Mission Delhi - Priyanka Chauhan, Golf Course Road

Mission Delhi – Priyanka Chauhan, Golf Course Road

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She has been writing since she was a student attending Raghunath Girls College in Meerut town. “But I don’t consider myself a writer,” says Priyanka Chauhan. She’s chatting this morning on WhatsApp video…

Mission Delhi - COVID Doctor Arushi Saili, Janakpuri

Mission Delhi – COVID Doctor Arushi Saili, Janakpuri

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is a doctor, assigned to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Safdarjung Hospital’s dedicated Covid-19 facility, in Delhi. In other words, she attends to…

City Walk - Gali Kebabian Street, Matia Mahal

City Walk – Gali Kebabian Street, Matia Mahal

Beyond Karim’s. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The shutters are pulled down. The doorways are closed. The place is empty. This is Karim’s, in Old Delhi. From early morning to late night, the iconic restaurant would always be…

City Obituary - Kaloo, Jorbagh, South Delhi, & Cholsey, England

City Obituary – Kaloo, Jorbagh, South Delhi, & Cholsey, England

The passing away of an extraordinary life. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] He was born and grew up on the rough Delhi streets. Later in life, when it would rain, he began sleeping on the verandah of a bungalow in Jorbagh…

Julia Child in Delhi - Nafisa Adiraju's Kutchi Dabeli, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

Julia Child in Delhi – Nafisa Adiraju’s Kutchi Dabeli, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her Instagram handle (@spicestori), that she launched in the beginning of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, is nothing but emotional atyachar (torture). It is filled with pictures of yummy…

City Series – Julia Julley in Varna, Bulgaria, We the Isolationists (396th Corona Diary)

City Series – Julia Julley in Varna, Bulgaria, We the Isolationists (396th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Julia Julley] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see myself at the airport after the quarantine is lifted. I am a frequent long-distance traveller on my way to India,…

City Series – Chetna Singh in Lucknow, We the Isolationists (395th Corona Diary)

City Series – Chetna Singh in Lucknow, We the Isolationists (395th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Chetna Singh] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see myself and them. The lanky boy with a broken smile and yellow-teeth on the local on my way back home,…

City Series – Nishtha Shrivastava in Rewa, We the Isolationists (394th Corona Diary)

City Series – Nishtha Shrivastava in Rewa, We the Isolationists (394th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Nishtha Shrivastava] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see myself deeply absorbed in thoughts. I found the speed of thoughts and questions hitting my mind per second is infinity….

City Series – Priyanka Chauhan in Gurgaon, We the Isolationists (393rd Corona Diary)

City Series – Priyanka Chauhan in Gurgaon, We the Isolationists (393rd Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Priyanka Chauhan] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see… और मैं झाँक़ पाती हूँ इस मन के अंदर, जहाँ मुझे सुनाई देता है एक बहुत गहरा मौन। वहाँ किसी…

City Series – Sharda Mutha in Jodhpur, We the Isolationists (392nd Corona Diary)

City Series – Sharda Mutha in Jodhpur, We the Isolationists (392nd Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Sharda Mutha] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see he Earth breathing. I find myself sitting comfortably in my balcony, sipping masala chai while I realize how privileged I…