The LP haven. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] All timeless legends are here — Begum Akhtar and The Beatles, the early Michael Jacksons and the early Amitabh Bachchans, the golden oldies of Barbara Streisand as well as rare…

Mission Delhi - Paramjeet Singh Sahni, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Paramjeet Singh Sahni has never seen any reason to obtain a mobile phone. “I’m myself a mobile, seeking out all my favourite people and venues…

City Monument - Qudsia Begum's Gateway, North Delhi

A queen’s souvenir. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The arched gateway in north Delhi’s Qudsia Bagh gently summons the memories of an extinct world. The 18th-century edifice originally opened into a walled garden overlooking the Yamuna. Today, the…

City Landmark - Old Mansion, Muneem Street, Gurgaon

An object of beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A ramshackle relic from the past but so dream-like, this old mansion overlooks a lane in Gurgaon’s chaotic Sadar Bazar in the Greater Delhi Region. Muneem street is a…

Mission Delhi - Dawood, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Passed over by a woman he loved, Dawood now immerses himself in work “so that I forget everything else.” Every day he collects large quantities…

City Faith - Hazrat Naseeruddin Chirag Dehlavi's Sufi Shrine, South Delhi

Finding tranquility in a secluded dargah. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What a marvellous place in the winters to while away a sunny afternoon (go away smog!). Here you can sleepily follow the progress of the friendly sun…

City Library - Information Center Library, Connaught Place

A city secret. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many of the shelves are simply empty, but occasional visitors do turn up anyway at the Information Center Library tucked away in the city’s busy Outer Circle in the colonial-era…

City Landmark - Ahuja Tailor, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

A timeworn establishment. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s like the miniature museum of a dressmaker’s working life. Ahuja Tailors at the Sant Lal market corridor in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar in the Greater Delhi Region is sparsely populated…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Waqas Ahmed, Lahore

The 246th death. [Text and photos sent by Waqas Ahmed] A misunderstood artist, Waqas Ahmed, 37, was found dead at his home in Lahore. According to the forensic report, he died of drowning in the depths between his throat and…

Exclusive - The Delhi Walla Interviews the Great Emily Dickinson Scholar Professor Cristanne Miller!

On life with Emily Dickinson. [Photos by Mayank Austen Soofi, except for Cristanne Miller’s portrait] It’s so-so. The new Apple TV series on poet Emily Dickinson is trying too hard to make her look like a millennial woke modernist. But…