Netherfield Ball – Moin & Fatima's Walima, Daryaganj

Netherfield Ball – Moin & Fatima’s Walima, Daryaganj

The party secrets. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla gatecrashed into the women-only zenana section of a wedding dinner held in Old Delhi’s Daryaganj. Moin Ahmad Alvi had married Syeda Seemver Fatima the night…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vivek Malik, Sector 45, Gurgaon

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vivek Malik, Sector 45, Gurgaon

The 100th death. [Text by Vivek Malik (second from left); photo by Vikas Rathi] Vivek Malik, a middle-level media professional, died last night during a small party he had thrown on his rented rooftop residence in Sector 45, Gurgaon. Mr…

City Landmark - Nehru's Red Rose, Teen Murti Bhawan

City Landmark – Nehru’s Red Rose, Teen Murti Bhawan

The Prime Minister’s flower. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Both Jawaharlal Nehru and Babur shared a passion for the rose. The first Mughal emperor not only composed a poem on gul, Persian for rose, but also made sure…

Atget’s Corner – 866-870, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 866-870, Delhi Photos

The visible city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is a voyeur’s paradise and The Delhi Walla also makes pictures. I take photos of people, streets, flowers, eateries, drawing rooms, tombs, landscapes, buses, colleges, Sufi shrines, trees, animals, autos, libraries, birds,…

City Food - Hello to the Queen, Ajay Guest House, Paharganj

City Food – Hello to the Queen, Ajay Guest House, Paharganj

The backpackers’ fantasy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is the most curiously named dessert to be found in Delhi. The decadent Hello to the Queen is available only in a few places in the capital. The Delhi…

Mission Delhi – Devi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Mission Delhi – Devi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The elderly woman is walking alone with three bags this afternoon. One in her hand, two on her back. One of the bags is actually…

Delhi Metro – Nikhil Kumar's Commute With Vikram Seth, Barakhamba Metro Station

Delhi Metro – Nikhil Kumar’s Commute With Vikram Seth, Barakhamba Metro Station

The book lover’s commute. [Text by Nikhil Kumar; photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Among a sea of humanity that travels on the Delhi Metro everyday, there are some who read. How is not a question. A reader has to find…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ram Chander Bhakt, Mathura Road

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Ram Chander Bhakt, Mathura Road

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla arranged to meet Hindi poet Ram Chander Bhakt on Mathura Road in Central Delhi. Mr Bhakt makes his living as an auto-rickshaw driver. I…

City Monument – Restored Edition, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid’s and Hazrat Hare Bhare Shah’s Sufi Shrines

City Monument – Restored Edition, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid’s and Hazrat Hare Bhare Shah’s Sufi Shrines

New look, old mood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Each of the two tombs is now surrounded by a grille of white marble. The floor has been laid with smoother tiles. These are among the new attractions. The…

City List - New & Old Road Names, Around Town

City List – New & Old Road Names, Around Town

On the margs [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dalhousie Road and Aurangzeb Road, rest in peace. In February 2017, the New Delhi Municipal Council renamed Dalhousie Road as Dara Shikoh Road. Lord Dalhousie was a colonial-era administrator in…