The Delhi Walla’s Biographical Dictionary - Jis James, Indirapuram & Kerala

The Delhi Walla’s Biographical Dictionary – Jis James, Indirapuram & Kerala

Their story, in their words. [By Jis James] What Delhi has got to do with a boy who comes all the way from the southern most part of the country which is Kerala? But it has got some real genuine…

City Food - Mohabbat ka Sherbet, Matia Mahal

City Food – Mohabbat ka Sherbet, Matia Mahal

Drink of love. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Love has spread like a virus. This being the chaotic Walled City, it is more appropriate to say that love has leaked along the gallis and kuchas of Shahjahanabad like…

Mission Kumar - Anil Kumar, Central Delhi Roadside

Mission Kumar – Anil Kumar, Central Delhi Roadside

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a secret. Nobody in the village knows that he is selling balloons in the big city. “My family believes I’m here as a house…

The Delhi Walla’s Biographical Dictionary - Tahreema Rahim, Daryaganj

The Delhi Walla’s Biographical Dictionary – Tahreema Rahim, Daryaganj

Their story, in their words. [By Tahreema Rahim] Tahreema, 19, lives somewhere in Daryaganj with her parents and a 5-year-old brother. She never knew that this will be the time when she will revisit her blue, towelled, patched childhood album….

Mission Delhi - Vishal Nagraj, Daryaganj

Mission Delhi – Vishal Nagraj, Daryaganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here’s his hand-drawn painting of poet Emily Dickinson. Here’s his portrait of poet Hart Crane. The next few loose sheets have his recreations of poets…

City Hangout - Rail Track Twilight, Barakhamba Flyover

City Hangout – Rail Track Twilight, Barakhamba Flyover

Sky-filled evening. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The rail tracks seem to extend to the point where the earth touches the sky. Though the earth is pitch dark at this moment in the evening. The sky however has…

Mission Delhi - Vishal Kumar, Mathura Road

Mission Delhi – Vishal Kumar, Mathura Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His midday meal is always like a moveable feast, each day in a different setting. Vishal Kumar is lunching today here on Mathura Road. Yesterday…

City Hangout - District Park, Jasola

City Hangout – District Park, Jasola

By a hospital. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The mere sight of a hospital stirs up our deepest fears. The world around it suddenly seems too carefree, its concerns flimsy. That’s what makes Jasola District Park in south…

Mission Delhi - Mukti Ram Parajuli, Delite Cinema

Mission Delhi – Mukti Ram Parajuli, Delite Cinema

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tuesday afternoon. The balcony lobby is quiet. An attentive ear may hear the muffled sounds of film dialogues coming from inside the theatre’s thick doors….

City Landmark - Vandana Book Shop, Aurobindo Market

City Landmark – Vandana Book Shop, Aurobindo Market

Labour of love. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a bookshop run by a family. It’s also a bookshop run by a family. Its staffers are very polite, very attentive. Its staffers are also very polite, very attentive….