City Hangout - Plane Spotting, Vasant Vihar

City Hangout – Plane Spotting, Vasant Vihar

Air-borne thrills. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One’s heart goes out to the rich people of Vasant Vihar. There’s so much noise pollution in the genteel south Delhi enclave crammed with gracious bungalows and apartments. The very air…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Siddhartha Singh, Vaishali, Delhi Region

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Siddhartha Singh, Vaishali, Delhi Region

The 241st death. [Text and photo sent by Siddhartha Singh] He died at 49, just sort of half a century of something he hoped was worth something. Siddhartha Singh was a prolific poet, but not a penny richer or smarter…

Mission Delhi - Rekha, Gurgaon Railway Station

Mission Delhi – Rekha, Gurgaon Railway Station

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Rekha and Ghukkar are a long-time couple. Both are labourers in the Millennium City of Gurgaon in the Delhi region. “Today is our off,” says…

City Heritage - The History of Daryaganj's Sunday Book Bazaar, Central Delhi

City Heritage – The History of Daryaganj’s Sunday Book Bazaar, Central Delhi

History of a historic hangout. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Yes, it was dusty and crowded, and it was difficult to weave your way through the great mass of sweating people. But it was one of the most…

Mission Delhi - Roop Chand Rekwar, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Roop Chand Rekwar, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Like so many other Delhiites, Roop Chand Rekwar has very long hours. Arising at 5:30 am almost every day, he leaves home in Narela very…

City Food - Green Chilli Pakoras, Gurgaon Railway Station

City Food – Green Chilli Pakoras, Gurgaon Railway Station

Hot and delicious. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is a universally acknowledged truth that food always looks tastier than it truly is to hungry passengers in railway stations waiting for their expresses and mails. So one must…

Mission Delhi - Shabana Banu, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Shabana Banu, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In an instant, her life changed forever. “My son, my only son, is dead,” says Shabana Banu, who lives on a Central Delhi footpath. Her…

City Food - Longtime Golgappas, Radhe Radhe Chaat Stall

City Food – Longtime Golgappas, Radhe Radhe Chaat Stall

Explosions of joy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Just a few years back it was a wildly popular chaat stall, but without a name. Success builds on success. No longer a cart on the pavement, the Radhe Radhe…

Mission Delhi - Nanku, North Delhi

Mission Delhi – Nanku, North Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nanku is a man of few possessions. A daily-wage labourer in north Delhi, his most visible elements of private property has to be his silver…

Home Sweet Home - A Window View, Opposite Jama Masjid

Home Sweet Home – A Window View, Opposite Jama Masjid

A prized window. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At first glance this room seems a bit the worse for wear. Creaky door. Fading paintwork on the walls. So what? The glass window in this room looks straight out…