Mission Delhi - Muhammed Akbar, Lutyens' Delhi

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Akbar, Lutyens’ Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He finds it difficult to sleep at night, which is understandable. “How can I?” says autorickshaw driver Muhammed Akbar. Driving his auto through the leaves-strewn…

City Moment - Two Houseless Friends, Turkman Gate

City Moment – Two Houseless Friends, Turkman Gate

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No doubt about it. They’re inseparable. Far away from their respective families, both Mumtaz and his canine friend have found common cause, living together through thick and thin. They are…

City Style - The Turban Sartorialist, Gurgaon

City Style – The Turban Sartorialist, Gurgaon

Easy lies the head. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes, certain sartorial codes are so deeply rooted in the protocols of a person’s daily life that it is unimaginable for that individual to negotiate compromises with them. Farmer…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ajwah Nadeem, Lahore, Pakistan

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ajwah Nadeem, Lahore, Pakistan

The 230th death. [Text and photo sent by Ajwah Nadeem] This death was her choice. She didn’t leave a note for anyone. We don’t know why. Obsessed with owning the space she was born into, she strived to grow. Insecurities…

Mission Delhi - Savitri, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Savitri, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] As a living landmark in Connaught Place, she has been selling fresh fruit as long as most patrons can remember. “It’s been about 40 years,”…

City Faith - Thursday Djinns, Feroze Shah Kotla Ruins

City Faith – Thursday Djinns, Feroze Shah Kotla Ruins

The supernatural encounters. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It looks like a festive place to be. Groups of women are dressed in shararas of various shades. Auto-rickshaws are packed with children holding on to orange and green ice-cream…

Mission Delhi - Sher Singh, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Sher Singh, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s pretty clear why some citizens end up as engineers, say, or maybe even beggars. But what about bird food sellers? For some 40 years…

City Food - Nirula's Hot Chocolate Fudge, Hawker Street, Ambience Mall

City Food – Nirula’s Hot Chocolate Fudge, Hawker Street, Ambience Mall

Lost taste, regained. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Futuristic City of Gurgaon is in truth weighed down with a lot of past. Like this Nirula’s outlet in the tidy Hawker Street in Ambience Mall. Millennials might be…

City Hangout - Remembrance Benches, Outside National War Memorial

City Hangout – Remembrance Benches, Outside National War Memorial

Living with new landmarks. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] New landmarks so easily become a part of city life that it’s hard to remember when they weren’t there. Opened only a few weeks ago, the 40-acre National War…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Mrinal Pant, Naraina, Delhi

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Mrinal Pant, Naraina, Delhi

The 229th death. [Text and photos sent by Mrinal Pant] Resting in peace (her exterior very well obscured the storms raging inside) at the least garish corner of her house, Mrinal Pant was mostly seen mulling over the vagaries of…