City Life - Downton Abbey Civilisation, Sunder Nursery

The world of the super-rich. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Seen Downton Abbey, the series on an aristocratic family and their servants, in 19th century England? Who would have imagined that it would take a historical necropolis to…

City Legend - Meraj Ahmed Nizami, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Delhi’s greatest qawwal. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This winter marks the fifth death anniversary of Meraj Ahmed Nizami, the great qawwal of the sufi shrine of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The news of Meraj’s passing had gone…

Debris of Life & Mind – Actor & Model Aram Khan's Dream, Bombay

Sharing a dream. [Text by Aram Khan, photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] I saw in my dream struggling for my dream. I worked hard the whole day and yet had a shortage of food. I was tired but relentlessly toiling….

City Landmark - Blue Wall, Sheikh Kaleemullah Jehanabadi's Sufi Shrine

Beautiful blues. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is something gracefully fragile about the blue colour — especially in Delhi, where blue skies are more of a myth. In our city, every bit of blue, whatever its shade,…

City Moment - Winter Sunset, Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

The perfect Delhi moment. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is winter and the sun is at long last our friend. But some things don’t change: the most poignant time of the season is still the twilight hour,…

Debris of Life & Mind – Copywriter's Lidiya Prasad's Dream, Cochin

Sharing a dream. [Text by Lidiya Prasad, photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is a world way above, in a perpetually purple sky. It looks surprisingly like a museum, or our parliament, only upside down. As it hangs in a…

Our Self-Written Obituaries - Manami Chakravorty, Calcutta

The 256th death. [By Manami Chakravorty] Manami Chakravorty loved window seats and enjoyed travelling in metro and local trains, silently observing different people with different lives, coexisting together. She weaved stories around strangers. She kept wondering about everything and hence…

City Hangout - Modern Tea Stall, Haveli Azam Khan Street

The place after the pandemic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old Delhi’s tea stalls make very milky and sweet chai. The venerable Modern Tea Stall with its not-so-modern wooden chairs and chipped china is different. Its tea is…

City Life - Bhag Bahri Malhotra's Nehru Park Connection, Safdarjang Enclave

A routine of 40 years. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Pathways go up and down the many slopes. Distractions include flowers and fountains, lovers and joggers, chai wallas and chips sellers. Nehru Park runs along a tiny patch of the Aravali…

Debris of Life & Mind – Fashion Technology Student Simran's Dream, Janakpuri, Delhi

Sharing a dream. [Text by Simran, photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Once again I get rejected for the job that I have applied for, not directly am I told this, but I get to know of this via instagram stories…