City Hangout - Live Music, Connaught Place

City Hangout – Live Music, Connaught Place

Killing us softly with their songs [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Late evening. A young man is strumming a guitar in a Connaught Place (CP) corridor, crooning the Ankit Tiwari love song Teri galiyaan. A small crowd swiftly…

City Hangout - Gali Teeke Wali, Old Delhi

City Hangout – Gali Teeke Wali, Old Delhi

Doorway lane. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sixty-paces-long, the narrow Gali Teeke Wali is a tributary of the much larger Gali Choori Walan. The lane is stamped with a few “car body parts” shops, along with a few…

City Hangout - Monsoon Places, Around Town

City Hangout – Monsoon Places, Around Town

In Delhi rains. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The grey sky above the ITO crossing is growing darker. The sweating humidity is soon replaced by a cool breeze. It is starting to rain. Lightly, then heavily. Bikers huddle…

City Hangout - Hindi Park, Old Delhi

City Hangout – Hindi Park, Old Delhi

A Walled City escape. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In parks, people often loll on the grassy ground. This afternoon, scores of men (only men) are plopped down in Hindi Park. Curiously, not on the cushiony grass, but…

City Hangout - Early Morning Delhi, Around Town

City Hangout – Early Morning Delhi, Around Town

Exploring the city in the time sof extreme heat. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the early morning, just before the summertime sun of mid-June flames brightly on the domes of tombs and forts, on windows and balconies…

City Hangout - Friendly Faces, New Friends Colony

City Hangout – Friendly Faces, New Friends Colony

Different perspectives. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are folks in New Friends Colony (NFC) friendlier? Seems so—at least in the market. The NFC Community Centre is an archipelago of interconnected plazas dense with mehendi stalls, cake shops, chai…

City Hangout - Khan Market Updates, Central Delhi

City Hangout – Khan Market Updates, Central Delhi

Last houses. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Khan Market sunset is seldom noticed. The sightings of the famous and the fashionable, strolling along the lanes, take away attention from the twilight sky. Then there is the market’s…

City Landmark - Accordion Man, South Extension I

City Landmark – Accordion Man, South Extension I

His silent music. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sitting with legs crossed, head tilted, moustache neatly trimmed and twirled, smiling beatifically, he is playing his accordion, the bellows of the instrument fanned out to their utmost extremity. No…

City Walk - Gail Choori Walan, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gail Choori Walan, Old Delhi

Street of the bangle folks [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Did you know that Snow White and the seven dwarves isn’t just a fairy tale? True, those eight folks used to live in Old Delhi, here in Gali…

City Landmark - New Wall Clock, Turkman Gate

City Landmark – New Wall Clock, Turkman Gate

Timeless gets new time. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lush banyan tree stands by the old marble grave. High up in the smoggy air, the leafy branches bend over the chaotic street, keeping it marooned in perpetual…