Mission Delhi - Vishal Kumar, Mathura Road

Mission Delhi – Vishal Kumar, Mathura Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His midday meal is always like a moveable feast, each day in a different setting. Vishal Kumar is lunching today here on Mathura Road. Yesterday…

Mission Delhi - Mukti Ram Parajuli, Delite Cinema

Mission Delhi – Mukti Ram Parajuli, Delite Cinema

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tuesday afternoon. The balcony lobby is quiet. An attentive ear may hear the muffled sounds of film dialogues coming from inside the theatre’s thick doors….

Mission Delhi - Munawar Begum, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Mission Delhi – Munawar Begum, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She is grinning. Her smile is sparkling brighter than her tiny nose ring. Munawar Begum’s only son has successfully completed his 10th standard. “See, this…

Mission Delhi - Liyakatullah, Galli Choori Wallan

Mission Delhi – Liyakatullah, Galli Choori Wallan

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It looks like a cave, but completely of wood. The tiny store in Old Delhi’s Galli Choori Wallan street has its doorway flanked on either…

Mission Delhi - Puranchand, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Mission Delhi – Puranchand, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The neighbourhood is very posh, very quiet. Only occasional bird sounds waft through the hushed air. The residences on either side of the lane project…

Mission Delhi - Aslam Khan, Joseph Stein Lane

Mission Delhi – Aslam Khan, Joseph Stein Lane

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some people, both living and dead, embody within themselves the spirit of a place. Late architect Joseph Stein’s presence is intensely palpable about the corridors…

Mission Delhi - Ameer Dehlvi, Haaji Hotel

Mission Delhi – Ameer Dehlvi, Haaji Hotel

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say that time assuages. But poet Ameer Dehlvi continues to be in mourning. “I’m not able to find myself these days,” he says, as…

Mission Delhi - Vikas, Gurgaon Bus Stand

Mission Delhi – Vikas, Gurgaon Bus Stand

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are. That’s the famous saying of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. The legendary French gourmand…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Aaqib, Around Town

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Aaqib, Around Town

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nobody is accusing Muhammed Aaqib of being ungrateful to his adopted city. It’s just that he is too partial to Nagina, his home town in…

Mission Delhi - Parash Ram, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Mission Delhi – Parash Ram, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s Raksha Bandhan festival and Parash Ram is wondering what if he were in his village in Lalitpur, MP, this day. “My sister, Preeti, would…