City Walk, Barakhamba, Central Delhi

City Walk, Barakhamba, Central Delhi

The 5 am stroll. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This early morning stroll is as illusory as a morning dream. At 5am the walk along central Delhi’s Barakhamba Road seems unreal. Stretching from Pushkin’s statue in Mandi House…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Conservation Architect Ratish Nanda, Near Humayun's Tomb

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Conservation Architect Ratish Nanda, Near Humayun’s Tomb

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Dawood, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Dawood, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – "Mastermind" Siddhartha Basu, Zamrudpur

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – “Mastermind” Siddhartha Basu, Zamrudpur

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Craft Activist Laila Tyabji, Shanti Niketan

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Craft Activist Laila Tyabji, Shanti Niketan

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

Exclusive - The Delhi Walla Interviews the Great Emily Dickinson Scholar Professor Cristanne Miller!

Exclusive – The Delhi Walla Interviews the Great Emily Dickinson Scholar Professor Cristanne Miller!

On life with Emily Dickinson. [Photos by Mayank Austen Soofi, except for Cristanne Miller’s portrait] It’s so-so. The new Apple TV series on poet Emily Dickinson is trying too hard to make her look like a millennial woke modernist. But…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddhartha Singh, Central Delhi

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddhartha Singh, Central Delhi

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Not only a prolific poet, he’s also a busy tax lawyer. But Siddhartha Singh, chatting in a Delhi café, does suggest a greater intimacy to poetry, “even while law…

Mission Delhi - Shyam Lal, Kaka Nagar Garden

Mission Delhi – Shyam Lal, Kaka Nagar Garden

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Gardener Shyam Lal, a fan of arhar dal, is thankful he’s getting wholesome meals. That wasn’t always the case. He’s now opened his lunch box…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddharth Sijoria, Ghaziabad

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddharth Sijoria, Ghaziabad

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This budding Delhi poet is moving to Mumbai for good, and with at least one high hope. Maybe he’ll finally meet some real poets in flesh and blood. At…