Mission Delhi – Ibrar Ahmad, Hazrat Nizamuddin's Sufi Shrine

Mission Delhi – Ibrar Ahmad, Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Sufi Shrine

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Huddled within the folds of a white shawl, he is sitting as still as a rock. One cold night The Delhi Walla walks upto a…

Mission Delhi – Sooraj Mal, IFFCO Chowk

Mission Delhi – Sooraj Mal, IFFCO Chowk

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His mustache is so large and dense and it twirls so royally like that of a Maharaja that he perfectly fits the stereotype of a…

Mission Delhi – Miss Suhana, Lodhi Road

Mission Delhi – Miss Suhana, Lodhi Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is glittering under the black sky. On a closer look, she turns out to be a white-haired woman on the roadside. One late night…

Mission Delhi – Monet Lalparvul, Café Turtle, Khan Market

Mission Delhi – Monet Lalparvul, Café Turtle, Khan Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is that brief lull before the storm. It is Saturday morning and Café Turtle in Khan Market is empty. Except for her. She is…

Mission Delhi – Rupin Walter Desai, or The Prince of Denmark, East Patel Nagar

Mission Delhi – Rupin Walter Desai, or The Prince of Denmark, East Patel Nagar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hamlet is from Denmark but currently he is a Delhiwalla. Feel free to tweet his coordinates to your friends: East Patel Nagar, opposite the Ahuja…

Mission Delhi - Asif Fehmi, Khwaja Press, Chhatta Sheikh Manglu

Mission Delhi – Asif Fehmi, Khwaja Press, Chhatta Sheikh Manglu

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Asif Fehmi is walking around the dark hall. This used to be his world, which is now coming to an end. The paint on the…

Mission Delhi – Yashwant Rai Goyal, Regal Cinema Building, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Yashwant Rai Goyal, Regal Cinema Building, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He has been selling mutual fund forms and posters of Hindu gods on the same spot in Connaught Place for 25 years. He is 80….

Mission Delhi – Mohammed Saleem, Dargah Sabri, Daryaganj

Mission Delhi – Mohammed Saleem, Dargah Sabri, Daryaganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is looking very tired. One afternoon The Delhi Walla meets Mohammed Saleem at the small mosque in Dargah Sabir, a Sufi shrine in Daryaganj….

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Mirajuddin, Outside Turkman Gate Police Chowki

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Mirajuddin, Outside Turkman Gate Police Chowki

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His bicycle is not looking like a bicycle. It is decked with lamps, water bottles, flags, locks, chains, switchboards, red and black power cables, a…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Irfan Qureshi, Turkman Gate

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Irfan Qureshi, Turkman Gate

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He sits in his blood-stained jeans, surrounded by chunks of meat hanging from hooks, and holds up his bloodied hands like a trophy. Next to…