Home Sweet Home - Mintu & Family, Delhi Footpaths

A family with dogs. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This industrious family of ragpickers manages to earn around 10,000 rupees every month, which they reckon is sufficient for themselves and their three dogs–Kaloo, Laloo and Julie. But, on…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Aparna Tripathy, Bangalore

The 215th death. [Text and photos sent by Aparna Tripathy] Aparna Tripathy, 27, was found dead in her room, the movie Dead Poets Society nonchalantly playing on her laptop. Ms Tripathy lived with Goofy and Pluto (dogs) and Hobbes (cat)…

City Faith - Poet Kabir's Temple, Gurgaon

Shrine to a verse-writer. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The gate is latched from inside, but you can open it by sliding your hands through the grill. And over the far end of the courtyard sits the bearded…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Vishwam Prakash, Noida

The 214th death. [Text and photos sent by Vishwam Prakash] Vishwam Prakash died yesterday when he choked on a gulab jamun. He looked fulfilled and at peace in death largely because of how good the gulab jamun was. Mr Prakash…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Salman, Bazaar Lane

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A kind of sartorial splendour enhances Muhammed Salman’s daily runs on his rickshaw. This morning he’s peddling through a Central Delhi bazaar, elegantly dressed in…

City Monument - Unnamed Mosque, Agrasen ki Baoli

The beauty of an ignored ruin. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So melancholic and beautiful, and nobody bothers about it. The unnamed and unused mosque is tucked in a corner of the Agrasen ki Baoli, one of Delhi’s…

City Landmark - Midland Bookshop, Shopping Mall, Gurgaon

A link in the chain. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many snobby Delhiites crib about Gurgaon as a destination with nothing about culture and everything about malls (as if malls were not an integral part of our modern…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Deepshi Chowdhury, Noida

The 213rd death. [Text and photo sent by Deepshi Chowdhury] There she lay on her bed, her face serene. Deepshi Chowdhury was found dead in her apartment. Lying on the bed, she was as still as a Paulo Coelho beside…

City Hangout - The Bridge Over the Railway Station, New Delhi

The bridge of escape. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Confess it. Even if you love Delhi, there are times when you want to get out of the city. This conflicting emotion is most intensely experienced on the road…

City Life - Cable Art, Old Delhi

The wired aesthetics. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Guidebooks are silent about it. As though sightseers in Old Delhi would utterly fail to notice all those power cables dangling low, all over the place. These thick cables in…