Mayank Austen Soofi

Mayank Austen Soofi is a writer-snapper trying to capture Delhi by heart.

Articles by Mayank Austen Soofi

Delhiwale: Angels in the night

Spotting Amaltas, after sunset

Amaltas trees in full bloom in Dwarka, New Delhi, on May 26. (Shivam Saxena/HT photo)
Updated on May 26, 2023 06:45 AM IST

Delhiwale: Like a steady friend

An icon severely modest.

Nafees Bhai’s stall in Old Delhi’s Gali Sui Walan..
Published on May 25, 2023 04:30 AM IST

Delhiwale: The refugees of a record-breaking heatwave

Chance encounter with a group of men bearing the brunt of the scorching summer.

The men own no “property” except for the clothes they are wearing.
Updated on May 24, 2023 09:23 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhiwale: Passing of a book man

On the life of a distinguished citizen.

Bookseller, publisher and distributor Ramesh Chandra died on 20 May, following a brief illness, aged 80.
Published on May 23, 2023 04:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhiwale: Into the head bearer's head

Proust questionnaire with a fellow citizen.

At the Indian Coffee House in Delhi's Mohan Singh Place
Published on May 22, 2023 01:02 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhiwale: This way to Pahari Bhojla

The Walled City dictionary

Published on May 20, 2023 02:27 AM IST

Delhiwale: Hauz Khas's white pinnacle

A temple in a historic district.

Delhiwale: Hauz Khas's white pinnacle
Published on May 19, 2023 04:02 AM IST

Delhiwale: His long journey home

A citizen flees his area, and then returns.

Published on May 18, 2023 02:13 AM IST

Delhiwale: Basant Lok's overlapping times

The present and past of an iconic market.

Published on May 17, 2023 03:45 AM IST

Delhiwale: The bridges of highway county

A survey of some atmospheric foot-overs.

Published on May 16, 2023 01:56 AM IST

Delhiwale: Three Nizamuddin East dwellers

On life in the metropolis.

 Three Nizamuddin East dwellers.
Published on Apr 19, 2023 05:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhiwale: Good morning, Amaltas!

On the first sighting of the best part of summer.

Amaltas trees along central Delhi's Hailey Road.
Published on Apr 18, 2023 03:57 AM IST

Delhiwale: CP's secret magical

The least known aspect of a historic district.

The arched passageway in Connaught Place (CP).
Published on Apr 17, 2023 05:34 AM IST

Delhiwale: This way to Lokraj’s colourful cascades

The Walled City dictionary.

The unnamed shopper’s stop in Old Delhi’s Tiraha Behram Khan
Published on Apr 15, 2023 01:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhiwale: The Daryaganj book merchant

The Walled City dictionary

Delhiwale: The Daryaganj book merchant
Published on Mar 25, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Delhiwale: Farewell citizen

An artist quits the city

Delhiwale: Farewell citizen
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 11:43 AM IST

Delhiwale: Chelmsford lives

On a city avenue

Delhiwale: Chelmsford lives
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 12:37 PM IST

Delhiwale: The tomb besides Humayun's

A lesser-known landmark within a famous tomb complex

A lesser-known landmark within a famous tomb complex
Published on Mar 22, 2023 03:23 AM IST

Delhiwale: Meet the Zina wale

An afternoon at a unique chai place.

Zina Tea Stall, named after the Urdu for “staircase”.
Updated on Mar 16, 2023 11:52 AM IST

Delhiwale: This way to Gali Nawab Mirza

The Walled City dictionary.

Gali Nawab Mirza is an impasse, culminating into a residential block..
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 09:54 AM IST

Delhiwale: A CP landmark

On a capital institution.

The Central News Agency (CNA) was founded by Balak Ram Puri in 1936.
Published on Mar 14, 2023 01:05 AM IST

Delhiwale: Capital’s love affair with semal

Celebrating the season with readers.

Every year, a beautiful semal in Sundar Nursery steals at least some of the thunder of the Lakkarwala Burj monument, as well as of the rose garden facing it, as well as of the glorious sunset that unfolds every evening just behind this monument.
Published on Mar 13, 2023 05:39 AM IST

Delhiwale: Nobel winner answers Proust questionnaire

French novelist Annie Ernaux, the 2022 Nobel laureate in literature agreed to be a part of our Proust Questionnaire series in which citizens are nudged to make “Parisian parlour confessions”, all to explore our distinct experiences

French novelist Annie Ernaux in Old Delhi. (Mayank Austen Soofi/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 02:02 AM IST

From France, with love: Nobel laureate Annie Ernaux leaves her world to briefly enter ours

Here she is, a few hours after travelling overnight in an Air India flight, walking in Old Delhi, between Matia Mahal and Jama Masjid, and in the more secretive gallis around them

HT Image
Published on Feb 24, 2023 11:35 PM IST

Delhiwale: The Millennium’s edifices

Three landmarks that complicate the idea of Gurugram

Delhiwale: The Millennium’s edifices
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 12:14 PM IST

Delhiwale: This way to Urdu Bazar

As part of our ‘Walled City dictionary’ series that is exploring every Old Delhi place.

Delhiwale: This way to Urdu Bazar
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 01:00 PM IST

Delhiwale: The Gole Market inscriptions

Exploring a little known aspect of the colonial-era arcade

Delhiwale: The Gole Market inscriptions
Published on Feb 22, 2023 05:14 AM IST

Delhiwale: Chasing a cream roll vendor

Sketching a tradesman’s daily life

Sketching a tradesman’s daily life
Published on Feb 21, 2023 04:02 AM IST

Delhiwale: Citizen Kanhaiya

On life, losses, and a failed dream

An Ayodhya native, the middle-aged gentleman is sitting by a shaded roadside in south Delhi’s posh Anand Niketan. (HT)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 09:34 AM IST

Delhiwale: Roomies, a portrait

Inside an unusual home

This is the extraordinary residence of a bunch of men who haul construction material on wooden carts. (HT)
Updated on Feb 15, 2023 08:13 AM IST
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