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The three men work independently though have the same kind of living.

Delhiwale: Friends in the Capital

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2021 03:27 AM IST
  • Glimpsing into a bond shared by three men
Chats with the soft-spoken Mr Nagraj are demanding.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Chats with the soft-spoken Mr Nagraj are demanding.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: A special kind of book lover

By Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 01:19 AM IST
  • A day back he sent a carton of Gabriel García Márquez’s novels to a book distributor in Jammu and Kashmir.
Such are the 6.45 pm impressions you might gather while standing on the west side of the Barakhamba flyover in central Delhi.
Such are the 6.45 pm impressions you might gather while standing on the west side of the Barakhamba flyover in central Delhi.

Delhiwale: Twilight in the flyover

By Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 12:57 AM IST
  • The dominantly dark blue is upon a band of light blue, blue is upon orange, orange is upon flaming red. And now an express train enters the scene. It chugs along the tracks, towards the elusive horizon, like a man rushing to claim the rumoured pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Every morning at 6, while he’s still asleep (and so are the kids Arjun and Adisha), his wife, Rekha, quietly starts her day with the chores of dawn. And that principally involves cooking the lunch.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Every morning at 6, while he’s still asleep (and so are the kids Arjun and Adisha), his wife, Rekha, quietly starts her day with the chores of dawn. And that principally involves cooking the lunch.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: His meals on wheels

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 06:08 AM IST
  • A man’s lunch, fondly prepared by the wife
Jasola District Park in south Delhi is only public garden in the city that exhibits the most panoramic view of a hospital.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Jasola District Park in south Delhi is only public garden in the city that exhibits the most panoramic view of a hospital.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: A park by the hospital

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 06:30 AM IST
  • An urban haven with a twist
Mukti Ram Parajuli, manning the snack counter, is gearing up for the 10-minute interval that will begin shortly.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Mukti Ram Parajuli, manning the snack counter, is gearing up for the 10-minute interval that will begin shortly.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: The show is going on

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 07:11 AM IST
  • The pandemic-era life of a cinema hall staffer
Ms Sengupta, 62, takes a break from work to answer the Proust questionnaire in which folks are nudged to make “Parisian parlour confessions”, all to explore citizens’ distinct experiences.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Ms Sengupta, 62, takes a break from work to answer the Proust questionnaire in which folks are nudged to make “Parisian parlour confessions”, all to explore citizens’ distinct experiences.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: Bookseller bares her heart

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 05:20 AM IST
  • Proust questionnaire with a Millennium City bookstore owner
Ms Nankani, 65, admits of struggling through the predictable challenges that independent bookstores like hers are facing in these days of the pandemic.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Ms Nankani, 65, admits of struggling through the predictable challenges that independent bookstores like hers are facing in these days of the pandemic.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: Other bookstore in Aurobindo

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2021 05:23 AM IST
  • A lesser-known but atmospheric bookstore
In her early 20s, Shahana Khatoon is unhurriedly walking along the station’s foot overbridge, towards her home in Shaheen Bagh.
In her early 20s, Shahana Khatoon is unhurriedly walking along the station’s foot overbridge, towards her home in Shaheen Bagh.

Delhiwale: A poet from Shaheen Bagh

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2021 01:42 AM IST
A young woman is shaping her identity through her poems
In his 50s, Liyakatullah makes petis for bazar merchants.
In his 50s, Liyakatullah makes petis for bazar merchants.

Delhiwale: A cubicle like no other

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2021 02:26 AM IST
A crate-maker’s unique establishment.
In his 60s, Puranchand sells chicks, the slatted bamboo screens that so subtly sieve the daylight streaming inside the house through doors and windows.
In his 60s, Puranchand sells chicks, the slatted bamboo screens that so subtly sieve the daylight streaming inside the house through doors and windows.

Delhiwale: The bamboo screen seller

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2021 01:43 AM IST
Glimpsing into a street vendor’s life
Cool and shaded, Girdhar Kaushik Market is a long passageway connecting two market streets in Old Gurugram.
Cool and shaded, Girdhar Kaushik Market is a long passageway connecting two market streets in Old Gurugram.

Delhiwale: A quarantined bazar

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2021 02:30 AM IST
A passageway that is also a self-contained market.
This 13th century stone pavilion in south Delhi’s Deer Park overlooks the Hauz Khas lake on one side and the park’s grassy greens on the others.
This 13th century stone pavilion in south Delhi’s Deer Park overlooks the Hauz Khas lake on one side and the park’s grassy greens on the others.

Delhiwale: Monument to the bald

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2021 02:57 AM IST
  • An old ruin in contemporary setting
Mr Dehlvi lost three brothers in swift succession—one of them to Covid.
Mr Dehlvi lost three brothers in swift succession—one of them to Covid.

Delhiwale: Poet in grief

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2021 06:14 AM IST
  • A Walled City verse-writer coping with life’s profound losses
Today, the memorial feels bleached of its past, totally distanced from the compromised figure it commemorates.
Today, the memorial feels bleached of its past, totally distanced from the compromised figure it commemorates.

