Mission Delhi - Satish Kumar Chakri Walla, Janakpuri

Mission Delhi – Satish Kumar Chakri Walla, Janakpuri

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] From a distance, the vision looks like a tiny pageant, or maybe something else? But on coming closer, The Delhi Walla realises that it is…

City Landmark - Scholar's Cubicle, India International Centre

City Landmark – Scholar’s Cubicle, India International Centre

The hideout of the intellectuals. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How is it like to be an India International Centre scholar? One evening, The Delhi Walla enters the IIC scholar’s sanctum sanctorum — it’s the heart of the…

City Monument - A Beautiful Unknown Tomb, Mehrauli

City Monument – A Beautiful Unknown Tomb, Mehrauli

The aspects of the unknown. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla has found the most exquisite grave in Delhi and it doesn’t belong to any shehenshah or famous fakir. To some, it may just be chipped…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sayesta Yamin, Moti Bagh

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sayesta Yamin, Moti Bagh

The 191st death. [Text and photos sent by Sayesta Yamin] Sayesta Yamin finally succumbed to melancholia. Hers was a daily struggle between optimism and grave despair, until she finally gave up. Her diary entries reveal that she knew about her…

Mission Delhi - Nayana Chowdhury, Blue Line Metro

Mission Delhi – Nayana Chowdhury, Blue Line Metro

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Faithful Metro commuters like The Delhi Walla are now patronising the Blue and Yellow lines with a degree of caution. We never know when our…

City Hangout - The Hill of Pahari Imli, Old Delhi

City Hangout – The Hill of Pahari Imli, Old Delhi

Trekking in the neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nowadays almost no one except some pedantic historian would describe Old Delhi as “hilly”. The vagaries of modern architecture mostly mask the natural hills (paharis), but exceptions happily remain….

City Life - Two Vagabonds, Mathura Road

City Life – Two Vagabonds, Mathura Road

Living on the road. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A pavement on Central Delhi’s Mathura Road recently received two new residents. Shera has a long white beard and is always dressed in black, while Raja is a light…