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…

City Hangout - Hog Market, Rajendra Place

City Hangout – Hog Market, Rajendra Place

Out of the way. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This unlikely place feels like an island, very far away from the Delhi of sleek shopping malls and markets. Hog Market is indeed a getaway from nouveau modernity. With…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Kingshuk Deka, Pune

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Kingshuk Deka, Pune

The 218th death. [Text and photo sent by Kingshuk Deka] Kingshuk Deka always feared what if he were to outlive Luca. The growing cataract in the beautiful feline eyes bothered him. You see, Luca was more than just his pet…

City Faith - Hazrat Shah Turkman Bayabani's Sufi Shrine, Old Delhi

City Faith – Hazrat Shah Turkman Bayabani’s Sufi Shrine, Old Delhi

A hidden landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is the whole of it. This small room with pink walls and a white marble grave. The shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Shah Turkman Bayabani stands unobtrusively beside the…