Mission Delhi - Rena, Public Park, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Like most women with a day-job and family, Rena’s life is more than merely hectic. She’s a gardener and her work shift in a public…

City Hangout - W-Block Park, Greater Kailash-I

City escape. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The appeal of this place rests on a paradox. Parts of W-Block Park are a dusty terrain, so very bleak that it somehow conveys a kind of surreal beauty. Or so…

Mission Delhi - Bhag Bahri Malhotra, Khan Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most booklovers know all about the legendary Bahrisons Booksellers in Khan Market. And old-timers would remember late founder, Balraj Bahri Malhotra, who started it in…

City Faith - Radha Krishna Mandir, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

Homely temple. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The very air is steeped in absolute mindfulness. The place feels so private that you fear you have gate-crashed into somebody’s residence. Such is the charm of Radha Krishna Mandir. A…

City Monument - Old Stephen's, Kashmere Gate

The building that once housed a famous college. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Red bricks, sprawling gardens and a cute little chapel. That’s St Stephen’s College in Delhi University’s North Campus. But this dream destination for millions of…

Mission Delhi - Om Prakash, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hardly a secret that any number of people may choose to disguise greying hair with henna. But Om Prakash has carried it one step…

City Walk - Side-lane Strolling, Jor Bagh

A passage to exclusivity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who wouldn’t want to live right here in Jor Bagh? This upscale neighbourhood in Central Delhi is far from maddening crowds, with graceful mansions safely secured by guards and…

Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Siddhartha Singh, Central Delhi

Poetry in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Not only a prolific poet, he’s also a busy tax lawyer. But Siddhartha Singh, chatting in a Delhi café, does suggest a greater intimacy to poetry, “even while law…

Home Sweet Home - Ruined Mansion, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

The story of a home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old abandoned houses tend to become hauntingly surreal in their dilapidation. Despite being stereotyped as a fantasy land of high-rises and multi-storey apartments, the Futuristic City of Gurgaon…

City Life - Rickshaw Puller Saroj Pal's Pillow, Central Delhi

Material comforts. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This rather humid morning Saroj Lal in Central Delhi is still sound asleep in his rickshaw, his body splayed across it. With his feet lazily slumped over the handle bar. So…