Mission Delhi - Govind, Sector 6, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The afternoon air is warm despite hints of the approaching winter. He is sweating profusely as he sits on the stone plinth under the shade…

City Food - Maha Samosa, Delite Cinema

Delhi’s biggest samosa. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What is Delhi without its tombs? What is a samosa without its potatoes? Boil it, mash it, mix in the spices, scoop it up into a maida casing, deep-fry and…

City Walk - Full Moon Street, Asiad Village

The dream stroll. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s something you shouldn’t miss before planning to leave Delhi forever. A night stroll along Asiad Village Road leads into one of South Delhi’s best-kept secrets: a virtual forest of…

City Monument - Dilli Gate, Central Delhi

The ignored one. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dilli Gate is one of those great monuments that are taken for granted and seldom gushed over by guidebook junkies. Instagrammers too give it a royal ignore. Built more than…

Mission Delhi – Payal Singhal, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some good folk just can’t leave the house without a book tucked away in the rucksack. That’s the way it is. Take the case of…

City Hangout - Swirly Staircase, Satyam Plaza, Gurgaon

More than just a fire exit. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There was a time when the staircase was not reduced to the status of a mere fire exit. Although it is difficult to believe this truth in…

Photo Essay - Seeking Big City Solitude, Around Town

The love of anonymity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Loneliness is a horror, as poet Emily Dickinson famously wrote, not to be surveyed. But have you ever felt its icy sensation on your skin? In the crowded city…

City Food - Jane Austen's Chai Stall, Bharat Ram Road

The love of pavement tea. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If British writer Jane Austen was still alive and happened to stumble across this unusual tea stall she’d probably express ardent admiration for its owner. Mahaveer runs this…

City Landmark - A Civic Mortuary, Gurgaon

A face of life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A yard lined with rooms, a small temple under a banyan tree and a few bare hospital-like stretchers. This is not a place you would like to visit even…

Mission Delhi - Bano, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid's Dargah

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Over the last few days, she’s experienced a pain in her legs; and finally decided to get a tube of medication from a government hospital…