Mission Delhi - Kali Charan, Opposite Vyapar Kendra Market, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Kali Charan, Opposite Vyapar Kendra Market, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes you don’t need Freud to interpret a dream, or so it seems. Take Kali Charan. He is deep in sleep. May be this is…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Haroon, Galli Chooriwallan

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Haroon, Galli Chooriwallan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Life’s all stress. You may figure that out merely by scanning the faces of fellow commuters in the Metro. But Muhammed Haroon has found an…

Mission Delhi – Maria Wali, Mehediyan Qabristan Graveyard

Mission Delhi – Maria Wali, Mehediyan Qabristan Graveyard

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is 21 and set to make history. Maria Wali, an English Honours student in Delhi University and a “trained dialysis technician”, will become the…

Mission Delhi – Jyotika Bhaskar, Sector 53, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Jyotika Bhaskar, Sector 53, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She has never experienced serious problems adapting to the super-sprawl of a residential complex. As an early riser, Jyotika Bhaskar is likely to spend the…

Mission Delhi - Madhumita Ray, CR Park

Mission Delhi – Madhumita Ray, CR Park

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her eyes close slowly, suggesting that she’s immersed in deep thoughts. Her still arm suddenly stirs, rising up, and now she finally opens her lips–the…

Mission Delhi - Jyoti Rawat, Connaught Place & Faridabad

Mission Delhi – Jyoti Rawat, Connaught Place & Faridabad

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] When Jyoti Rawat squabbles with her younger brother, their parents have been known to intervene. “Don’t fight with her!” they warn him. “She’s our rock!”…

Mission Delhi - Sanya, South Delhi Pavement

Mission Delhi – Sanya, South Delhi Pavement

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “My name is Sanya.” The little girl introduces herself in English. It is early evening but half of the family is already done with the…

Mission Delhi - Farzana Siddiqui, Kucha Chelan

Mission Delhi – Farzana Siddiqui, Kucha Chelan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The denizens of Old Delhi are notorious for staying awake late into the night. But, of course, there are exceptions. Such as Farzana Siddiqui who…

Mission Delhi - Peshkar Varma, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Peshkar Varma, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Thin as a rail, Peshkar Varma ekes out a living by measuring the body weight of the well-nourished. At the close of his work day,…

Mission Delhi - Kishni Thadani, Mayfair Gardens

Mission Delhi – Kishni Thadani, Mayfair Gardens

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At age 102, Kishni Thadani may well be the oldest person in India regularly playing rummy, doing it every afternoon. At 2 pm every day,…