City Home - Ruined Bungalow, Somewhere in Delhi

City Home – Ruined Bungalow, Somewhere in Delhi

A deserted home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The metal gate is splotched with red dots of rust. The pane-less windows on the first floor stare out like open wounds. Cobwebs are hanging from window grills. It is…

City Homes - Dayanita Singh's Book Walls, Vasant Vihar

City Homes – Dayanita Singh’s Book Walls, Vasant Vihar

Inside an artist’s studio. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dayanita Singh lives amid moving walls of her books. This afternoon, at her second floor studio in Vasant Vihar, the artist appears by sliding away one of the walls….

Home Sweet Home - Tailor “Master” Javed Iqbal's Dwelling, Chitli Qabar Chowk

Home Sweet Home – Tailor “Master” Javed Iqbal’s Dwelling, Chitli Qabar Chowk

A new house. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The mattress is spread across the floor. The cooking gas cylinder is in the kitchen, already connected to the double-burner gas range. Two plastic buckets are in the bathroom. All…

Home Sweet Home - Abida's Dwelling, Under Oberoi Hotel Flyover

Home Sweet Home – Abida’s Dwelling, Under Oberoi Hotel Flyover

A woman’s house. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The evening is mildly cold. Abida and Raja are at home, sitting by the fireside. Raja has their month-old son, Piraili, on his lap. Wrapped in layers of woollens, the…

City Home - Homeless Shelter, Central Delhi

City Home – Homeless Shelter, Central Delhi

A home for the houseless. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The floor is of plywood. The roof appears to be of white tarpaulin. The walls, too, are of the same white material. There are no windows. This is a home to…

Home Sweet Home - Muhammed Mintullah, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Home Sweet Home – Muhammed Mintullah, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Dwellers in a posh neighbourhood. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The daughter of the last nawab of Rampur resides in this neighbourhood. Author Vikram Seth has an apartment here. A neighbouring flat belongs to former Jammu & Kashmir…

Home Sweet Home - Nizamuddin & Others, Jama Masjid

Home Sweet Home – Nizamuddin & Others, Jama Masjid

Housing on the pave. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They literally live in the shadow of the Jama Masjid. Right under the Mughal-era monument’s west-facing wall, towards which the attendees inside the mosque offer their prayers. This late…

Home Sweet Home - House of Labourers, Ansari Road

Home Sweet Home – House of Labourers, Ansari Road

So open, yet secretive. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The doors are locked, their wood rotting. The window jaalis are cobwebbed. The balconies are blocked with bricks. The weather-beaten building must be empty inside. Yet, it shelters very…

Home Sweet Home - Kiran Bhushi's Terrace, Khel Gaon

Home Sweet Home – Kiran Bhushi’s Terrace, Khel Gaon

Season’s space. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are many beautiful terraces in Delhi, but this one might be the most beautiful of all—at least at this time of the year. When semal trees are still in bloom,…

Home Sweet Home - Laila Tyabji's Window, Shanti Niketan

Home Sweet Home – Laila Tyabji’s Window, Shanti Niketan

Her stay-at-home consolations. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Dressed in a many-hued hand-woven Murshidabad silk sari, craft activist Laila Tyabji, 73, is sitting in her book-lined drawing room in south Delhi’s Shantiniketan. Behind her sofa is a huge glass window through…