City Moment - Prayer Witnessed, Outside Jama Masjid Gate No. 2

City Moment – Prayer Witnessed, Outside Jama Masjid Gate No. 2

A Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is morning and the newspaper vendor, passing on his bicycle, is carrying front pages filled with dreadful news on Covid-19. The narrow lane is otherwise empty of people more…

City Moment - Writer Arundhati Roy Visits Her Father, Indian Christian Cemetery, Burari

City Moment – Writer Arundhati Roy Visits Her Father, Indian Christian Cemetery, Burari

A daughter’s pilgrimage. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is afternoon. Writer Arundhati Roy is wading through tall, disheveled grass here in the Indian Christian Cemetery, in north Delhi’s Burari. She is carrying a few long stems of…

City Moment - Dog Loves Cat, Near Golcha Cinema

City Moment – Dog Loves Cat, Near Golcha Cinema

A beautiful Delhi instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] More than 70 years after gaining their freedom, India and Pakistan are still hostile towards each other. But they aren’t the only countries with such a tradition. Turkey and…

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…