City Life - Portrait of a Marriage, Central Delhi

Two lives [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One of the many things that make Delhi truly cosmopolitan is the fact that so many of its citizens are not Delhi natives. Almost everyone, or at least their parents or…

City Monument - Joseph Stein's Legacy, Central Delhi

An architect’s world [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Pierced with elongated holes, this otherwise simple wall can also be perceived as a maze of air. And along a portion of the staircase, the ordinary afternoon light has miraculously…

City Faith - Gospel Hall Assembly, Connaught Place

Peace island [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is viscous with traffic sounds. The afternoon light is hard on the eyes. Such is the sense of the day, here at the H block Outer Circle in Connaught…

Mission Delhi - Muhammed Sadiq, Near Jama Masjid

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] A hotel near Jama Masjid. Sitting behind the counter, its manager Muhammed Sadiq opens his lunch box. The chicken korma, dal fry and rotis were…

Mission Delhi - Manju, Outside Kasturba Hospital

One of the one percent in 13 million. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The baby’s tiny bed is a pink polka-dotted mattress, with prints of teddy bears floating inside white clouds. The baby is wearing a mustard green…

From The Delhi Walla Archives - A Selection of Prints, "Somewhere in Delhi"

Tangible souvenirs [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Woohoo— a dream come true! To share prints of the many many photos I take daily in this big and wide Indian capital. The “Somewhere in Delhi” prints are professionally executed…

City Nature - Saptaparni Tree in Bloom, India International Center & Other Places

Devil’s shrub [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Silence, all. Suddenly—plop! Something falls. A bunch of pale green flowers is lying on the ground, here outside an old bungalow in Gurugram’s New Railway Road, close to pavement tailor Muhammed…

City Life - Lakshman Rekha, Gurgaon

Her line of “prudence.” [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] In life, each one is obliged to navigate through a maze of liberties and restraints. “One learns to strike a balance between the things one can do and the…

City Walk - Kucha Saad Ullah Khan, Old Delhi

A lane of beauty [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The dusty iron door is padlocked with a crude made-in-China lock. Yet looking so pretty with floral motifs. Even so, no passerby is caring for this poor beauty. Neither…

City Food - Master Sherbet Walla, Meena Bazar

Summer’s legend [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sun is setting, and the cart is surrounded by a great number of thirsty folks. The large vessel on it is filled with icy roohafza sherbet. A young man is…