Mission Delhi – Karishma, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Karishma, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is Karishma’s biography. It is very brief. She is just six months old. All that she owns are a few set of clothes and…

Mission Delhi – Yogendra Yadav, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Yogendra Yadav, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s amazing to discover the kinds of extraordinary people encountered on the road. He looks like any other person walking down the street here in…

Mission Delhi – Ram Deo, Church of Epiphany, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Ram Deo, Church of Epiphany, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The day began as ordinarily as it always had for Ram Deo. He had no inkling that he would get sucked into the biggest crisis…

Mission Delhi - Dheerendra, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Dheerendra, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many business enterprises are hazard-prone. It goes with the territory–and particularly if you’re a rickshaw puller. Case in point: Early morning on this Central Delhi…

Mission Delhi - Meera Devi, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Meera Devi, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s not every day you bump into an 88-year-old lady. The beautiful Meera Devi is even rarer. She’s beaming in a halo of infectious happiness….

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…