City Landmark - Maqbool Sons Tailoring Shop, Mohan Singh Place

Founder’s story. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi wouldn’t exist as a major metro without its countless small enterprises. Like this family-owned tailoring shop launched years ago by an enterprising UP villager seeking a better standard of living…

Mission Delhi - Ghisa Ram, Regal Cinema Building

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This friendly doorman at the colonial-era Connaught Place is frequently photographed by passing shoppers. And for good reason. His moustache is grand. This week, Ghisa…

City Food - Baiju Tea Stall, Naya Bazar, Gurgaon

Bihar calling. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Baiju Tea Stall in Gurgaon’s Naya Bazar has all the romance of standard street-side chai shacks littered across the National Capital Region—the friendly owner, the chipped kettles, the tangy scent of…

Mission Delhi - Uma Parvathy, Indian Coffee House

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Just a few years back, the lady from Kochi was scarcely speaking a single word of Hindi. But after living in Delhi for a while,…

City Hangout - Plant's Shade, Palika Bazaar Park

Summer escape. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One of the very best places to cool off in Delhi isn’t an air-conditioned mall. Nor some lovely monument in a park offering shade. It’s not even a tree. But instead,…

Mission Delhi - Sanju Balmiki, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is mopping the floor in a billiard lounge. This is his first job in the Millennium City of Gurgaon in the National Capital Region….

City Food - Hazari Lal Jain Khurchan Wale, Kinari Bazaar

Sweet leftover. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Khurchan means ”scraped leftovers” in Hindi. The preparation sounds simple: boil the milk, scrape off the cream as it appears on the top, and eventually mix it with “bhoora”, or powdered…

City Moment - Two Friends, Lodhi Gardens

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s not always easy to find a true friend. But these two 18-year-olds have found one—in each other. Now on their 8th day in Delhi, Rupesh Kumar and Ravikant hail…

Julia Child in Delhi - Ayeshe Sadr's "Awesome Chocolate Cake", Mehrauli

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] As the possessive owner of 50 gorgeous saris, a beautiful silver “sari-belt” and a much-loved cake recipe, Ayeshe Sadr seems to be enjoying a reasonably contended existence…

City Monument - Bagh-I-Alam Ka Gumbad, Deer Park

A forlorn but lovely Lodhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Snuggled in the heart of south Delhi’s Deer Park, it is one of the Capital’s most beautiful and perhaps least-known Lodhi-era ruins. The 16th century Bagh-I-Alam Ka Gumbad…