City Series – Akash Vohra in Ferozepur, Punjab, We the Isolationists (399th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Akash Vohra] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see my empty home in South Delhi that’s been shut since April. I see the walls staring back at me, the…

City Series – Saumya Sharma in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, We the Isolationists (398th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Saumya Sharma] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see myself going back to December 2017 when I found these jhumkas. Common sense told my move soon to the idyllic…

City Series – Jasmeet Kang in Bareilly, We the Isolationists (397th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Jasmeet Kang] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see myself daydreaming of things I miss about my favourite place. The gurdwara that gives me strength, the mosque that gives…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Sadiq, Central Delhi

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s a new guy in florist Muhammed Sadiq’s shop. He is without a face, and he’s without clothes. This morning, Mr Sadiq is dressing him up in front of his pavement stall, in…

Mission Delhi - Leo, Sector 30

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is only three years old but has already been with four different families, in four different cities — all of them in the Greater Delhi Region. Leo was living in Delhi, Ghaziabad,…

City Food - Chai Stall by the Twin Sufi Shrines, Old Delhi

A picturesque tea stall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A new tea stall has opened. This is a miracle. The globe is in lockdown. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is forcing big and small businesses to shut down across…

City Hangout - Unnamed Lake, Sunder Nursery

Reflected beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some places evoke ethereal poems that have never been written, but which you’ve always been looking for in poetry anthologies. One of them is just here, in your own city, an…

Mission Delhi - Billi, East of Kailash

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The cat quietly ambles towards him, circles around his feet—slowly and thoughtfully—as if she were an elderly neighbor taking a walk in the park. The masked man in red sandals doesn’t seem startled…

Mission Delhi - Hrishikesh Shende, Gurgaon

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Every night around ten, after his daughter Kimaya has been tucked into bed, and while his wife, Sumran, is watching TV in the guest room, he walks up to his living room. He…

Mission Delhi - Shiraz Muhammad, Central Delhi

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The walker can have many uses. Shiraz Muhammad discovered it not long after acquiring one for himself, following a leg injury. “You cover the walker with a cloth, sit down under it and…