Our Self-Written Obituaries –  Chiki Sarkar, Jor Bagh

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Chiki Sarkar, Jor Bagh

The 48th death. [Text by Chiki Sarkar; photo by Siddharth Dhanwant Sanghvi] Chiki Sarkar was run over by a car earlier this morning. Her family and friends had always worried about her cavalier attitude towards crossing roads and their fears…

City Monument - St James' Church, Kashmere Gate

City Monument – St James’ Church, Kashmere Gate

Delhi’s Old Testament. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One of Delhi’s great monuments built by the British is not in Lutyens’ Delhi. Beyond the limits of the Walled City, in Kashmere Gate, St James’ Church – mysteriously –…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vasantha Angamuthu, Durban

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vasantha Angamuthu, Durban

The 47th death. [By Vasantha Angamuthu] Writer, cookbook hoarder and mother of the talented Nina Singh, Vasantha Angamuthu (6 April 1968 – 6 April 2068) died in her sleep last night, much earlier than she would have liked but much…

City Moment – Woman in Blue Reading a Letter,  Appetite German Bakery

City Moment – Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, Appetite German Bakery

The remarkable Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is with a huge backpack. One hot afternoon The Delhi Walla comes across a young woman in a blue top, sitting alone in Appetite German Bakery, a café…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sanjiv Saraf, Maharani Bagh

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sanjiv Saraf, Maharani Bagh

The 46th death. [Text by Sanjiv Saraf; photo by The Rekhta Team] Sanjiv Saraf, businessman and Urdu poetry lover, died yesterday. When he was just 26 years old, Mr Saraf, an engineer from IIT Kharagpur, left a cushy position in…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Heena Khan, Copernicus Marg

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Heena Khan, Copernicus Marg

The 45th death. [Text by Heena Khan; photo by Ziya Khan] Deeply religious, she lived her life behind a veil of illusions. However, sometimes, just sometimes, Heena Khan would wear her modesty quite literary, too, as a hijab. It was…

Photo Essay - Premier Padmini, Defence Colony

Photo Essay – Premier Padmini, Defence Colony

The world of yesterday. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The old rusting car stood under a tree. Its grille was broken. The bonnet and the roof were covered with dry leaves. The windows were rolled up. The doors…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Binduu Chopra, Faridabad

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Binduu Chopra, Faridabad

The 44th death. [Text by Binduu Chopra; photo by Aryan Adityo] Binduu was a dot. She was also a drop of water; also a full circle. Actually, she just wished to be a drop of love. Eldest of the three…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Lesley Esteves, Alaknanda

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Lesley Esteves, Alaknanda

The 43rd death. [Text by Lesley Esteves; photo by Shuddhabrata Sengupta] Lesley Esteves, who passed away at 82 from complications of type 2 diabetes, grew up in Mumbai and later settled permanently in Goa, but spent the prime years of…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Padmini Vaidyanathan, Sector 29, Noida

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Padmini Vaidyanathan, Sector 29, Noida

The 42nd death. [Text by Padmini Vaidyanathan; photo by Nameless Memory] All she wanted was an epitaph that read ‘Love’. That is how Padmini Vaidyanathan defined her crazy life and her penchant for everything crazy. If she knew it was…