Amar Jyoti

Mission Delhi – Amar Jyoti, Outside Humayun’s Tomb

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The rickshaw stops besides the pavement stand of a golgappa vendor. The passenger, a frail elderly woman in a crumpled night gown, remains seated. The snack man quietly fills up his golgappa with the tangy tamarind flavoured water and hands […]

Mohan Charagi

Mission Delhi – Mohan Charagi, Herald House, ITO

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The picture captures his essence. You see all the elements that made him: the work desk, the cigarette in his hand, the top shirt button undone, though unintentionally, blank sheets of paper, to be filled up soon with his edit, […]

Catherine Lama

Mission Delhi – Catherine Lama, Lodhi Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A red rose is tucked into her hair. A green scarf is tied under her chin. Her wrinkled hands lie folded on her lap. Her luxuriously embroidered sandals are beside her bare feet. Aged and regal-looking, she could as well […]

Mission Delhi

Mission Delhi – The Man With No Name, Osama Dhaba

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The most remarkable thing about him is his face. It bears astounding resemblance to the dying face of Delhi’s last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar. (see photo below). But he has no e-mail. He has no mobile phone. He has […]

Sona Devi

Mission Delhi – Sona Devi, Near Sahibabad Village

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is in an orange saree. Her glass bangles are green. Her cardigan is pink. Her hand-sewn bag is of uncertain color. One morning The Delhi Walla meets Sona Devi somewhere near Sahibabad, a village just outside the city limits. […]