Mission Delhi – Ratan Kaul, Greater Kailash-II

Mission Delhi – Ratan Kaul, Greater Kailash-II

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and top photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is from Kashmir, but her real homeland is Page 3. A regular on the party pages of Delhi’s newspaper supplements, Ratan Kaul is…

Mission Delhi - Shagun Sinha, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Mission Delhi – Shagun Sinha, Jawaharlal Nehru University

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “Aamir Khan mahodayasya abhinayam sameecheenam aasit atet sampreshyintu yatam andh-vishvasho maa kartayavamam. Sushant-mahodayasya Anushka-mahodayayashra abhinaya api sameecheenam aasite. Tathapi gitani samayanya aasan.” Aamir Khan’s film…

Mission Delhi – Harsh Vardhan Dutta, Lodhi Garden

Mission Delhi – Harsh Vardhan Dutta, Lodhi Garden

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is a cold windy afternoon. The sky is grey. Lodhi Garden is looking bleak. But this young man is looking like March rather than…

Mission Delhi - Anonymous Girl, Indian Coffee House

Mission Delhi – Anonymous Girl, Indian Coffee House

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi; the above photo is for representational purpose only] Same age as Lady Gaga, she is as audacious as the singer when it comes to talking…

Mission Delhi - Ronald Vivian Smith, Vatika Apartments

Mission Delhi – Ronald Vivian Smith, Vatika Apartments

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Heaps of musty newspapers are piled up everywhere. Even the sofa has not been spared. As Ronald Vivian Smith digs out his typewriter from under…

Mission Delhi – Rames Kumar, SP Mukherjee Marg

Mission Delhi – Rames Kumar, SP Mukherjee Marg

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is writing. “I’m Rames Kumar,” the young man says. “I’m a lekhak (author).” Mr Kumar is sitting on the pavement on SP Mukherjee Marg,…

Mission Delhi - The 50-Dates-Woman, Basant Lok Market

Mission Delhi – The 50-Dates-Woman, Basant Lok Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This 32-year-old anonymous woman has a reputation. Since July 2014 she has been regularly dating different men — a few of them even visiting her…

Mission Delhi - Mithilesh Singh, Bahrisons Booksellers

Mission Delhi – Mithilesh Singh, Bahrisons Booksellers

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He has hardly any books in his house but he is known to many Delhiwallas who live in book-lined homes. Mithilesh Singh, a 39-year-old college…

Mission Delhi – Surya Ramasamy, India Habitat Center

Mission Delhi – Surya Ramasamy, India Habitat Center

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What are we but hapless humans trying to adapt to a constantly changing world. There must have been a time when our most intimate relationships…

Mission Delhi - Ramrati Singh, Near Barakhamba Metro Station

Mission Delhi – Ramrati Singh, Near Barakhamba Metro Station

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Every morning she reads aloud passages from the sacred Ramcharitmanas; her head rocking back and forth in tune with the cadence of the Awadhi dialect…