City Walk - Taak Sightings, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

City Walk – Taak Sightings, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

Finding old souvenirs. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you look closely, you can find taaks in at least some houses of New Delhi villages—these disappearing arch-shaped niches built into walls. Traditionally meant as alcoves to keep sacred…

City Walk - Signature Chowk Bridge, Gurgaon

City Walk – Signature Chowk Bridge, Gurgaon

Beyond the practical utility. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Open sky. Nobody. Just you and your solitude, and a quiet walk mid-air. Footover bridges are among the most escapist places of a city, especially when suspended in places…

City Walk - Sounds of Alleys, Pahadi Imli

City Walk – Sounds of Alleys, Pahadi Imli

Going aural. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is no one to be seen. It is totally empty. And yet this is the same Old Delhi, that historic quarter, very picturesque — but usually so cramped and noisy….

City Walk - The Circles of Shakti Nagar, North Delhi

City Walk – The Circles of Shakti Nagar, North Delhi

City islands. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is commonly assumed that nothing exciting ever happens in small towns and villages. At best, the threadbare public life centers around a tree in the square, under which folks might…

City Walk - Pandemic-Era Connaught Place, Central Delhi

City Walk – Pandemic-Era Connaught Place, Central Delhi

Same place, different time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nothing has changed. The same white colonial-era columns. The same showrooms, with their immaculately dressed mannequins gazing by the glass displays. The same giggles of passersby. And wait, there…

City Walk - Gali Kebabian Street, Matia Mahal

City Walk – Gali Kebabian Street, Matia Mahal

Beyond Karim’s. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The shutters are pulled down. The doorways are closed. The place is empty. This is Karim’s, in Old Delhi. From early morning to late night, the iconic restaurant would always be…

City Walk - Corona-Era Lodhi Garden, Central Delhi

City Walk – Corona-Era Lodhi Garden, Central Delhi

Old beauty in the new normal. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is super-crowded. Lodhi Garden. There are totas, bayas, kala papeehas, puhyas, mynas, babilas, kauwas, ullus, gaurayyas… bulbuls, koyals, the beautifully named ram chiriyas, kabutars and, of…

City Walk - Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

City Walk – Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

The way of high life. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hanging out in the noisy cafes, watching a movie with hundred others in the multiplex, elbowing one’s way to a metro seat… what was all that? The prolonged…

City Walk - Hauz Khas Village at Midnight, South Delhi

City Walk – Hauz Khas Village at Midnight, South Delhi

Sensing the village life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How could such a small neighbourhood have so many layers? Hauz Khas Village in South Delhi is not only known for its clubs. As well as boutiques, galleries, curio…

City Walk - E Block, Greater Kailash Enclave

City Walk – E Block, Greater Kailash Enclave

Occupy South Delhi Movement. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lanes are tidier and even the air feels less poisonous. Of course, it has to be one of those South Delhi neighbourhoods where lucky residents can live out…