City Landmark - Old Staircase, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Old Staircase, Connaught Place

Pickled architecture. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Despite being such a well-explored shopping district, Connaught Place is astonishing in its scope of picturesque spots still waiting to be discovered. Take that amazing winding staircase in H Block, Outer…

City Landmark - Guru Ravidas Temple, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Guru Ravidas Temple, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

Tree in the courtyard. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The spacious yard is warming up gently under the sunshine. The clear blue sky is looking as calm as an exhausted sea after the storm. Winters are on the…

City Landmark -  Arman Sewing Machine Repairing Shop, Jaffrabad

City Landmark – Arman Sewing Machine Repairing Shop, Jaffrabad

A thing of beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A room half-submerged in darkness. Rusty relic-like equipments piled up next to each other. And a man kneeling upon a desk, his hands blackened with grease, his forehead furrowed…

City Landmark - Sibu Unisex Hair Cutting Salon, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Sibu Unisex Hair Cutting Salon, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon

A cool parlour. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Roadside hair stylist shops are like roadside chai shops—full of atmosphere even in their raggedness. Each establishment, along with its owner, staffers and customers tells so much about the locality…

City Landmark - Choudhary Kishan Lal Jutti Shop, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Choudhary Kishan Lal Jutti Shop, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

Shoes of a different kind. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You won’t spot such a place in the fanciest of malls. Nor is it easy to find it elsewhere. A shoe shop in Gurgaon’s Jacobpura in the Greater…

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…

City Landmark - Janta Band, Naya Bazar

City Landmark – Janta Band, Naya Bazar

The music station. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The walls are plastered with photographs of men playing saxophones, though some are also in dancing costumes. A window is decked with a drum and a small trumpet. This cramped…

City Landmark - Mittal Store, Pragyakunj, Vasundhara

City Landmark – Mittal Store, Pragyakunj, Vasundhara

Hyperlocal wonder. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nowadays just about anything can be purchased online or at huge shopping malls, right? No wonder that small family-owned shops are declining—with some notable exceptions. Mittal Store in suburban Ghaziabad (Pragyakunj,…

City Landmark - Loke Nath & Co, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Loke Nath & Co, Connaught Place

CP’s early draft. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Once upon a time, it was a bustling tailoring establishment. Today, Loke Nath & Co is one of the most haunting showrooms in the colonial-era Connaught Place (CP). Entering the…

City Landmark - Old Mansion, Muneem Street, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Old Mansion, Muneem Street, Gurgaon

An object of beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A ramshackle relic from the past but so dream-like, this old mansion overlooks a lane in Gurgaon’s chaotic Sadar Bazar in the Greater Delhi Region. Muneem street is a…