Home Sweet Home - A Home Without a House, North Delhi

Home Sweet Home – A Home Without a House, North Delhi

Family possessions. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is morning and he is home alone. “My wife has gone with our son to the public toilet… it will take her an hour to come back… she’ll also be…

Home Sweet Home - A Lady's Balcony, South Delhi

Home Sweet Home – A Lady’s Balcony, South Delhi

Her private oasis. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She’s readily agreed to give The Delhi Walla a guided tour of her pleasing balcony, but with a condition. No snapping her face photos, so she can remain anonymous. For…

Home Sweet Home - A Residential Lane Without a Name, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – A Residential Lane Without a Name, Gurgaon

A nameless address. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Such a world of colors here. Red and orange saris are hanging down from the wash lines, while the little doors are painted in bright hues of green and blue….

Home Sweet Home - Divya Babu's 30th Floor Balcony, DLF Park Place

Home Sweet Home – Divya Babu’s 30th Floor Balcony, DLF Park Place

Life at the top. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nobody can mistake Delhi’s so-called Millennium City of Gurgaon as a holiday resort. But Divya Babu’s balcony feels like one of those weekend getaways in the mountains that Delhiwallas…

Home Sweet Home – The Family Courtyard, Ganj Meer Khan

Home Sweet Home – The Family Courtyard, Ganj Meer Khan

Biography of an aangan. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The little courtyard, or aangan, is placed in the big house as snugly as a nest in a tree. The aged mansion in old Delhi’s Ganj Meer Khan was…

Home Sweet Home – Saloni Srivastava, Old Gupta Colony

Home Sweet Home – Saloni Srivastava, Old Gupta Colony

A flat of her own. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perhaps The Delhi Walla is afflicted by an overly active imagination. But it does seem as though every second person on the street is young, has a tattoo…

Home Sweet Home - Abhinav Kakkar, Mahrauli

Home Sweet Home – Abhinav Kakkar, Mahrauli

Mehrauli’s dream balcony. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] With a balcony like this, who’d want to leave home? Abhinav Kakkar freely admits his own balcony is a prime attraction—though as an independent photographer he’s usually on the move….

Home Sweet Home - Ice Cream Sellers' Dwelling, Rajouri Garden

Home Sweet Home – Ice Cream Sellers’ Dwelling, Rajouri Garden

A hidden boarding house. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You see them almost everywhere. And especially during those burning summer months when the demand for cold treats transforms ice cream venders into temporal gods. There they are! Dragging…

Home Sweet Home - Indira Dayal's Terrace Garden, Anand Niketan

Home Sweet Home – Indira Dayal’s Terrace Garden, Anand Niketan

Life on the summit. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Winters in Delhi approximate the life of a butterfly. The moment you’ve developed a working relationship with woolens and heaters, it’s all over. This is more or less how…

Home Sweet Home – Abdul Sattar's Dwelling, Ganj Mir Khan

Home Sweet Home – Abdul Sattar’s Dwelling, Ganj Mir Khan

Inside the walls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Close to midnight, Abdul Sattar is shutting his metal-plating workshop. In a few minutes, the cramped space becomes his bedroom. This suits him fine. His extended family lives just down…