City Monument - Ghamandi Sarai, Gurgaon

City Monument – Ghamandi Sarai, Gurgaon

Gateway lives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The gateway is bathed in the evening light with a beauty so tender you fear it might vaporise with the next heatwave. The time is altering the place in other ways…

City Monument - Jami Masjid, Feroze Shah Kotla

City Monument – Jami Masjid, Feroze Shah Kotla

All the Delhis. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In Delhi, several centuries live together — and here’s a rare place where you get to see all those centuries in a single eye sweep. The Jami Masjid at Feroze…

City Monument - Memorial Benches, Sunder Nursery

City Monument – Memorial Benches, Sunder Nursery

Ode to loves. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] KD Singh was an iconic Delhi bookseller who passed away in 2014. The inscription reads: “Husband, Father, Grandfather & Bookman Extraordinaire.” Beneath runs a verse by poet Pablo Neruda: “When…

City Monument - James Joyce Tower, Ansari Road

City Monument – James Joyce Tower, Ansari Road

Landmark of literature. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] 8am, Thursday, 16 June, 1904. Place is Martello Tower. City is Dublin, in Ireland. This is the opening scene of James Joyce’s Ulysses. This year the modernist novel is celebrating…

City Monument - Bagh e Nabiullah Mosque, Hauz Qazi

City Monument – Bagh e Nabiullah Mosque, Hauz Qazi

Hidden mosque. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The courtyard springs up without warning. Outside—a dense blab of peoples, sounds, streets and multifarious sensations. Inside—this airy courtyard, utmost silence, and barely anyone. Bagh e Nabiullah sits in the heart…

City Monument - Toy Qutub Minar, Mahipalpur

City Monument – Toy Qutub Minar, Mahipalpur

Dummy history. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Next time your flight lands at Delhi airport, look outside carefully from the aircraft window. Moments before the plane’s wheels hit the runway, you are likely to spot the iconic Shiv…

City Monument - Pandemic-Era Chhoti Gumti, Green Park

City Monument – Pandemic-Era Chhoti Gumti, Green Park

Society of the dome. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Let us go then, you and I, when the afternoon is spread out against the grass. Like on this afternoon of March. The sky is so blue that it…

City Monument - Rani Tara Devi's Derelict Grave, Nicholson Cemetery

City Monument – Rani Tara Devi’s Derelict Grave, Nicholson Cemetery

A resting place. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We will never know what distresses were raging through Rani Tara Devi’s heart when she boarded a taxi at north Delhi’s Maidens Hotel, drove all the way to the Qutub…

City Monument - Mughal-Era Pavilion, Sunder Nursery

City Monument – Mughal-Era Pavilion, Sunder Nursery

A secret spot. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The white walls are embossed with the likenesses of arches and flowers. The outermost skin of choona — the lime plaster on the walls — is peeling off in places,…

City Monument - Dilli Gate, Daryaganj

City Monument – Dilli Gate, Daryaganj

A Walled City Survivor. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Crenellation. Of course, you know the meaning. Some of us might not, and we can always Google it. But certainly all of us ought to head to a particular…