Delhi Joyceans - The Delhi Walla's Speech on Bloomsday, 2022, at the Irish Ambassador's Residence, Sardar Patel Marg

Delhi Joyceans – The Delhi Walla’s Speech on Bloomsday, 2022, at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence, Sardar Patel Marg

Text of The Delhi Walla’s speech delivered at the Irish ambassador’s New Delhi residence on June 16. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dear friends, whether we are “Stately, plump” or not, whether we are Dubliners or not, Happy…

Mission Delhi - Noorjehan, Lodhi Road

Mission Delhi – Noorjehan, Lodhi Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is midnight. The pavement on Lodhi Road is immersed in darkness, but you can see figures slumped along it, presumably asleep. One spot on…

Our Self-Written Obituaries - Suroshri Paul, Barrackpore

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Suroshri Paul, Barrackpore

The 259th death. [By Suroshri Paul] Suroshri Paul, a student and a growing nihilist, who was apparently believed to be an optimist, died on 27th January in a room of her own in Barrackpore. The cause is yet to be…

City Hangout - Chekhov's Promenade, South Extension-2

City Hangout – Chekhov’s Promenade, South Extension-2

A lane to breathe. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Very often restless people have the habit of pacing to and fro in their living room or on their terrace, if they have any. Such an exercise is said…

City Landmark - Toilet Monolith, Deer Park

City Landmark – Toilet Monolith, Deer Park

Art in everyday world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Recently, the mystery apparition (and subsequent disappearance) of shiny monoliths in the United States and Romania have caused shock waves of excitement. Is it the work of aliens, or…

City Special - Obituary of Kaushal Nagpal, a Retired School Teacher Who Died of COVID-19, Faridabad

City Special – Obituary of Kaushal Nagpal, a Retired School Teacher Who Died of COVID-19, Faridabad

A life lost to the Coronavirus. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; photos shared by Kaushal Nagpal’s family] A retired school teacher, a devout follower of Arya Samaj, a Partition refugee, and a feminist, Kaushal Nagpal died of coronavirus in June…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Aradhana Seth, Noida

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Aradhana Seth, Noida

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How to describe her? Painter? Production designer? Photographer? Producer or film maker? Oh well, Aradhana Seth is an artist. And like most members of this restless specie, she is able…

City Obituary - Muhammed Aijaz ‘Chickenwale’, 1963-2020

City Obituary – Muhammed Aijaz ‘Chickenwale’, 1963-2020

The passing of a time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In most places these days, the news of a death spreads through WhatsApp and Facebook. But in Old Delhi, pasting a handwritten note on a public wall continues…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Bharatanatyam Dancer Geeta Chandran, Gulmohar Park

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Bharatanatyam Dancer Geeta Chandran, Gulmohar Park

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These scary days, the world seems to be divided into people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and those who haven’t (yet). Bharatanatyam dancer Geeta Chandran tested positive last week….

City Obituary - Poet Gulzar Dehlvi, Noida, 1926-2020

City Obituary – Poet Gulzar Dehlvi, Noida, 1926-2020

The passing of a time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] New Okhla Industrial Development Authority — who would relate a place with such an unpoetic name with writers? But novelist Vikram Seth lives in this same Noida, after…