Mission Delhi - Haaji Mian, Old Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A pilgrimage to Mecca is, of course, a must for Muslims the world over. But many grow old and die without being able to realize…

City Food - Gol Paape, Farash Khana

The tea-time tradition. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Walled City is changing furiously. The old is speedily giving way to the new. But the historic district’s traditional bakeries have somehow been allowed to survive. For now. Unlike…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Pooja Priyamvada, Patparganj

The 206th death. [Text and photos sent by Pooja Priyamvada] This poet-lady was always fascinated with obituaries, writing her own is almost a poet’s lifelong dream come true. Newspapers count alphabets and you pay by the word, isn’t it? If…

Home Sweet Home - A Residential Lane Without a Name, Gurgaon

A nameless address. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Such a world of colors here. Red and orange saris are hanging down from the wash lines, while the little doors are painted in bright hues of green and blue….

City Hangout - Vishnu's 16th Century Statue, National Museum

God’s view. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What does a god look like when supposed to be sleeping? One answer is found at the National Museum in Delhi where an ancient sculpture of Vishnu is tucked away in…

City Walk - A Secret Track , India Gate Grounds

The path less traveled. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hard to believe. Right in the heart of Delhi you’ll suddenly run into verdant countryside by merely meandering along a secretive pathway few citizens know about. Of course, you’ll…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shashank Sharma, Ghaziabad

The 205th death. [Text and photos sent by Shashank Sharma] Shashank Sharma, 25, who went to bed after savoring his favorite chhole chawal from Karol Bagh, was found dead earlier this morning in what appears to be case of severe…

Mission Delhi - Fatima Khan, Ghaffar Manzil

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Fatima Khan loves her pomeranian dog, truly does. But she simply can’t get over the sudden death of her other dog—a two-year-old toy breed named…

City Life - The Rubble of Our Ruins, Old Delhi

Goodbye to past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There goes down one more landmark whose history is now lost to us forever. But where’s the time to pause and mourn. In any case, cities are forever changing their…

Photo Essay - Living With Jane Austen, Around Town

Being Jane. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Since my middle name is ‘Austen’, some people confuse me as being some distant relative of Jane Austen. That’s not true at all. In fact, I am The Jane Austen. I…