City Hangout - Gate No. 1, Jama Masjid Metro Station

City Hangout – Gate No. 1, Jama Masjid Metro Station

An accidental refuge. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The cold blast hits you as soon as you enter the foyer. The sweat on your skin instantly dissipates. It is like steppping inside the lobby of a 5-star hotel…

Mission Delhi - Sona, Vasundhara

Mission Delhi – Sona, Vasundhara

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is looking at a face. The face is looking back at him. Does he realise it is his own reflection in the rain puddle?…

City Walk - Golcha Cinema, Old Delhi

City Walk – Golcha Cinema, Old Delhi

World of a street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Despite being a mere courtesan, Anarkali dares Emperor Akbar with a spunky dance. The lyrics of the song are so seditious that the audience get up from their seat…

City Obituary - Shabana Banu, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Obituary – Shabana Banu, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

A life, passed. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No sign of her things—neither of her bundle, that served as a pillow at night, nor of her hand fan. She had been living on this spot of the pavement…

City Walk - Chatta Chuhiya Mem, Old Delhi

City Walk – Chatta Chuhiya Mem, Old Delhi

World of a street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How was she like? What were her passions and pursuits, her joys and despairs? Where is her grave? There are no answers. Nothing substantial is known about this mysterious…

City Life - Handwritten Sentiments, Around Town

City Life – Handwritten Sentiments, Around Town

Or lives in chits and scraps. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] “If we lose this, we lose everything”— and so concludes the romantic note, handwritten by a person to their beloved at the back of a Khan Market…

Mission Delhi - Razi Zahoor Qureshi, Haji Hotel

Mission Delhi – Razi Zahoor Qureshi, Haji Hotel

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is silently taking turns. Razi Zahoor Qureshi is exercising his routine walk, here on Haji Hotel’s balcony with a panoramic view of the Mughal-era…

Delhi Homes - Barsati, Around Town

Delhi Homes – Barsati, Around Town

The vanishing rain shelter. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is raining hard on the terrace of an 18th floor flat in Gurgaon’s Golf Course Road. Monsoon is giddily beating down on this multitude of high-rises. Yet, it…

City Landmark - Lost Banyan Tree, Connaught Place

City Landmark – Lost Banyan Tree, Connaught Place

You’ll be remembered. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some may think it is no big deal. That in this city of ruins, this is just another ruin. But this tree in Connaught Place (CP) was a friend to…

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…