City Obituary - Mirza Yaseen Baig, Founder of Midland Bookstores

City Obituary – Mirza Yaseen Baig, Founder of Midland Bookstores

Passing of an icon. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Warm, affable, easy-going and with a crackling voice, it was easier to imagine him spending his waking hours beside his grandchildren, or beside chirpy flocks of pigeons. But his…

City Life - Mirza Brothers' Picnic Memories, Old Delhi & Mehrauli

City Life – Mirza Brothers’ Picnic Memories, Old Delhi & Mehrauli

Their tik tok days. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The yellow line Delhi metro connects historic Old Delhi to historic (and far older) Mehrauli. Long ago, horse-driven tongas routinely rattled between these two distant places. A tradition among…

City Life - Portrait of a Marriage, Central Delhi

City Life – Portrait of a Marriage, Central Delhi

Two lives [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One of the many things that make Delhi truly cosmopolitan is the fact that so many of its citizens are not Delhi natives. Almost everyone, or at least their parents or…

City Life - Lakshman Rekha, Gurgaon

City Life – Lakshman Rekha, Gurgaon

Her line of “prudence.” [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] In life, each one is obliged to navigate through a maze of liberties and restraints. “One learns to strike a balance between the things one can do and the…

City Life - Ms Rani & Ms Chandra, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

City Life – Ms Rani & Ms Chandra, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Two friends. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ms Rani’s feelings seem to be as strong as anybody’s but she has a quietness about her. Ms Chandra (left) is showing more eagerness in everything, her nature being gregarious. They…

City Life - Tikona Park, Near Oberoi Hotel Flyover

City Life – Tikona Park, Near Oberoi Hotel Flyover

Changing world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The concrete island beside the traffic light has been dug up, and the raw earth is now full of new trees, so young that their trunks look like mere stalks. Maybe,…

City Obituary - Shabana Banu, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Obituary – Shabana Banu, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

A life, passed. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No sign of her things—neither of her bundle, that served as a pillow at night, nor of her hand fan. She had been living on this spot of the pavement…

City Life - Handwritten Sentiments, Around Town

City Life – Handwritten Sentiments, Around Town

Or lives in chits and scraps. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] “If we lose this, we lose everything”— and so concludes the romantic note, handwritten by a person to their beloved at the back of a Khan Market…

City Life - Urmila & Jeetu, Patel Nagar

City Life – Urmila & Jeetu, Patel Nagar

Portrait of a marriage. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s noon, and they are directly exposed to the heatwave. She is standing barefoot on a mound of dug-up earth. He is in the ditch below. They are talking…

City Life - Sabeena & Afzal, Sarai Kale Khan

City Life – Sabeena & Afzal, Sarai Kale Khan

Love story. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Both of them are fond of chai. And when they are having chai together, they drink it from the same glass. “We feel good this way,” he says. “Because we like…