Mission Delhi - Savitri, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] As a living landmark in Connaught Place, she has been selling fresh fruit as long as most patrons can remember. “It’s been about 40 years,”…

City Faith - Thursday Djinns, Feroze Shah Kotla Ruins

The supernatural encounters. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It looks like a festive place to be. Groups of women are dressed in shararas of various shades. Auto-rickshaws are packed with children holding on to orange and green ice-cream…

Mission Delhi - Sher Singh, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s pretty clear why some citizens end up as engineers, say, or maybe even beggars. But what about bird food sellers? For some 40 years…

City Food - Nirula's Hot Chocolate Fudge, Hawker Street, Ambience Mall

Lost taste, regained. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Futuristic City of Gurgaon is in truth weighed down with a lot of past. Like this Nirula’s outlet in the tidy Hawker Street in Ambience Mall. Millennials might be…

City Hangout - Remembrance Benches, Outside National War Memorial

Living with new landmarks. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] New landmarks so easily become a part of city life that it’s hard to remember when they weren’t there. Opened only a few weeks ago, the 40-acre National War…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Mrinal Pant, Naraina, Delhi

The 229th death. [Text and photos sent by Mrinal Pant] Resting in peace (her exterior very well obscured the storms raging inside) at the least garish corner of her house, Mrinal Pant was mostly seen mulling over the vagaries of…

Mission Delhi - Bansidhar Tewari, Daryaganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The bustling world of central Delhi’s Daryaganj is moving in high gear this late afternoon, but Bansidhar Tewari isn’t going anywhere at all. As a…

City Hangout - Walled City at 4 am, Old Delhi

A new way of seeing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The historic Walled City in Old Delhi is an obvious tourist attraction, but presents big problems. During daytime and right into the evening, the place is packed with…

City Food - Kailash Kumar Sharma's Rajma Chawal Stall, Gurgaon

The taste of hard times. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Consider the setting. A table on the sidewalk, along with two or three chairs. Some three or four dishes, and tree leaves falling down like a slow drizzle….

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Alexander KS, Idukki, Kerala

The 228th death. [Text and photos sent by Alexander KS] Alexander KS was found dead by the chicken pen on Sunday as the church bells rang to the heavens. By the time he was 22, Alexander was sitting on a…