Mission Delhi - Mobeen, Matia Mahal

Mission Delhi – Mobeen, Matia Mahal

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The main street of Old Delhi’s Matia Mahal is a sea of people, this afternoon. One person in the crowd is crouched on the ground….

Mission Delhi - Adam Burakowski, Gujarat Bhawan Restaurant

Mission Delhi – Adam Burakowski, Gujarat Bhawan Restaurant

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Moong dal, arhar dal, vegetable kofta, aloo gobhi matar, farsan, choorma laddu, dhokla, tillar papad and fresh rotis. This picturesque Gujarati thali will soon be…

Mission Delhi - Abid Husain, Turkman Gate

Mission Delhi – Abid Husain, Turkman Gate

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perhaps he’s not special, this thought does cross his mind. After all, many, many, young men across this big wide world must have faced life’s…

Mission Delhi - Naushe Bhai, Chitli Qabar Chowk

Mission Delhi – Naushe Bhai, Chitli Qabar Chowk

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A wine-brown mongoose dashes off as a bow from an arrow, followed by a man with a bundle half his size, followed by a boy…

Mission Delhi - Harishchandra, Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Marg

Mission Delhi – Harishchandra, Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Marg

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is silently gazing at… perhaps the traffic on the road. A tree leaf falls on his shoulder. He continues to be still. Some might…

Mission Delhi - Pankaj Kumar, a Construction Site

Mission Delhi – Pankaj Kumar, a Construction Site

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some weeks back, a bungalow in a posh neighbourhood emptied of its longtime dwellers. Overnight, blue tin barricades came up around the deserted house. Next,…

Mission Delhi - Rishabh Dhawan, Daryaganj

Mission Delhi – Rishabh Dhawan, Daryaganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Young Rishabh Dhawan was a problem for his family. He dropped out of school, declined to finish his tenth grade. His father gently nudged him…

Mission Delhi - Sumit Tokas, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Sumit Tokas, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is holding a book-sized power pack battery charger, but he isn’t busy with his mobile phone. He is writing—employing the endangered duo of pen-and-paper….

Mission Delhi - Pavel, Connaught Place

Mission Delhi – Pavel, Connaught Place

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] He has the casual accessories of a foreign backpacker from backpackers’ Paharganj, but is manning a pavement stall of photos in Connaught Place, this evening….

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Shamsher Alam, Pataudi House

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Shamsher Alam, Pataudi House

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is preparing mutton curry. “Some more minutes,” mutters Muhammed Shamsher Alam. The dish will be shared between six folks. All the labourers live and…