Mission Delhi – Muhammad Aslam, Nizamuddin Basti

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “When I was a child, my parents took care of me. Now it’s my turn for they are old and need care,” says Muhamamd…

Mission Delhi – Deen Dayal, Safdarjung Enclave

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] A firecracker goes up into the cold night sky and burst into a shower of sparkles. “That must be from a wedding celebration,” garbage…

Mission Delhi – Sumanta Roy, Khan Market

Mission Delhi – Sumanta Roy, Khan Market

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Where’s the doorman?” Outside the entrance of Sidewok, a dimly lit Chinese eatery in Delhi’s upscale Khan Market, Sumanta Roy refuses to go in…

Mission Delhi – Rakesh Chandra, Connaught Place

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] With a cloth tied to the end of a wooden rod, the bookseller is busy cleaning the shelves – “wooshaaaacck” goes his duster. Puffs…

Mission Delhi – Changa Kumar, Hauz Khas Village

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The water in the bucket is as freezing as the 4.30 am air. But the stairs in this four-floor apartment complex have to be…

Mission Delhi – Aanchal Malhotra, Jama Masjid

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] While most girls of her privileged background are obsessed with bar-coded clothes and pub parties, Aanchal Malhotra, 20, finds joy in simpler pursuits, such…

Mission Delhi – Pooja, Paharganj

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The white man is finally coming out of the little tea shop, tucked into one corner of the busy market square in Paharganj’s Main…

Mission Delhi – Mushirul Hasan, JNU Campus

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Four months after finishing his term as the Vice Chancellor of Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University, Professor Mushirul Hasan, 60, is scheming for the…

Mission Delhi – Satnam Singh Juneja, Pratap Street

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In a neighbourhood where most houses are small and over-crowded, Satnam Singh Juneja is the master of an eight-room address. All his walls are…

Mission Delhi – Shankar, Matia Mahal

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Matia Mahal Bazaar. Midnight. Shutters down. Looking up at the delicate latticework of Old Delhi balconies, he suddenly turns back and stands facing the…