City Style - The Turban Sartorialist, Gurgaon

City Style – The Turban Sartorialist, Gurgaon

Easy lies the head. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sometimes, certain sartorial codes are so deeply rooted in the protocols of a person’s daily life that it is unimaginable for that individual to negotiate compromises with them. Farmer…

City Style - The Punk Sufi, South Delhi

City Style – The Punk Sufi, South Delhi

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Sitting alone on this South Delhi pavement, Muhammed Zaman’s fingers are adorned with all sorts of stones, including cool-looking plastic rings that are shaped into human skulls. His arms…

City Style - Hafizullah's Corduroy, Old Delhi

City Style – Hafizullah’s Corduroy, Old Delhi

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many people flock to Old Delhi for Red Fort or Chandni Chowk. If only they can spot the equally unique Hafizullah. This 80-year-old retired darzi, or tailor, is the…

City Style - Lawyer Bhavita Modi Sachdeva's Saree Closet, Mandakini Enclave

City Style – Lawyer Bhavita Modi Sachdeva’s Saree Closet, Mandakini Enclave

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She almost never buys them but owns more than 300 sarees anyway. A startling detail that has transformed Bhavita Modi Sachdeva into something of an Instagram star. Visitors to…

City Style - Chinna Dua's Sari Closets, Raj Narayan Road

City Style – Chinna Dua’s Sari Closets, Raj Narayan Road

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Two gorgeous saris are hanging down from her staircase. The blue chiffon bought 20 years ago in Lahore, Pakistan, is for tonight’s dinner — very apt indeed, as it…

City Style - Jaya Jaitly's Sari Closet, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

City Style – Jaya Jaitly’s Sari Closet, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Style in the city. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She lives in a world of handwoven saris. Even the blinds of her drawing room are, well, saris (see second last picture at the bottom). One afternoon, The Delhi…

City Style – The Imperial Woman in White, Aurobindo Marg

City Style – The Imperial Woman in White, Aurobindo Marg

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She looked extraordinary. The Delhi Walla saw this woman one rush hour morning at a bus stop in Aurobindo Marg. She was in a white sari; it was embroidered…

City Style – A Woman from Kashmir, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Style – A Woman from Kashmir, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] She looked like the cover picture of a yellowing National Geographic magazine. One evening The Delhi Walla saw a woman in an eatery in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. She was…

City Style - A Conference of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay's Saris, India International Center

City Style – A Conference of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay’s Saris, India International Center

The handwoven world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There, blue with red border. Here, green edged with orange. And now walks in a landscape patterned with paisley. One evening The Delhi Walla enters a room peopled with handloom…

City Style - Rakhshanda Jalil's Ghararas, South Delhi

City Style – Rakhshanda Jalil’s Ghararas, South Delhi

Searching for the stylish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Strange outfit this. It’s neither a skirt, nor a gown. It’s definitely not a sari. It’s also not a pajama. What is it? “It is gharara,” says author Rakhshanda…