City Walk - Gali Wakil Wali, Old Delhi

City Walk – Gali Wakil Wali, Old Delhi

Lawyer’s way. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Indeed, there is somebody walking in black. But she is a figure in burqa, not a lawyer in robes. It was an honest mistake. Blame the lane. Is Gali Wakil Wali…

City Walk - M-Block Market, GK-II

City Walk – M-Block Market, GK-II

A walk through good life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is a truth commonly acknowledged, that the universe has three GKs — or Greater Kailashes. GK I and GK II are located in south Delhi, and GK…

City Walk - Shah Abul Khair, Old Delhi

City Walk – Shah Abul Khair, Old Delhi

World of a street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes a lone man might be sitting by the grand doorway, watching the passerby go along the street. Sometimes, there’s a crowd of idle men. From 1 pm to…

City Walk - Lohe Wala Pul, Daryaganj

City Walk – Lohe Wala Pul, Daryaganj

A vanished world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What if Delhi disappears. Will the land where it stood still be known as Delhi? This is precisely the posthumous destiny of Lohe Wala Pul, the foot-over bridge of loha,…

City Walk - Golcha Cinema, Old Delhi

City Walk – Golcha Cinema, Old Delhi

World of a street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Despite being a mere courtesan, Anarkali dares Emperor Akbar with a spunky dance. The lyrics of the song are so seditious that the audience get up from their seat…

City Walk - Chatta Chuhiya Mem, Old Delhi

City Walk – Chatta Chuhiya Mem, Old Delhi

World of a street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How was she like? What were her passions and pursuits, her joys and despairs? Where is her grave? There are no answers. Nothing substantial is known about this mysterious…

City Walk - Galli Sham Lal Street, Old Delhi

City Walk – Galli Sham Lal Street, Old Delhi

World of a street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is like being in a crowd, and suddenly everyone disappears — except you. This is what stepping into Gali Sham Lal feels like. Firmly keeping the boisterousness of…

City Walk - Galli Shiv Prasad Street, Old Delhi

City Walk – Galli Shiv Prasad Street, Old Delhi

World of a street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One night, the narrow Galli Master Shiv Prasad is lit up with electric lamps. The part where the lane ends into a cramped courtyard is filled with folks watching…

City Walk - Old Houses of Jangpura, Central Delhi

City Walk – Old Houses of Jangpura, Central Delhi

Almost gone. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The door is stained with tiny shreds of old peeling paint. The latch is entwined into a small lock so rusty that it has gone red. Green plants are growing uncut…

City Walk - Regal Cinema Back Lane, Connaught Place

City Walk – Regal Cinema Back Lane, Connaught Place

Not so regal. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The back lane of the Regal cinema building appears timeless. Long before the cinema shut down, in 2017, the area’s architecture already looked as shabby as it does today. The…