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…

Home Sweet Home - The Polish Ambassador's Residence, Tilak Marg

Home Sweet Home – The Polish Ambassador’s Residence, Tilak Marg

Inside the walls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Houses of foreign envoys always conjure up images of hushed elegance. The Delhi Walla still remembers the visit to the Australian High Commissioner’s residence in Chanakyapuri a few months ago…

Home Sweet Home - Kamal's Patch of the Pavement, Asaf Ali Road

Home Sweet Home – Kamal’s Patch of the Pavement, Asaf Ali Road

Inside the walls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At around 12,000 rupees every month, Kamal makes a living collecting scrap. There’s only one problem. Despite these earnings, Kamal is homeless. On this Sunday morning he awakens to plentiful…

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…