City Life - A Hotel Room, Paharganj

City Life – A Hotel Room, Paharganj

The world inside a hotel room. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sunlight is streaming in through the blue curtains. The double bed is crowded with four pillows. A small coffee table looks lonesome with two glasses. An ash…

City Life - Labourer's Backpack, Central Delhi

City Life – Labourer’s Backpack, Central Delhi

A piece of working life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It looks like some sort of backpack, but it isn’t. “It’s called a pithalla, and without question makes it so much easier to carry heavy loads on my…

City Life - Two Dogs in Love, Pahari Imli

City Life – Two Dogs in Love, Pahari Imli

The story of a couple. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Calling these two dogs “strays” is almost a mistake. Because they never stray far from each other. They hang out together and even sleep with each other, their…

City Life - Sabiha’s WhatsApp Circle, Old Delhi

City Life – Sabiha’s WhatsApp Circle, Old Delhi

A woman’s cellphone world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Like many women in Old Delhi, Sabiha Jhinjhanvi feels obliged to maintain a smoothly running household. And so she does. But then there’s her WhatsApp group, keeping her glued…

City Season - Delhi Winter, Around Town

City Season – Delhi Winter, Around Town

Summer nostalgia. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Everybody whom I know in my city, Delhi, is looking happy. Their reason is the same. Winter season has begun. Just why do we Indians cherish winter so much when essentially…

City Life - A Woman's Life, GB Road Red Light Area

City Life – A Woman’s Life, GB Road Red Light Area

Her life in her words. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] [As told to The Delhi Walla by a woman who wishes to remain anonymous] You will perhaps never invite me to visit your family. For I am one…

City Life - Listings for Living, Local EMU Trains

City Life – Listings for Living, Local EMU Trains

Local dreams. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perhaps you too have noticed that the advertisements on those nice air-conditioned Metro coaches tend to involve big companies or big-budget movies? That can’t be said of informal advertising flourishing on…

City Life - The Rubble of Our Ruins, Old Delhi

City Life – The Rubble of Our Ruins, Old Delhi

Goodbye to past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There goes down one more landmark whose history is now lost to us forever. But where’s the time to pause and mourn. In any case, cities are forever changing their…

City Life - The Mother as a Waste Picker, Gurgaon

City Life – The Mother as a Waste Picker, Gurgaon

Parenting a child. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They are mother and daughter, Manorama Begum and her Majnu. Both are walking home. It is afternoon. “We are done with work,” says Ms Begum. In her 30s, the woman…

City Life - Ghaziabad's Sunset Boulevard, Vaishali Metro Station

City Life – Ghaziabad’s Sunset Boulevard, Vaishali Metro Station

The evening magic-realism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Not everybody likes sunsets. They can be linked to serious melancholy, even a kind of death. (If you choose to think like that.) But there’s a healthier approach. For instance:…