Mission Delhi - Chumki Sen, Sector 50, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Chumki Sen, Sector 50, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Why oh why did she get a house overlooking the main road, she feels, ten years after moving into it. At least she would have…

Mission Delhi - Protiti Bhattacharyya, West Kidwai Nagar

Mission Delhi – Protiti Bhattacharyya, West Kidwai Nagar

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is young and living through intense grief in this season of collective loss. Protiti Bhattacharyya, 22, a history student in the University of Hyderabad,…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Huzaifa, Covid ICU, AIIMS Trauma Center

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Huzaifa, Covid ICU, AIIMS Trauma Center

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] These days, everybody wants to be a doctor’s best friend. So say hello to Muhammed Huzaifa, 24, a junior resident doctor in surgery at Delhi’s…

Mission Delhi - Saumya Mallika Mathur, Noida

Mission Delhi – Saumya Mallika Mathur, Noida

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] She lives with Hayati, her cat. This is her parents’ house in Noida’s Sector 19. Both passed away last year. Sitting in the bedroom, Saumya…

Mission Delhi - Nazm Kaur, New Colony, Sector 7

Mission Delhi – Nazm Kaur, New Colony, Sector 7

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] If this doesn’t work out, then maybe she can do something else — but no. Nazm Kaur has no plan B. Neither do her parents,…

Mission Delhi - Om Kumar, Sector 14, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Om Kumar, Sector 14, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is 13, old enough to realise that “eating my favourite veg pizza is not wise these days”. A typical pizza is expensive, Om Kumar…

Mission Delhi - Gauri Mohan Gupta, Sushant Lok

Mission Delhi – Gauri Mohan Gupta, Sushant Lok

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many book-loving Delhi homes have Shakespeare, Tagore, Tolstoy and Ghalib. French author Marcel Proust is more difficult to spot, though his novel is counted among…

Mission Delhi - Farhan Zaidi, Khureji Khas

Mission Delhi – Farhan Zaidi, Khureji Khas

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These are bigger rooms, and here’s a hall too—finally ensuring a separate drawing room to host guests. After a lifetime in Old Delhi, Farhan Zaidi,…

Mission Delhi - Prachi Sharma, Saidulajab

Mission Delhi – Prachi Sharma, Saidulajab

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is Tagore. This is Yeats. And this is Vikram Seth—says Prachi Sharma, pointing out cuttings of poems stuck on her closet. She wants to…

Mission Delhi - Raghav Kumar Jha, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Raghav Kumar Jha, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is a job that needs confidence. To reach out to people. To talk smartly, and without awkwardness. To be prepared to be snubbed. To…