Mission Delhi - Nanku, North Delhi

Mission Delhi – Nanku, North Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nanku is a man of few possessions. A daily-wage labourer in north Delhi, his most visible elements of private property has to be his silver…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Israil, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Israil, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Furiously transforming cities like Gurgaon in the Greater Delhi Region are full of promises and draw hopefuls from across the country who want to build…

Mission Delhi - Manohar Fakir, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Manohar Fakir, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This junk collector intensely feels the impact of climate change. Every day, for instance, the homeless man has to figure out where to get fresh…

Mission Delhi - Dilip Singh, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Dilip Singh, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Evening shoppers are gathering around this suited, hatted figure… in silver! Everyone’s looking puzzled. Is it a statue? Can’t be, the head is moving slightly….

Mission Delhi - Ram Sewak, Near Turkman Gate

Mission Delhi – Ram Sewak, Near Turkman Gate

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ram Sewak’s shoeshine establishment is so small that he can lay out all his tools on the footpath, carefully arrange them in order, and then…

Mission Delhi - Ramji Das, North Delhi

Mission Delhi – Ramji Das, North Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ramji Das is trying to tie a knot around a metal rod with a raggedy fabric here on this North Delhi pavement. This rod he’ll…

Mission Delhi - Naina Singh, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Naina Singh, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Loneliness is often feared. And especially when living on your very own in a crowded city like Delhi. But cleaning woman Naina Singh says she’s…

Mission Delhi - Samina, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Samina, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] As a single mother Samina supports herself and her baby, Sufiyan, by begging. And with some success. “I’m earning enough to at least have rotis…

Mission Delhi - Nathu Ram, Main Bus Stand, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Nathu Ram, Main Bus Stand, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nathu Ram is a man of few possessions, which he always carries with him no matter where he goes—a Sai Baba prayer booklet, laminated Aadhaar…

Mission Delhi - Son Pal, Around Town

Mission Delhi – Son Pal, Around Town

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] With that glowing white beard and sparkling eyes he could easily be mistaken for some latter-day Tagore or Tolstoy. “You mean I look like a…