City Library - Shakespearean Jonathan Gil Harris's Books, Hauz Khas

City Library – Shakespearean Jonathan Gil Harris’s Books, Hauz Khas

A vanishing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Yes, finally discovered! A Delhi library with arguably the best collection dealing with Shakespeare. Not at the British Council. Nor even the ample library of Karol Bagh’s Rupin Walter Desai…

City Walk - Hauz Khas Village at Midnight, South Delhi

City Walk – Hauz Khas Village at Midnight, South Delhi

Sensing the village life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How could such a small neighbourhood have so many layers? Hauz Khas Village in South Delhi is not only known for its clubs. As well as boutiques, galleries, curio…

City Hangout - Apna Bazar, Gurgaon

City Hangout – Apna Bazar, Gurgaon

The market with a mouthful of sky. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Let’s be clear about this. Apna Bazar in Gurgaon, in the Greater Delhi Region, is snuggled into a building that’s seen better days. Even so. The…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Jaya Jaitly, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Jaya Jaitly, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

City Faith - Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Near Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station

City Faith – Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Near Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station

Sacred serenity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On this mildly cool afternoon the utterly peaceful world here at Gurudwara Damdama Sahib seems in perfect harmony with the creation. The air is filled with bird sounds, the tree leaves…

Our Self-Written Obituaries - Abhishek Basu, Tatanagar

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Abhishek Basu, Tatanagar

The 253rd death. [Text by Abhishek Basu; photo by Joyona Medhi] He would spend his nights traveling. That’s how he’d reduce expenses. It was bound to happen, said the late photographer’s neighbour who wishes to remain anonymous. All of Jamshedpur’s…

Mission Delhi - Kaushalya Devi, Sector 18, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Kaushalya Devi, Sector 18, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Kaushalya Devi is 55. A grandmother living in Gurgaon’s Sector 18 in the Greater Delhi Region, she says “My life is now without a care…

City Hangout - Chairs, Sunder Nursery Park

City Hangout – Chairs, Sunder Nursery Park

Stuff for memories. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sprawling Sunder Nursery Park is not only renowned for centuries-old edifices and expansive grassy grounds. This heritage landmark is now beginning to be known for something unusual in a…

Our Self-Written Obituaries - Anubhi Chandola, Mussoorie

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Anubhi Chandola, Mussoorie

The 252nd death. [Text and photo sent by Anubhi Chandola] In a distant and cold Himalayan town, Anubhi Chandola breathed her last, cuddled in her favorite green blanket with eyes staring nonchalantly at the wooden ceiling above. On the table…

Mission Delhi - Ram Bahadur, Jangpura

Mission Delhi – Ram Bahadur, Jangpura

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Bhagwan Ram is embedded in the very fabric of this food hawker’s life. Let’s start with his name—Ram Bahadur, meaning Ram the brave. He sells…