Author Archives: Mayank Austen Soofi


Mayank Austen Soofi

In Kashmir

In search of something This month for the first time in my life I went to Kashmir, which you Pakistanis think is yours and we think is ours. In childhood, I would


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Delhi’s stepwells

Still cool Here in Delhi, the heat is oppressive. I’m in a special place. Down the stone stairs. Shade. The wet sari clinging to her skin, Zeenat Begum is washing herself in


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What Zardari did not see

The Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti President Zardari should have visited Ajmer in June on the 800th Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. South Asia’s most revered Muslim, Moinuddin Chishti established the Chishti


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“Ruined by reading”

The definitive Delhi novel not yet written Last week, my spy in HarperCollins India told me that Pakistani blogger Raza Rumi is almost done writing a non-fiction book on Delhi. How on


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On the Eleventh

Of endings and new beginnings This week was like watching Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham: a little happiness, a little sadness. First, please permit me to blow my own trumpet. I’m very happy


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Dargah’s Billi…

… and a cat named Sufi I’m writing this column in the dargah of Hazrat Nizmauddin Auliya, Delhi’s 14th century saint. It is his Urs. For now I’m distracted by some other


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Depictions of a city

A Delhi long gone It’s Thursday morning. We are celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colours. People are throwing water colours across Delhi and India. Many are also high on bhang, many


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The Bihari cuisine

But why Bihari kebab is not on the menu Yesterday evening, I was at author Sadia Dehlvi’s home in Nizamuddin East who is on cloud seven. Her new book, The Sufi Courtyard:


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Austen or else

From intellectual discourse to intellectual intercourse This week Karachi will host its annual literature festival. This year the world is celebrating the 200th year of publication of Jane Austen’s comedy Pride and

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