City Monument - Bloomsday 2024, Martello Tower

City Monument – Bloomsday 2024, Martello Tower

Bloomdsday Mubarak. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] One evening, two nattily suited men climb a steep cobbled slope to reach a lesser-known Delhi monument. Each of them has a copy of James Joyce’s 1922 novel Ulysses, a classic…

City Life - Staircases, Gurgaon Mosque & Gurgaon Mall

City Life – Staircases, Gurgaon Mosque & Gurgaon Mall

More than just a fire exit. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here are two aspects of one city. As seen through two staircases. The first one is a steep staircase littered with shoes, sandals and chappals—see right photo….

City Neighbourhood - Anjuman Chowk, Old Delhi

City Neighbourhood – Anjuman Chowk, Old Delhi

Heart of the world. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Anjuman Chowk is the center of the world. This belief is firmly instilled into the sensibilities of the Anjuman Chowk gentry. After all, almost all the galis that matter…

City Landmark - Hazrat Chirag Dehli Shrine in Winter,  South Delhi

City Landmark – Hazrat Chirag Dehli Shrine in Winter, South Delhi

Cold courtyard. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is windier than elsewhere in the city. The cold too is colder. With its vast courtyard, and its many trees, the sufi shrine of Hazrat Chirag Dehli is one…

City Vox Popili - A Life in Jasmine's Day, Batala, Punjab

City Vox Popili – A Life in Jasmine’s Day, Batala, Punjab

As part of The Delhi Walla series asking citizens to “write down everything you did in one day.” Send yours in 400 words max to thedelhiwallasoofi@gmail.com [Photo by Jasmine Dhaliwal] [By Jasmine Dhaliwal, a doctor] This morning when I got…

City Vox Popili - A Life in Sarthak's Day, Khan Market

City Vox Popili – A Life in Sarthak’s Day, Khan Market

As part of The Delhi Walla series asking citizens to “write down everything you did in one day.” Send yours in 400 words max to thedelhiwallasoofi@gmail.com [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] [By Sarthak Kaul, a trans-Yamuna writer] I wake up,…

City Food - Madhur Jaffrey’s An Invitation to Indian Cooking, Around Town

City Food – Madhur Jaffrey’s An Invitation to Indian Cooking, Around Town

A city’s suisine. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] All cookbooks contain recipes. Only a few give insightful glimpses into a culture. Only a very few of those manage to propel a cuisine to worldwide fame, Some such books…

City Vox Popili - A Life in Keziah's Day, IIT Delhi

City Vox Popili – A Life in Keziah’s Day, IIT Delhi

As part of The Delhi Walla series asking citizens to “write down everything you did in one day.” Send yours in 400 words max to thedelhiwallasoofi@gmail.com [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] [By Keziah Souza, a research scholar in IIT Delh]…

City Vox Popili - A Life in Tansy's Day, Manali

City Vox Popili – A Life in Tansy’s Day, Manali

As part of The Delhi Walla series asking citizens to “write down everything you did in one day.” Send yours in 400 words max to thedelhiwallasoofi@gmail.com [Photos by Dasel Troy-Norbu] [By Tansy Troy, an “educator, performer, poet”] First sun streams…

City Vox Popili - A Life in Kanwal's Day, Paris

City Vox Popili – A Life in Kanwal’s Day, Paris

As part of The Delhi Walla series asking citizens to “write down everything you did in one day.” Send yours in 400 words max to thedelhiwallasoofi@gmail.com [Photo by Apoorva Arora] [By Kanwal Sohi, who study English–Language, Literature and Society–at the…