City Landmark - Muhammed Sabir's Dupatta Shop, Sir Syyed Ahmad Street

City Landmark – Muhammed Sabir’s Dupatta Shop, Sir Syyed Ahmad Street

A rare stall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Purple, green, brown, blue, red, black, grey, mustard green, cream, white… the colours are lying in folded heaps. Some are hanging from hooks. These colours are accumulated here in multitudinous…

City Landmark - Lodhi Road Crematorium, Central Delhi

City Landmark – Lodhi Road Crematorium, Central Delhi

Where we go to. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Shareer (body) is a khet (farm field), atma (soul) is the kisan (farmer), and paap (sin) and poornya (merit) are two beej (seeds). The line is inscribed on the…

City Landmark - City End, Near Sector 55-56 Metro Station, Gurgaon

City Landmark – City End, Near Sector 55-56 Metro Station, Gurgaon

Last point. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Big cities are like a sentence with lots of commas but without a full stop. You just don’t know where they might end. Check that out by driving through Delhi. Like…

City Landmark - Plaza Saloon, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Plaza Saloon, Connaught Place

Like a monument. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] With dark wood panelling and window display of stately wigs, its exterior inflicts awe. Must be one of those high-end hairdressing places where the welcoming stylists just cannot trim down…

City Landmark - Metalsmith Muhammed Ikram's Workshop, Galli Chooriwallan

City Landmark – Metalsmith Muhammed Ikram’s Workshop, Galli Chooriwallan

Museum of metal. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Metal coerced into a multitude of shapes. All these disparate tools hanging on hooks nailed into the walls. The tools cover a part of the floor, too. This is like…

City Landmarks - A-One Flower & More A-One Places, Old Delhi & Around Town

City Landmarks – A-One Flower & More A-One Places, Old Delhi & Around Town

A-one. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Galli Chooriwallan, the street of bangle sellers. Mohalla Qabristan, the neighbourhood of the graveyard. Pahari Imli, the hill of the tamarind. Each of these names are requiems for lost worlds. Galli Chooriwallan…

City Landmark - Lost Banyan Tree, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Lost Banyan Tree, Connaught Place

You’ll be remembered. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some may think it is no big deal. That in this city of ruins, this is just another ruin. But this tree in Connaught Place (CP) was a friend to…

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…