[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Sufi lives in a monument-facing apartment in South Delhi’s Mehrauli. She shares it with Vidya Rao who is a human.
Sufi is very old now. She spends her days reading books about fellow cats. These days she is engaged with Carl Van Vechten’s The Tiger in the House. When the reading gets too oppressive, she makes small talk with Ms Rao. And if she is too exhausted to hold a conversation, she asks Ms Rao to stage a music concert just for her in the drawing room. Sufi doesn’t like it when Ms Rao leaves her to perform Thumri songs for fellow humans in venues where she herself would be denied entry for no good reason.
One evening Sufi summoned The Delhi Walla to photograph her with her longtime flat mate.
Life’s most important loves