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“Soofi says that Proust is his favorite writer, and his project has, over the years, taken on an increasingly Proustian quality. He has been passing in and out of the same neighborhoods for more than a decade, documenting the minutest social and cultural changes… “–The New Yorker
The New Review, The Guardian, UK
“… Mayank Austen Soofi is street-spiritual as well as funny, engaging and wise.”
With 2,748 posts (plus over 19,500 images on Instagram), it (The Delhi Walla) features the Delhi you should see, the Delhi that you never see, the Delhi that lies forgotten and sometimes even the Delhi that will come to be.
“The Delhi Walla is one of the city’s best-known flâneurs.”
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“The Delhi Walla is a one-man encyclopedia of the city.”
“The Delhi Walla is a celebration of the food, culture and books of India’s capital.”
Biography of The Delhi Walla
Since 2007, Mayank Austen Soofi has been collecting hundreds of stories taking place in Delhi, through writing and photography, for his acclaimed website The Delhi Walla. Every day, Mayank walks around the city with his camera and notebook to track down the part of extraordinary that exists in the seemingly mundane aspects of urban lives. By exploring and documenting the streets, buildings, houses, cuisines, traditions and people of Delhi, his work is also an attempt to give the megalopolis an intimate voice, and to capture the passing of time in this otherwise restlessly changing city.
Mayank is also a daily columnist for Hindustan Times newspaper, and the author of ‘Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District’ (published by Penguin) and the four-volume ‘The Delhi Walla’ guidebooks (HarperCollins).
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I would like to know which place is this exactly? http://www.thedelhiwalla.com/2011/07/20/city-hangout-delhi-forests-around-town/
and how can I reach there? Do tell me if you plan such things 🙂
can you please introduce Search bar on this website?
Hi Mayank….. I just read a post you had written about kuldeep bookstores in daryaganj…. I know it was really long back but just wanted to know if you have updates about it cos I visited the address mentioned by you but there was no bookstore there.
Thanks!! Really likeyour blog btw
They have changed their address. It’s now close to Golcha theatre, very close to a ‘wine shop’. Will put up the exact address on the aforementioned post by next week.
Hi Mayank, this is in reference to your article on Amrita Shergil Marg. You’ve referred to Lodhi Garden’s former name as ‘Lady Hardinge Garden’, while it actually is supposed to be ‘Lady Willingdon Garden’. The comments for that page were turned off so I chose to write it here. Do change it if you can. Great write-ups and pictures – very intimate and unique, but at times perhaps slightly non-relevant. Having said that, your blog makes a delightful read. I am a Delhiwalla who lives in Pune and I always end up at your page when I feel nostalgic. Cheers. 🙂
Thank you, Anmol. Corrected the error. Thanks for your kind words about the website. And yes, I like non-relevant aspects of our cities and lives.
Your new site theme is way too busy. MesoPlus doesb’t seem designed for website with so many categories. Have you considered using Twenty Fourteen that works well with photo-based blogs like yours. Or if you want to get folks to concentrate on the content Writr (both are free)?
Just out of curiosity who do you host with? You don’t need to share it publicly via this form. Email me privately :p
i love the way you make the situations so live by your words….i like the way you look at world and click awesome picks
this is our old historical place phari imli my grant father was lives in phari imli.our grant father was known in pahari imli barkat ullah channdi wallay.my grant mother was lives in havaili azam khan she was daughter is mr yousaf khan owner of the havaili azam khan.Dehli is our historical city.i love that phari imli.
I presently staying in laxmi nagar east delhi,i found this place too crowdy and wanna move to some area in delhi which is proper residential n less crowdy.
I own a flat in laxmi nagar, n looking for areas where to buy a new flat of budget approx 80 lac..can plz suggest me some area which i should lookout, where usually upper middle grade people live, n which is less crowdy as well…thanks
I was a regular reader of yours in HT. then it disappeared suddenly .I was disappointed. I thought you have joined some other newspaper or magazine. Then , yesterday I discovered this website through some link. I am so happy and thrilled to get you back.
Y U NO have a facebook page?
I was trying to look for pics of amaltas for my blog and your post in 2012 on Amaltas was so generous with the photographs. I love Delhi (only if we could turn the sound off), and Amaltas is one of my best memories of Delhi.
Thanks for sharing such lovely pics, and thanks for dedicating this space for Dehli. Love your idea of ‘one in one percent of 13 million’ thanks for putting a face to these people that no one stops to notice. May be you could do a post on how english writing gets so much more news coverage than those in vernaculars …….may be something is being lost in that…..
Thanks again for this blog.
Soofi, which book are you reading in this?
will appreciate if you could email me the response 🙂
your website really help me getting educated about delhi people and their life style.
First of all thanks a ton for all your valuable eforts in bringing this the best website I ever came across in my life. I am short of words to express my congratulations and thankfullness for this fabulous website. It is indeed the best website. You have put sincere and valiants efforts in this website in describing this great city and this website (www.thedelhiwalla.com)is indeed the reflection of your passion, knowledge and above all the liking for this great wonderful city. Hats off for your description on the people,the food, monuments, hang out places, the chaos etc which makes them unique traits/speciality of Delhi, which would otherwise have been normal for a metropolitan city. Each and every article of yours is fabulous and outstanding. You are one of the few people who open the avenues for commoners like us becoming more responsible to our culture and towards the cities we live to make them much more better. We really feel lucky for having read your website and books and for being a part of this great Delhi. We will leave no stone unturned in conserving this city and making it a better place to live.
Many thanks once again and our best wishes.
