Mission Delhi - Sikander Nath, New Railway Road

Mission Delhi – Sikander Nath, New Railway Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The man in the black hat is walking silently along the roadside, and yet he is attracting a great amount of notice. Heads are turning towards him almost…

Mission Delhi - S. Kumar, Near Raj Cinema

Mission Delhi – S. Kumar, Near Raj Cinema

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Each person is an anthology of stories. So is S. Kumar. “My life is full of unfortunate incidents,” he says in fluent English, in these very words. In…

Mission Delhi - Ms Phoolwati, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Ms Phoolwati, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] She’s a living landmark of Connaught Place. The colonial-era commercial district has seen rapid transformation over the recent decades, and very few longtime institutions have managed to survive….

Mission Delhi - Immortal Rooster, Chitli Qabar Chowk

Mission Delhi – Immortal Rooster, Chitli Qabar Chowk

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Times change. But things remain. Just like Old Delhi’s nameless but immortal rooster. Until before the pandemic arrived in early 2020, this rooster’s world had an unremarkable routine….

Mission Delhi - Sudhira Devi, Subhash Chander Bose Park

Mission Delhi – Sudhira Devi, Subhash Chander Bose Park

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s late winter afternoon, but the midday is already feeling like evening. Sunlight is washing her face in gold here in Gurgaon’s Subhash Chander Bose Park in the…

Mission Delhi - Syed Areeb, Walled City Wall

Mission Delhi – Syed Areeb, Walled City Wall

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The life of an Instagram influencer isn’t easy. “I’ll have to continuously update my personality in what I wear and how I look. I’ll always have to convey…

Mission Delhi - Nem Singh, Kucha Lalman

Mission Delhi – Nem Singh, Kucha Lalman

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Birds withdraw from their tree in the morning, and fly back to that same shelter by night. This bird leaves its tree in the sundown instead, and returns…

Mission Delhi - Arman, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Mission Delhi – Arman, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] The mask hawker isn’t pushy at all. He quietly follows a passerby, and upon catching the attention, politely asks if the person would be interested in buying a…

Mission Delhi - Manglu, Near Ashram Flyover

Mission Delhi – Manglu, Near Ashram Flyover

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] His robe is saffron. His turban is black. His beard is white. His nails are long. But it is his gaze that is the most formidable aspect of…

Mission Delhi - Mukesh Kumar, Near Gurgaon Railway Station

Mission Delhi – Mukesh Kumar, Near Gurgaon Railway Station

One of the one percent in 13 million. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] His left hand has a ring on almost every finger. Some fingers have more than one ring. “These are for good luck,” says Mukesh Kumar. “And yet I’m…