City Library – Payal Singh’s Books, Vaishali

City Library – Payal Singh’s Books, Vaishali

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Payal Singh, keeper of her family’s treasure: six hardbounds of the eleventh edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. In her 30s, Ms…

City Library - Sonal Aggarwal's Books, Pitampura

City Library – Sonal Aggarwal’s Books, Pitampura

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One late evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of Sonal Aggarwal, a devoted reader of Anita Desai and many other authors. In her 30s, Ms Aggarwal, an industrialist’s…

City Library - Chandrahas Choudhury's Books, Kalkaji

City Library – Chandrahas Choudhury’s Books, Kalkaji

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One late evening The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of author Chandrahas Choudhury. In his 30s, Mr Choudhury lives on the second floor of a bungalow in Kalkaji, south…

City Library – Ira Pande’s Books, Noida

City Library – Ira Pande’s Books, Noida

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One rainy afternoon, The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of writer and editor Ira Pande. Now 60, Mrs Pande shares her ground floor apartment in Sector 93, Noida, a…

City Library – Vidya Rao’s Books, Mehrauli

City Library – Vidya Rao’s Books, Mehrauli

A vanishing world. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] One humid afternoon The Delhi Walla knocked at the door of thumri singer Vidya Rao. In her 50s, Ms Rao shares her second-floor apartment in Mehrauli, south Delhi, with her…

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…