Mission Delhi - Robin, Shiksha Apartment, Ghaziabad

Mission Delhi – Robin, Shiksha Apartment, Ghaziabad

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Usha Choudhary is 61. Her husband, Ram Kumar, a retired veterinary scientist, is 72. They live in their two-room apartment with son Robin. He is…

Mission Delhi - Vipin, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Vipin, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A doctor has his stethoscope, a painter his brush, a writer his iPhone. And swaddled in an off-white head cloth and mud-covered T-shirt and shorts…

Mission Delhi - Yogesh Kumar, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Yogesh Kumar, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No question about it: Life changed drastically for Yogesh Kumar while crossing the road to buy a milk packet. He was struck straight on by…

Mission Delhi - Govind, Sector 6, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Govind, Sector 6, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The afternoon air is warm despite hints of the approaching winter. He is sweating profusely as he sits on the stone plinth under the shade…

Mission Delhi – Payal Singhal, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Payal Singhal, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some good folk just can’t leave the house without a book tucked away in the rucksack. That’s the way it is. Take the case of…

Mission Delhi - Bano, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid's Dargah

Mission Delhi – Bano, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid’s Dargah

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Over the last few days, she’s experienced a pain in her legs; and finally decided to get a tube of medication from a government hospital…

Mission Delhi - Aqil Ahmad, Ghalib Academy

Mission Delhi – Aqil Ahmad, Ghalib Academy

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He arrived in Delhi years ago with just two sets of clothing and a much-thumbed paperback dealing with Urdu literature. Forty years later, poetry critic…

Mission Delhi – Akash Kanaujia, Outside Lodhi Gardens

Mission Delhi – Akash Kanaujia, Outside Lodhi Gardens

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Akash Kanaujia attracts attention, no question about it. As though every atom comprising his ripped body is pure muscle. It’s also certain that Mr Kanaujia…

Mission Delhi - Haaji Mian, Old Delhi

Mission Delhi – Haaji Mian, Old Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A pilgrimage to Mecca is, of course, a must for Muslims the world over. But many grow old and die without being able to realize…

Mission Delhi - Fatima Khan, Ghaffar Manzil

Mission Delhi – Fatima Khan, Ghaffar Manzil

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Fatima Khan loves her pomeranian dog, truly does. But she simply can’t get over the sudden death of her other dog—a two-year-old toy breed named…