Mission Delhi - Mohammed Usman, Netaji Subhash Marg

Mission Delhi – Mohammed Usman, Netaji Subhash Marg

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Opening his wallet and resting his finger on a photo, he says, “That’s Khushbu Khatoon, my oldest child. She is eight. That’s Mohammed Raja, my…

Mission Delhi – Mother, Turkman Gate

Mission Delhi – Mother, Turkman Gate

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is mumbling something to herself. The Delhi Walla meets her one morning on a congested lane near Turkman Gate, one of the four surviving…

Mission Delhi - Lobsang Dorji Hayer, Majnu ka Teela

Mission Delhi – Lobsang Dorji Hayer, Majnu ka Teela

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Drawing himself forward, he says, “On my passport, I’m an Indian because my father is from Himanchal Pradesh, but my heart beats for Tibet.” The…

Mission Delhi – Bimal, K.K. Birla Lane

Mission Delhi – Bimal, K.K. Birla Lane

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No birds in the sandy sky. The previous day Delhi recorded the highest temperature for the season. “If it gets very hot, I feel tempted…

Mission Delhi – Syed Ameen Meer Dehlvi, Chandni Mahal

Mission Delhi – Syed Ameen Meer Dehlvi, Chandni Mahal

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The cat is observing him. Syed Ameen Meer Dehlvi is helping his wife make tea. The Delhi Walla is standing outside their kitchen. The second-floor…

Mission Delhi – Tasleem Bibi, Matia Mahal

Mission Delhi – Tasleem Bibi, Matia Mahal

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is sitting at the entrance of Syed Rifani mosque, next to Shreen Bhawan sweet shop. It is 6 am. She has just woken up….

Mission Delhi - Billi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Mission Delhi – Billi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He gazes down on the marble floor. One minute. Two minutes. Three minutes. Eleven minutes. He is immobile. Pilgrims walk around him. A few pat…

Mission Delhi – Rakesh Kumar Mishra, Connaught Lane

Mission Delhi – Rakesh Kumar Mishra, Connaught Lane

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sitting on his patch of the pavement, he takes a sip of the chai, and again looks at the blur of people walking in front…

Mission Delhi – Savitha Sastry, Greater Kailash I

Mission Delhi – Savitha Sastry, Greater Kailash I

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Wearing a flamenco skirt, she enters the practice room at her apartment in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash I, and breaks into the classical movements of…

Mission Delhi - Pradip Krishen, Mangarbani

Mission Delhi – Pradip Krishen, Mangarbani

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Walking down the hilly slope, he says, “It’s like a little museum of what the rocky past of the ridge must have looked like before…