Mission Delhi – Muhammad Chand, Connaught Lane

Mission Delhi – Muhammad Chand, Connaught Lane

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] With tiny forceps, he plucks out the steel caseback of the wristwatch. The insides reveal a net of springs, clips and wires. He pores…

Mission Delhi – Naresh Chandra, Lodhi Road

Mission Delhi – Naresh Chandra, Lodhi Road

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lamplight is not falling on him, but on the puddle behind him. Looking like his own silhouette, he re-arranges the stuff in his…

Mission Delhi - Ajeet Singh Chauhan, Green Park Market

Mission Delhi – Ajeet Singh Chauhan, Green Park Market

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He fills the jug with cold milk, checks the temperature on the thermometer (it should be 32 F) and keeps the jug aside. He…

Mission Delhi - Rakhshanda Jalil, Gandhi-King Plaza

Mission Delhi – Rakhshanda Jalil, Gandhi-King Plaza

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] She looks up at the evening sky, stays still for a moment before starting to pace again. The Delhi Walla meets Rakhshanda Jalil, 47,…

Mission Delhi - Noor Bano, Lodhi Road Divider

Mission Delhi – Noor Bano, Lodhi Road Divider

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Turning to her left, she quietly listens to the ear-splitting roar of an incoming Blueline bus. The bus goes away but there is no…

Mission Delhi – Nitin Chanana, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Nitin Chanana, Connaught Place

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Lying on the grass, he is looking up at the sky. There are no stars to be seen yet. The evening’s gathering darkness, however,…

Mission Delhi – Irene Banias, Humayun’s Tomb

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] She clicks the camera button, looks at the image on the LCD screen and is disappointed. “I’m better at writing than photography,” she says….

Mission Delhi – Salim Javeri, Nizamuddin Basti

  One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He walks to the young man and whisper in English, “Sir, I see you are lucky. ” The man stares at him for…

Mission Delhi – Sunita Pandit, Palika Bazaar Park

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Intently looking around, her eyes focus in on the the corner bench. A joda (couple) is sitting there. Sunita Pandit, 56, walks up to…

Mission Delhi - Kareem Khan, Nehru Place

Mission Delhi – Kareem Khan, Nehru Place

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sitting beside his secondhand books, Karim Khan, 52, lights up a Goldflake. The surrounding office skyscrapers of Nehru Place are looking like sleepy giants…