Mission Delhi - Devendra Kumar, Jacobpura

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The family is cutting costs wherever it can. Devendra Kumar no longer “drinks a peg or two” and his school-going sons have stopped demanding treats of samosas and burgers. “As for my Mrs,…

City Obituary - Author Sadia Dehlvi, 1957-2020

An author’s life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “I want to be buried here,” said Sadia Dehlvi, the author of Sufism: The Heart of Islam, The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi and Jasmine & Jinns: Memories and Recipes…

City Season - Monsoon's Sunset Hues, Around Town

Heaven’s canvass. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It comes unexpected. Suddenly the grim, grey sky disappears to be replaced by a haze of deep shades of blue, with hints of pale red or pink. This is an extraordinary…

Home Sweet Home - Jayanti Pandey's Calcutta Bookcase, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Into thin air. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In these days of self-isolation, we all need some sort of escape. Jayanti Pandey, 55, can obviously not take a flight for some time to Cambodia or Dubai or Russia–her…

City Series – Sneh Sahani in Ghaziabad, We the Isolationists (420th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Sneh Sahani] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see my friends… jumping and giggling around the table snatching fries from each others’ hands and passing around half finished drinks….

Mission Delhi - Shah Hasan, Bhalswa Dairy

Homecoming dress. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So much has changed in just a few months. Auto rickshaw driver Shah Hasan barely manages to register the individuality of his customers anymore. “They’re always in masks…. a series of…

City Series – Akshita Sharma in Lucknow, We the Isolationists (419th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Akshita Sharma] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see the loneliness surging inside me. As I closed my eyes in the early days of lockdown, I’ve felt the presence…

City Series – Ankita Khanna in Gurgaon, We the Isolationists (418th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Ankita Khanna] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see a kinder world. A world where we care–about each other and about the planet. A world with fewer platitudes and…

City Series – Astha Vaibhavi in Sitamarhi, Bihar, We the Isolationists (417th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Astha Vaibhavi] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see myself completing those last 3 months of my college life. I see myself completing those series of selfies that we…

City Series – Ana Hasan in Delhi, We the Isolationists (416th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Ana Hasan] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see a dream so real… my best friend and I finally decide to meet after ages! We’re with each other and…