With Kind Regards
Sri Rama Kumar Swaminathan Iyer
Thanks! Found my storyteller
How to i get your bliog updates deliverec to my inbox? I cant find a sign up?
kindly provide your address.
do u have facebook.com page ?
Pretty creative stuff you’ve got out there.
I have with me few pieces of EDWARD VII 1907 One Rupee silver coins.
These are lying with our family from years.
Will you be interested in buying them ?
If yes, what the price you will offer.
You’re ridiculously good. I love your mind so much, it is annoying
how are you ? i need an information regarding movies released in chanakya hall in 1988 & 1989 .i will be very grateful if you could provide me this information.
Thank God, Mayank, you are back in Mint. Without your stories, it looks trivial. I was toying with the idea of asking my newspaperwallah to stop giving me this newspaper. Your story today on ‘Rain Baseras’ is very good.
Wants to sell my 13th century feroz saha dynasty coins , call if interested to buy these rare coins
I just love reading about Delhi time and again. Your posts are quite close to an”aam” delhiwalah. You know, pics of common delhi is seen. Since you have a dedicated site on Delhi and your viewer ship is quite remarkable.
May I make a suggestion. Can you please encourage the delhites to keep the Delhi clean and tidy. Especially the old Delhi areas, where the rickshawwalas, peddlers, shopkeepers , they all are part of that historical culture, but it is very painful to see, when see them spitting on roads, aiming their chaat pattas on road while sitting on their “gallaas”. A word from you might bring some change in their attitude that teh road and street belongs to the govt and its its duty to keep it clean.
How great the trips would be to tehse narrow mesmerised lanes on Delhi, if they will be clean!!!
I have been searching for a dargah in Delhi, over Google and luckily landed on your website. Although I could not find what I was looking for but I have found a lot more than what I was looking for. It’s like an accidental discovery and I would be really obliged to have this information about places recorded/shared over our portal as well, an initiative [www.next2metro.com] to provide free information to the users for places around metro stations in Delhi. If you are interested then you may please write back. Looking ahead for your response.
I have just learned of your blog and would like to be on the distribution list. Thanks
its sounds like you have visites almost every place in delhi, Please come to our store as well for any flowers requirement.
Our shop in delhi is at: A-272, Defense Colony, Kotla and defense colony lights, Opposite to Kotak Mahindra bank. See our address:
Really it’s an awesome job mayank.i appreciate u for ur this job of relightening the great Indian Mughals.
Very detailed site. I recently visited Delhi after am absence of over 50 years and had a great deal of fun tracking down places I remembered from my teen years. Of the monuments much has changed but often for the better and they are in better repair today than in the 1950ies. A couple of fairly obscure monuments you might want to add to your site are the Flagstaff Tower, not to be confused with the Mutiny memorial, located on the north end of the Ridge. It predates 1857 and was an important site during the 1857 siege of Delhi. Another that is still there is the entrance to the Delhi Powder Magazine which was blown up during the Mutiny. It is located on Lothian Road very near the General Post Office.
Thank you, Frank.
I m raheem khan sabri ur Facebook frnd from kaliyar shareef
I wnt to buy ur book
No one can love u more
How i get it..i was chk it on flipkart but it was out of stock
Dil o Danish -a novel about Delhi by Krishna Sobti , published by Dilli Kitab Ghar
Hey , you have an extraordinary eye…I loved every word of your work.Felt as if you pondered my heart on your blog. Really loved it.
Felt like you might know so asking: is there a list somewhere of personalities who are behind Delhi’s road names? I saw a post on your site that talks about some older names vs newer ones. If there isn’t any such thing maybe I’ll start one, so let me know of existing resources when you have the time.
Hey have you published a photo book of your images of Delhi?
All the best 🙂
Have been a fan for years. Thanks for all the fish.
The twitter logo on the main page is not directing to your handle. Might want to check.
There is a problem in viewing your website which can be improved. When we scroll down in any of your posts, a header of about 4 inches always remains on screen giving options of Biographical dictionary, Library, Walks and others etc. On scrolling down, this header should not remain of more than 1 inch like any other website. This leaves very little viewing space on the monitor to see your actual post. Pl modify.
Will see to this. Thank you.
Am your fan please i want meet you. Please unblock me on instagram.
Mobile = 9041653527
My name is Gopal,live in Agra,run a homestay The Coral Tree(wwwthecoraltreehomestay.com).Can you please send me mob no or landline no of Mr V.N.Smith?.I want to invite him to visit Agra.I want to take him around Agra where he and his father lived.I did my M.A in history from St Johns College.My Email Id is firstname.lastname@example.org.Mob no 9837020688
Hi Mayank ,
Your writing and articles are really cute, and in some way they remind me of the late , great Sardar Khushwant Singh.
God lies in detailing and I like your eye for detail , hidden and unusual.
Your article of Nov08,2017 on Masjid Moth monument is away from reality
In case you get this email, surely we can furnish more details
Please make it a point to mention your email to establish contact or phone
Incase you have seen my comments on your Nov08,2017 article on Madjid Moth please revert to apprise you with more real factual position of this monument
Hi Mayank please write an article on Father Camille Bullet a great linguist who has been buried in Nicholson cemetery Kashmiri gate New Delhi.
Please feel free to call me.
You are doing a great job. I every day read your article in HT. Very interesting and very informative. Congratulation and best wishes.
Oh my God, how do you think and translate your observations into unforgettable writings. Heart touching.
I am from Afghanistan. somewhere you have wrote that after listen qawwali then you become more mature. I really love you. Now in India Indore. After some days coming back to Delhi then to Kabul. It will be a great honor for me to meet you. Please this is my utmost desire and happiness to see you… Thanks