Mission Delhi - Suhail, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Suhail, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The vast bookstore echoes with the traffic’s dull roar—the busy road is just outside. Moments later, a melodious sound is heard. Distinct from the steady…

City Landmark - Art Gallery, Ghalib Academy

City Landmark – Art Gallery, Ghalib Academy

Poetry intersecting with painting. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He seems so far from the world of today, but Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan Ghalib died only 155 years ago, aged 72. This being the great poet’s death anniversary,…

City Faith - Basant Panchmi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

City Faith – Basant Panchmi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

Season’s greetings. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Someone today will put on a yellow scarf. Somebody else might pick up a yellow turban, or perhaps a yellow kurta. Some other might do with a yellow rose, though yellow…

City Monument  -Chausath Khamba, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Monument -Chausath Khamba, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Of light and stone. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Winter dhoop is making the marble glow, as if the soothing sunlight were emanating from the opacity of the stones themselves. The most beautiful of all buildings—old and new—in…

City Life - Staircases, Gurgaon Mosque & Gurgaon Mall

City Life – Staircases, Gurgaon Mosque & Gurgaon Mall

More than just a fire exit. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here are two aspects of one city. As seen through two staircases. The first one is a steep staircase littered with shoes, sandals and chappals—see right photo….

City Home - Kue Wala Ghar, Chawri Bazar

City Home – Kue Wala Ghar, Chawri Bazar

Old address. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sunlight falling on the tall blue walls quivers softly, making the concrete look liquefied. The staircase to the roof is crisscrossing upwards into a series of landings. And the sehen,…

City Hangout - Day-End at Sunday Book Bazar, Mahila Haat

City Hangout – Day-End at Sunday Book Bazar, Mahila Haat

Time passing, and final hours. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Endings mark closure to stories, give clarity. Endings tend to be poignant. Such is also the case with the fabled Sunday Book Bazar. The story of Delhi’s weekly…

City Food - Fig & Honey Ice-Cream, India International Center

City Food – Fig & Honey Ice-Cream, India International Center

Legends of a legend. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The chef is refusing. He wants the recipe to remain a secret. Chef Vijay Kumar Thukral is a living landmark of Delhi’s iconic India international Center, and the recipe…

City Landmark - Bani Temple, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Bani Temple, Gurgaon

A shrine with a view. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] So surreal. These gigantic stalagmites stranded in the polluted air. They are actually far-off business towers, their view diffused in the winter fog. The scene shifts with a…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire - Naeem Khan, Pahari Imli

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Naeem Khan, Pahari Imli

The parlour confession. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The hilly Pahari Imli gets its name from a tamarind tree that no longer exists. But Naeem Khan’s tailoring establishment serves as an idyllic substitute for that extinct imli ka…