Photo Essay – Big City Loneliness

Big City Loneliness

1 in 13 million.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

In this crowded city, loneliness is hardly elusive. It is sitting on the steps of Rajauri Garden metro station, crouching on the grassy grounds of Lodhi Garden. It is a silhouette in Central Park, a broken soul at Nizamuddin dargah. Loneliness is a coolie in a railway station, a society lady in a living room. It is even a bird, bitch, or kitten. It is also a beggar, also a best-selling author. Here’s the proof.

Mirza Ghalib’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Basti

Ghalib's Cat

Rooftop, Old Delhi

Big City Loneliness

Living Room, Malcha Marg


Outside a mandir, Kailash Colony

Two Ladies

F-block, Connaught Place

Big City Loneliness

Matia Mahal, Near Jama Masjid

Long Night; No Dreams

Lake-side, Lodhi Garden

Single in the Garden

N-block, Connaught Place

Big City Loneliness

Pavement, Road (Unknown)

The Enlightened One

N-block subway, Connaught Place

Big City Loneliness

Auto, Near ITO Crossing


N-block, Connaught Place

Big City Loneliness

Living Room, Sujan Singh Park

City Landmark – Khushwant Singh, Sujan Singh Park

Metro Station, Rajauri Garden

Self in the City

Music Shop, Connaught Place

Music Shop in Delhi

Outside Golcha Theater, Daryaganj

Seeking Solitude

N-block, Connaught Place


Living Room, Nizamuddin East

Living Room Solitude

Near Statesman Tower, Barakhamba

Gay Delhi

Stairs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Station

Oye Coolie!

She too is lonely, Hauz Khas

Bird Watching

Bus Shelter, Tolstoy Marg

Missing Someone

She too alone, Paharganj

Missing Someone

Near Regal Cinema, Connaught Place

Single in the City

Courtyard, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Maula Mere Maula