Mission Delhi - Shyam Sundar Thapa, Asaf Ali Marg

Mission Delhi – Shyam Sundar Thapa, Asaf Ali Marg

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Except a discolored cloth around his waist, he is naked. Flies are buzzing on his lips. Grey stubble is growing out of his chin….

Mission Delhi – PM Sahay, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – PM Sahay, Connaught Place

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Standing against a pillar, his head lowered, he slips the pink duck-faced puppets into his hands and waves weakly. The passers-by don’t notice. The…

Mission Delhi – A. Husain, Green Park Market

Mission Delhi – A. Husain, Green Park Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] His eyebrows are threaded and his nails are manicured. He is carrying a large brown handbag. “I’m not an Indian,” A. Husain says, dressed in…

Mission Delhi – Ramlal Thakur, Mirza Ghalib Street

Mission Delhi – Ramlal Thakur, Mirza Ghalib Street

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Switching it off, he tucks it inside his white plastic sack. “Radio is my life,” says Ramlal Thakur. In his 40s, Mr Thakur is living…

Mission Delhi – Zubeida Bano, Pahari Bhojla

Mission Delhi – Zubeida Bano, Pahari Bhojla

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Blushing, she covers her smile with the red dupatta and lowers her eyes. Starting to speak, the dupatta falls off her face, which instantly…

Mission Delhi – Nameless Kapoor, Kailash Colony

Mission Delhi – Nameless Kapoor, Kailash Colony

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He spreads out his four legs, tries to lift his body but falls flat on the floor. He tries again, and fails. Nameless Kapoor,…

Mission Delhi - Abhay Singh, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Abhay Singh, Connaught Place

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] His shoulders droop and his belt is clasped loosely around his waist. The Delhi Walla meets Abhay Singh, 86, in Outer Circle, Connaught Place,…

Mission Delhi - Mritunjay Kumar Tiwari, Near Moolchand Flyover

Mission Delhi – Mritunjay Kumar Tiwari, Near Moolchand Flyover

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The buses, cars and autos (auto rickshaws) are whizzing by but he is deep into Osama bin Laden. “This is America’s cunning,” says Mritunjay…

Mission Delhi - Sadia Dehlvi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Chilla

Mission Delhi – Sadia Dehlvi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Chilla

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “I want to be buried here,” says Sadia Dehlvi, the author of Sufism: The Heart of Islam. The Delhi Walla meets her at Nizamuddin…

Mission Delhi – Editor, Nizamuddin East

Mission Delhi – Editor, Nizamuddin East

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He doesn’t talk much. The Delhi Walla is with Editor, a spoilt south Delhi brat with a weakness for Parmesan cheese and chocolate chip…