City Obituary  - Sona, Ghaziabad

City Obituary – Sona, Ghaziabad

Passing of a community dog. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Did he slip away on his own free will? Or did somebody whisk him away? The second possibility seemed more likely to his human friends. After all, the…

City Walk - Gali Mazar Wali, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gali Mazar Wali, Old Delhi

A Walled City street [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The name promises a grave. And there is indeed a grave. Somebody’s mazar flanks the entrance of Gali Mazar Wali, here in Kalan Mahal locality. A mazar often—but not…

City Season - 2024 Spring, Around Town

City Season – 2024 Spring, Around Town

Colours of Holi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Spring is a time of colours, and colours mean Holi. This year, the festival is falling quite late, on March 25 (it was on March 8 last year). Even so,…

City Landmark - Promenade Books, Hauz Khas Village

City Landmark – Promenade Books, Hauz Khas Village

Life in the village. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Outside, Jack Kerouac’s poster is staring from the glass wall. Inside, black shelves are stacked with Nietzsche, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, etc. Delhi’s newest bookstore opened ten…

City Hangout - Madan & Festa, Paharganj

City Hangout – Madan & Festa, Paharganj

Two cool cafés. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] No deafening pop, jazz, or Hindi remixes. Nobody chatting loudly, no south Delhi snobbery. So calm and unpretentious, these two cafés. Laid back and moody, here one can actually follow…

City Nature - Peepal Sighting, Around Town

City Nature – Peepal Sighting, Around Town

A tree and its leaves. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Hauz Khas pave is coated with leaves. The culprit is standing innocently by the roadside—the tree is partly leafless. Such is the case these days with many…

Mission Delhi - Taran Pal Singh, Ring Road

Mission Delhi – Taran Pal Singh, Ring Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The mobile beeps. He picks up the incoming call, even as his alert gaze stays focused on Ring Road, hands deftly manoeuvring the steering wheel….

City Landmark - Anwar’s Shaving Salon, Near Gole Market

City Landmark – Anwar’s Shaving Salon, Near Gole Market

Hajamat arbour. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Found. A serene impressionistic haven to get a haircut—or a hajamat (shave) if you will. Anwar’s pavement stall beside central Delhi’s Gole Market is austere. Some might though label it among…

City Home - Arshad Fehmi’s Roof, Near Jama Masjid

City Home – Arshad Fehmi’s Roof, Near Jama Masjid

His morning walk. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] His iPhone’s pedometer reading is galloping as fast as a bullish stock market index—1.009 steps… 1,100… Morning walk is daily life’s ordinary aspect. Businessman Arshad Fehmi’s 6 o’clock ritual is…

City Neighbourhood- Gali Peerji Wali, Old Delhi

City Neighbourhood- Gali Peerji Wali, Old Delhi

Mystic’s lane. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] They forgot the water jug. The family must have vacated the old house in a hurry. Not much remains of the mansion except for a green door and a corner wall,…