City Nature - Saptaparni Flowers, Around Town

City Nature – Saptaparni Flowers, Around Town

Winter’s bloom. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Winter is here. Those feeling homesick for the golden-yellow flowers of the amaltas must resign themselves to a long wait for the tree’s summertime bloom. Some interim relief will however arrive…

City Nature - Monsoon Blush, Pilkhan Trees

City Nature – Monsoon Blush, Pilkhan Trees

Time of their life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Do trees blush like we, humans, do? When the face turns red out of intense shyness? Well, these days some of Delhi’s trees, the pilkhans, are in full blush….

City Season - Gulmohar Blossoming, Around Town

City Season – Gulmohar Blossoming, Around Town

Red rising. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s fire raging these days across the city. The gulmohar trees are in scarlet bloom. Their flowering tend to be unpredictable. Sometimes they’re just a few vines of blossom in the…

City Season - Amaltas Bloom, Green Park & Elsewhere

City Season – Amaltas Bloom, Green Park & Elsewhere

A season of loss. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The tree is clothed in golden-yellow, but of a very pale shade. Amaltas flowers are known for more glow, more flamboyance. This tree, here in Green Park, must be…

City Nature - Olive Trees, Italian Embassy

City Nature – Olive Trees, Italian Embassy

A bit of the Mediterranean. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It might be dry, dusty and polluted, but Delhi is home to 252 species of trees. (New York has 130.) Right now, the bloom of the semal’s red…

City Season - Leafless Tree, Lodhi Garden

City Season – Leafless Tree, Lodhi Garden

Look this season. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Leaves are falling. As brutal summer inches closer, scores of trees across Delhi have started shedding their leaves. If it’s windy the yellowed leaves drop continuously in a gentle shower….

City Season - First Semal Flowering, ITO

City Season – First Semal Flowering, ITO

Red spring. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They fall down with a thudding sound one after another, the red semal flowers. Their blooming marks the arrival of Delhi’s most pleasant, though most brief season—when it’s neither cold nor…

City Season - Floss-Silk Flowers in Bloom, Lodhi Garden Lake

City Season – Floss-Silk Flowers in Bloom, Lodhi Garden Lake

Season’s gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Pink, but slightly faded—this is their colour. The flowers of floss-silk — or kurejia — trees are blossoming across Delhi. A brash display stands near the ITO crossing. Another is showing…

City Nature - Corona Sky, Sunder Nursery

City Nature – Corona Sky, Sunder Nursery

The pandemic-era paradise. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The best way of experiencing Delhi’s extraordinarily brilliant pandemic-era clear blue sky is by heading to Sunder Nursery, just across the road from Humayun Tomb. This time, refuse to be…

City Season - Monsoon's Sunset Hues, Around Town

City Season – Monsoon’s Sunset Hues, Around Town

Heaven’s canvass. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It comes unexpected. Suddenly the grim, grey sky disappears to be replaced by a haze of deep shades of blue, with hints of pale red or pink. This is an extraordinary…