City Obituary - Deepak Nirula, Co-Founder of Nirula's

Rest in Nirula’s. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nirula’s, the site of our dates, the fire of our friendships; our sin, our soul, our perfect escapade. Ni-ru-la: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps…

Mission Delhi - Beena-Ji, Outside RK Ashram Metro Station

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] When a loved one dies, does the grief solidifies and becomes a permanent appendage to one’s daily existence? Or does it slowly dims with time?…

City Landmark - Chabad House, Paharganj

The Jewish dharamshala. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Found! The place where you will get the best pita bread in the whole Delhi region. It is thick with a proper, sturdy pocket to hold the fillings. Hummus and…

City Walk - Phatak Ram Kishan Dass, Old Delhi

A cold alley [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is stale and damp, like bathroom towel during the monsoon. Phatak Ram Kishan Dass comprises of a dimly lit lane with no existing phatak, or gateway. The alley…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Money Changer Sunil Chawla, Connaught Place

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] A dollar, a yen, a euro or a pound, or a rupee, is all that makes the world go around. It is in this spirit that foreign money changer Sunil Chawla agrees to…

Mission Delhi - Vaseem Ansari, Ghaziabad

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These hands. His hands. They have shouldered a legacy. But they have also put an end to that legacy. Vaseem Ansari is a weaver of…

City Landmark - Ukrainian Embassy, Vasant Vihar

The other diplomatic enclave. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “September 23, 2022: 212nd day of full-scaled Russian aggression.” So says the flier pinned on the board. While the gate has a framed map of Ukraine. An adjacent poster…

Mission Delhi - Isak Ali, Basant Lok Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] See the top photo, clicked a decade ago. See the photo below. Snapped this week, same place. Then there was a bookstore, Fact & Fiction….

City Food - Pandit Vaishno Dhaba, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

A veggie affair. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A passerby on the crowded market street abruptly freezes in mid-motion. The head turns, the nose sniffs the air aggressively. Can that be desi ghee? Where’s the smell coming from?…

City Landmark - People’s Publishing House, Connaught Place

Gorbachev’s tomb. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Russia is fighting with Ukraine. Kyrgyzstan is fighting with Tajikistan. Armenia and Azerbaijan too have clashed, yet again, with each other. It all is in this month’s news (September 2022). Mikhail…