City Moment - Radio Star, Central Delhi

City Moment – Radio Star, Central Delhi

Pre-TV days. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was glued to the radio, his eyes focused towards the instrument as if it were a mobile phone screen. One Sunday morning, rickshaw puller Manta Ram Sisodia was lounging in…

City Moment - Bicycle Couple, Central Delhi

City Moment – Bicycle Couple, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It takes them the better part of one hour to arrive home by bicycle after their long day as public park gardeners. Malti Devi sits on the back carrier while…

City Moment - A Friendly Surprise, Gurgaon

City Moment – A Friendly Surprise, Gurgaon

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Can you survive daily life without friendship? Not having even a single friend? Prakash Swami can. “I have no friend,” he says in a friendly tone. In his early 40s,…

City Moment - The Henna Couple, Central Delhi

City Moment – The Henna Couple, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Oblivious to the evening rush hour, Rekha is applying henna on Bhagwan Das’ hand on a central Delhi pavement, her eyes barely blinking. Mr Das is lying slumped across the…

City Moment - A Letter Writer's World, Somewhere in Delhi

City Moment – A Letter Writer’s World, Somewhere in Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The setting is too picturesque. Here’s a centuries-old monument, an unknown grave in a shabby lawn, a cluster of pink bougainvillaeas, a couple of stray cats, and a man writing…

City Moment - Two Dreams, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

City Moment – Two Dreams, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s just a small pavement tea stall at Gurgaon’s Jacobpura in the greater Delhi region, but it is home to at least two dreams — one that did not materialise,…

City Moment - Two Friends, Lodhi Gardens

City Moment – Two Friends, Lodhi Gardens

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s not always easy to find a true friend. But these two 18-year-olds have found one—in each other. Now on their 8th day in Delhi, Rupesh Kumar and Ravikant hail…

City Moment - Two Houseless Friends, Turkman Gate

City Moment – Two Houseless Friends, Turkman Gate

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No doubt about it. They’re inseparable. Far away from their respective families, both Mumtaz and his canine friend have found common cause, living together through thick and thin. They are…

City Moment - Guns 'N Books, Central Delhi

City Moment – Guns ‘N Books, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On just about any day of the week, this second-hand bookstore in Central Delhi is packed with rather bored shoppers. Maybe browsing for an old 2018 diary for some reason….

City Moment - Monet's Metro Station, Vaishali

City Moment – Monet’s Metro Station, Vaishali

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is rightly chastised for its profound pollution. There are those ghastly days when the very air we breathe is accursed. Even so. There can also be something akin to…