City Hangout - Kaley Tea Stall, Near Turkman Gate

City Hangout – Kaley Tea Stall, Near Turkman Gate

A homey tea house. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is foggy. It’s not the pollution, but the steam from piping hot chai boiling in a pan. This is an extremely buzzy tea house. And it’s extensive….

City Hangout - People Watching, Khan Market

City Hangout – People Watching, Khan Market

Humans and dogs. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Look at the gentleman entering the pricey patisserie. Isn’t he the revisionist historian who creates frequent Twitter tornadoes? And now appears another familiar face (okay, mask!). This must be the…

City Hangout - Tintin in Delhi, Around Town

City Hangout – Tintin in Delhi, Around Town

Travails in India. [By Mayank Austen Soofi; the above photo was taken in Calcutta] Delhi has been visited by many world famous celebs. The Beatles bought a sitar in Connaught Place. Gabriel García Márquez browsed for books in Khan Market….

City Hangout - Sunday Book Bazar, Mahila Haat

City Hangout – Sunday Book Bazar, Mahila Haat

Good old wine in new bottle. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Sunday Book Bazar was closed — no thanks, Omicron! Whenever the pandemic situation eases, you have to visit the book bazar. For decades the weekly market…

City Hangout - Bird Watching, Connaught Place

City Hangout – Bird Watching, Connaught Place

The N Block flights. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is late morning. The N Block sky over Connaught Place is blue and sunny. The icy air is echoing with the peep-peep of traffic horns. Most of the…

City Hangout - Three Wild Malls, Nelson Mandela Marg

City Hangout – Three Wild Malls, Nelson Mandela Marg

It was all acacia. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The outdoor sound system is playing soft, moody music. It could be Kenny G. Who could have thought that this desolate wilderness in south Delhi would one day be…

City Hangout - Pavement Art, Mandi House

City Hangout – Pavement Art, Mandi House

Mystery patterns. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Circles and squares rippling with wavelets. A sphere with a labyrinth. The word ‘Aah’ drawn in calligraphic style. And many other shapes. All of these are made with white chalk on…

City Hangout - Vegetable Mandi, Near Gurgaon Railway Station

City Hangout – Vegetable Mandi, Near Gurgaon Railway Station

Season’s bounty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nothing can be taken for granted, one always knew that. The ongoing pandemic has simply made this realisation bitingly real. Just as we started to emerge out of the traumatic second…

City Hangout - Winter Evening's Lodhi Garden, Central Delhi

City Hangout – Winter Evening’s Lodhi Garden, Central Delhi

Beauty in the smog. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Catch a glimpse of red lava smouldering atop a distant volcano. Well, it’s just a reflection of the evening sky on a pond. This breathtaking view, as seen from…

City Hangout - Jama Masjid Courtyard, Gurgaon

City Hangout – Jama Masjid Courtyard, Gurgaon

The soothing winter space. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] When one hears the words “Jama Masjid”, one instinctively thinks of Old Delhi’s Mughal-era mosque. That red sandstone monolith by Emperor Shahjahan is among the world’s greatest monuments. The…