City Series – Parvathy Baiju in Delhi, We the Isolationists (392nd Corona Diary)

City Series – Parvathy Baiju in Delhi, We the Isolationists (392nd Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Parvathy Baiju] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see… Dark Times. The world’s under the reign of You-Know-What. And I’m terrified. So now, I walk along the narrow lanes…

City Series – Bhavya Rampal in Delhi, We the Isolationists (390th Corona Diary)

City Series – Bhavya Rampal in Delhi, We the Isolationists (390th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Bhavya Rampal] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see myself lying on the floor in my balcony at night, a gentle breeze caressing my face. My half-closed and heavy…

City Series – Divyaksh Vashishth in Delhi, We the Isolationists (389th Corona Diary)

City Series – Divyaksh Vashishth in Delhi, We the Isolationists (389th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Divyaksh Vashishth] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see a half-lit moon, melting in the warmth of my cup of cocoa. The fetters of hope still weighing me down….

City Series – Juhi Joshi in Bombay, We the Isolationists (388th Corona Diary)

City Series – Juhi Joshi in Bombay, We the Isolationists (388th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Juhi Joshi] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see the time spent on roads & stations & trains & airplanes. The city that has always been moving, taking my…

City Hangout - Chacha Chaiwale, Haveli Bakhtavar Street

City Hangout – Chacha Chaiwale, Haveli Bakhtavar Street

A hyperlocal tea house. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He can easily pass off as a barista serving the poetic world of ghazals and nazms. Seated beside his coffee machine, the gracious-seeming man in long beard is wearing…

Mission Delhi - Samairaa Arora, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Samairaa Arora, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. She no longer has to get up early — at 7 am. She…

City Season - Bougainvillaea Bloom, Lodhi Garden

City Season – Bougainvillaea Bloom, Lodhi Garden

Season’s second gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What a sight. So full of flowers. Thousands and thousands of them. These two bougainvillaea trees in central Delhi’s Lodhi Garden make one of the city’s most stunning spectacles, though…

Mission Delhi - Baldev, Khan Market

Mission Delhi – Baldev, Khan Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Cool people never say they are cool. They let others do the talk. This is precisely the case of Baldev. Enjoying a most enviable reputation…

Mission Delhi - Savita, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Savita, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to self-exile within our house. This makes one finally appreciate what one always took for granted—ambling along…

Mission Delhi - Dherapad, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Dherapad, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is standing motionless. His large eyes are gazing straight ahead, unblinking, as if penetrating into infinity. The middle-aged man in shirt and pajamas is…