Mission Delhi - Rena, Public Park, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Rena, Public Park, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Like most women with a day-job and family, Rena’s life is more than merely hectic. She’s a gardener and her work shift in a public…

Mission Delhi - Bhag Bahri Malhotra, Khan Market

Mission Delhi – Bhag Bahri Malhotra, Khan Market

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most booklovers know all about the legendary Bahrisons Booksellers in Khan Market. And old-timers would remember late founder, Balraj Bahri Malhotra, who started it in…

Mission Delhi - Om Prakash, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Om Prakash, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hardly a secret that any number of people may choose to disguise greying hair with henna. But Om Prakash has carried it one step…

Mission Delhi - Renu Prajapati, Near Gurgaon Bus Stand

Mission Delhi – Renu Prajapati, Near Gurgaon Bus Stand

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This e-rickshaw driver is a woman. Such a sight is rare in Delhi, and more so across the city border here in conservative Haryana. “Yes,…

Mission Delhi - Ghisa Ram, Regal Cinema Building

Mission Delhi – Ghisa Ram, Regal Cinema Building

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This friendly doorman at the colonial-era Connaught Place is frequently photographed by passing shoppers. And for good reason. His moustache is grand. This week, Ghisa…

Mission Delhi - Uma Parvathy, Indian Coffee House

Mission Delhi – Uma Parvathy, Indian Coffee House

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Just a few years back, the lady from Kochi was scarcely speaking a single word of Hindi. But after living in Delhi for a while,…

Mission Delhi - Sanju Balmiki, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Sanju Balmiki, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is mopping the floor in a billiard lounge. This is his first job in the Millennium City of Gurgaon in the National Capital Region….

Mission Delhi - Vinod's Rani Devi, West Delhi

Mission Delhi – Vinod’s Rani Devi, West Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His lunch spot is always the same. It’s a table for one, in the snug passengers’ seat of his auto-rickshaw now safely parked along a…

Mission Delhi - Chhaya, Construction Site, Gurgaon

Mission Delhi – Chhaya, Construction Site, Gurgaon

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Her name is supremely ironical, at this moment in the day at least. The young woman is working as a labourer under the searing noon…

Mission Delhi - Bhoora the Goat, Old Delhi

Mission Delhi – Bhoora the Goat, Old Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Downing a cold drink is Bhoora’s own way of dealing with the scorching heat in this Old Delhi alley. As a goat, he’s certainly gotten…