City Landmark - City News Service, Connaught Place

City Landmark – City News Service, Connaught Place

The print media landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hardly a secret that these are difficult days for print media—because of the Internet. Here in Delhi, it’s hard to find all-day newspaper stalls anymore. Even so, a…

Mission Delhi - Sanjeev Das, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Sanjeev Das, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sanjeev Das willingly exited from “the pointlessness of the ordinary world” about a decade ago and became a baba, an ascetic. He now travels the…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sharda Mutha, Jodhpur

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sharda Mutha, Jodhpur

The 221st death. [Text and photo sent by Sharda Mutha] She was found dead, lying in utter solace on a rainy dawn. The raindrops fell on Sharda Mutha’s corpse as if they were trying to push her body underneath the…

City Hangout - Most Romantic Park Bench, Lodhi Garden

City Hangout – Most Romantic Park Bench, Lodhi Garden

The most-feeling seating. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Those fussy romantics seeking the seclusion of a park, but only in a most aesthetic setting, simply need to seek out a particular bench in the lushness of Lodhi Garden….

City Landmark - Premier Shoe Factory, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Premier Shoe Factory, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

The old time jewel. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are places in the National Capital Region where every little or big landmark gives an illusion that it must have come up around the year 2000. Dwarka, for…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Lalit Vijay, Lajpat Nagar, Delhi

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Lalit Vijay, Lajpat Nagar, Delhi

The 220th death. [Text and photos sent by Lalit Vijay] Lalit Vijay, aged 87, was found dead near a degh somewhere in Koramangala, Bangalore; a place which he had relished since his college days. The autopsy report claims it to…

Mission Delhi - Rani, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Rani, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is Rani’s 15th winter. She is wrapped in blankets and gunny sacks. The evening is chilly. She is quietly warming herself upon a coal-fired…

City Landmark - Rafugar Sajid Suhail's Establishment, Chawri Bazaar

City Landmark – Rafugar Sajid Suhail’s Establishment, Chawri Bazaar

The last of his kind. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He first learnt rafu—the noble art of darning—from his father, who in turn was taught by a master. Even so, Sajid Suhail, Chawri Bazaar’s only full-time rafugar, sincerely…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Priyanka Elangbam, Imphal

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Priyanka Elangbam, Imphal

The 219th death. [Text and photo sent by Priyanka Elangbam] Priyanka Elangbam died last night with her earphones entangled loosely around her neck. It didn’t strangle her. She was listening to some positive affirmation ASMR videos on YouTube, to help…

Mission Delhi - Babu Ram, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Babu Ram, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Babu Ram has been selling ice cream on Delhi streets since more than 40 years— which give him considerable space for reflection. “I’m trying to…