City Moment - Winter Sunset, Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

City Moment – Winter Sunset, Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

The perfect Delhi moment. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is winter and the sun is at long last our friend. But some things don’t change: the most poignant time of the season is still the twilight hour,…

City Moment - Dance in the Park, Lodhi Gardens

City Moment – Dance in the Park, Lodhi Gardens

The beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A romantic pair is holding hands, etc. An overly-dressed couple is posing for pre-wedding photography. A noisy family is busy over chips packets. Two guys are playing badminton. A…

City Moment - Leaf Gatherer's Daughter, Deer Park

City Moment – Leaf Gatherer’s Daughter, Deer Park

The perfect Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This afternoon, leaf collector Mahesh is making a round of the central Delhi park where he works, dragging his bicycle cart behind him. He occasionally stops, picks up the…

City Moment - Two Dog Walkers & Two Dogs, Sector 15

City Moment – Two Dog Walkers & Two Dogs, Sector 15

A perfect Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Both Guddu and Chuck are brown. They have the same flappy ears and exactly the same size. They must be twins, no? “They are step-siblings,” says Dinesh. “They have…

City Moment - Three Labourers Enjoying a Break, Sector 14, Gurgaon

City Moment – Three Labourers Enjoying a Break, Sector 14, Gurgaon

Connections to village and to the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They are some of the faces that are changing the face of our metropolis. This morning, the three construction labourers are quietly enjoying the gently warming…

City Moment - Poet Ameer Dehlvi's Post-Pacemaker Life, Chawri Bazar

City Moment – Poet Ameer Dehlvi’s Post-Pacemaker Life, Chawri Bazar

A poet’s heart. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Walled City of Old Delhi was home to great poet Ghalib. More than a century after his death, the historic quarter continues to nurture a few men (and, in…

City Moment - Get-Together of Childhood Friends, Central Delhi

City Moment – Get-Together of Childhood Friends, Central Delhi

Long time, no see. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Repeated hugging. Cries of delight. And now, click-click-click of group selfies. Three friends of childhood are finally meeting after a gap of nine long years. Sheetal Gurung is from…

City Moment - Offering a Rose to Villy Sorabji, Parsi Cemetery

City Moment – Offering a Rose to Villy Sorabji, Parsi Cemetery

Remembering a loved one. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The graves are arranged neatly about a red brick structure here in the small Parsi Cemetery in Central Delhi. No other visitors at the moment. Gardner Manoj Mishra is…

City Moment - Kitchen Couple, Mathura Road

City Moment – Kitchen Couple, Mathura Road

Family values. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On this chilly night Mathura Road has emptied of traffic. But a flame flickers on this Central Delhi pavement—home sweet home for a family of five living under an orange tarpaulin….

City Moment - The Pavement Flute Concert, Central Delhi

City Moment – The Pavement Flute Concert, Central Delhi

Music of the street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here’s a ho-hum central Delhi pavement, complete with a snoozing dog and a free public urinal, unexpectedly bursting into live classical music. Certainly not something that happens every day….