City Life - Voices from Covid, Around Town

City Life – Voices from Covid, Around Town

An anthology of our feelings. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is perhaps the first time that the entire Delhi, with all its diverse complexities, has come around to a singular theme—of grief and fear about the ongoing…

City Life - Covid's Street Life, Old Delhi

City Life – Covid’s Street Life, Old Delhi

Life in the pandemic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This narrow lane in the Walled City doesn’t go past any historic monument. No beautiful doorway opens into it. And yet, the lane shows so much. Especially these days,…

City History - Souvenir No. 1, In Search of Central Vista Lost

City History – Souvenir No. 1, In Search of Central Vista Lost

The place that was. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s Rajpath and the India Gate Grounds are being renovated as part of the Central Vista project. The beloved place as we knew it will cease to exist, but…

City Life - Maryann Taylor's Pandemic-Day Diary, DLF Phase 5, Gurgaon

City Life – Maryann Taylor’s Pandemic-Day Diary, DLF Phase 5, Gurgaon

Her life, these days. [Photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] No home is left untouched, directly or indirectly, by the current surge in the coronavirus pandemic. So how’s our daily life like? Freelance writer Maryann Taylor, 36, in Gugaon’s DLF Phase…

City Obituary - Haji Faiyazuddin, Old Delhi

City Obituary – Haji Faiyazuddin, Old Delhi

Life of a gentleman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you were to visit him after a prolonged period, he would frown at you with stern eyes, but his face would instantly dissolve into a welcoming smile. Haji…

City Life - Veeru Bhai's Self-Made Cart, Central Delhi

City Life – Veeru Bhai’s Self-Made Cart, Central Delhi

Life of the cart. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Carts are regular sights in this city of street hawkers. Usually they are but a broad plank of wood plonked over four wheels. But Veeru Bhai’s fruit cart—or thela,…

City Life - Two Painters, Kamala Nehru Park

City Life – Two Painters, Kamala Nehru Park

On life and its disappointments. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is late morning and Manoj and Ravi are sitting in a city garden. The Kamala Nehru Park, tucked next to Gurgaon’s Roshanpura in the Greater Delhi Region,…

City Life - Ramrati in the Pandemic, Connaught Place

City Life – Ramrati in the Pandemic, Connaught Place

The living landmark returns. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here she is. “I came back one or one-and-a-half months ago.” For years, Ramrati’s morning routine stayed the same: reading aloud passages from the sacred Ramcharitmanas, her upper-half rocking…

City Life - Fire-Side Memoirs, Roshan Pura

City Life – Fire-Side Memoirs, Roshan Pura

Finding old times. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is a cold late afternoon. Four labourers are sitting around a makeshift fire they have lit up from a pile of wooden planks. Two of them are in their…

City Obituary - Suhana Begum, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Obituary – Suhana Begum, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Life of a woman. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her arms were covered with bangles, her ears decked with shiny stones, and stones were adorning her fingers too. She could be heard approaching from a distance, because of…