Mission Delhi - Abid Husain, Turkman Gate

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Perhaps he’s not special, this thought does cross his mind. After all, many, many, young men across this big wide world must have faced life’s…

Mission Delhi - Naushe Bhai, Chitli Qabar Chowk

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A wine-brown mongoose dashes off as a bow from an arrow, followed by a man with a bundle half his size, followed by a boy…

Atget’s Corner – 1181-1185, Delhi Photos

The visible city. [By Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is a voyeur’s paradise and The Delhi Walla also makes pictures. I take photos of people, streets, flowers, eateries, drawing rooms, tombs, landscapes, buses, colleges, Sufi shrines, trees, animals, autos, libraries, birds,…

Mission Delhi - Harishchandra, Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Marg

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is silently gazing at… perhaps the traffic on the road. A tree leaf falls on his shoulder. He continues to be still. Some might…

City Landmark - Civic Center, Central Delhi

The tallest building. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here, it is partly entangled within the leafless vines of a tall pavement plant. There, it is framed within the upturned shaft of a horseless tonga. It has many other…

City Food - Seasame Platter, Sonu Gajak & Namkeen

Taste for winter. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are many ways of telling the same story. Same goes for til. The seasame seed exists in many meetha adaptations. The sweet teeth-sticking gajak is the most common. Many…

Mission Delhi - Pankaj Kumar, a Construction Site

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some weeks back, a bungalow in a posh neighbourhood emptied of its longtime dwellers. Overnight, blue tin barricades came up around the deserted house. Next,…

City Home - Irshad's Residence, Near GB Pant Hospital

Home sweet home [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here, the white cord of a mobile phone charger. There, a blue-rimmed handheld mirror. On a hook, two jackets. On the floor, a blanket. This room is an entire house,…

City Hangout - Madras Coffee House, Connaught Place

A lounge to be with yourself. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The chandelier is burning faintly. Its slight light is shining up an elderly man’s bald pate. Elsewhere, a woman is sitting alone, wiping her eyes occasionally with…

City Obituary - Ameer Dehlvi, Haji Hotel

The death of a poet. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] His life was like a love poem. He himself was a poet, and a familiar face (and voice) at the Red Fort’s nighttime poetry mushaira, held every year…