City Library - Advaita Kala's Books, Nizamuddin East

City Library – Advaita Kala’s Books, Nizamuddin East

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One warm evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Advaita Kala, the author of Almost Single. Like her novel’s protagonist, Ms Kala, is single. In her early 30s,…

City Library - Somini Sengupta's Books, Nizamuddin East

City Library – Somini Sengupta’s Books, Nizamuddin East

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One cold afternoon The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Somini Sengupta, the former South Asia bureau chief of The New York Times. Ms Sengupta, 43, is working on…

City Library - The Delhi Walla, Nizamuddin Basti

City Library – The Delhi Walla, Nizamuddin Basti

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One day there will still be books, but they might not be in the printed form. In the series City Library, The Delhi Walla will make a record of the…

City Secret – Hardayal Municipal Public Library, Daryaganj

The newspaper readers’ club [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In these iPad times of 24X7 news channels and streaming video sites, when the death of the newspaper is considered a certainty, a small bookless library in Daryaganj is…

Capital Regret – On Ms Amita Malik’s Library on the Road

Ms Malik’s nephew writes to The Delhi Walla. [Text by Sarbjit Roy; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi] I read The Delhi Walla‘s story on Ms Amita Malik’s books being sold to a rag picker by her close relatives and domestic…