City Landmark - Bimla Devi's Water Filter, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Bimla Devi’s Water Filter, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

A woman’s portrait. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She isn’t famous, but she is a public landmark. Bimla Devi has a pyayu, a cold water filter for thirsty passersby, named after her in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazaar in the…

City Landmark - Everest Tailors, Rajiv Nagar, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Everest Tailors, Rajiv Nagar, Gurgaon

The idea of home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Millennium City of Gurgaon in the Greater Delhi Region is hundreds of miles away from Nepal, and the closest thing to Kathmandu you can find here might be…

City Landmark - The Banyan Tree, Shiv Park, Jacobpura

City Landmark – The Banyan Tree, Shiv Park, Jacobpura

A solitary wilderness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is like spotting a long-haired hippie stranded amid a group of suited-booted hedge fund managers. The banyan is looking that out of place. The tree stands in the centre…

City Landmark - Subhan Factory Dry Cleaners, Old Delhi

City Landmark – Subhan Factory Dry Cleaners, Old Delhi

Connecting present to past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Although Old Delhi’s history stretches far back into 16th century, its oldest surviving laundry service is curiously recent. Founded in 1922, the Subhan Factory is surprisingly spacious in the…

City Landmark - Maqbool Sons Tailoring Shop, Mohan Singh Place

City Landmark – Maqbool Sons Tailoring Shop, Mohan Singh Place

Founder’s story. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi wouldn’t exist as a major metro without its countless small enterprises. Like this family-owned tailoring shop launched years ago by an enterprising UP villager seeking a better standard of living…

City Landmark - Paakar Tree, Constitution Club of India, Central Delhi

City Landmark – Paakar Tree, Constitution Club of India, Central Delhi

A most luxuriant nobility. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If trees like this didn’t exist, they would have been hard to imagine. Consider, if you will, this luxurious Paakar tree providing more-than-welcome shade. Here at a side garden…

City Landmark - Hafizji's Old Clock Shop, Old Delhi

City Landmark – Hafizji’s Old Clock Shop, Old Delhi

Lost time regained. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is truly an inner sanctum for all those who pine for old time. Dozens of old clocks bearing unfamiliar names line the walls of this watch repair establishment in…

City Landmark - Button Shop, Near Chitli Qabar Chowk

City Landmark – Button Shop, Near Chitli Qabar Chowk

Ali Baba’s treasure. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s just a hole-in-the wall shop, and pretty easy to button down. Because, it’s all about buttons. Only buttons, a warehouse of thousands, many trimmed with laces and countless other…

City Landmark - The Summertime Pilkhan Tree, Feroz Shah Kotla

City Landmark – The Summertime Pilkhan Tree, Feroz Shah Kotla

The perfect eye candy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The blistering hot April is actually the kindest month. The world is now teeming with a kind of extraordinary beauty that you don’t have to seek by driving all…

City Landmark - A Disappearing Doorway, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Landmark – A Disappearing Doorway, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

A beauty from the past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It will be a great pity to walk right past that peeling cobwebbed doorway, padlocked for years, without giving it a close second look. This is an architectural…