Mission Delhi - Isak Ali, Basant Lok Market

Mission Delhi – Isak Ali, Basant Lok Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] See the top photo, clicked a decade ago. See the photo below. Snapped this week, same place. Then there was a bookstore, Fact & Fiction….

City Food - Pandit Vaishno Dhaba, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – Pandit Vaishno Dhaba, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

A veggie affair. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A passerby on the crowded market street abruptly freezes in mid-motion. The head turns, the nose sniffs the air aggressively. Can that be desi ghee? Where’s the smell coming from?…

City Landmark - People’s Publishing House, Connaught Place

City Landmark – People’s Publishing House, Connaught Place

Gorbachev’s tomb. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Russia is fighting with Ukraine. Kyrgyzstan is fighting with Tajikistan. Armenia and Azerbaijan too have clashed, yet again, with each other. It all is in this month’s news (September 2022). Mikhail…

City Hangout - Art District, Mandi House

City Hangout – Art District, Mandi House

A new-look much-loved zone. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here you are, sitting on the steps, in easy intimacy with green grass and smoggy sky. Submerged in solitary thoughts. Or, perhaps arguing with a friend whether Godard really…

City Walk - Paharai Rajaan, Old Delhi

City Walk – Paharai Rajaan, Old Delhi

The hill of the workers [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who made Taj Mahal? Shah Jahan. No, who actually raised the Taj, stone by stone? Nobody knows. History is mute on the labourers who built the monument. Ditto…

City Walk - Doors of Vakil Lane, Central Delhi

City Walk – Doors of Vakil Lane, Central Delhi

The lane of doors [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The cracked door has so many long cracks running along so many places that the door is looking like an unironed shirt with creases. The polish on the wood…

City Home - Saira Bano & Family, Gali Chandi Wali

City Home – Saira Bano & Family, Gali Chandi Wali

Home sweet home [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] An entire household is contained in this room. This household contains a life that has largely disappeared. The second floor apartment in Old Delhi’s Gali Chandi Wali houses a family…

City Season - Sky Watching, Gurgaon

City Season – Sky Watching, Gurgaon

Season’s scenes [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sleek Rapid Metro train is sliding noiselessly along the elevated tracks. The glass windows of the high-rises are gleaming under the noonday sun. And tufts of greying clouds are wafting…

City Hangout - The Book Hub, Batla House

City Hangout – The Book Hub, Batla House

Shop of used books [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The tiny basement room is crammed with just too many writers. A perfect place for bookworms to burrow into the delicious smells of musty well-thumbed pages. The Book Hub…

City Walk - Kucha Neelkanth, Old Delhi

City Walk – Kucha Neelkanth, Old Delhi

The place of the blue-throated [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At the time of the churning of the Ocean of Milk, the giant serpent Vasuki — who was being used as a rope, the mountain Mandara being the…