Mission Delhi - Kanchan Patwa, South Delhi Garden

Mission Delhi – Kanchan Patwa, South Delhi Garden

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Long hair. Same-same dresses. And all three are dancing together this morning in a corner of this south Delhi public park. As if fairies had…

Mission Delhi - Musaddi Lal Gupta, Deer Park

Mission Delhi – Musaddi Lal Gupta, Deer Park

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a familiar yet a super-rare sight. No, not the centuries old-monument behind him, but the elderly man himself, here in in south Delhi’s Deer…

Mission Delhi - Simon Khatoon, Central Delhi

Mission Delhi – Simon Khatoon, Central Delhi

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The woman in white sooti (cotton) sari is walking erect, with a big sack on her head. She is carrying it with confidence, showing neither…

Mission Delhi - Rajeev Ranjan, Near Gurgaon Railway Station

Mission Delhi – Rajeev Ranjan, Near Gurgaon Railway Station

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In a metropolis of millions, what is it like to live alone? This question is bluntly put to Rajeev Ranjan who lives all by himself…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Naeem Khan, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Dargah

Mission Delhi – Muhammed Naeem Khan, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His face exudes immense calm, and sitting beside him is somewhat relaxing. He has the vibes of a fakir, an ascetic, which is nothing surprising…

Mission Delhi - Monty, Roshan Pura

Mission Delhi – Monty, Roshan Pura

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] His face is invisible. Even his black mask cannot be seen because of the tall tower of pink cotton candies—each wrapped in a separate plastic—that…

Mission Delhi - Lal Babu, On the Road

Mission Delhi – Lal Babu, On the Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s freezing at the moment, around 8.30 pm. “You should see the roads at midnight, when it’s totally foggy,” mutters auto rickshaw driver Lal Babu,…

Mission Delhi - Bhoora, Turkman Gate

Mission Delhi – Bhoora, Turkman Gate

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Histories and havelis, kebabs and tikkis, bazars and lanes. People flock to Old Delhi from all over for these attractions. But nobody comes here to…

Mission Delhi - Shankar Kumar Shah, Mehrauli Road

Mission Delhi – Shankar Kumar Shah, Mehrauli Road

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s late morning and he is quietly arranging his cart, here on Gurgaon’s Mehrauli Road in the Greater Delhi Region. He is picking up each…

Mission Delhi - Pooran Chandra Melkani, Paharganj

Mission Delhi – Pooran Chandra Melkani, Paharganj

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Lamps are off. Tables are empty. Old posters on the wall are showing photos of Buddha and Benares, palak paneer and vegetable burger, etc. A…