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…

Mission Delhi – Anusha S, Bahrisons Booksellers, Galleria Market

Mission Delhi – Anusha S, Bahrisons Booksellers, Galleria Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In real life, it is almost unthinkable to come across a person walking out straight from the pages of a classic novel. But here’s one…

Mission Delhi – Poonam Malik, Chawri Bazaar

Mission Delhi – Poonam Malik, Chawri Bazaar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hers is a visit of nostalgia. Of happy care-free days. The padlocked room where she once dwelled, so very long ago, now seems forlorn and…

Mission Delhi – Ranveer Singh, DLF Park Place, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Ranveer Singh, DLF Park Place, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Wearing a coat and tie is like finally arriving in the world. That’s Ranveer Singh’s experience at least. A lobby manager in a swish residential…

Mission Delhi - Sawan, Lodhi Road

Mission Delhi – Sawan, Lodhi Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What do we want in life but to be successful and happy? And what is to be done once that’s achieved but to rest from…

Mission Delhi - Wilfred Noel, Indian Coffee Home

Mission Delhi – Wilfred Noel, Indian Coffee Home

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He’s so alone. Don’t you wonder that on spotting a companion-less person sitting still in an otherwise lively café buzzing with friendly chatter? That’s the…

Mission Delhi – Omkar Gupta, Daryaganj

Mission Delhi – Omkar Gupta, Daryaganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Omkar Gupta’s secondhand bookstore opens seven days a week. But this month, the shop stayed shut for three continuous days. This was unusual. “Mummy passed…

Mission Delhi - Kali Charan, Opposite Vyapar Kendra Market, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Kali Charan, Opposite Vyapar Kendra Market, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes you don’t need Freud to interpret a dream, or so it seems. Take Kali Charan. He is deep in sleep. May be this is…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Haroon, Galli Chooriwallan

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Haroon, Galli Chooriwallan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Life’s all stress. You may figure that out merely by scanning the faces of fellow commuters in the Metro. But Muhammed Haroon has found an…