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…

City Life - Two Peepal, Asaf Ali Road

City Life – Two Peepal, Asaf Ali Road

City arbor. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] While wading through a dense jungle, a slight opening of tree leaves abruptly reveals a tantalising glimpse of another world—a tower in progress, 22 floors! See photo. The tower is actually…

City Home - Bookseller Manish Kapoor's House, Rohini West

City Home – Bookseller Manish Kapoor’s House, Rohini West

The unseen side of Sunday Book Bazar. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sunday tends to be most special for Delhi’s booklovers. They head to the Sunday Book Bazar, which every week gets crammed with thousands of random books….

City Landmark - Accordion Man, South Extension I

City Landmark – Accordion Man, South Extension I

His silent music. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sitting with legs crossed, head tilted, moustache neatly trimmed and twirled, smiling beatifically, he is playing his accordion, the bellows of the instrument fanned out to their utmost extremity. No…

City Monument - Magical Balconies, Kalan Mahal

City Monument – Magical Balconies, Kalan Mahal

The upper floor saudade. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The bazar is cinematic in a flamboyant Old Delhi way. A jumble of bakeries and bone-setting clinics, groceries and pharmacies, meat shops and chai shops, appended with residential side-alleys….

Mission Delhi - Murari Lal, Sunny Guest House

Mission Delhi – Murari Lal, Sunny Guest House

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sun sets every evening in Connaught Place (CP). But the sun refuses to set in CP’s Sunny Guest House. More than fifty years old, the…

City Neighbourhood- Gali Manihar Wali, Old Delhi

City Neighbourhood- Gali Manihar Wali, Old Delhi

A Walled City Lane. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] When the Walled City nostalgists muse about its early days, they refer to that long-ago time as “badshahi ke daur mein.” Indeed, it was “during the era of emperors”…

City Walk - Rajpur Road & Environs, Civil Lines

City Walk – Rajpur Road & Environs, Civil Lines

Into serene avenues. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The gate is locked. The tree-speckled compound is strewn with dry crackling leaves. The lone man in the stately porch, a guard maybe, makes no answer. Peering over the rusted…

City Landmark - Empty Field, Ghaziabad

City Landmark – Empty Field, Ghaziabad

Space in suburbia. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Something serving as a relief from what is usual—this is a more evocative dictionary meaning of ‘oasis.’ Technically, the word refers to “a green area in desert.” Zila Ghaziabad is…