Home Sweet Home - Study Room, Rose Garden, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Study Room, Rose Garden, Gurgaon

Study spaces. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Children go to public parks to play. But these three boys are picnicking over school books. There are dreams to chase after all and “no time to waste,” cautions the poker-faced…

Home Sweet Home - A Room with a Window, Hauz Khas Village

Home Sweet Home – A Room with a Window, Hauz Khas Village

A house in the village. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His tiny balcony faces the 14th century ruins of Hauz Khas. The tenant, who describes himself as an “artist” and wishes to remain anonymous, feels lucky to be…

Home Sweet Home - The Hyperlocal Architecture of Taak, Around Town

Home Sweet Home – The Hyperlocal Architecture of Taak, Around Town

A disappearing element. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Consisting of an arch-shaped niche built into the wall, taak is an element of old architecture, now lost to history. Fortunately, a few can still be seen around Delhi, and…

Home Sweet Home - Elena Tommaseo's Reading Bed, East of Kaliash

Home Sweet Home – Elena Tommaseo’s Reading Bed, East of Kaliash

A lady’s reading couch. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hers is not a home filled with books. Not in the least. But designer Elena Tommaseo, 55, has created a truly beautiful reading spot. She’s topped a drawing room…

Home Sweet Home - Bird Housing, Galli Sooiwallan Street

Home Sweet Home – Bird Housing, Galli Sooiwallan Street

A dormitory for pigeons. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Question of the day: where, in fact, do the city pigeons sleep? Truth is that they’re bound to sleep in all sorts of unlikely places, like window ledges. In…

Home Sweet Home – Impermanent Housing, Vasundhara

Home Sweet Home – Impermanent Housing, Vasundhara

Fleeting dwellings. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Vasundhara in Ghaziabad in the Greater Delhi Region is a cluster of residential towers. But this particular housing is too modest. The four homes share a common roof, and this roof…

Home Sweet Home – House of Shadows, Lodhi Road

Home Sweet Home – House of Shadows, Lodhi Road

Monsoon dwelling. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hardly more than a lean-to. But the recent addition of an awning means the world for the little family. “We recently got that awning from a tea stall owner,” explains…

Home Sweet Home - Rooftop Views, Mehrauli

Home Sweet Home – Rooftop Views, Mehrauli

The story of a home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hard to imagine getting a better sense of Delhi than by viewing it from on high. And particularly a panoramic view of a favoured neighbourhood like Mehrauli….

Home Sweet Home - A Window View, Opposite Jama Masjid

Home Sweet Home – A Window View, Opposite Jama Masjid

A prized window. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At first glance this room seems a bit the worse for wear. Creaky door. Fading paintwork on the walls. So what? The glass window in this room looks straight out…

Home Sweet Home - Ruined Mansion, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

Home Sweet Home – Ruined Mansion, Roshanpura, Gurgaon

The story of a home. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Old abandoned houses tend to become hauntingly surreal in their dilapidation. Despite being stereotyped as a fantasy land of high-rises and multi-storey apartments, the Futuristic City of Gurgaon…