Mission Delhi - Manoj, Pragati Maidan

Mission Delhi – Manoj, Pragati Maidan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Its construction began in May 1639, it was completed almost a decade later in April 1648–Old Delhi’s Lal Qila, the seat of the Mughals. This…

Mission Delhi - Rani, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Rani, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The woman clad in a sari is among the regular faces of N-Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place. No matter how unbearable the weather, Rani is…

Mission Delhi - Ram Charan, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Ram Charan, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The elderly man is sitting by the crowded market lane, on a brick cushioned with a folded plastic bag; His right arm is raised forward,…

Mission Delhi - Mukul, Jumna Paar

Mission Delhi – Mukul, Jumna Paar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Can fiction save a life? It did for a young “jumna paar” poet and music student in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar Phase 3. Mukul is…

Mission Delhi - Akram Ansari, Ghaffar Manzil

Mission Delhi – Akram Ansari, Ghaffar Manzil

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is evening. He is lying flat on the floor, upon a mattress, at his Ghaffar Manzil pad, close to Jamia Millia Islamia University. Akram…

Mission Delhi - Murari Lal, Sunny Guest House

Mission Delhi – Murari Lal, Sunny Guest House

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sun sets every evening in Connaught Place (CP). But the sun refuses to set in CP’s Sunny Guest House. More than fifty years old, the…

Mission Delhi - Abu Noman, Maujpur

Mission Delhi – Abu Noman, Maujpur

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] In his 70s, he is frail, he walks with caution, and his advanced years has taken a toll on his hearing. And he flits around…

Mission Delhi - Neera Chopra, Rajpur Road

Mission Delhi – Neera Chopra, Rajpur Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Every morning she gets up at five, walks into the dining room, opens the door outside to the porch, and there “I look at my…

Mission Delhi - Shabana, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Shabana, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Walking snail-like along a sleepy passage lined with residences, she repeatedly turns to make sure the young boy and the little girl are keeping behind…

Mission Delhi - Nitin Kumar, Outside RK Ashram Metro Station

Mission Delhi – Nitin Kumar, Outside RK Ashram Metro Station

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s the cart for gol gappe. The other cart is selling nariyal pani That one is crammed with bananas. The street outside RK Ashram metro…