City Landmark - Pari Selfie Point, Mathura Road

City Landmark – Pari Selfie Point, Mathura Road

A new landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is it a flapping of wings? Or are these the limbs of a friendly octopus? This metallic installation is the latest landmark of the capital, here on Mathura Road. A…

City Landmark - Oberoi Hotel Flyover, Central Delhi

City Landmark – Oberoi Hotel Flyover, Central Delhi

Art of the street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The friend’s the biggest enemy. The maxim is scrawled in black chalk on the wall of the Oberoi Hotel flyover, here in central Delhi’s Zakir Husain Marg (see photo)….

City Landmark - Mango Tree, Deer Park

City Landmark – Mango Tree, Deer Park

The bench under a special tree. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is handsome, with a pleasant disposition, seeming to unite some of the best blessings of existence. It has lived here for many years, with very little…

City Landmark - Akhil Bharti, Galli Charkewalan

City Landmark – Akhil Bharti, Galli Charkewalan

A lesser known bookstore. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The door is narrow, the place within is very small, but what an illustrious crowd— Jaiprakash Bharti, Devaram Bhamu, Hardarshan Sehgal, Jaishankar Prasad, and many many other writers. This…

City Landmark - The Book Mark, South Extension I

City Landmark – The Book Mark, South Extension I

A survivor. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Let’s talk about Delhi’s extinct bookshops. The Bookworm in Connaught Place had a spiral staircase, that went up to the Capital’s best collection of books on cinema. The Fact & Fiction…

City Landmark - Tolstoy's Statue, Janpath

City Landmark – Tolstoy’s Statue, Janpath

On reading War and Peace. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] And what does he make of his country’s war against Ukraine? But Leo Tolstoy is remaining as silent as a statue. With arms crossed on his chest, the…

City Landmark - Perfume Cart, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Landmark – Perfume Cart, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

The cart of scents. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Our Delhi streets can tick you off. But at least one of the city’s street corners is permeated with perfumes. Roadside carts tend to be loaded with fruits, vegetables,…

City Landmark - K & R Pickle and Murabbas, Matia Mahal Bazar

City Landmark – K & R Pickle and Murabbas, Matia Mahal Bazar

Pickle with monthlies. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The pungent aroma is heady. This is Ali Baba’s treasury of pickles —mango, karela, carrot, lemon, ginger, garlic, shaljam, amla, bamboo, lesua, tela, green chillies, and red chillies. Each red…

City Landmark - A Vanishing Old House, Jacobpura

City Landmark – A Vanishing Old House, Jacobpura

A disappearing souvenir. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] History-minded Instagrammers must urgently walk down Old Gurgaon’s mohallas, in the Greater Delhi Region, to snap and upload the photos of all the long-time buildings that are gradually vanishing. Maybe,…

City Landmark - Ruined House, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Ruined House, Gurgaon

Old time, sighted. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The walls are dilapidated. A part of the roof has caved in. The underlying bricks peek out of the peeling paint like raw bloodied wounds. Encrusted with the degradations of…