City Monument - Jamaat Khana Mosque, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Shrine

Side beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Steeped in timeless art, the Jamaat Khana Masjid is perhaps the capital’s only mosque from the 14th century still used for prayers. If, of course, you’ll care to notice the redsandstone…

City Food - Shri Sai Pickle Store, Old Subzi mandi, Gurgaon

The achar lane. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The entire lane in Gurgaon’s Old Subzi Mandi in the National Capital region is smelling deliciously pungent. And why won’t it be? After all, it is lined on both sides…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Tikuli Dogra, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

The 236th death. [Text and photo sent by Tikuli Dogra] Tikuli Dogra passed from this world today. A walker found her propped up against a fallen tree next to the stream. Her final words were “I had a good run…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Shahid, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking he might be one of the world’s tallest men, maybe someone in the Guinness Book of World…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vivien, Manipur

The 235th death. [Text and photo sent by Vivien] when my breath has stopped and my heart has worked enough And i lay still, bury me. bury me and not cremate me because I’ve polluted the world enough bury me…

City Landmark - The Summertime Pilkhan Tree, Feroz Shah Kotla

The perfect eye candy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The blistering hot April is actually the kindest month. The world is now teeming with a kind of extraordinary beauty that you don’t have to seek by driving all…

Mission Delhi - Dinesh Kumar, Style Plaza

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Broken chairs and discarded cardboard cartons litter the floor. The office is in shambles. The only indication that Dinesh Kumar is a travel agent is…

City Hangout - Touchy-Feely Gallery, National Museum

Tangible way of experiencing the past. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It may be hard to resist grasping the Shiva sculpture estimated to be from the fifth century. Or perhaps playing with the deity’s large earrings. In fact,…

Mission Delhi - Yaad Ram, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] His slightly swirly moustache renders the 66-year-old ironing man in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazaar in the National Capital Region with a certain measure of awe. Even…

Home Sweet Home - A Mother's Handmade Cradle, Central Delhi Pavement

Baby’s swing. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Baby Aslam is lying snugly in his padded swing hanging from a tree while Mom keeps a watchful eye out for him. “He’s just turned three months,” says content-looking Firdaus, a…