City Food - Jane Austen's Chai Stall, Bharat Ram Road

City Food – Jane Austen’s Chai Stall, Bharat Ram Road

The love of pavement tea. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If British writer Jane Austen was still alive and happened to stumble across this unusual tea stall she’d probably express ardent admiration for its owner. Mahaveer runs this…

City Landmark - A Civic Mortuary, Gurgaon

City Landmark – A Civic Mortuary, Gurgaon

A face of life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A yard lined with rooms, a small temple under a banyan tree and a few bare hospital-like stretchers. This is not a place you would like to visit even…

Mission Delhi - Bano, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid's Dargah

Mission Delhi – Bano, Hazrat Sarmad Shahid’s Dargah

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Over the last few days, she’s experienced a pain in her legs; and finally decided to get a tube of medication from a government hospital…

City Landmark - Wali's Hair-Cutting Saloon, Bazaar Chitli Qabar

City Landmark – Wali’s Hair-Cutting Saloon, Bazaar Chitli Qabar

The heart of the Walled City. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old Delhi has all sorts of places you’ll visit when it’s high time to feel good about yourself. Perhaps the stone steps of a good old Jain…

City Food - Mango Pickle Walla, Around Town

City Food – Mango Pickle Walla, Around Town

A pickle vendor. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hardly a secret that Delhi abounds with hawkers selling just about everything imaginable. Such as toothbrushes made from Neem twigs. Then we have Raju’s homemade pickles packed in a…

City Hangout - Emu Sighting, Vasant Vihar

City Hangout – Emu Sighting, Vasant Vihar

Somewhere in Australia. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Silent leafy lanes and shiny chauffeur-driven cars. Gracious bungalows and embassies of remote-seeming countries like Eritrea and Gabon. And lots and lots of trees — in parks and in private…