City Landmark - Udhmi Ram's Shoe Repair Stall, Green Park

City Landmark – Udhmi Ram’s Shoe Repair Stall, Green Park

A longtime destination. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is back. As the lockdown eases, shoe repairman Udhmi Ram has returned to his pavement stall in Green Park Market. “I’m opening after one whole month,” he says, sitting…

City Landmark - Unknown Grave, Near Humayun's Tomb

City Landmark – Unknown Grave, Near Humayun’s Tomb

A roadside resting place. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It lies by the roadside, looking abandoned, ringed by weedy bushes and by hints of all sorts of litter and hidden lives crawling within. This striking-looking stone grave, in…

City Landmark - Shama Building & Shama Family, Asaf Ali Marg & DLF Phase 1

City Landmark – Shama Building & Shama Family, Asaf Ali Marg & DLF Phase 1

A literary icon. [Archival photos belongs to Ali Ahmed Dehlvi and Vaseem Ahmed Dehlvi, text and other photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The building has lost its colour. A tree is growing out of the balcony. What rescues it from…

City Landmark - PCO aka Phone Booth, Meena Bazar

City Landmark – PCO aka Phone Booth, Meena Bazar

Relic from the living past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s like coming face-to-face with the indecipherable relics of a lost civilisation. The pale pink wall, here in Old Delhi’s Meena Bazar, is defaced with two acronyms: STD…

City Hangout - Northeast Grocery Shop, Chirag Delhi

City Hangout – Northeast Grocery Shop, Chirag Delhi

Taste of home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s called Northeast Grocery Shop but it is not in north-east Delhi. It is, in fact, in the southern part of the city, in Chirag Delhi village. And yet the…

City Landmark - Maharani Stella's Grave, Christian Cemetery, Prithviraj Road

City Landmark – Maharani Stella’s Grave, Christian Cemetery, Prithviraj Road

An extraordinary life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She was a cabaret dancer in Paris and a maharani in Kapurthala—but her tomb, surprisingly, chose not to mention it. Like all graveyards, the Christian Cemetery in central Delhi’s Prithviraj…

City Landmark - Bharat Tin Traders, Subzi Mandi

City Landmark – Bharat Tin Traders, Subzi Mandi

House of rats. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A rare landmark, you won’t easily find another place like this in most of the the city. This shop in Gurgaon’s Subzi Mandi in the Greater Delhi Region deals exclusively…

City Landmark - Rachna Book House, SDA Market

City Landmark – Rachna Book House, SDA Market

Mom-and-pop. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The small stationery shop is noticeable because it also sells magazines, an increasingly endangered sight in these days of online reading. Then, you notice shelves decked with greeting cards, an increasingly endangered…

City Landmark - Ordinary Village Well, Chirag Dehli

City Landmark – Ordinary Village Well, Chirag Dehli

An ordinary wonder. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The city has a village. The village has a square. The square has a well. Delhi is well-known for its centuries old step-wells, or baolis. But in the Capital it…

City Landmark - The So-Called "Mayank Austen Soofi's Attic", Hauz Khas Village

City Landmark – The So-Called “Mayank Austen Soofi’s Attic”, Hauz Khas Village

A new AirBnB destination. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was a small room, just enough for one person to co-habit with some books—ok, many books. Its window enjoyed a direct view of Emperor Feroze Shah Tughlak’s Tomb….