City Landmark - Vandana Book Shop, Aurobindo Market

City Landmark – Vandana Book Shop, Aurobindo Market

Labour of love. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a bookshop run by a family. It’s also a bookshop run by a family. Its staffers are very polite, very attentive. Its staffers are also very polite, very attentive….

City Landmark - The Ashok, Chanakyapuri

City Landmark – The Ashok, Chanakyapuri

The 5-star hotel at 65. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The red sandstone edifice is regal. The sweep of the driveway is as majestic. Just walking on it makes you feel like a head of State on way…

City Landmark - Ghantaghar Clock Tower, Hari Nagar

City Landmark – Ghantaghar Clock Tower, Hari Nagar

The circle of time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This place is like a sheet of paper that has been folded many times over. So that the original page gets balkanised into many little sheets, with each fold…

City Landmark - Notary Clerks' Cubicles, Asaf Ali Marg

City Landmark – Notary Clerks’ Cubicles, Asaf Ali Marg

A Chekhovian world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] 7 am. Tables are being put out, chairs are being unfolded. Along the corridor where the pedestrians walk. And also along the roadside. It is like a pavement cafe opening…

City Landmark - Lonely Planet Afghanistan, Delhi's Book Bazar and Bhogal

City Landmark – Lonely Planet Afghanistan, Delhi’s Book Bazar and Bhogal

Book and land. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You are so wrong if you believe that Delhi’s Sunday book bazaar is dispensable. That place is like a gigantic public library whose used books are oftentimes precious souvenirs of…

City Landmark - Face of Stoicism, Anand Vihar

City Landmark – Face of Stoicism, Anand Vihar

A portrait in acceptance. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] To be emotionally resilient to misfortune. To accept the moment as it presents itself. If you can be this, then you’re a stoic person. You may dig deeper by…

City Landmark - Jamun Tree, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Jamun Tree, Connaught Place

Season’s sight. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The ground looks like a fresh battlefield, splattered with blood stains, slippery with hundreds of used bullets. The blood isn’t red, but purple. And the bullets are actually jamuns. They have…

City Landmark - Backpackers' Hostel, Paharganj

City Landmark – Backpackers’ Hostel, Paharganj

The pre-pandemic scrawls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The white walls are covered with handwritten scrawls in Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Arabic, Portuguese, Thai, Italian, and English. There are drawings too — a woman’s face, a…

City Obituary - Appetite German Bakery, Paharganj

City Obituary – Appetite German Bakery, Paharganj

Death of an icon. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The tables and chairs are gone. The cake counter is gone. The kitchen at the back is gone. One of Delhi’s quirkiest hang-outs has become history. Appetite German Bakery,…

City Landmark - Blue Wall, Roshan Pura

City Landmark – Blue Wall, Roshan Pura

The Roshan Pura blues. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] This blue can never be perfectly rendered in a photograph. The shade is that fragile. This afternoon, as you stand in front of it, the colour seems to be…