Jaipur Diary – First Day in the Lit Fest, 2011 Edition

Jaipur Diary – First Day in the Lit Fest, 2011 Edition

No literary pretensions. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Keep the focus on blue sky and beautiful people. In the 2011 edition of Jaipur Literature Festival, The Delhi Walla is staying away from post-colonial-post-modern-post-everything literature. There is so much…

The Delhi Walla Books – Launch Event, Lodhi Restaurant

The Delhi Walla Books – Launch Event, Lodhi Restaurant

Good snacks, good talk. [Pictures by Yajuvendra Upadhyaya, Marina Bang, Mark Williams and Surabhi Chauhan] The book launch for The Delhi Walla series was a success. The venue was packed. People laughed and clapped. And Arundhati Roy came! This is…

Photo Essay – Tourists in Their Own City, Agrasen ki Baoli

Photo Essay – Tourists in Their Own City, Agrasen ki Baoli

Discovering a monument. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are there people who find monuments boring? One winter afternoon The Delhi Walla took a group of four – three women and a man – to the rarely visited Agrasen…

City Moment – The Shape of Sound, Delhi Metro

City Moment – The Shape of Sound, Delhi Metro

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla was one morning traveling in the Delhi Metro’s Blue Line route, which connects Anand Vihar in east Delhi to Dwarka Sector 21 in west Delhi. In…

City Monument – Coronation Park, Bhai Parmanand Marg

City Monument – Coronation Park, Bhai Parmanand Marg

The relics of the Raj. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] At the beginning of the second decade of the 20th century, the empire of Great Britain comprehended the most civilized portion of mankind. Delhi was its principal possession….

Guest Writer - Sonal Aggarwal on Nizamuddin Dargah

Guest Writer – Sonal Aggarwal on Nizamuddin Dargah

The spritual discovery. [Text by Sonal Aggarwal; pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] You didn’t need to tell Hazrat Nizamuddin what had brought you to his door — the desire for a son, a cure, or mental peace. He would know…

City Library - Somini Sengupta's Books, Nizamuddin East

City Library – Somini Sengupta’s Books, Nizamuddin East

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One cold afternoon The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Somini Sengupta, the former South Asia bureau chief of The New York Times. Ms Sengupta, 43, is working on…

City Hangout - The New Landmarks, Connaught Place

City Hangout – The New Landmarks, Connaught Place

Four hours in Delhi’s premier shopping district. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Connaught Place, aka CP, Delhi’s Colonial-era shopping district, is changing rapidly. Old landmarks are giving way to new. Under extensive renovation in 2010, CP is returning…

January 1, 2011 - Letter from The Delhi Walla

January 1, 2011 – Letter from The Delhi Walla

The New Year resolutions. [Pictures by Aanchal Malhotra; text by Mayank Austen Soofi] Greetings. In 2010, my life’s first books – the four-volume The Delhi Walla series – were published. But my life didn’t change. I wasn’t invited to the…