City Moment – Music, Food, Friends, Mobile Phone at Author Sadia Dehlvi's Drawing Room, H. Nizamuddin East

City Moment – Music, Food, Friends, Mobile Phone at Author Sadia Dehlvi’s Drawing Room, H. Nizamuddin East

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was the late afternoon of the last day of the last year. The drawing room was filled with guests–many of these elegant people had their eyes closed, their feet…

City Moment - Seeing Proust's Soul in a Solitary Seagull, Cabourg, France

City Moment – Seeing Proust’s Soul in a Solitary Seagull, Cabourg, France

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The seagull is quietly watching the waves. One evening The Delhi Walla is on Promenade Marcel Proust in Cabourg, the coastal town immortalised by Proust as Balbec in his novel…

City Moment - The Overworked Music Men of the Yellow Line, Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

City Moment – The Overworked Music Men of the Yellow Line, Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They were apparitions in golden dhotis and pink jackets. One late night The Delhi Walla saw members of the Kirti music band. They were sitting inside a Metro rail coach….

City Moment - Facebook Betrayal and Redemption at the Reading of The God of Small Things, Caara Café, British Council

City Moment – Facebook Betrayal and Redemption at the Reading of The God of Small Things, Caara Café, British Council

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is only The Delhi Walla. It is evening and I’m at Caara Café inside British Council to attend a discussion of Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small…

City Moment – Yoga Homage to Emperor Muhammad Shah, Lodhi Gardens

City Moment – Yoga Homage to Emperor Muhammad Shah, Lodhi Gardens

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is the short story of one woman and four men. One evening The Delhi Walla sees Miss Fatima, Mr Suhail Ansari, Mr Mohan, Mr Kaushal Suryavanshi and Mr Anil…

City Moment - Dark Fantasy of the Midnight Metropolis, Lodhi Road

City Moment – Dark Fantasy of the Midnight Metropolis, Lodhi Road

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is close to midnight. No stars to be seen in the cloudless sky. The warm air smells of diesel. The Delhi Walla is walking on Lodhi Road, so close…

City Moment – On Rudely Greeting the ‘Horrid’ Big Ship Tourists, Venice

City Moment – On Rudely Greeting the ‘Horrid’ Big Ship Tourists, Venice

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is always delightful when beautiful people find a reason in life. This time it is against the big ships. One afternoon The Delhi Walla goes to the promenade of…

City Moment – The Magical Man Spotted at Artist Dayanita Singh's Talk, Italian Cultural Center

City Moment – The Magical Man Spotted at Artist Dayanita Singh’s Talk, Italian Cultural Center

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was alone and he was the first to arrive. One evening The Delhi Walla saw this quiet elderly man at the Italian Cultural Center on Chandragupta Marg. Artist Dayanita…

City Moment - Author Gillian Wright's Snacking Secrets Exposed, H. Nizamuddin West

City Moment – Author Gillian Wright’s Snacking Secrets Exposed, H. Nizamuddin West

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She seems so familiar. Who can she be? Must be somebody famous. Suddenly, the heart stops. Isn’t she that writer?! One evening The Delhi Walla spots Gillian Wright on a…

City Moment - The Pleasures of the Massage Parlor, Mathura Road

City Moment – The Pleasures of the Massage Parlor, Mathura Road

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Lounging barefoot on the pavement, the man is dressed in the bedroom uniform–a white undershirt and a flowery underwear. His white trousers are rumpled around a street post. He is…