Mission Delhi - Muhammed Sadiq, Near Jama Masjid

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Sadiq, Near Jama Masjid

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] A hotel near Jama Masjid. Sitting behind the counter, its manager Muhammed Sadiq opens his lunch box. The chicken korma, dal fry and rotis were…

Mission Delhi - Manju, Outside Kasturba Hospital

Mission Delhi – Manju, Outside Kasturba Hospital

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The baby’s tiny bed is a pink polka-dotted mattress, with prints of teddy bears floating inside white clouds. The baby is wearing a mustard green…

Mission Delhi - Rameshwar Arya, Hazrat Nizamuddin West

Mission Delhi – Rameshwar Arya, Hazrat Nizamuddin West

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This posh address had a great number of elegant bungalows. Many have been replaced by apartment-style housings. Some kothis of the old days are still…

Mission Delhi - Beena-Ji, Outside RK Ashram Metro Station

Mission Delhi – Beena-Ji, Outside RK Ashram Metro Station

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] When a loved one dies, does the grief solidifies and becomes a permanent appendage to one’s daily existence? Or does it slowly dims with time?…

Mission Delhi - Vaseem Ansari, Ghaziabad

Mission Delhi – Vaseem Ansari, Ghaziabad

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These hands. His hands. They have shouldered a legacy. But they have also put an end to that legacy. Vaseem Ansari is a weaver of…

Mission Delhi - Isak Ali, Basant Lok Market

Mission Delhi – Isak Ali, Basant Lok Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] See the top photo, clicked a decade ago. See the photo below. Snapped this week, same place. Then there was a bookstore, Fact & Fiction….

Mission Delhi - Rashmi Gautam, South Delhi

Mission Delhi – Rashmi Gautam, South Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] She approaches the passerby with cool composed confidence. He looks hassled. Her face all smiles, she shows him a pamphlet-like thing she is holding in…

Mission Delhi - Rashika, Redeveloped Central Vista

Mission Delhi – Rashika, Redeveloped Central Vista

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So frustrating. Little Rashika is always ready to break into a dance, she has her own YouTube channel, after all. But here, she is as…

Mission Delhi - Ram Bhajan, Redeveloped Central Vista

Mission Delhi – Ram Bhajan, Redeveloped Central Vista

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ram Bhajan is a lucky person. Unlike most of us Delhiites, who have been allowed to wander about the new Central Vista only since today,…

Mission Delhi - Dileep and Suresh, Mehrauli

Mission Delhi – Dileep and Suresh, Mehrauli

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The two men are wading their way through a congested bazar in south Delhi’s Mehrauli, singing a devotional bhajan in robust melodic voices. Occasionally, shoppers…