Our Self-Written Obituaries - Aysha Naurein, Coimbatore

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Aysha Naurein, Coimbatore

The 255th death. [By Aysha Naurein] Aysha Naurein was a dreamer. She saw big, wild dreams, the kind that people would consider over-ambitious and unrealistic if she spoke about it. So she didn’t. She feared living an ordinary life, not…

City Monument - Ruined Graveyard, Deer Park

City Monument – Ruined Graveyard, Deer Park

Here lie the unknown. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It has been raining on and off for the past few days, and the graves have gone mossy. The stoney ground is green and slippery too. But this evening,…

Mission Delhi - Ashu Prashar, IP Extension & South Point Mall

Mission Delhi – Ashu Prashar, IP Extension & South Point Mall

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is in his early 50s and wishes to write a book. He has already started preliminary work. “It will be a book on housekeeping ethics and style,” says Ashu Prashar, an assistant…

Mission Delhi - Raju, Near Yamuna Bazar

Mission Delhi – Raju, Near Yamuna Bazar

Homecoming dress. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Waste collector Raju’s bulging sack is huge. “It has all the trash I have collected today,” he says. Though it is only early morning in this market lane, it is already…

City Series – Manami Chakravorty in Calcutta, We the Isolationists (424th Corona Diary)

City Series – Manami Chakravorty in Calcutta, We the Isolationists (424th Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Manami Chakravorty] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see things which could have been happening right now. This could have been a candle light dinner, or maybe World War…

City Series – Kamna in Patna, We the Isolationists (423rd Corona Diary)

City Series – Kamna in Patna, We the Isolationists (423rd Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Kamna] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see myself as a conceptual thinker who learn the concepts that are presented but also want to know the related concepts that…

City Series – Tanvi Akhauri in Delhi, We the Isolationists (422nd Corona Diary)

City Series – Tanvi Akhauri in Delhi, We the Isolationists (422nd Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Tanvi Akhauri] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see the Dilli of my dreams that once was, caught in the time snag of olden days I never lived, only…

City Series – Anandi Mishra in Delhi, We the Isolationists (421st Corona Diary)

City Series – Anandi Mishra in Delhi, We the Isolationists (421st Corona Diary)

Our corona diary. [Text and photo by Anandi Mishra] I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona and I see a green-blue sea stretch out. I take baby steps into the waterscape. But the water with its violent force gushes…

Mission Delhi - Devendra Kumar, Jacobpura

Mission Delhi – Devendra Kumar, Jacobpura

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The family is cutting costs wherever it can. Devendra Kumar no longer “drinks a peg or two” and his school-going sons have stopped demanding treats of samosas and burgers. “As for my Mrs,…

City Obituary - Author Sadia Dehlvi, 1957-2020

City Obituary – Author Sadia Dehlvi, 1957-2020

An author’s life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “I want to be buried here,” said Sadia Dehlvi, the author of Sufism: The Heart of Islam, The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi and Jasmine & Jinns: Memories and Recipes…