City Landmark - Old Doorway, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Old Doorway, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

A leftover beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Eighteen little squares are sculpted into each of the door’s two kiwaars, the shutters. A metallic chain is attached at the top. The side jambs—the chaukhat—are carved with intricate patterns….

Mission Delhi - Mangey Ram, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Mission Delhi – Mangey Ram, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Mark the scene carefully. You rarely see it these days. Here’s the low table. It’s covered with a mat. Six small glass bottles are arranged…

City Walk - Red Fort's Backside, Ring Road

City Walk – Red Fort’s Backside, Ring Road

A different perspective. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Great stories, they say, can also be told backwards, or sideways. Like the Red Fort. You must have seen the Mughal-era monument in all its red glory—the sandstone ramparts spread…

City Landmark - Siri Fort Auditorium, South Delhi

City Landmark – Siri Fort Auditorium, South Delhi

Out of time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] When icons fall out of use, what shall we turn them into? Named after a centuries-old ruin, the iconic Siri Fort Auditorium is lying in ruins, metaphorically speaking. This afternoon,…

Home Sweet Home - Muhammed Mintullah, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Home Sweet Home – Muhammed Mintullah, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Dwellers in a posh neighbourhood. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The daughter of the last nawab of Rampur resides in this neighbourhood. Author Vikram Seth has an apartment here. A neighbouring flat belongs to former Jammu & Kashmir…

City Landmark - Joseph Stein's Tomb, India International Centre

City Landmark – Joseph Stein’s Tomb, India International Centre

On New Delhi’s iconic architect’s 20th death anniversary. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a sunny evening, here in the members-only India International Centre (IIC). The Lounge by the poolside is teeming with softly-chatting tea-drinking ladies in handloom…

Mission Delhi - Meharchand, Sadar Bazar

Mission Delhi – Meharchand, Sadar Bazar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Jeweller Meharchand’s shop is in the Millennium City of Gurgaon. But the vibes of this small cozy establishment in the town’s Sadar Bazar goes far…

City Hangout - A Lane in Jatwada, Old Delhi

City Hangout – A Lane in Jatwada, Old Delhi

The Walled City’s essence. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The wall’s blue colour has faded unevenly. In some places, the patches look like a clear blue sky. In other places, they look as if the sky were shrouded…

City Life - Three Friends, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Life – Three Friends, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Bonds they share. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A great amount of uninhibited giggling is going on among the three friends, here in this lane in central Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. A quick investigation reveals that Saddam (in…

The Delhi Walla’s Biographical Dictionary - Jis James, Indirapuram & Kerala

The Delhi Walla’s Biographical Dictionary – Jis James, Indirapuram & Kerala

Their story, in their words. [By Jis James] What Delhi has got to do with a boy who comes all the way from the southern most part of the country which is Kerala? But it has got some real genuine…