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…

Home Sweet Home - Staircase to Heaven, South Delhi

Home Sweet Home – Staircase to Heaven, South Delhi

Jacob’s ladder. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Staircases are surely one of the great human inventions though there is no knowing just when the world’s first staircase was built. Neither is it clear which civilisation came up with…

Home Sweet Home - Mintu & Family, Delhi Footpaths

Home Sweet Home – Mintu & Family, Delhi Footpaths

A family with dogs. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This industrious family of ragpickers manages to earn around 10,000 rupees every month, which they reckon is sufficient for themselves and their three dogs–Kaloo, Laloo and Julie. But, on…

Home Sweet Home – Sheeba & Arshad’s House, Chhatta Sheikh Mangloo

Home Sweet Home – Sheeba & Arshad’s House, Chhatta Sheikh Mangloo

A house in Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are as many staircases in the big house as there are sights of the Walled City from the roof. This is the Old Delhi home of Arshad Ali…

Home Sweet Home - Mehvash Sattar's Kitchen, Pahari Imli

Home Sweet Home – Mehvash Sattar’s Kitchen, Pahari Imli

Cooking in the Old Quarter. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A mobile phone lying forgotten beside a spice box. Oil leaking out from a pickle bottle and staining the transparent plastic jar filled with masoor dal. And a…

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…