City Walk - Babar Road, Central Delhi

City Walk – Babar Road, Central Delhi

Into a bubble. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The tree is tall, wide and choked with green leaves. You can spend a long time surveying its immense proportions consisting of dozens of branches. The tree gets even more…

City Walk - Winter Stroll, Hauz Khas Lake

City Walk – Winter Stroll, Hauz Khas Lake

Sunset boulevard. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The receding sun has stained the sky with tints of red. And not only the sky — it looks like the lake’s waters, too, are on fire. Yet the air is…

City Walk - Chhanhirai Gali, Near Roshanpura

City Walk – Chhanhirai Gali, Near Roshanpura

Lane to another time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a world of yesterday. Which is very rare to land into in a metropolis that is also known as the Millennium City. This narrow lane near Gurgaon’s…

City Walk - Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

City Walk – Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Nuances of disparity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] High-rises so tall that sometimes clouds waft around the upper floor windows. In malls, you hear a babble of foreign accents. Sleek coaches of the Rapid Metro show up frequently…

City Walk - Red Fort's Backside, Ring Road

City Walk – Red Fort’s Backside, Ring Road

A different perspective. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Great stories, they say, can also be told backwards, or sideways. Like the Red Fort. You must have seen the Mughal-era monument in all its red glory—the sandstone ramparts spread…

City Walk - Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Central Delhi

City Walk – Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Central Delhi

On emperor’s path. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It no longer needs to be known as Delhi’s Fleet Street, the London road famous for newspaper offices. At least some newspapers that were once located here have wholly or…

City Walk - Disappearing Bungalows, Green Park

City Walk – Disappearing Bungalows, Green Park

Going with the wind. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A gate just big enough for a car to pass through. Beyond it, a small lawn on the side, not fanatically trimmed. And then the single-storey house, not modern-looking,…

City Walk - Former Stone Quarry, Gurgaon-Faridabad Road

City Walk – Former Stone Quarry, Gurgaon-Faridabad Road

Into the wild. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a city walk that gives a sense of the land our city stands on. Let’s start with the mysterious wall crisscrossing through what looks like a jungle. It…

City Walk - Post-Lockdown Lodhi Road, Central Delhi

City Walk – Post-Lockdown Lodhi Road, Central Delhi

Notes from a pandemic-era stroll. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Two masked men are sitting on the dusty footpath, by the traffic light, with sketch pads on their laps. They are drawing Safdarjung’s Tomb, standing just across the…

City Walk - Florence Nightingale Lane, Green Park

City Walk – Florence Nightingale Lane, Green Park

Street of the nurse. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi has all sorts of lanes, all over the place. And then there’s Florence Nightingale Lane in Green Park—reminding us of the need for nurses in these grim days…