Home Sweet Home - Ehmad Ridwan's Pad, East of Kailash

Home Sweet Home – Ehmad Ridwan’s Pad, East of Kailash

In a musician’s world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s late night. He picks up his guitar, strums the strings and starts to croon Feeling Good. The Nina Simone classic instantly catches Rumi’s attention. He leaps up to…

Home Sweet Home - Houseless Men's Wardrobe, Chawri Bazar

Home Sweet Home – Houseless Men’s Wardrobe, Chawri Bazar

Private is public. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A blue lungi is hanging in front of a shuttered shop, folded within a mishmash of power cables. Nearby, a baniyan and underwear are on a similar exhibit. Across the…

Home Sweet Home - Nand Ram's House, Green Park

Home Sweet Home – Nand Ram’s House, Green Park

Far from ‘des’. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Their true home, they say, is their village, which they call des (country). But while they are in the capital, for practical reasons, they have to make it a home…

Home Sweet Home - Jayanti Pandey's Calcutta Bookcase, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Jayanti Pandey’s Calcutta Bookcase, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Into thin air. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In these days of self-isolation, we all need some sort of escape. Jayanti Pandey, 55, can obviously not take a flight for some time to Cambodia or Dubai or Russia–her…

Home Sweet Home - Arunima Pakalapati's 27th Floor Balcony, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Arunima Pakalapati’s 27th Floor Balcony, Gurgaon

Into thin air. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her address is like a shifting sand; it moves often. Because her husband works in a multinational oil company, and regularly has to switch from one “location” to another, their…

Home Sweet Home - Prachi's Rented Room, Roop Nagar

Home Sweet Home – Prachi’s Rented Room, Roop Nagar

A woman’s world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A small room stacked with books, a writing table, two single beds and two pairs of grilled windows. Plus, a terrace where she frequently strolls, gathers ideas and later jots…

Home Sweet Home - Smriti Saigal's Two Balconies, Sector 47, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Smriti Saigal’s Two Balconies, Sector 47, Gurgaon

The world of balconies. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She first went up to the 6th floor, moved higher to the 13th floor, but later fell down to the first floor before settling down here on the 14th…

Home Sweet Home - Abdul Rahim's Bedroom Window, Kulcha Tara Chand, Old Delhi

Home Sweet Home – Abdul Rahim’s Bedroom Window, Kulcha Tara Chand, Old Delhi

The world of a window. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Outside. What is that? What is it like? Until recently the world beyond our homes—the streets, the parks, the metro, the malls—was seamlessly integrated in our daily living….

Home Sweet Home - Nilabh's 'Kuch Nahi' Corner, Sector 84, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Nilabh’s ‘Kuch Nahi’ Corner, Sector 84, Gurgaon

His window-side refuge. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Theoretically, it is such a cool idea to stay home 24/7. Practically, it is so difficult. But Nilabh, it seems, knows his way around to make the best out of…

Home Sweet Home - Arjun Jetly's Post-Corona Study, Sector 49, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Arjun Jetly’s Post-Corona Study, Sector 49, Gurgaon

His third floor isolation. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is what usually happens. The part of the house you’ve always wanted to convert into a sacrosanct space, where you could do the things you love, whether it…