City Hangout - Peer Baba's Courtyard, Mohalla Qabristan

City Hangout – Peer Baba’s Courtyard, Mohalla Qabristan

Green oasis. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some birds, some cats, a few trees, a few graves, and absolute quietude. Spending five minutes here is enough to secede from the life of everyday. Duties, concerns, plans, worries, prospects,…

City Hangout - Morning Market, Chitli Qabar

City Hangout – Morning Market, Chitli Qabar

Dream bazar. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] All sorts of colors and curiosities spring up along the street, with shoppers and sellers engaging in a most comely harmony. This has to be Delhi’s dreamiest and most eclectic pavement…

City Hangout - Matkaman's Water Point, Panchsheel Park

City Hangout – Matkaman’s Water Point, Panchsheel Park

Art for water’s sake. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here’s a place to briefly escape from all the negativity. This refuge is by a busy road, on a pavement in south Delhi’s Panchsheel Park. The seat is… an…

City Hangout - Ebony Cafe, Pai Walan, Jama Masjid

City Hangout – Ebony Cafe, Pai Walan, Jama Masjid

Paris in Purani Dilli. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In Paris, you have your cappuccino in front of Notre-Dame. In Delhi, it has recently become possible to enjoy a cappuccino — and not just sweet milky chai —…

City Hangout - Vasudev's Tea Stall, Hauz Khas Village

City Hangout – Vasudev’s Tea Stall, Hauz Khas Village

Chai with kindness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The night is cold. Vasudev has rustled out a small fire from wooden twigs he picked up from the pavement. Dressed in cap and woollen overcoat, he is fortifying himself…

City Hangout - Hyperlocal Notepads, Daryaganj

City Hangout – Hyperlocal Notepads, Daryaganj

Being elegantly pretentious. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Spending the afternoon in a cool cafe and being seen with a sleek laptop, or better still, with one of those elegant writing pads, is certainly the most sophisticated kind…

City Hangout - Cafe Karvaan, Abul Fazal Part 1

City Hangout – Cafe Karvaan, Abul Fazal Part 1

The river-side haven. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is it Volga or Thames, Nile or Seine? What is this watery world? With bits of dry land jutting out here and there, the landscape looks like a vast archipelago….

City Hangout - Train Spotting, The Bridge Upon the New Delhi Railway Station

City Hangout – Train Spotting, The Bridge Upon the New Delhi Railway Station

The pandemic-era thrill of travel. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some trains are moving. Some trains are still. A few passengers here and there, walking with their suitcases and kids. And suddenly, a rail engine whistles. The sounds…

City Hangout - Arpit Kakar's Staircase Tea, Daryaganj

City Hangout – Arpit Kakar’s Staircase Tea, Daryaganj

An extraordinary chai stall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Arpit Kakar always has trouble getting home. Ever since he set up a tea stall by filling up his staircase with everything from boxes of tea leaves to a…

City Hangout - Modern Tea Stall, Haveli Azam Khan Street

City Hangout – Modern Tea Stall, Haveli Azam Khan Street

The place after the pandemic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old Delhi’s tea stalls make very milky and sweet chai. The venerable Modern Tea Stall with its not-so-modern wooden chairs and chipped china is different. Its tea is…