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….

City Moment - Radio Star, Central Delhi

City Moment – Radio Star, Central Delhi

Pre-TV days. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He was glued to the radio, his eyes focused towards the instrument as if it were a mobile phone screen. One Sunday morning, rickshaw puller Manta Ram Sisodia was lounging in…

City Moment - Bicycle Couple, Central Delhi

City Moment – Bicycle Couple, Central Delhi

The memorable instant. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It takes them the better part of one hour to arrive home by bicycle after their long day as public park gardeners. Malti Devi sits on the back carrier while…

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,…