City Landmark - Deserted Bungalow, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Deserted Bungalow, Connaught Place

Space and the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is a rare bungalow on Tolstoy Lane, a pedestrian-friendly street in the colonial-era business district of central Delhi’s Connaught Place. Nobody lives in the house. The only inhabitants…

City Landmark - Amrit Book Company, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Amrit Book Company, Connaught Place

Surviving, for now. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This bookshop is a great spot for another Starbucks. (Connaught Place has just two Bucks so far.) The display counter will take over the left-side book shelves. The Classics corner…

City Landmark - Indira Gandhi's Bungalow, Safdarjung Road

City Landmark – Indira Gandhi’s Bungalow, Safdarjung Road

The queen’s white house. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One small group of women is wearing saris, Gujarati style. Another group is chattering in Bengali. A third group of women, with jasmine flowers in their hair, is clearly…

City Landmark - Indian National Flag, Central Park

City Landmark – Indian National Flag, Central Park

People’s republic of flagistan. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The largest in India, this national flag is larger than a badminton court. You can spot it from Kasturba Gandhi Marg, or from the samosa stand outside The Embassy…

City Landmark – Bharat Hair Dresser, Khan Market

City Landmark – Bharat Hair Dresser, Khan Market

Small wonder. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The old Khan Market exists in memories alone. Sovereign Dairies has closed. Raj Sweet Shop has closed. Empire Stores has closed. Caryhom Ice Cream has closed. Modern Hair Dressers has closed….

City Landmark – Aleksandr Pushkin, Mandi House

City Landmark – Aleksandr Pushkin, Mandi House

The Russian abroad. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Moscow-born Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin seems at home in Delhi. The Russian poet’s statue stands high on one side of central Delhi’s Mandi House traffic square. The statue is so…

City Landmark - Hindu College, North Campus

City Landmark – Hindu College, North Campus

The rightward course. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It appears to be a new dawn for the “lotus”. No, The Delhi Walla is not cheering the 2014 election victory of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Narendra Modi, who led…

City Landmark - Taxi Stands, Around Town

City Landmark – Taxi Stands, Around Town

Almost history. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Just the place to while away an evening—string cots under mulberry trees, cold water in earthenware pots, a table fan to keep the flies away, and if it rains, a cabin…

City Landmark - Flyovers, Around Town

City Landmark – Flyovers, Around Town

The underbelly. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi has 90 flyovers. And some of them play a role beyond ensuring the smooth flow of traffic. Take the ITO-Ring Road flyover. The IP Estate police station is located underneath…

City Neighborhood - Sujan Singh Park, Central Delhi

City Neighborhood – Sujan Singh Park, Central Delhi

The higher plateau. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Green creepers cover the red brick walls. Hibiscus vines frame the windows. Pink bougainvilleas climb to higher balconies. A large mulberry tree graces the lawn at the center. The apartments,…