City Nature - The Magic of Portulaca Flowers, Lodhi Gardens

A border of beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This polite sprinkling of colours ought to be a sari border. The composition is so exquisitely fragile that you fear a strong breeze might destroy the arrangement. This flowery…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Haroon, Galli Chooriwallan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Life’s all stress. You may figure that out merely by scanning the faces of fellow commuters in the Metro. But Muhammed Haroon has found an…

City Food - Chicken Samosa, Maxim's Bakery, Kailash Colony

Samosa with a difference. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We all know that the samosa is the ideal graveyard for the potato. But there have been experimental rebellions now and then. A few eateries in Chandni Chowk serve…

City Life - The Silicon Valley Couple, Near Cyberhub, Gurgaon

A life of their choosing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One day, two lovers fond of reading, writing and traveling give up their day-jobs and start living together to read, write and travel. Fairy tale, right? No. Meet…

City Style - Hafizullah's Corduroy, Old Delhi

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many people flock to Old Delhi for Red Fort or Chandni Chowk. If only they can spot the equally unique Hafizullah. This 80-year-old retired darzi, or tailor, is the…

City Monument - The Church of Epiphany, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

A Colonial-era relic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Certainly not, you can’t miss tomorrow’s service! What would people say? Especially Mrs Bennet and her five daughters, always so eager to gossip. The Church of Epiphany in Gurgaon is…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Mohit Jain aka Rumi, Balbir Nagar Extension

The 201st death. [Text and photos sent by Mohit Jain] Dearest bookshelf, We have shared a bond so pristine and intimate. It was the most intimate moment that I spent with you. Your presence evoked a sense of belonging in…

City Walk - Defence Colony Bylanes, South Delhi

A stroll into a well-heeled neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some localities boldly exhibit their life out into their bylanes, like the Old Gupta Colony in north Delhi. There you see ladies chatting on the street, grocers…

Mission Delhi – Maria Wali, Mehediyan Qabristan Graveyard

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is 21 and set to make history. Maria Wali, an English Honours student in Delhi University and a “trained dialysis technician”, will become the…

Julia Child in Delhi – Nidhi Rishi Cooks Her Fake Omelette, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the age of fake news, here’s fake omelette for you. (Disclaimer: it’s not as easy to rustle up as fake news) Nidhi Rishi’s kitchen in Ghaziabad’s…