City Moment - A Friendly Surprise, Gurgaon

City Moment – A Friendly Surprise, Gurgaon

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Can you survive daily life without friendship? Not having even a single friend? Prakash Swami can. “I have no friend,” he says in a friendly tone. In his early 40s,…

City Moment - The Henna Couple, Central Delhi

City Moment – The Henna Couple, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Oblivious to the evening rush hour, Rekha is applying henna on Bhagwan Das’ hand on a central Delhi pavement, her eyes barely blinking. Mr Das is lying slumped across the…

City Moment - A Letter Writer's World, Somewhere in Delhi

City Moment – A Letter Writer’s World, Somewhere in Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The setting is too picturesque. Here’s a centuries-old monument, an unknown grave in a shabby lawn, a cluster of pink bougainvillaeas, a couple of stray cats, and a man writing…

City Moment - Two Dreams, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

City Moment – Two Dreams, Jacobpura, Gurgaon

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s just a small pavement tea stall at Gurgaon’s Jacobpura in the greater Delhi region, but it is home to at least two dreams — one that did not materialise,…

City Moment - Two Friends, Lodhi Gardens

City Moment – Two Friends, Lodhi Gardens

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s not always easy to find a true friend. But these two 18-year-olds have found one—in each other. Now on their 8th day in Delhi, Rupesh Kumar and Ravikant hail…

City Moment - Two Houseless Friends, Turkman Gate

City Moment – Two Houseless Friends, Turkman Gate

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] No doubt about it. They’re inseparable. Far away from their respective families, both Mumtaz and his canine friend have found common cause, living together through thick and thin. They are…

City Moment - Guns 'N Books, Central Delhi

City Moment – Guns ‘N Books, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On just about any day of the week, this second-hand bookstore in Central Delhi is packed with rather bored shoppers. Maybe browsing for an old 2018 diary for some reason….

City Moment - Monet's Metro Station, Vaishali

City Moment – Monet’s Metro Station, Vaishali

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is rightly chastised for its profound pollution. There are those ghastly days when the very air we breathe is accursed. Even so. There can also be something akin to…

City Moment - Vermas' 32nd Wedding Anniversary, Ajmer-Delhi Shatabdi Express

City Moment – Vermas’ 32nd Wedding Anniversary, Ajmer-Delhi Shatabdi Express

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you’ve been married for lo, these many years, exactly how would you go about celebrating, say, your 32nd? Meet Mrs and Mr Verma. The Delhi couple is comfortably seated…

City Moment - The Middle Lane Midnight Dance, Khan Market

City Moment – The Middle Lane Midnight Dance, Khan Market

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s about 11 in the night, too early to be so quiet in Khan Market. Perhaps because this is not a weekend. Bored doormen sitting inside darkened showrooms, which have…