City Faith - Hazrat Amir Khusro's 719th Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Sufi Shrine

City Faith – Hazrat Amir Khusro’s 719th Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Sufi Shrine

Commemorating a legend. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Attention please. Now is the most important time in the calendar of Delhi’s poetry aficionados. Usually, a person’s birth anniversary is celebrated. In poet Amir Khusro’s case, it is his…

City Faith - Ramzan Treats, Old Delhi and Around Town

City Faith – Ramzan Treats, Old Delhi and Around Town

Season’s evenings. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Jama Masjid is lit for night. The facing street is jazzed up with lamps, buntings and selfie clickers. Salam Namaste to this evening in Ramzan, the Muslim month of quiet…

City Faith - Durga Mandir, Paharganj

City Faith – Durga Mandir, Paharganj

A blessed street. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lane is alive with the sound of a man singing a bhajan. Everything else this afternoon is quiet, as if to keep the sanctity of the sacred lyrics. The…

City Faith - Graves Facelift, Hazrat Chirag Dehli

City Faith – Graves Facelift, Hazrat Chirag Dehli

A historical destination in a time of change. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old graves are getting a makeover. The ones that had sunk into the earth, reduced to being a wrinkle on the ground, have been raised,…

City Landmark - Lankeshwar Mahadev Mandir, New Delhi Railway Station

City Landmark – Lankeshwar Mahadev Mandir, New Delhi Railway Station

Gods by the tracks. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Saaye saaye, so whistles the forceful afternoon breeze. But the peepal is staying unmoved. No leaf stirs. Its branches, bare. The courtyard too is bare, of humans. But it…

City Faith - Bankey Bihari Mandir, Inder Walli Galli

City Faith – Bankey Bihari Mandir, Inder Walli Galli

House of faith. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lady in blue sari is walking down the lane of Inder Walli Galli, here in Old Delhi. At each step she pauses and takes a deep breath. She stops…

City Faith - Gospel Hall Assembly, Connaught Place

City Faith – Gospel Hall Assembly, Connaught Place

Peace island [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is viscous with traffic sounds. The afternoon light is hard on the eyes. Such is the sense of the day, here at the H block Outer Circle in Connaught…

City Faith - Sufi shrine, Redeveloped Central Vista

City Faith – Sufi shrine, Redeveloped Central Vista

First day in the new Central Vista. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This Sufi shrine tucked in the Central Vista lawns, close to Janpath Road, used to be a little island in the pond. Circled with trees, it…

City Faith - Mandir Chaurasi Ghanta, Seetaram Bazar

City Faith – Mandir Chaurasi Ghanta, Seetaram Bazar

A temple with sound. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tnnnnm. The sound at first has a sharp tone, and then wafts around the air, growing softer and calmer, passing along like a light breeze. After that it rushes…

City Faith - Hazrat Amir Khusro's 718th Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Sufi Shrine

City Faith – Hazrat Amir Khusro’s 718th Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Sufi Shrine

Commemorating a legend. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This should start with one of his paheliyan, or riddles. “Invisible, but they call it tender Feels bad, but it evokes laughter” A tickle! Today is the 718th Urs —…