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…

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…