The Delhi Walla Books - Novelist Anuja Chauhan's Review

The Delhi Walla Books – Novelist Anuja Chauhan’s Review

A bestselling author’s verdict. [By Anuja Chauhan] They say one of the greatest simple joys you can experience is to become a tourist in your own city. Just two books have actually made me do that – the first is…

City Landmark – People’s Publishing House, Connaught Place

City Landmark – People’s Publishing House, Connaught Place

Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Vladimir Ilyich Lenin has an arresting stare. Meet the Marxist revolutionary at a bookstore in the capitalistic Connaught Place, central Delhi’s premium shopping district. His portrait hangs close to…

Photo Essay – Are Newspapers Dead?

Photo Essay – Are Newspapers Dead?

The ‘daily’ life in Delhi. [Edited text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Mizo woman was walking towards her home in Moti village near Dhaula in south Delhi when the men in a vehicle abducted her and took turns…

City Landmark – Delhi Photo Company, Janpath

City Landmark – Delhi Photo Company, Janpath

1937-2010. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The other afternoon The Delhi Walla was walking in Janpath, Connaught Place. Reaching in front of an old landmark, I stood with amazement and then I laughed. What used to be Delhi…

Memo from Nizamuddin Dargah - Meeting the Other Sex

Memo from Nizamuddin Dargah – Meeting the Other Sex

The world of the hijras. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In November 2010, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi extended its pension scheme for deprived sections to the city’s eunuchs. They will now get a monthly pension of Rs…

City Food - Julia Child Makes Chai in Turkman Gate

City Food – Julia Child Makes Chai in Turkman Gate

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of Turkman Gate, a congested neighbourhood in the Walled City. Quiet and gentle, Child is not sure of his age but he looks…

Mission Delhi - Vijay Kumar, Paharganj

Mission Delhi – Vijay Kumar, Paharganj

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] For the last 10 minutes, his grey eyes haven’t blinked; his posture on the green plastic chair hasn’t changed. Vijay Kumar, 56, is selling…

The Delhi Walla Books - They Are Not Enough

The Delhi Walla Books – They Are Not Enough

Reflections at the Midland bookstore, South Extension-I. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The other day I met a friend in Lodhi Garden. She remarked on my unkempt hair. I said, “Who cares! I’m a bloody author of four…

City Hangouts – Carom Clubs, Around Town

City Hangouts – Carom Clubs, Around Town

Your entry into the city’s underbelly. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the famous short story, Shatranj ke Khiladi, by Hindi writer Premchand, the chess players continued playing chess and lost the city of Lucknow to the British….

City Style - The Classy Delhiwalla, Barakhamba

City Style – The Classy Delhiwalla, Barakhamba

Searching for the stylish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla saw this man coming out of Barakhamba Metro station, gate no. 6, in Connaught Place, Delhi’s premier commercial district. It was 9 am, the rush hour….