City Secret – Raja Bookstore, Paharganj

Almost like Paris. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The setting of this café, or rather, a spot in the café, is very special. Perhaps you won’t find it anywhere else in Delhi. Fancy this — a table is…

Mission Delhi – Aanchal Malhotra, Jama Masjid

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] While most girls of her privileged background are obsessed with bar-coded clothes and pub parties, Aanchal Malhotra, 20, finds joy in simpler pursuits, such…

City Secret – Razia Sultana’s Tomb, Pahari Bhojla

India’s first woman ruler is sleeping here. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Razia Sultana’s tomb chamber in Old Delhi. No dome, no crowd here. This is no place for a queen. As the first woman ruler of the…

City Commute – Business Class for Delhi Metro?

The mass in the mass rapid transit system. Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] While residents of east Delhi and neighbouring Ghaziabad happily boarded the Metro on the new line that opened in Anand Vihar on January 7th, 2010,…

Mission Delhi – Pooja, Paharganj

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The white man is finally coming out of the little tea shop, tucked into one corner of the busy market square in Paharganj’s Main…

City Region – Pratap Street, Daryaganj

The alley’s private life. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Walking through Delhi’s bylanes is like being in a surreal art-house movie: peeled walls, closed doors, musty air, entangled wires, clouds of dust, dark corners and dead ends. Pratap…

Photo Essay 2010 – In Search of Lost Time

On the New Year’s eve. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In 2009, The Delhi Walla captured a few Delhiwallas while they were searching for the lost time. There they were – in Connaught Place, Nizamuddin Basti, Chitli Qabar,…