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…

City Landmark - Ahuja Tailor, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Ahuja Tailor, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

A timeworn establishment. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s like the miniature museum of a dressmaker’s working life. Ahuja Tailors at the Sant Lal market corridor in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar in the Greater Delhi Region is sparsely populated…

City Landmark - The Gloomy Staircase, Near New Delhi Railway Station

City Landmark – The Gloomy Staircase, Near New Delhi Railway Station

When a piece of utilitarian infrastructure becomes poetic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This fine old staircase leading to the overhead bridge in Central Delhi somehow seems steeped in a kind of melancholy. Here in early evening, a…

City Landmark - Goldsmith's Workshop, Nai Basti, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Goldsmith’s Workshop, Nai Basti, Gurgaon

Inside an old-fashioned world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the so-called Millennium City, yet so far. This old-fashioned goldsmith’s workshop in Gurgaon’s Nai Basti in the Greater Delhi region. You get custom-made lockets, rings, and necklace pendants…

City Landmark - Cinema Halls, Around Town

City Landmark – Cinema Halls, Around Town

City screens. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Minerva in Mori Gate, Paras in Nehru Place, Robin Talkies in Old Subzi Mandi, Filmistan in Tees Hazari and Radhu Palace in Laxmi Nagar. These are some of Delhi’s cinema theatres…

City Landmark - Peepal's People, Outside Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Peepal’s People, Outside Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

The social ecology of a city tree. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s like an island in the sea. So different from the surrounding world. This gigantic peepal tree. Its massive trunk spreads out into an array of…

City Landmark - Venus Digital Colour Lab & Studio, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

City Landmark – Venus Digital Colour Lab & Studio, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

The museum of visuals. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a treasure house and nobody realises it. Perhaps not even the good owner himself. “There was a time when we would daily sell 20 cameras, 100 film…

City Landmark - Stein's Architecture, India Habitat Centre

City Landmark – Stein’s Architecture, India Habitat Centre

A work of art. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s like a beautiful art mural shattered into pieces. This is actually the building’s multitudinous ceiling panels reflecting off the water puddles. It just stopped raining here at the…