Mission Delhi - Uday Sharma, Galleria Market

Mission Delhi – Uday Sharma, Galleria Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some read for leisure. Others have more specific reasons. Like Uday Sharma. A cake shop assistant in Gurgaon’s Galleria Market in the Greater Delhi Region,…

City Landmark - The Commonwealth Bridge, Mathura Road

City Landmark – The Commonwealth Bridge, Mathura Road

The pleasures of a white elephant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In our benighted city notable for ruins, this relatively new pedestrian bridge has also succumbed. Built to promote Delhi’s hosting of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the steel…

Mission Delhi - Reshma Khan, Kala Mahal

Mission Delhi – Reshma Khan, Kala Mahal

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Reshma Khan is enjoying chai this morning in an Old Delhi tea house where she seems to know everybody—all of them men. She’s the only…

City Food - Winter Season Gajak, Jacobpura

City Food – Winter Season Gajak, Jacobpura

Hands of Bhind. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say that a great number of Siberian birds migrate to north India during the winter. It’s also the time of the year when scores of folks from parts of…

Mission Delhi - Prem Buddha, Paharganj

Mission Delhi – Prem Buddha, Paharganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Virtually every day of the year, hundreds of souls migrate to Delhi, seeking a better life. Perhaps many do find it, but “the important aspect…

City Food - Bread Pakora, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – Bread Pakora, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

Frying for decades. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Samosas. Pakoras. Aloo tikkis. There is no lack of places that are famous for producing excellent versions of at least one of these crispy tea time snacks. Break pakora is…

Our Self-Written Obituaries - Sudeshna Mukherjee, Bombay

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sudeshna Mukherjee, Bombay

The 249th death. [Text and photos sent by Sudeshna Mukherjee] Self Obituary She always said “obituaries are tricky” “They trick you Into writings mushy.” Between the mush And the fact a vast chasm creates a slush stripped of all tact…

City Walk - GB Road, Near New Delhi Railway Station

City Walk – GB Road, Near New Delhi Railway Station

A 5 am stroll. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A stroll through the red-light district is not everybody’s cup of tea. Definitely not so early in the winter morning when it is still dark. Even so. You could…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – "Mastermind" Siddhartha Basu, Zamrudpur

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – “Mastermind” Siddhartha Basu, Zamrudpur

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 Season - Fireside Bonds, Chemlsford Road

City Season – Fireside Bonds, Chemlsford Road

Winter’s friends. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a super-cold December evening in central Delhi’s Chelmsford Road. Five men are huddled around a pavement fireside. Three are sitting on their haunches; the others are standing, including Bholu who…