Photo Essay: Highway Weddings in New Delhi

Rush hour commuters in the capital cope with street weddings – along with everything else. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] They emerged from the five-star Ambassador Hotel a few hours after sunset. The handsome groom, turbaned and dressed in a cream-colored…

Miranda House Memories: 3 Years, 1 Degree, and 0 Men

A girl’s life in Delhi’s premier college for women.[By Manika Dhama; she is a Delhi-based media professional.] I’m lucky to be a Delhi girl. Many women colleges here are considered the best in the country. However, recently there were rumors…

Photo Essay: Celebrating Australia Day In New Delhi

While India was celebrating Republic Day, Delhi’s small Aussie community did something different. [Report and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even as India celebrated Republic Day on January 26, the Australian High Commission in the leafy Chanakyapuri provided a low-key…

Eating Butter Chicken in Kake Da Hotel – The Pains and Pleasures of Street Cooking in Delhi

Greasy food, rude service and unclean setting – an account of a meal taken in the legendary dhaba. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] This account is based on the recollections of a meal taken during the summer of 2006. We were…

Photo Essay – Carrying a Coffin in Old Delhi

The Sunday calm, in the streets of the walled town, gets shattered by the grief of a funeral procession[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “The eyes shed tears and the heart is grieved, but we will not say anything…

Special Photo Essay – New Year Do's in the New Central Park

Within a month of its re-opening, the revamped Central Park has become the social sea beach that Delhi never had.[by Mayank Austen Soofi] Last day of the last year forced the Delhites out into the newly revamped Central Park in…

Picture Essay – Poverty Pornography in Sarojini Nagar

Mother India looking sexy in poverty pornography. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Following a Beggar in Sarojini Nagar Market (S N), One of Delhi’s Busiest Bargain Bazaars India is now more than just a the flavor of the…

Photo Essay: Reading Past and Present in Humayun’s Tomb, India’s Most Melancholic Monument

Walking and talking history at a world heritage site that inspired the Taj Mahal. [Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Fall It was a cold winter night but the sky in Delhi was unusually clear and devoid of…

Photo Essay – Time Out Jama Masjid

Visiting the society of Muslims in the world’s greatest and grandest Mosque. [Pictures and text by Mayank Austen Soofi] Mecca has Masjid-al-Haram and Istanbul boasts of Blue mosque. The former has its ancient authenticity compromised by Petrodollar-funded air-conditioned renovations and…

'White Ghosts' at Red Fort: Late Evening Sufi Music Concert at a 17th Century Delhi Monument

Old Delhi charm; Ramadan night magic; Red Fort glitter; Pakistani pop stars’ charisma; and my digicam.– by Mayank Austen Soofi Since this was Delhi, we reached Red Fort one hour after the scheduled start of the concert. It is not…