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,…

Mission Delhi - Satish Kumar Chakri Walla, Janakpuri

Mission Delhi – Satish Kumar Chakri Walla, Janakpuri

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] From a distance, the vision looks like a tiny pageant, or maybe something else? But on coming closer, The Delhi Walla realises that it is…

Mission Delhi - Nayana Chowdhury, Blue Line Metro

Mission Delhi – Nayana Chowdhury, Blue Line Metro

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Faithful Metro commuters like The Delhi Walla are now patronising the Blue and Yellow lines with a degree of caution. We never know when our…

Mission Delhi – Anand Kumar, Naraina

Mission Delhi – Anand Kumar, Naraina

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s proving to be a terrible day for salesman Anand Kumar. For the past four hours, he’s been walking around the streets trying in vain…

Mission Delhi – Abdul Wajid, Todarmal Lane

Mission Delhi – Abdul Wajid, Todarmal Lane

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are different ways of owning a piece of the city, The Delhi Walla realises, while walking with Abdul Wajid — a 19-year-old college student…

Mission Delhi – Saddam, Near Ansari Road

Mission Delhi – Saddam, Near Ansari Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Their love story kicked off on Instagram and rapidly accelerated to late-night Skyping before abruptly terminating a few months ago. But while it lasted, Saddam…

Mission Delhi - Doibila, Oxford Cha Bar

Mission Delhi – Doibila, Oxford Cha Bar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] That couple over there at the corner table are asking for pasta and something else that The Delhi Walla isn’t able to hear. Waitress Doibila…

Mission Delhi - Rajkumar, A Central Delhi Pavement

Mission Delhi – Rajkumar, A Central Delhi Pavement

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Delhi Walla could simply walk past him. That would be easy, too easy. But those badly bandaged toes set me thinking. What’s happened here?…