Home Sweet Home - Chacha Jan's Unauthorized Home, Vasundhara

Home Sweet Home – Chacha Jan’s Unauthorized Home, Vasundhara

Inside the walls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One day his home was there, as always. Today, it’s not there. That unauthorized makeshift dwelling was the only constant in this ever-changing middle-class neighborhood in suburban Vasundhara. Known simply…

Home Sweet Home - Rickshaw Puller Vishwajeet Mondal's Bedroom, Near Jangpura Metro Station

Home Sweet Home – Rickshaw Puller Vishwajeet Mondal’s Bedroom, Near Jangpura Metro Station

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Traffic has slowed to trickle near Jangpura Metro station where two tired rickshaw pullers are calling it a night. Dressed down to their lungis, Bhajan Lal and Vishwajeet Mondal carefully…

Home Sweet Home – Daily Wager's Mansion, Galli Choori Wallan

Home Sweet Home – Daily Wager’s Mansion, Galli Choori Wallan

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] As the eyes adjust to the darkness, The Delhi Walla realizes that the bare walls are of lakhori bricks. The thick columns seem to be hewed out of stones. But,…

Home Sweet Home –  Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner's Residence

Home Sweet Home – Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner’s Residence

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] To be a High Commissioner is, well, something. The Delhi Walla mulled this over while visiting the Australian High Commission recently. Amid the lush greenery is a mansion designed by…

Home Sweet Home – Shamim us Din 's Cluttered Room, Gali Mochan

Home Sweet Home – Shamim us Din ‘s Cluttered Room, Gali Mochan

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old Delhi’s Shamim ud Din loves machinery. So much so that he decided, years ago, that he needed a tiny dark room near the family residence to store it in….

Home Sweet Home – Writer Taslima Nasrin’s Study, Somewhere in Delhi

Home Sweet Home – Writer Taslima Nasrin’s Study, Somewhere in Delhi

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Stop bitching. Start a revolution.” “Religion stops a thinking mind.” “Proud to be a feminist.” “Keep your laws off my body.” These stickers grace the room where she is writing…

Home Sweet Home – Novelist Manan Kapoor's Room, Shakti Nagar

Home Sweet Home – Novelist Manan Kapoor’s Room, Shakti Nagar

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Karl Marx is lying on his shoe rack. Italo Calvino is on his double bed. Federico García Lorca is beside a little guitar. Amitav Ghosh, VS Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Ernest…

Home Sweet Home - Late Writer Khushwant Singh's Home, Sujan Singh Park

Home Sweet Home – Late Writer Khushwant Singh’s Home, Sujan Singh Park

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is where he died exactly three years ago. The Delhi Walla is at E-49, Khushwant Singh’s red-brick apartment at the colonial-era Sujan Singh Park in central Delhi. Privileged members…

Home Sweet Home - Moongey Wali Kothi, Katra Khushal Rai

Home Sweet Home – Moongey Wali Kothi, Katra Khushal Rai

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is easy to identify a haveli in Old Delhi. The tell-tale sign is an archway that usually hosts a half-awake stray dog. Within, a passage leads to a forecourt…

Home Sweet Home -Patrice Louis's Proustian Homestead, Combray

Home Sweet Home -Patrice Louis’s Proustian Homestead, Combray

A whole world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His house is devoted to Marcel Proust, his most beloved writer. One evening The Delhi Walla enters the home of author Patrice Louis in Combray. This French town is of…