Mission Delhi - Kavita, Sector 14, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Kavita, Sector 14, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Isn’t it ironic how the most domestic and intimate enterprises of life sometimes take place in everybody’s sight? Take this one: A young mother swinging…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ginni Munjal, Karnal, Haryana

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ginni Munjal, Karnal, Haryana

The 216th death. [Text and photos sent by Ginni Munjal] Ginni Munjal passed away yesterday when she experienced epiphany while writing the last word of her yet to publish memoirs. It has been understood by her family and friends that…

City Food - Chacha's Sheermal Rotis, Around Town

City Food – Chacha’s Sheermal Rotis, Around Town

The magic roti. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This sweet milky roti is usually found only in certain neighbourhoods—Okhla in south Delhi or at the Matia Mahal Bazaar in Old Delhi, for instance. Sheermal is said to have…

City Season - The Linum Rockery, Nehru Park

City Season – The Linum Rockery, Nehru Park

Paradise regained. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The month of March has just finished its first week. The sky is sunny and the soil is warm. This is our city’s shortlived spring. Absolutely no time to lose. Drop…

City Food - Tea Stall's Account Book and Chai, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

City Food – Tea Stall’s Account Book and Chai, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

The ecosystem of chai. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Each pavement chai stall looks alike in its extreme modesty—there’s the pan, or kettle, the stove and the gas cylinder. But each chai stall is unique, its character coming…

Home Sweet Home - Mintu & Family, Delhi Footpaths

Home Sweet Home – Mintu & Family, Delhi Footpaths

A family with dogs. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This industrious family of ragpickers manages to earn around 10,000 rupees every month, which they reckon is sufficient for themselves and their three dogs–Kaloo, Laloo and Julie. But, on…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Aparna Tripathy, Bangalore

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Aparna Tripathy, Bangalore

The 215th death. [Text and photos sent by Aparna Tripathy] Aparna Tripathy, 27, was found dead in her room, the movie Dead Poets Society nonchalantly playing on her laptop. Ms Tripathy lived with Goofy and Pluto (dogs) and Hobbes (cat)…

City Faith - Poet Kabir's Temple, Gurgaon

City Faith – Poet Kabir’s Temple, Gurgaon

Shrine to a verse-writer. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The gate is latched from inside, but you can open it by sliding your hands through the grill. And over the far end of the courtyard sits the bearded…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vishwam Prakash, Noida

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vishwam Prakash, Noida

The 214th death. [Text and photos sent by Vishwam Prakash] Vishwam Prakash died yesterday when he choked on a gulab jamun. He looked fulfilled and at peace in death largely because of how good the gulab jamun was. Mr Prakash…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Salman, Bazaar Lane

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Salman, Bazaar Lane

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A kind of sartorial splendour enhances Muhammed Salman’s daily runs on his rickshaw. This morning he’s peddling through a Central Delhi bazaar, elegantly dressed in…