Mission Delhi - Bhawani, Sector 15, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Bhawani, Sector 15, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] For years Bhawani’s life stayed the same. Earning a living as a “maid” in a score of middle-class households in Gurgaon in the Greater Delhi…

Mission Delhi - Uday Sharma, Galleria Market

Mission Delhi – Uday Sharma, Galleria Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some read for leisure. Others have more specific reasons. Like Uday Sharma. A cake shop assistant in Gurgaon’s Galleria Market in the Greater Delhi Region,…

Mission Delhi - Reshma Khan, Kala Mahal

Mission Delhi – Reshma Khan, Kala Mahal

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Reshma Khan is enjoying chai this morning in an Old Delhi tea house where she seems to know everybody—all of them men. She’s the only…

Mission Delhi - Prem Buddha, Paharganj

Mission Delhi – Prem Buddha, Paharganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Virtually every day of the year, hundreds of souls migrate to Delhi, seeking a better life. Perhaps many do find it, but “the important aspect…

Mission Delhi - Rajinder, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Rajinder, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He has moved up in life. So Rajinder feels about himself. With the help of a generous bank loan, he recently bought a gleaming new…

Mission Delhi - Deepak Kumar, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Deepak Kumar, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are various ways of dealing with living alone, and with grief. This evening, Deepak Kumar made a rare purchase, buying a sacred book for…

Mission Delhi - Irudaya Kumar, St Michael's Church

Mission Delhi – Irudaya Kumar, St Michael’s Church

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The room has two tables. The smaller is placed at the center. There is barely any other furniture. This is the meager world of Irudaya…

Mission Delhi - Ashish Chauhan, Blue Line Metro

Mission Delhi – Ashish Chauhan, Blue Line Metro

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Frantic evening rush hour on the Blue Line and, as you’d expect, almost every metro train passenger is hunched over their mobiles for some reason….

Mission Delhi - Ashok Kumar Pachauri, Around Town

Mission Delhi – Ashok Kumar Pachauri, Around Town

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A pleasant winter day, no doubt about it, but the auto-rickshaw driver is distressed. “I’m tensed about my youngest son,” confesses Ashok Kumar Pachauri. Yesterday,…

Mission Delhi - Manu Chopra, Starbucks, N-Block, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Manu Chopra, Starbucks, N-Block, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s a reason Manu Chopra is so often seen spending her entire day in the Starbucks at N Block in Central Delhi’s Connaught Place. It’s…