City Life - Citizen Vinod in Heatwave, Fasil Street

City Life – Citizen Vinod in Heatwave, Fasil Street

Working in extreme temperature. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is unbearably hot these days—such words lack heft unless one dares to walk on Delhi streets during the burning midday hours. Many Delhiwale have no choice but to…

City Monument - Old Doorway, Bulbuli Khana

City Monument – Old Doorway, Bulbuli Khana

Remnant of a place. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The doorway’s ledge is arrayed out into carved ripples of multifarious designs. An arch adorns the top. The wall is of old-fashioned lakhori bricks, arranged in a slanting pattern,…

City Landmarks - Jeevan Bharti Office Complex, Connaught Place

City Landmarks – Jeevan Bharti Office Complex, Connaught Place

Different perspectives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is post-twilight, and most glass panels of the multi-storey have their lights out. This is Connaught Place’s Jeevan Bharti office complex as seen from N block. A Charles Correa creation,…

City Life - Auto Drivers in Heat Wave, Around Town

City Life – Auto Drivers in Heat Wave, Around Town

Working in extreme temperature. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sun’s glare was repeatedly hitting the auto rickshaw’s windshield. It was not even ten in the morning, but the road, the roadsides, and the trees along the roadsides…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire - Deepak Dialani, Paharganj

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Deepak Dialani, Paharganj

Into a bookseller’s soul. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s backpackers’ district of Paharganj had many bookstores, each crammed with hundreds of used books. Many of those well-thumbed paperbacks would bear origins of exotic lands, often left by…

City Food - Ice Shikanji, Around Town

City Food – Ice Shikanji, Around Town

Ice, its long form. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Artist-types always crave to turn life’s ordinary experiences into something sublime. There are also those who stoically labour through their profession, without realising that they too are a part…

City Landmarks - Two Houses, Gurugram

City Landmarks – Two Houses, Gurugram

More than just a Millennium City. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The complexity of things—the things within things—just seems to be endless, nothing is easy, nothing is simple. So said Alice Munro, the Nobel prize winning author who…

City Life - Ruskin Bond's Delhi, Atul Grove Road and Other Places

City Life – Ruskin Bond’s Delhi, Atul Grove Road and Other Places

A writer’s city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Happy Birthday, Ruskin Bond. The much-loved author turned 90 on Sunday. Although the hill station of Landour in Mussoorie has been Ruskin Bond’s home since 1964, he would routinely travel…

City Life - Heatwave Lives, Around Town

City Life – Heatwave Lives, Around Town

Dispatch from 40 plus degrees. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Amid the ongoing heatwave-like conditions, thousands of our fellow citizens lack the choice of sheltering themselves from the dangerous afternoon sun. They are obliged to carry on with…

City Neighbourhood - Pahari Imli, Old Delhi

City Neighbourhood – Pahari Imli, Old Delhi

The tamarind hill. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The love song from our grandfathers’ time is streaming out from a window atop the grocery of “Shadab ki dukan.” Up there is Bhai Majid’s “embroidery ka karkhana.” The hard-at-work…