Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vivien, Manipur

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vivien, Manipur

The 235th death. [Text and photo sent by Vivien] when my breath has stopped and my heart has worked enough And i lay still, bury me. bury me and not cremate me because I’ve polluted the world enough bury me…

City Landmark - The Summertime Pilkhan Tree, Feroz Shah Kotla

City Landmark – The Summertime Pilkhan Tree, Feroz Shah Kotla

The perfect eye candy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The blistering hot April is actually the kindest month. The world is now teeming with a kind of extraordinary beauty that you don’t have to seek by driving all…

Mission Delhi - Dinesh Kumar, Style Plaza

Mission Delhi – Dinesh Kumar, Style Plaza

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Broken chairs and discarded cardboard cartons litter the floor. The office is in shambles. The only indication that Dinesh Kumar is a travel agent is…

City Hangout - Touchy-Feely Gallery, National Museum

City Hangout – Touchy-Feely Gallery, National Museum

Tangible way of experiencing the past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It may be hard to resist grasping the Shiva sculpture estimated to be from the fifth century. Or perhaps playing with the deity’s large earrings. In fact,…

Mission Delhi - Yaad Ram, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Yaad Ram, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] His slightly swirly moustache renders the 66-year-old ironing man in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazaar in the National Capital Region with a certain measure of awe. Even…

Home Sweet Home - A Mother's Handmade Cradle, Central Delhi Pavement

Home Sweet Home – A Mother’s Handmade Cradle, Central Delhi Pavement

Baby’s swing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Baby Aslam is lying snugly in his padded swing hanging from a tree while Mom keeps a watchful eye out for him. “He’s just turned three months,” says content-looking Firdaus, a…

City Hangout - Central Park, Defence Colony

City Hangout – Central Park, Defence Colony

Public garden anthropology. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Cool breeze and chirpy birds. Two morose seeming lovers. A man lying flat on the grass. Such are the scenes of an ordinary afternoon in Central Park. Built upon what…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Mrittika, Bangalore

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Mrittika, Bangalore

The 234th death. [Text and photo sent by Mrittika] Mrittika, 27, was found lifeless by a lively corner of Iskcon Temple, her lively abode for the last 7 years. Mrittika was known to have appeared at the footsteps of the…

City  Walk - Charangiari Gali, Gurgaon

City Walk – Charangiari Gali, Gurgaon

Time regained. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The world here is framed in yesterday’s aesthetics. But this is just a lesser-known address in Gurgaon’s Roshanpura in the National Capital Region. The broad street, however, is lined with buildings…

City Faith - Hazrat Qutub Shah Chishti's Sufi Shrine, Outside the Election Commission of India Headquarters

City Faith – Hazrat Qutub Shah Chishti’s Sufi Shrine, Outside the Election Commission of India Headquarters

A pilgrimage by an office block. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No one’s here. It’s all as quiet as a graveyard. The very air is suffused with a profound essence of utmost peacefulness. This can be the tip…