City Life - Family Closet, Sadar Bazar

City Life – Family Closet, Sadar Bazar

A souvenir of memories. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Loved ones go, the objects of their daily life stay. And some trace of the departed, tidbit of a particular memory perhaps, is evoked by those objects. Like in…

City Life - Three Labourers, Pragati Maidan

City Life – Three Labourers, Pragati Maidan

Builders of a new city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is laden with dust. The temperature is so high that the body seems to be on a slow roast. In such a setting, a new world…

City Life - Handmade Helmets, Bazar Sirki Walan

City Life – Handmade Helmets, Bazar Sirki Walan

Their protective headgear. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say the world is the size of each man’s head. For daily-wage labourers in Old Delhi’s Bazar Sirki Walan, it might be truer of their headgear. Almost every man…

City Obituary - Raju Pandey, Amrit Book Company

City Obituary – Raju Pandey, Amrit Book Company

Life of a bookseller. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was made of air, and hovered about like a djinn. At least, those were the vibes he exuded. For he materialised by your side just as you felt…

City Life - Vaccination Camps, Jama Masjid

City Life – Vaccination Camps, Jama Masjid

The mosque in the Covid-era. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The five tents are in red. A flap of cloth sewed on one of them says: Covid 19 Vaccination Center. The tents stand in Jama Masjid, as a…

City Life - Sania and Her Family, Rahim Road

City Life – Sania and Her Family, Rahim Road

New arrivals. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is early morning. The couple and their four children got off minutes ago from the overnight train. Unlike many other passengers who were busy hailing the auto or booking the…

City Life - Noor Muhammed & Nameless, Mathura Road Subway

City Life – Noor Muhammed & Nameless, Mathura Road Subway

Underground companions. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They live together. Noor Muhammed is in his 60s. The nameless one is one year old. The first one is a human. The other is a cat. They pass their time…

City Life - Three Chair Makers, Central Delhi

City Life – Three Chair Makers, Central Delhi

A fading profession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They are sitting on the floor, not on chairs, even though they are professional chair makers. The three gents are weaving cane chairs this icy afternoon in a central Delhi…

City Life - Theatre Stage, Mandi House Roundabout

City Life – Theatre Stage, Mandi House Roundabout

A play ground. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They all are speaking at the same time, speaking over each other, and so uninhibitedly and loudly that you will fear their lungs might explode any moment. Actually, these six…

City Life - Ms Kashmiro & Harish Chander, Sadar Bazar

City Life – Ms Kashmiro & Harish Chander, Sadar Bazar

Two lives. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] She sits down on the pavement, as people pass to and fro, here in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar in the Greater Delhi Region. Ms Kashmiro has a large bundle of raw papads…