City Home - Rishabh's Installation, Central Delhi

Homemade biennale. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] You don’t necessarily need to go to Venice or Kochi to enjoy a biennale. Every home has its art installation, as unique as a fingerprint. Young bookseller Rishabh’s central Delhi apartment…

City Hangout - Hindi Park, Old Delhi

A Walled City escape. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In parks, people often loll on the grassy ground. This afternoon, scores of men (only men) are plopped down in Hindi Park. Curiously, not on the cushiony grass, but…

City Monument - Rain-Soaked Ruins, Hauz Khas Village

Stones of monsoon. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A little tap on the window-pane, as though something had struck it, followed by a plentiful light falling sound, as of grains of sand being sprinkled from a window overhead,…

Mission Delhi - Rani, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The woman clad in a sari is among the regular faces of N-Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place. No matter how unbearable the weather, Rani is…

City Food - Jamun Berries, Around Town

Joys of jamun. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Scene 1: He is carrying them in a straw basket, which is perched on his head. Scene 2: He is hauling them on a cart. Scene 3: She has filled…

City Walk - Bhairo Marg, Central Delhi

Road with a view. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This building is very new. That building is very old. Like a hoard heaped by the road, Delhi’s severely disparate versions lie on the opposing sides of a same…

City Monument - Three Gateways, Fasil Road

Of the Walled City. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The season’s first rain puddle has momentarily transformed into a receptacle for Delhi’s history. The dirty water is reflecting the centuries-old Dilli Gate, one of the 14 gateways punctuating…

City Food - Bhai Subhan's Chai Stall, Turkman Gate

Exploring the city in the time sof extreme heat. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perched across the road from one of the very few surviving stone gateways of the Walled City, this modest 44-year-old tea stall commands reverence…

Mission Delhi - Ram Charan, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The elderly man is sitting by the crowded market lane, on a brick cushioned with a folded plastic bag; His right arm is raised forward,…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire - Zaheeruddin, Central Delhi

Into a newsstand person’s soul. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is one of those rare Delhiwale administering a kind of establishment that is fast disappearing from market paves—- a newsstand stocked with the day’s edition of very…