Mission Delhi – Jyotika Bhaskar, Sector 53, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She has never experienced serious problems adapting to the super-sprawl of a residential complex. As an early riser, Jyotika Bhaskar is likely to spend the…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Jonaki Ray, Chirag Enclave

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She was one of the 12 girls doing Masters in Chemistry in IIT Kanpur in a batch of 320 guys. Next, she went to the US for a Masters…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Aakansha Srivastava, Lucknow

The 199th death. [Text and photos sent by Aakansha Srivastava] Late nights of drenching deep in literature too old for her age and long hours of brooding over the same brought the inevitable self-destruction of Aakansha Srivastava’s mind, as often…

City Hangout - Moinuddin's Chai Stall by the Tomb, Turkman Gate Bazaar

Tea by the tomb. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ever since tea was discovered – a very long time ago – connoisseurs have conjured all manner of enticing environments for serving this favourite drink. Perhaps in a luxury…

City Walk - Choudhury Deepchand Ruheel Chowk, Shakti Nagar

A stroll into Small Town Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The groggy-eyed mithai seller at the Rewari Mishthan Bhandar is arranging dessert trays on the counter. The lobby of the Dr Sethi Panchsheel Maternity Nursing Home whose…

City Food - The Best Cocktail Samosas, Scindia Lane

Taste of the street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who doesn’t go greedy for those yummy greasy finger foods doled out in glamorous Delhi cocktail get-togethers. While waiters in bow tie mill around in these swish gatherings carrying…

City Life - The Sunday Chess Players, Chirag Delhi

The weekly tournament. [Text and photos by Maynak Austen Soofi] These two just can’t get enough of a good thing. For some 30 years, they’ve gotten together every Sunday, usually under a peepal tree, to play chess. “All week long…

Mission Delhi - Madhumita Ray, CR Park

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her eyes close slowly, suggesting that she’s immersed in deep thoughts. Her still arm suddenly stirs, rising up, and now she finally opens her lips–the…

City Library - British Council, Kasturba Gandhi Road

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here’s just the right place to while away a long horrible summer afternoon—for free. But, to be fair, the books at British Council also tempt, with a pleasing collection of…

City Hangout - Buddha's Pond, Buddha Garden

The path of utmost happiness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] All pathways, it seems, lead to Buddha. Which is a trifle ironic, since Buddha once suggested there is no path to happiness. “Happiness is the way,” he declared,…