City Season - Bougainvillaea Bloom, Lodhi Garden

City Season – Bougainvillaea Bloom, Lodhi Garden

Season’s second gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What a sight. So full of flowers. Thousands and thousands of them. These two bougainvillaea trees in central Delhi’s Lodhi Garden make one of the city’s most stunning spectacles, though…

City Season - Amaltas & Gulmohar, Around Town

City Season – Amaltas & Gulmohar, Around Town

Shades of summer. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The world economies are in shambles. Untold number of people worldwide have lost their jobs. A great many are dead. The pandemic is transforming the world. There’s no knowing when…

City Life - Leela Kanuga's Mango Tree, Mayfair Gardens

City Life – Leela Kanuga’s Mango Tree, Mayfair Gardens

Life with a tree. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In these days of lockdown, people can easily spend waking hours absorbed by the changing patterns of sunlight on their drawing room’s walls. But Leela Kanuga recently gazed upon…

City Season - Bougainvillea, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon

City Season – Bougainvillea, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon

Season’s colors. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are few respites from Delhi’s unforgiving summer. One is the blooming of amaltas flowers—but that will happen only around the month of May. The other is the widespread blossoming of…

City Season - Raluca's Spring, Green Park

City Season – Raluca’s Spring, Green Park

A European’s Delhi spring. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Smelling a pinkish powder-puff (calliandra) flower, Raluca Sidon, a visitor from Bucharest, Romania, says, “I’m seeing it for the first time. It doesn’t grow in my country. I think…

City Season - Fireside Bonds, Chemlsford Road

City Season – Fireside Bonds, Chemlsford Road

Winter’s friends. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a super-cold December evening in central Delhi’s Chelmsford Road. Five men are huddled around a pavement fireside. Three are sitting on their haunches; the others are standing, including Bholu who…

City Season - The Floss-Silk Bloom, Outside Ambience Mall Driveway

City Season – The Floss-Silk Bloom, Outside Ambience Mall Driveway

Season’s gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So consoling to the eyes. It’s as if some secret Santa finally took pity on us hapless citizens slow-dying through smog, smoke and dust. And one late night he quietly descended…

City Nature - Sky Watching, New Moti Bagh

City Nature – Sky Watching, New Moti Bagh

Into the heaven. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi always presents some difficulties. Such as capturing an unhindered perspective of the sky. Apartment blocks and bazars partly block any view, while in public gardens the abundance of trees…

City Season - Monet's High-Rises, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

City Season – Monet’s High-Rises, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Sky views. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sky is swathed in light pink. Some bits are purple, and others are washed in shades of red and misty blue. This is Gurgaon on a rainy evening. A timely…

City Nature - Alternative Roses, Gurgaon

City Nature – Alternative Roses, Gurgaon

Beauty without bloom. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is not the best season for roses. Not even at the rose garden in Gurgaon’s Sector 15A in the National Capital Region. And that’s why you ought to drop…