City Season - Monsoon Spaces, Around Town

City Season – Monsoon Spaces, Around Town

Rain-drenched city. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] “A little tap on the window-pane, as though something had struck it, followed by a plentiful light falling sound, as of grains of sand being sprinkled from a window overhead, gradually…

City Food - Jamun, Around Town

City Food – Jamun, Around Town

Season’s gift. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Go no further. Here’s the season’s talk of the town. They are everywhere. With vendor Sant Ram in south Delhi’s Jangpura, and with vendor Kailash at the deserted bus stop in…

City Hangout - Sidewalk Cafés, Lado Sarai

City Hangout – Sidewalk Cafés, Lado Sarai

New wave in the village. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Three coffee drinkers perched on street-side chairs, on the pave. Their arms are swaying up and down with the passions of an animated chatter. This could be a…

City Hangout - 9pm at Sunder Nursery, Central Delhi

City Hangout – 9pm at Sunder Nursery, Central Delhi

Night revellers. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The smoggy sky is pitch black. Amid the trees, a procession is standing silently with flaming torches. No, these are lamps lining a pathway. This is Sunder Nursery at 9 pm….

Mission Delhi - Masooban, Chelmsford Road

Mission Delhi – Masooban, Chelmsford Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A turbaned artist is beating the nagada. Another is playing the shehnai. Both performers are directing their music straight into Masooban’s ear. Their solo audience…

City Hangout - Jama Masjid in Twilight, Gurgaon

City Hangout – Jama Masjid in Twilight, Gurgaon

The magic of changing light. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is possible to travel by staying still. One way to do this is by lingering long at the Jama Masjid in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar. The small edifice…

City Landmark - Pari Selfie Point, Mathura Road

City Landmark – Pari Selfie Point, Mathura Road

A new landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is it a flapping of wings? Or are these the limbs of a friendly octopus? This metallic installation is the latest landmark of the capital, here on Mathura Road. A…

Mission Delhi - Rukhsana, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Rukhsana, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The road is teeming with afternoon traffic. The pavement, here in central Delhi, has a small plastic mat sprawled along it. A child is sitting…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Nameer Alvi, Pahari Rajaan

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Nameer Alvi, Pahari Rajaan

The parlour confession. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] He is 21 and his mother calls him “mera achha wala beta,” my good son. Youngest of three brothers and a sister, he is the only one to go out of his way…

City Hangout - India Gate & Central Vista, Central Delhi

City Hangout – India Gate & Central Vista, Central Delhi

A new era. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The hat-wearing lady in sari poses with her family for photographer Vijay Babu (150 rupees for a single print in two minutes). The background is India Gate. This will be…