The Delhi Walla Books – Portraits is Published
The fourth and the final volume.
[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]
On the evening of June 6, 2011, The Delhi Walla received a small parcel from HarperCollins India. It was the fourth and final volume of The Delhi Walla series of books. Portraits, hot off the press. The earlier three volumes – Monuments, Hangouts, Food + Drinks – were published in 2010. (Those books are selling extremely well and the publishing house will come out with their second editions.)
With the Portraits finally in my hands, I immediately took an auto-rickshaw to show it to some of the many people associated with the making of this volume. Later, in the night, I went to the sufi shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and presented the copy to the saint. The book is now blessed.
People of the book
At Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s tomb
[The sixth picture is by Marina Bang.]
Congratulations, Mayank! I expect this will be your most popular volume to date. When I remember my last visit to Delhi, it’s the people who come to mind. (The food is second, unless I’m hungry.)
Every journalist wants to write a book, but few are actually able to publish one.
This is a big achievement.
When is your novel expected?
way to go, young mayank! here’s wishing u many more, r
Hooray! Congratulations Mayank! The book looks great!
Cheers Mayank! Here’s to many more books together!
May your books always remain on the bestseller list!
Dang! If only this had come out last Friday, I could have asked my dad to get it for me! Now I have to wait till I visit India…7 months later!!
In any case, congrats!
The wheel has come full circle. Congrats! Equally gratifying is the news the series goes into its second edition. It’s becoming a staple in the travel-book world. How great is that?!
u know what, just for fun, yesturday, i asked in om book shop do u have the delhi walla books(i already have them).
he thought for a second and replied, dilli walla..no, its sold out.
It really was a beautiful moment.:)
May God bless you.Always.
Congratulations Mayank.Very thoughtful of to click photos of people in the book.Wish you great success in your future ventures also.
wooooooooowwwwww,ab to rich rich ho jayo ge.God bless nd have a nice future
Shaabash! This is really amazing, Mayank! Sadia, your mum (I believe top pic?) and the rest of portrait look stunning!
May you continue to light lamps on your journey….I am very proud to have you!
Brava!! You deserve all the happiness and prosperity.
oops…above “have you as my dear friend”! hmm….forgot the rest of the sentence!! 😉 lol.
baba ramdev just said on the ramlila ground massacre -dilli kisi ke baap ki nahi hai..maybe one should introduce you to him…
Wah! I look forward to reading Mayank’s extended exploration of Delhi, its people and its culture.
Lunch. Next week. Goss exchange, jhappi and shaabashi all in person. So proud of you, bullet-balls notwithstandig 😀
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