Home Sweet Home - The Hyperlocal Architecture of Taak, Around Town

Home Sweet Home – The Hyperlocal Architecture of Taak, Around Town

A disappearing element. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Consisting of an arch-shaped niche built into the wall, taak is an element of old architecture, now lost to history. Fortunately, a few can still be seen around Delhi, and…

Home Sweet Home - Elena Tommaseo's Reading Bed, East of Kaliash

Home Sweet Home – Elena Tommaseo’s Reading Bed, East of Kaliash

A lady’s reading couch. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hers is not a home filled with books. Not in the least. But designer Elena Tommaseo, 55, has created a truly beautiful reading spot. She’s topped a drawing room…

Home Sweet Home - Bird Housing, Galli Sooiwallan Street

Home Sweet Home – Bird Housing, Galli Sooiwallan Street

A dormitory for pigeons. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Question of the day: where, in fact, do the city pigeons sleep? Truth is that they’re bound to sleep in all sorts of unlikely places, like window ledges. In…

Home Sweet Home – Impermanent Housing, Vasundhara

Home Sweet Home – Impermanent Housing, Vasundhara

Fleeting dwellings. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Vasundhara in Ghaziabad in the Greater Delhi Region is a cluster of residential towers. But this particular housing is too modest. The four homes share a common roof, and this roof…

Home Sweet Home – House of Shadows, Lodhi Road

Home Sweet Home – House of Shadows, Lodhi Road

Monsoon dwelling. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hardly more than a lean-to. But the recent addition of an awning means the world for the little family. “We recently got that awning from a tea stall owner,” explains…

Home Sweet Home - Rooftop Views, Mehrauli

Home Sweet Home – Rooftop Views, Mehrauli

The story of a home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hard to imagine getting a better sense of Delhi than by viewing it from on high. And particularly a panoramic view of a favoured neighbourhood like Mehrauli….

Home Sweet Home - A Window View, Opposite Jama Masjid

Home Sweet Home – A Window View, Opposite Jama Masjid

A prized window. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At first glance this room seems a bit the worse for wear. Creaky door. Fading paintwork on the walls. So what? The glass window in this room looks straight out…

Home Sweet Home - Ruined Mansion, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Ruined Mansion, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

The story of a home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old abandoned houses tend to become hauntingly surreal in their dilapidation. Despite being stereotyped as a fantasy land of high-rises and multi-storey apartments, the Futuristic City of Gurgaon…

Home Sweet Home - Ruined House, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Ruined House, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

The bungalow’s story. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There it stands. Like a half-remembered dream. This hauntingly beautiful house. Its roof has caved in. Its walls are damaged. The underlying bricks emerging out of the peeling paint look…

Home Sweet Home - A Mother's Handmade Cradle, Central Delhi Pavement

Home Sweet Home – A Mother’s Handmade Cradle, Central Delhi Pavement

Baby’s swing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Baby Aslam is lying snugly in his padded swing hanging from a tree while Mom keeps a watchful eye out for him. “He’s just turned three months,” says content-looking Firdaus, a…