Mission Delhi – One Percent in 13 Million

Bus No. 522

Cracking the city.

[Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

You don’t understand a city by its buildings and bazaars, but by its people. That’s why you can’t take in the entire Delhi in one lifetime – we have 13 million souls here.

The Delhi Walla plans to make portraits of one per cent of this 8-digit figure, that is 1, 30, 000 Delhiwallas. Each portrait will have a photograph of the person along with a peek into his life.

By the time I finish the project (just assuming), the looks and the lives of most people I will photograph and profile is bound to change. You may wonder then, what is the point?

People are not ruins. They evolve over the years. Trying to sketch a person at a moment in his/her life is not to mummify him/her, but to get a sense of the city, his/her city.

So I will search for people like you. You can be anyone. You may be living in a Defence Colony barsati or in a Seelampur shanty. You may be from Bihar or Kerala. You may be a vice chancellor. You may be a prostitute. You may be a rich man’s daughter. You may be a content housewife. You may be bisexual. You may be asexual. I’m interested in you all. I want to portray all of you… oh no, just one per cent of you.

But one lakh and thirty thousand portraits… possible?

Inshallah. God willing.

Click here for Muhammad Salim, the first portrait.

Click here for Berenice Ellen, the second portrait.

Click here for Shankar, the third portrait.

Click here for Satnam Singh Juneja, the fourth portrait.

Click here for Mushirul Hasan, the fifth portrait.

Click here for Pooja, the sixth portrait.

Click here for Aanchal Malhotra, the seventh portrait.

Click here for Changa Kumar, the eighth portrait.

Click here for Rakesh Chandra, the ninth portrait.

Click here for Sumanta Roy, the 10th portrait.

Click here for Deen Dayal, the 11th portrait.

Click here for Muhammad Aslam, the 12th portrait.

Click here for Syed Haider Raza, the 13th portrait.

Click here for Sarah Rose, the 14th portrait.

Click here for Aarti, the 15th portrait.

Click here for Rachana Rao Umashankar, the 16th portrait.

Click here for Muhammad Waseem, the 17th portrait.

Click here for Surinder, the 18th portrait.

Click here for Ram Swaroop Sharma, the 19th portrait.

Click here for Kareem Khan, the 20th portrait.

Click here for Sunita Pandit, the 21st portrait.

Click here for Salim Javeri, the 22nd portrait.

Click here for Irene Banias, the 23rd portrait.

Click here for Nitin Chanana, the 24th portrait.

Click here for Suresh Shah, the 25th portrait.

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Click here for Muhammad Chand, the 30th portrait.

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Click here for Editor, the 39th portrait.

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Click here for Mritunjay Kumar Tiwari, the 41st portrait.

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Click here for The Man With No Name, the 110th portrait.

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Click here for Prahlad Singh Shekhawat, the 114th portrait.

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Click here for Muhammed Irfan Qureshi, the 117th portrait.

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Click here for Yashwant Rai Goyal, the 120th portrait.

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Click here for Arshad Ali, the 132nd portrait.

Click here for Soumya Singh, the 133rd portrait.

Click here for Meer Chand, the 134th portrait.