City Life - Kesar's Mango Pickles, Under the Metro Tracks, Gurgaon

City Life – Kesar’s Mango Pickles, Under the Metro Tracks, Gurgaon

The family life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Monsoon has arrived. The rain’s finally falling. Such bad luck. Kesar was depending on the afternoon to stay sunny. Now, the plan has gone haywire. The pickles might be ruined….

City Moment - The Middle Lane Midnight Dance, Khan Market

City Moment – The Middle Lane Midnight Dance, Khan Market

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s about 11 in the night, too early to be so quiet in Khan Market. Perhaps because this is not a weekend. Bored doormen sitting inside darkened showrooms, which have…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Kanksshi Agarwal, Somewhere in Delhi

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Kanksshi Agarwal, Somewhere in Delhi

The 203rd death. [Text and photos sent by Kanksshi Agarwal] Kanksshi Agarwal was a 25-year-2 month-a-few-rainy-days-old woman. Her sudden demise, tainted with sympathy and poise, looks more like a high-paid planned event. She believed in magic and seems like her…

City Landmark - Piccadilly Book Stall, Shankar Market

City Landmark – Piccadilly Book Stall, Shankar Market

The life of a bookshop. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was just another morning in March when bookshop owner Narendra Kumar Chowdhary woke up at his home in Vasant Kunj. Minutes later he died of a cardiac…

City Life - Aunty's Tree Stall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

City Life – Aunty’s Tree Stall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Life under a dead tree. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Aunty has been working under this Kikar tree, here on Gurgaon’s Golf Links Road, for 15 years. Her real name is Salma Begum but barely anyone knows it….

Atget’s Corner – 1111-1115, Delhi Photos

Atget’s Corner – 1111-1115, Delhi Photos

The visible city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is a voyeur’s paradise and The Delhi Walla also makes pictures. I take photos of people, streets, flowers, eateries, drawing rooms, tombs, landscapes, buses, colleges, Sufi shrines, trees, animals, autos, libraries, birds,…

City Monument - Tughlakabad Fort, South Delhi

City Monument – Tughlakabad Fort, South Delhi

The grand desolation. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Red Fort is nothing to it. Seriously. This fort is grander. How to describe it? Think frozen music. The Tughlakabad Fort’s sloping rubble-filled outer walls are spread out on a…

City Hangout - The Sheetla Mata Temple Grounds, Old Gurgaon

City Hangout – The Sheetla Mata Temple Grounds, Old Gurgaon

The soothing secretive corner. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some places are like a laidback piece of music that initially leaves you indifferent but soon enough, even before you realize it, you are humming its tunes in the…

Mission Delhi – Omkar Gupta, Daryaganj

Mission Delhi – Omkar Gupta, Daryaganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Omkar Gupta’s secondhand bookstore opens seven days a week. But this month, the shop stayed shut for three continuous days. This was unusual. “Mummy passed…

City Hangout - Ranji Jhansi Park, Mehrauli

City Hangout – Ranji Jhansi Park, Mehrauli

A dreamworld of grass and ruins. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It isn’t every day new parks in Delhi make their debut. But this setup in South Delhi’s Mehrauli village frankly feels like a little Lodhi Garden next…