Mission Delhi - Manu Chopra, Starbucks, N-Block, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s a reason Manu Chopra is so often seen spending her entire day in the Starbucks at N Block in Central Delhi’s Connaught Place. It’s…

City Walk - Window Watching, Old Delhi

Up views. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The truth is this: Historic Old Delhi can be frustrating for outsiders. Amid all the monuments and bazaars, how do you go about detecting the domestic world of locals getting on…

Mission Delhi - Anita Sen, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Anita Sen is a working woman. A gardener in a public park in Gurgaon in the Greater Delhi Region, she lives with her husband and…

City Faith - A Secretive Sufi Shrine, Connaught Place

Peace in the chaos. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One has seen the whole of Connaught Place (CP), isn’t it? It’s one beloved destination in the capital familiar to almost every Delhiite. Each of us has our own…

Mission Delhi - Raju Pandey, Amrit Book Company

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In some ways most good bookshops seem to be alike—stocking the same best-sellers and whatnot. But of course their staffers do make a difference. Celebrity…

City Faith - Private Temple, East Delhi

Relationship with gods. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the course of her lifetime, Vimla Rani has accumulated all manner of precious possessions. Dozens of saris, hundreds of bangles and—a miniature temple, and a very simple one at…

City Food - Zina Tea Stall, Chitli Qabar Bazar

An unusual chai stall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The staircase is not always only an architectural utility. Sometimes it can be a tea stall. That’s true for one place in Old Delhi. Indeed, the little establishment in…

Mission Delhi - Ranjit Rai, Jacobpura

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Curious about the world, rickshaw puller Ranjit Rai is fond of seeing new places. In his late 20s, he has already lived in faraway cities…

City Walk - 5 am Stroll, Baba Kharak Singh Marg

Early morn world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s something surreal about cold season mornings when the dark light feels like midnight. The clock just struck about five. The November air is veiled in mistiness. Or is that…

Mission Delhi - Devapreeta Jena, Paharganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many of us jot down in our diaries some favourite lines or phrases we run across in novels and poetry. You never know when they…