Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Sociology Professor Kiranmayi Bhushi, Asian Games Village

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

City Hangout - Park Above Palika Bazar, Connaught Place

Springtime pleasures. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sky is blue and puffed up with white clouds, the grass is lightly wet and people are looking less stressed. Delhi’s strangest and shortest season—from February to March—has begun. Neither…

Mission Delhi - Ramesh Giri, North Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This 64-year-old says he lives alone on city pavements, and that’s perfectly true except for one thing. Ramesh Giri cohabits with his artificial jewellery. “I…

Home Sweet Home- Ramwati's Kitchen Stove, Gurgaon

Handmade utility. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A home by the pavement The ordinary-seeming pavement is actually looking extraordinary. All because of the presence of a rustic chulha, the earthen stove usually found in village homes. But this…

City Hangout - Ridge Watching, Between Dhaula Kuan and Delhi Aerocity

Into the forest. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Not everybody strongly senses the presence of that amazing rocky jungle running through the very heart of Delhi. Known as the “Ridge”, it’s a part of the ancient Aravalli mountain…

Delhi's Bandaged Heart - Chaitanya Kaushik, Jangpura

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Lawyer Chaitanya Kaushik, 29, spent his childhood and the first flush of his youth in neighbouring Faridabad. “I then spent five years at a law school in Jodhpur and…

Mission Delhi - Benjamin Haswell, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Fanciful tattoos abound, don’t they? Some folks have gods embedded into their arms, or even the names of their parents. These days hipsters often show…

Our Self-Written Obituaries - Neeraja Anupama, Calicut, Kerala

The 250th death. [Text and photos sent by Neeraja Anupama] Neeraja Anupama, 27, passed away this evening like the death of a laughter. Dying down in the voices of others. Slowly like a fading sunset but beautiful. Painless, beside her…

Mission Delhi - Neelesh Kumar, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Whether alone or in company, everyone is looking stressed in this Gurgaon public garden in the Greater Delhi Region. But not gardener Neelesh Kumar. Standing…

City Walk - E Block, Greater Kailash Enclave

Occupy South Delhi Movement. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lanes are tidier and even the air feels less poisonous. Of course, it has to be one of those South Delhi neighbourhoods where lucky residents can live out…