Delhiwale: Here lies Akbar’s foster brother

By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2021 05:01 AM IST
  • A little -known and yet very visible monument in Mehrauli
Daily wage labourers in many parts of the city tend to gather at select intersections to get assignments.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Daily wage labourers in many parts of the city tend to gather at select intersections to get assignments.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: Another way to see Jama Masjid

By Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2021 06:34 AM IST
  • This late night, the men are lying — head to feet, head to feet — on the pavement that runs along the mosque’s boundary wall.
Another person inexorably entwined with this members-only institution is Aslam Khan
Another person inexorably entwined with this members-only institution is Aslam Khan

Delhiwale: The IIC man

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2021 05:17 AM IST
  • The longtime face of an elite Delhi institution
The wall behind the counter has a pair of mashaks—goatskin bags of yesteryears—hanging from the hooks.
The wall behind the counter has a pair of mashaks—goatskin bags of yesteryears—hanging from the hooks.

Delhiwale: The mother of all chai stalls

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2021 12:53 AM IST
  • A tea place with a most picturesque setting
This open-air shrine to paperwork is extraordinarily quaint because every single notary here works on an old-fashioned typewriter.
This open-air shrine to paperwork is extraordinarily quaint because every single notary here works on an old-fashioned typewriter.

Delhiwale: Corridor of the imaginary cubicles

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2021 01:32 AM IST
  • A morning glimpse into the world of the notary clerks
Rude people might dismiss Moradabad as provincial. The less ignorant are aware of the UP city’s reputation as the center of brass handicrafts industry.
Rude people might dismiss Moradabad as provincial. The less ignorant are aware of the UP city’s reputation as the center of brass handicrafts industry.

Delhiwale: The battle of the biryanis

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2021 02:28 AM IST
  • A food scholar shares his recipe of the wildly popular Moradabadi biryani
Resigned to the hot, humid evening, brothers Hameed and Aamir are wordlessly operating their “roller machine”, here on Delhi’s Mathura Road.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Resigned to the hot, humid evening, brothers Hameed and Aamir are wordlessly operating their “roller machine”, here on Delhi’s Mathura Road.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: The emperors of fresh ice-cream

By Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2021 02:50 AM IST
  • Two vendors selling a rare-to-spot delicacy
This morning, the rickshaw puller has parked his rickshaw on a street-side in central Delhi, close to where he sleeps. Wearing pants and a baniyan, he is leisurely perched on the passenger’s seat, smoking a beedi.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
This morning, the rickshaw puller has parked his rickshaw on a street-side in central Delhi, close to where he sleeps. Wearing pants and a baniyan, he is leisurely perched on the passenger’s seat, smoking a beedi.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: Man without a mobile number

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2021 05:01 AM IST
  • Ramesh Kumar on life without a cellphone
Anand is about 8 or 9 years old, he says. He is wearing a blue T-shirt, blue shorts and yellow chappals.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Anand is about 8 or 9 years old, he says. He is wearing a blue T-shirt, blue shorts and yellow chappals.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: Portrait of a childhood

By Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 18, 2021 07:26 AM IST
  • Glimpsing into the life of a young boy
Obaidullah Mobarez, a DU student, who arrived last month from Laghman, Afghanistan, holding the Lonely Planet Afghanistan near his home in south Delhi’s Bhogal.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Obaidullah Mobarez, a DU student, who arrived last month from Laghman, Afghanistan, holding the Lonely Planet Afghanistan near his home in south Delhi’s Bhogal.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: A vanished Afghanistan

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2021 07:15 AM IST
  • Here’s your chance to finally drive through Afghanistan’s highways, stroll through its cities, enjoy afternoon naps in its mosques, kill time in its chaikhanas, pluck pomegranates from its orchards, and hopefully return home—alive.
Ms Jalil devoured Adam’s Law with unadulterated pleasure. Now, decades later, the acclaimed author of 30 books outs herself as a devotee of Mills & Boon paperbacks.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Ms Jalil devoured Adam’s Law with unadulterated pleasure. Now, decades later, the acclaimed author of 30 books outs herself as a devotee of Mills & Boon paperbacks.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: She’s out of the closet

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2021 06:44 AM IST
  • An author reveals her past with romances
Now, at least one cart in Gurugram is offering yet another radical twist to the biryani. It’s veg biryani served with poori.
Now, at least one cart in Gurugram is offering yet another radical twist to the biryani. It’s veg biryani served with poori.

Delhiwale: Biryani's new buddy

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2021 03:10 AM IST
A food cart offers an odd coupling
The barfi that Mr Kumar sells on any given day are made the evening before “over the course of two hours.”
The barfi that Mr Kumar sells on any given day are made the evening before “over the course of two hours.”

Delhiwale: Barfi with mask

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 09, 2021 02:49 AM IST
A stall stacked with two specialities.
Pintu’s stall has a most incredible collection of paperback classics published by Penguin in the 1950s and 1960s.
Pintu’s stall has a most incredible collection of paperback classics published by Penguin in the 1950s and 1960s.

Delhiwale: Pintu's vintage collections

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 07, 2021 02:32 AM IST
A must-visit stall in the new-site Sunday book bazar.
The pilkhan is spread across the Delhi region, generously sprinkled in Zakir Hussain Marg, Dalhousie Marg, Niti and Nyaya Marg.
The pilkhan is spread across the Delhi region, generously sprinkled in Zakir Hussain Marg, Dalhousie Marg, Niti and Nyaya Marg.

Delhiwale: Meet the blushing trees

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 06, 2021 04:02 AM IST
The gorgeous Pilkhans repeat their springtime colouring.
In his 40s, Raju is dressed formally in grey pants and a collared shirt with sleeves rolled up to the elbows.
In his 40s, Raju is dressed formally in grey pants and a collared shirt with sleeves rolled up to the elbows.

Delhiwale: Raju’s paratha corner

By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2021 02:43 AM IST
  • A street landmark in continuous existence for 30 years
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