Home Sweet Home - House of Labourers, Ansari Road

Home Sweet Home – House of Labourers, Ansari Road

So open, yet secretive. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The doors are locked, their wood rotting. The window jaalis are cobwebbed. The balconies are blocked with bricks. The weather-beaten building must be empty inside. Yet, it shelters very…

Home Sweet Home - Kiran Bhushi's Terrace, Khel Gaon

Home Sweet Home – Kiran Bhushi’s Terrace, Khel Gaon

Season’s space. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are many beautiful terraces in Delhi, but this one might be the most beautiful of all—at least at this time of the year. When semal trees are still in bloom,…

Home Sweet Home - Laila Tyabji's Window, Shanti Niketan

Home Sweet Home – Laila Tyabji’s Window, Shanti Niketan

Her stay-at-home consolations. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Dressed in a many-hued hand-woven Murshidabad silk sari, craft activist Laila Tyabji, 73, is sitting in her book-lined drawing room in south Delhi’s Shantiniketan. Behind her sofa is a huge glass window through…

Home Sweet Home - Madame Bovary's Windows, Golf Course Extension

Home Sweet Home – Madame Bovary’s Windows, Golf Course Extension

A house of windows. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s midnight. Her fourth-floor house is quiet. Her daughter, husband and ma-in-law are sleeping. She settles down on the durrie by the window, lights a diya, pours herself a glass of red…

Home Sweet Home - A Mansion for Labourers, Mohalla Qabristan

Home Sweet Home – A Mansion for Labourers, Mohalla Qabristan

Old house, new home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It looks like a museum. Nothing like this old-fashioned balcony exists anywhere else in the immediate vicinity. What is it like to actually live in this building? It turns…

Home Sweet Home - Asmuddin Ansari's House-Cum-Graveyard, Mehrauli

Home Sweet Home – Asmuddin Ansari’s House-Cum-Graveyard, Mehrauli

An unusual dwelling. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He has one of the most unique addresses in the city. He lives in a graveyard. Alone. “This has been my home for 28 years,” mutters Asmuddin Ansari. In his…

Home Sweet Home - Shahnawaz Khan's Rose Garden, Pahari Imli

Home Sweet Home – Shahnawaz Khan’s Rose Garden, Pahari Imli

A private paradise. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] All roses here are white, though some have a pale pink flush, as if a drop of blood had spread through their veins. This is a private garden. What makes…

City Home - Kavita & Ankita's, Gurgaon

City Home – Kavita & Ankita’s, Gurgaon

Home sweet home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Kavita Arora, 47, is a psychiatrist. Ankita Khanna, 36, is a psychologist. They occasionally share their eight-floor apartment, in Gurgaon in the Greater Delhi Region, with residential complex pigeons or…

Home Sweet Home - New Life with Dishwasher, Ghaziabad

Home Sweet Home – New Life with Dishwasher, Ghaziabad

A household’s new friend. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is taking so much space in the small kitchen. But Babua Singh won’t crib about that. “You stack the bartan (dishes) in it, go to office, and when…

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…