Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Booksellers Swati Roy & M Venkatesh, Greater Kailash II

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Booksellers Swati Roy & M Venkatesh, Greater Kailash II

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Their business is something rare. Swati Roy, a former marketing manager, and M Venkatesh, a former journalist, co-run a bookstore specialising in children’s books. They opened Eureka in 2003 in B Block, CR…

Mission Delhi - Rashidni, Near Golf Course Road

Mission Delhi – Rashidni, Near Golf Course Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] From this distance, she is looking like a slow-moving blur. A blur flashy and multi-coloured, for she is in a green-and-blue sari, with a large…

City Walk - Gali Wakil Wali, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gali Wakil Wali, Old Delhi

Lawyer’s way. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Indeed, there is somebody walking in black. But she is a figure in burqa, not a lawyer in robes. It was an honest mistake. Blame the lane. Is Gali Wakil Wali…

City Life - Ms Rani & Ms Chandra, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

City Life – Ms Rani & Ms Chandra, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Two friends. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ms Rani’s feelings seem to be as strong as anybody’s but she has a quietness about her. Ms Chandra (left) is showing more eagerness in everything, her nature being gregarious. They…

City Landmark - Plaza Saloon, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Plaza Saloon, Connaught Place

Like a monument. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] With dark wood panelling and window display of stately wigs, its exterior inflicts awe. Must be one of those high-end hairdressing places where the welcoming stylists just cannot trim down…

Mission Delhi - Aryan Khan, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Mission Delhi – Aryan Khan, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No second thoughts, no doubt, absolutely no dilemma. Aryan Khan, 18, arrived in Delhi a week ago, and is as clear as a glassy stream…