Home Sweet Home - Jayanti Pandey's Calcutta Bookcase, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Into thin air. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In these days of self-isolation, we all need some sort of escape. Jayanti Pandey, 55, can obviously not take a flight for some time to Cambodia or Dubai or Russia–her…

City Series – Sneh Sahani in Ghaziabad, We the Isolationists (420th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Sneh Sahani] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see my friends… jumping and giggling around the table snatching fries from each others’ hands and passing around half finished drinks….

Mission Delhi - Shah Hasan, Bhalswa Dairy

Homecoming dress. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So much has changed in just a few months. Auto rickshaw driver Shah Hasan barely manages to register the individuality of his customers anymore. “They’re always in masks…. a series of…

City Series – Akshita Sharma in Lucknow, We the Isolationists (419th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Akshita Sharma] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see the loneliness surging inside me. As I closed my eyes in the early days of lockdown, I’ve felt the presence…

City Series – Ankita Khanna in Gurgaon, We the Isolationists (418th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Ankita Khanna] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see a kinder world. A world where we care–about each other and about the planet. A world with fewer platitudes and…

City Series – Astha Vaibhavi in Sitamarhi, Bihar, We the Isolationists (417th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Astha Vaibhavi] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see myself completing those last 3 months of my college life. I see myself completing those series of selfies that we…

City Series – Ana Hasan in Delhi, We the Isolationists (416th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Ana Hasan] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see a dream so real… my best friend and I finally decide to meet after ages! We’re with each other and…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Life with Norton Poetry of Anthology, Central Delhi

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Ink is trickling from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry. Poetry, you ask? I used to dislike it too….

City Monument - Corona-Era Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

The edifice these days. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The gigantic courtyard is empty. So empty that even the customary pigeons are not there — remember how they would always be seen flying from the courtyard to the…

Mission Delhi - Veena Mathur, Sector 51

Homecoming dress. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Wow, she speaks such free-flowing Hindi! Now, this might sound like an awkward compliment in the Hindi-speaking Delhi region. But then Hindi is not Veena’s first language. “Main Tamil Nadu ki…