City History - Souvenir No. 1, In Search of Central Vista Lost

The place that was. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s Rajpath and the India Gate Grounds are being renovated as part of the Central Vista project. The beloved place as we knew it will cease to exist, but…

Mission Delhi - Protiti Bhattacharyya, West Kidwai Nagar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is young and living through intense grief in this season of collective loss. Protiti Bhattacharyya, 22, a history student in the University of Hyderabad,…

City Season - Amaltas Bloom, Green Park & Elsewhere

A season of loss. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The tree is clothed in golden-yellow, but of a very pale shade. Amaltas flowers are known for more glow, more flamboyance. This tree, here in Green Park, must be…

City Life - Maryann Taylor's Pandemic-Day Diary, DLF Phase 5, Gurgaon

Her life, these days. [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] No home is left untouched, directly or indirectly, by the current surge in the coronavirus pandemic. So how’s our daily life like? Freelance writer Maryann Taylor, 36, in Gugaon’s DLF Phase…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Huzaifa, Covid ICU, AIIMS Trauma Center

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] These days, everybody wants to be a doctor’s best friend. So say hello to Muhammed Huzaifa, 24, a junior resident doctor in surgery at Delhi’s…

City Obituary - Haji Faiyazuddin, Old Delhi

Life of a gentleman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you were to visit him after a prolonged period, he would frown at you with stern eyes, but his face would instantly dissolve into a welcoming smile. Haji…

Mission Delhi - Saumya Mallika Mathur, Noida

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] She lives with Hayati, her cat. This is her parents’ house in Noida’s Sector 19. Both passed away last year. Sitting in the bedroom, Saumya…

City Neighbourhood - Pandemic Postcard, Hauz Khas Village

Juxtaposition of beauty and tragedy. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The evening breeze is cool. The blue sky is darkening. A pale moon has already surfaced. The air is filled with the incessant sound of ambulance sirens. The…

Mission Delhi - Nazm Kaur, New Colony, Sector 7

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] If this doesn’t work out, then maybe she can do something else — but no. Nazm Kaur has no plan B. Neither do her parents,…

City Moment - Prayer Witnessed, Outside Jama Masjid Gate No. 2

A Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is morning and the newspaper vendor, passing on his bicycle, is carrying front pages filled with dreadful news on Covid-19. The narrow lane is otherwise empty of people more…