Mission Delhi - Muhammed Shamsher Alam, Pataudi House

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Shamsher Alam, Pataudi House

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is preparing mutton curry. “Some more minutes,” mutters Muhammed Shamsher Alam. The dish will be shared between six folks. All the labourers live and…

Mission Delhi - Richa Chaudhary, SG Homes, Greater Delhi Region

Mission Delhi – Richa Chaudhary, SG Homes, Greater Delhi Region

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Management and Economics assistant professor Richa Chaudhary only recently became a writer. “I started writing when I started being in deep pain,” she says, here…

Mission Delhi - Suraj Kumar, Sadar Bazar

Mission Delhi – Suraj Kumar, Sadar Bazar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is the hawker of hawa — the breeze. Well, in a manner of speaking. For he is selling phirki, this light disk composed of…

Mission Delhi - Babar Ali, Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Babar Ali, Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is five minutes to 2. The afternoon is no longer as hot as it were just a day back. The father and his little…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Sadiq, Near Jama Masjid

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Sadiq, Near Jama Masjid

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] A hotel near Jama Masjid. Sitting behind the counter, its manager Muhammed Sadiq opens his lunch box. The chicken korma, dal fry and rotis were…

Mission Delhi - Manju, Outside Kasturba Hospital

Mission Delhi – Manju, Outside Kasturba Hospital

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The baby’s tiny bed is a pink polka-dotted mattress, with prints of teddy bears floating inside white clouds. The baby is wearing a mustard green…

Mission Delhi - Rameshwar Arya, Hazrat Nizamuddin West

Mission Delhi – Rameshwar Arya, Hazrat Nizamuddin West

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This posh address had a great number of elegant bungalows. Many have been replaced by apartment-style housings. Some kothis of the old days are still…

Mission Delhi - Beena-Ji, Outside RK Ashram Metro Station

Mission Delhi – Beena-Ji, Outside RK Ashram Metro Station

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] When a loved one dies, does the grief solidifies and becomes a permanent appendage to one’s daily existence? Or does it slowly dims with time?…

Mission Delhi - Vaseem Ansari, Ghaziabad

Mission Delhi – Vaseem Ansari, Ghaziabad

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These hands. His hands. They have shouldered a legacy. But they have also put an end to that legacy. Vaseem Ansari is a weaver of…

Mission Delhi - Isak Ali, Basant Lok Market

Mission Delhi – Isak Ali, Basant Lok Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] See the top photo, clicked a decade ago. See the photo below. Snapped this week, same place. Then there was a bookstore, Fact & Fiction….