Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shashank Sharma, Ghaziabad

The 205th death. [Text and photos sent by Shashank Sharma] Shashank Sharma, 25, who went to bed after savoring his favorite chhole chawal from Karol Bagh, was found dead earlier this morning in what appears to be case of severe…

Mission Delhi - Fatima Khan, Ghaffar Manzil

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Fatima Khan loves her pomeranian dog, truly does. But she simply can’t get over the sudden death of her other dog—a two-year-old toy breed named…

City Life - The Rubble of Our Ruins, Old Delhi

Goodbye to past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There goes down one more landmark whose history is now lost to us forever. But where’s the time to pause and mourn. In any case, cities are forever changing their…

Photo Essay - Living With Jane Austen, Around Town

Being Jane. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Since my middle name is ‘Austen’, some people confuse me as being some distant relative of Jane Austen. That’s not true at all. In fact, I am The Jane Austen. I…

Mission Delhi – Anusha S, Bahrisons Booksellers, Galleria Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In real life, it is almost unthinkable to come across a person walking out straight from the pages of a classic novel. But here’s one…

City Monument - Shahi Kadam Quila, Nabi Karim

Ruined fort. [Text and photos by Maynak Austen Soofi] Some nimble guesswork may be required to figure out what one is confronted with. In truth these are the ruins of a 14th century citadel right in the heart of central…

Home Sweet Home - Divya Babu's 30th Floor Balcony, DLF Park Place

Life at the top. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nobody can mistake Delhi’s so-called Millennium City of Gurgaon as a holiday resort. But Divya Babu’s balcony feels like one of those weekend getaways in the mountains that Delhiwallas…

City Hangout - Night Time Bus Shelters, Around Town

The other side of bus stands. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Post-midnight, the bus shelters in Delhi lose their daytime ordinariness, and are infused with unearthly splendour. Gleaming with electrical lights and publicity panels, each shelter transmutes into…

City Landmark - Elite Bookstore, Ber Sarai

Scholar’s world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You can’t really squeeze very many customers into this tiny bookshop at any one time. Nor do the plastic chairs and noisy ceiling fan suggest the true nature of the just-named…

City Hangout - Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

The new life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s raining. The muddy lane outside the glassy South Point Mall quickly goes under water. The conscientious guards improvise a bridge of bricks for the high-heeled shoppers to hop their…