Mission Delhi – Ranveer Singh, DLF Park Place, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Wearing a coat and tie is like finally arriving in the world. That’s Ranveer Singh’s experience at least. A lobby manager in a swish residential…

City Monument - Mini Qutub Minar, Uttam Nagar

The hyperlocal version. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is no Qutub Minar but Qutub Minar. Or is there? Well, there’s a second Qutub Minar in Delhi — quite far away from its world-famous namesake in Mehrauli. The…

City Walk - A Super-Serene Lane, Near Super Market, Connaught Place

Surprise oasis. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hard to know what to make of this. Here we have a dead-quiet lane, right in the heart of Delhi. So serene you might as well be walking along some remote…

City Life - Moorti Devi's Prayers, Bhimgarh Kheri, Gurgaon

The family of a woman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even in times of distress, when talking about her situation, Moorti Devi makes it a point to present a pleasant disposition to whoever cares enough to listen. These…

City Food - Delhi's Best Jalebis, Mehak Food, Kalkaji

The king of jalebis. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “These are Delhi’s best jalebis,” he declares. “And believe me, I’ve tried them all.” The young man, a secretive street food connoisseur, insists that his name should not be…

City Hangout - Chapter 101 Bookshop, South Point Mall, Gurgaon

The first edition paradise. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Next time some snob dismisses the world beyond Kapashera border as an all-mall-no-mind destination, tell that fellow to get lost in Gurgaon’s South Point Mall. The glass-walled shopping complex…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Tanishka Goel, East of Kailash

The 204th death. [Text and photos sent by Tanishka Goel] Ting. Ting. The Metro arrived on platform 2 of South Delhi’s Okhla NSIC station. Tanishka Goel ran in her favourite blue kurti, a book in her hand, to get into…

City Life - Ghaziabad's Sunset Boulevard, Vaishali Metro Station

The evening magic-realism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Not everybody likes sunsets. They can be linked to serious melancholy, even a kind of death. (If you choose to think like that.) But there’s a healthier approach. For instance:…

City Landmark - Lieutenant's Bust, Atul Katarya Chowk, Gurgaon

A roundabout homage. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Yellow butterflies are dancing over the white and blue flowers. On this muggy afternoon, they are the only visitors of this memorial to a fallen soldier. But others have come…

Mission Delhi - Sawan, Lodhi Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What do we want in life but to be successful and happy? And what is to be done once that’s achieved but to rest from…