Mission Delhi - Mritunjay Kumar Tiwari, Near Moolchand Flyover

Mission Delhi – Mritunjay Kumar Tiwari, Near Moolchand Flyover

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] The buses, cars and autos (auto rickshaws) are whizzing by but he is deep into Osama bin Laden. “This is America’s cunning,” says Mritunjay…

Mission Delhi - Sadia Dehlvi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Chilla

Mission Delhi – Sadia Dehlvi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Chilla

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] “I want to be buried here,” says Sadia Dehlvi, the author of Sufism: The Heart of Islam. The Delhi Walla meets her at Nizamuddin…

Mission Delhi – Editor, Nizamuddin East

Mission Delhi – Editor, Nizamuddin East

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] He doesn’t talk much. The Delhi Walla is with Editor, a spoilt south Delhi brat with a weakness for Parmesan cheese and chocolate chip…

Mission Delhi - Sakina Mehta, Greater Kailash-II

Mission Delhi – Sakina Mehta, Greater Kailash-II

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Gazing at her husband’s photograph, she says, “He taught me a lot.” A pause follows after which 80-something Sakina Mehta continues in her soft…

Mission Delhi – Faisal Khan, Mehrauli

Mission Delhi – Faisal Khan, Mehrauli

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Taking off his yellow T-shirt and flexing his muscles, he says, “I’m eating too much biryani. I need to tone up my body.” The…

Mission Delhi - Usha Hooda, Hauz Khas Village

Mission Delhi – Usha Hooda, Hauz Khas Village

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s mid-morning but it doesn’t matter to her. “Time doesn’t exist in my life,” says painter Usha Hooda as she dabs her brush in…

Mission Delhi - Vijay Kumar, Paharganj

Mission Delhi – Vijay Kumar, Paharganj

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] For the last 10 minutes, his grey eyes haven’t blinked; his posture on the green plastic chair hasn’t changed. Vijay Kumar, 56, is selling…

Mission Delhi - Raghavendra Vanjre, Hauz Khas Village

Mission Delhi – Raghavendra Vanjre, Hauz Khas Village

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Approaching the table where two new guests have seated, he looks curiously at the book one of them has placed beside the flower vase….

Mission Delhi - Ankit Verma, South Extension-I

Mission Delhi – Ankit Verma, South Extension-I

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sitting beside the commuters, he suddenly gets up, sits down again and says, “I want to stand out among the normal people. I want…

Mission Delhi – Siddhartha Gigoo, Indian Coffee House

Mission Delhi – Siddhartha Gigoo, Indian Coffee House

One of the one per cent in 13 million. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Unzipping the leather bag, he takes out the Lenovo laptop, switches it on and opens an image file. “See, the cover,” says Siddhartha Gigoo,…