City Life - Maryann Taylor's Pandemic-Day Diary, DLF Phase 5, Gurgaon

City Life – Maryann Taylor’s Pandemic-Day Diary, DLF Phase 5, Gurgaon

Her life, these days. [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] No home is left untouched, directly or indirectly, by the current surge in the coronavirus pandemic. So how’s our daily life like? Freelance writer Maryann Taylor, 36, in Gugaon’s DLF Phase…

City Obituary - Haji Faiyazuddin, Old Delhi

City Obituary – Haji Faiyazuddin, Old Delhi

Life of a gentleman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you were to visit him after a prolonged period, he would frown at you with stern eyes, but his face would instantly dissolve into a welcoming smile. Haji…

City Life - Veeru Bhai's Self-Made Cart, Central Delhi

City Life – Veeru Bhai’s Self-Made Cart, Central Delhi

Life of the cart. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Carts are regular sights in this city of street hawkers. Usually they are but a broad plank of wood plonked over four wheels. But Veeru Bhai’s fruit cart—or thela,…

City Life - Two Painters, Kamala Nehru Park

City Life – Two Painters, Kamala Nehru Park

On life and its disappointments. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is late morning and Manoj and Ravi are sitting in a city garden. The Kamala Nehru Park, tucked next to Gurgaon’s Roshanpura in the Greater Delhi Region,…

City Life - Ramrati in the Pandemic, Connaught Place

City Life – Ramrati in the Pandemic, Connaught Place

The living landmark returns. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here she is. “I came back one or one-and-a-half months ago.” For years, Ramrati’s morning routine stayed the same: reading aloud passages from the sacred Ramcharitmanas, her upper-half rocking…

City Life - Fire-Side Memoirs, Roshan Pura

City Life – Fire-Side Memoirs, Roshan Pura

Finding old times. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is a cold late afternoon. Four labourers are sitting around a makeshift fire they have lit up from a pile of wooden planks. Two of them are in their…

City Obituary - Suhana Begum, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Obituary – Suhana Begum, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Life of a woman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her arms were covered with bangles, her ears decked with shiny stones, and stones were adorning her fingers too. She could be heard approaching from a distance, because of…

City Life - Gardeners' Dreams, Sector 15, Gurgaon

City Life – Gardeners’ Dreams, Sector 15, Gurgaon

Family of a couple. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It was decided some years ago: Mangal and his wife, Reena, will continue with their jobs until the career of their children are shaped — at least. “That is…

City Life - Downton Abbey Civilisation, Sunder Nursery

City Life – Downton Abbey Civilisation, Sunder Nursery

The world of the super-rich. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Seen Downton Abbey, the series on an aristocratic family and their servants, in 19th century England? Who would have imagined that it would take a historical necropolis to…

City Life - Bhag Bahri Malhotra's Nehru Park Connection, Safdarjang Enclave

City Life – Bhag Bahri Malhotra’s Nehru Park Connection, Safdarjang Enclave

A routine of 40 years. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Pathways go up and down the many slopes. Distractions include flowers and fountains, lovers and joggers, chai wallas and chips sellers. Nehru Park runs along a tiny patch of the Aravali…