City Special - Obituary of Kaushal Nagpal, a Retired School Teacher Who Died of COVID-19, Faridabad

City Special – Obituary of Kaushal Nagpal, a Retired School Teacher Who Died of COVID-19, Faridabad

A life lost to the Coronavirus. [Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; photos shared by Kaushal Nagpal’s family] A retired school teacher, a devout follower of Arya Samaj, a Partition refugee, and a feminist, Kaushal Nagpal died of coronavirus in June…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Aradhana Seth, Noida

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Aradhana Seth, Noida

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] How to describe her? Painter? Production designer? Photographer? Producer or film maker? Oh well, Aradhana Seth is an artist. And like most members of this restless specie, she is able…

City Obituary - Muhammed Aijaz ‘Chickenwale’, 1963-2020

City Obituary – Muhammed Aijaz ‘Chickenwale’, 1963-2020

The passing of a time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In most places these days, the news of a death spreads through WhatsApp and Facebook. But in Old Delhi, pasting a handwritten note on a public wall continues…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Bharatanatyam Dancer Geeta Chandran, Gulmohar Park

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Bharatanatyam Dancer Geeta Chandran, Gulmohar Park

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These scary days, the world seems to be divided into people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and those who haven’t (yet). Bharatanatyam dancer Geeta Chandran tested positive last week….

City Obituary - Poet Gulzar Dehlvi, Noida, 1926-2020

City Obituary – Poet Gulzar Dehlvi, Noida, 1926-2020

The passing of a time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] New Okhla Industrial Development Authority — who would relate a place with such an unpoetic name with writers? But novelist Vikram Seth lives in this same Noida, after…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Polish Ambassador Adam Burakowski , Tilak Marg

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Polish Ambassador Adam Burakowski , Tilak Marg

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

City Obituary - RV Smith, 1938-2020

City Obituary – RV Smith, 1938-2020

Delhi’s great offbeat chronicler. [Text and photos of RV Smith by Mayank Austen Soofi, photos of the burial by RV Smith’s family] R V Smith, the Delhi chronicler who produced stories from the city’s gallis, kuchas, bazars, ruins, dargahs and…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Author Rakhshanda Jalil, Central Delhi

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Author Rakhshanda Jalil, Central Delhi

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Reggae Musician ‘Delhi Sultanate’, Man Singh Road

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Reggae Musician ‘Delhi Sultanate’, Man Singh Road

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Jaya Jaitly, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Jaya Jaitly, Hazrat Nizamuddin East

The parlour confession. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Proust Questionnaire represents a confessional game that owes its structure to answers given by celebrated French writer Marcel Proust in two parties that he attended at ages 13 and…