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 Nature - Amaltas in 2024 Bloom, Around Town

City Nature – Amaltas in 2024 Bloom, Around Town

Summer’s gift [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] By yellow-and-green autos speeding along the Mathura Road, the heat-stricken citizen is walking wearily, past a deserted bus stop, past a woman selling bottled water, past a… here it is, right…

City Season - Jacaranda Blooms, Around Town

City Season – Jacaranda Blooms, Around Town

Happy blues. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On Saturday morning, Lithuanian ambassador Diana Mickevičienė was strolling in the little park close to her residence in Vasant Vihar, and found the trees clothed in purple flowers. The lanes too…

City Nature - Two Bougainvillea Trees, Lodhi Garden

City Nature – Two Bougainvillea Trees, Lodhi Garden

Season’s spectacle. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Following are a few observations made in a city park one uncomfortably warm noon this week. 1. Currently, the most beautiful sight in Delhi is of two side-by-side bougainvillea trees in…

City Nature - Pilkhan Trees, District Park

City Nature – Pilkhan Trees, District Park

New leaves. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Today is the holy Holi. This day of colours ends in hours, but some of the colours of Holi shall linger amid the trees of Delhi (even though the season’s red…

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 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…

City Nature - Trees, Gurugram Railway Station

City Nature – Trees, Gurugram Railway Station

Platform arbour. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The evening sun is slinking into the distant west. The air in the immediate vicinity is powdery, either with dust, or with the gathering mist, or perhaps it is simply smog….

City Nature - Songs of Semal, Around Town

City Nature – Songs of Semal, Around Town

Red season. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Late-February afternoon. Auto rickshaw carting the commuter along one of the loopy highways of the circuitous AIIMS flyover. Sky is pitch blue. Other sights totally unremarkable. Suddenly, a tree dotted with…

City Season - Floss Silk Flowers, Around Town

City Season – Floss Silk Flowers, Around Town

Season’s shade. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Blue is marrying into green, and green is marrying into pink. Here, near Humayun’s tomb. The blue constitutes the dome of the centuries-old Neela Gumbad; the green is the lush foliage…