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 Hangout - Tintin in Delhi, Around Town

Travails in India. [By Mayank Austen Soofi; the above photo was taken in Calcutta] Delhi has been visited by many world famous celebs. The Beatles bought a sitar in Connaught Place. Gabriel García Márquez browsed for books in Khan Market….

City Hangout - Sunday Book Bazar, Mahila Haat

Good old wine in new bottle. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Sunday Book Bazar was closed — no thanks, Omicron! Whenever the pandemic situation eases, you have to visit the book bazar. For decades the weekly market…

City Landmark - Peepal Tree, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station

Beyond train watching. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is an old city with many katras and kuchas. Each kucha has many gallis. Each galli has many havelis and homes. And each home is as intricate as any…

City Landmark - Old Building, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

The lost world. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The street is teeming with market people. The street-side is taken over by two tailors. They are mending torn suitcases. More of such damaged suitcases are piled up behind them….

City Hangout - Bird Watching, Connaught Place

The N Block flights. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is late morning. The N Block sky over Connaught Place is blue and sunny. The icy air is echoing with the peep-peep of traffic horns. Most of the…

City Food - Butter Chhole Kulche, Outside Humayun's Tomb

Delhi’s best chhole kulche. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The whole world comes to see Humayun’s Tomb. The monument must be beautiful. You ought to head to Humayun’s Tomb for another beautiful reason, too. Just outside the gate…

City Life - Theatre Stage, Mandi House Roundabout

A play ground. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They all are speaking at the same time, speaking over each other, and so uninhibitedly and loudly that you will fear their lungs might explode any moment. Actually, these six…

Mission Delhi - Sikander Nath, New Railway Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The man in the black hat is walking silently along the roadside, and yet he is attracting a great amount of notice. Heads are turning towards him almost…

City Food - Mohammed Moinuddin’s Butter Coffee, Chitli Qabar Chowk

It was all acacia. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some cities never sleep. Like New York. Like Old Delhi. Any person living in, say, the Walled City’s Chitli Qabar Chowk will tell you that the sounds of their…