Mission Delhi - Bijendra Data, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Bijendra Data, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is the memento of an earlier age. Bijendra Data’s family legacy consists of the typewriter. “My father had a typewriting training institute in our…

Mission Delhi - Kewal Singh, Paharganj

Mission Delhi – Kewal Singh, Paharganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] His is an old and very, very rare specialty. Kewal Singh is now applying some final touches…

Mission Delhi - Shyam Lal, Kaka Nagar Garden

Mission Delhi – Shyam Lal, Kaka Nagar Garden

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Gardener Shyam Lal, a fan of arhar dal, is thankful he’s getting wholesome meals. That wasn’t always the case. He’s now opened his lunch box…

Mission Delhi - Vasundhara Raj Baigra , Vasant Vihar

Mission Delhi – Vasundhara Raj Baigra , Vasant Vihar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] As a marketing director with a publishing company she always needs to be at her polite best when dealing with writers and book critics. Vasundhara…

Mission Delhi - Urmila, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Urmila, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Urmila is 20 and had never imagined while growing up in a small West Bengal village that one day she shall be living in the…

Mission Delhi - Unnamed Mule, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Unnamed Mule, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Things are easier for humans. When a mosquito lands on our shoulder or wherever else on our body, we simply slap down our hand on…

Mission Delhi - Iffat zarrin, Galli Hakimwalli

Mission Delhi – Iffat zarrin, Galli Hakimwalli

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Poet Iffat Zarrin’s home in Old Delhi’s Galli Hakimwalli has a picturesque courtyard where she often spends time composing verses. An associate professor of Urdu…

Mission Delhi - Toy Train Driver Surjeet, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Toy Train Driver Surjeet, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The world is full of possibilities and some folks are able to find jobs that one never imagined to have existed. Take Surjeet, for example….

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Shahid, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Shahid, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking he might be one of the world’s tallest men, maybe someone in the Guinness Book of World…

Mission Delhi - Dinesh Kumar, Style Plaza

Mission Delhi – Dinesh Kumar, Style Plaza

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Broken chairs and discarded cardboard cartons litter the floor. The office is in shambles. The only indication that Dinesh Kumar is a travel agent is…