Mission Delhi - Lanoo, Lajpat Nagar

Mission Delhi – Lanoo, Lajpat Nagar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She’s the kind of busy restless soul who hardly spends any waking hours at home. So this is a particularly trying time for her. The…

Mission Delhi - Sudama, Sheetala Colony, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Sudama, Sheetala Colony, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The first thing you notice about him is his smile. Or at least, it is so when you see him on the mobile phone screen….

Mission Delhi - Pavan Bir Anand, Sector 44, Noida

Mission Delhi – Pavan Bir Anand, Sector 44, Noida

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On 22 March, at 5 pm, quarantined people all across India started to clap and bang their dinner thalis from their windows and balconies to…

Mission Delhi - Ram Iqbal, Pamposh Enclave

Mission Delhi – Ram Iqbal, Pamposh Enclave

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is a tailor with a footpath stall in south Delhi’s Pamposh Enclave, working with a foot-operated table sewing machine. Nothing unique about that. He…

Mission Delhi - Waris Ram, Karol Bagh

Mission Delhi – Waris Ram, Karol Bagh

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s so appallingly early on this cold morning, but Waris Ram is already up and about, walking along a deserted street in the west Delhi…

Mission Delhi - Shivani, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Shivani, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These days, many of us find friends on Facebook. Here is how little Shivani made one in a Gurgaon park in the Graeter Delhi Region….

Mission Delhi - Paridhi Narayan Singh, Ghaziabad

Mission Delhi – Paridhi Narayan Singh, Ghaziabad

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s early morning and Paridhi Narayan Singh is struggling to open her eyes at her parents’ Ghazaiabd apartment in the Greater Delhi Region. She instinctively…

Mission Delhi - Rajesh, Lal Kuan

Mission Delhi – Rajesh, Lal Kuan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His black leather jacket is tattered. A stylist might call that a distressed look. Whatever, it must be very old. “Nahin, I got it two…

Mission Delhi - Kaushalya Devi, Sector 18, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Kaushalya Devi, Sector 18, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Kaushalya Devi is 55. A grandmother living in Gurgaon’s Sector 18 in the Greater Delhi Region, she says “My life is now without a care…

Mission Delhi - Ram Bahadur, Jangpura

Mission Delhi – Ram Bahadur, Jangpura

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Bhagwan Ram is embedded in the very fabric of this food hawker’s life. Let’s start with his name—Ram Bahadur, meaning Ram the brave. He sells…