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Raj Tekwani(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: In Covid era, an ode to ‘forever’

By Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 03:03 AM IST
In his early 20s, poet Raj Tekwani is both preparing for his MA entrance exams and giving a helping hand to his father’s business of “supplying disposable items.”

Gurugramwale: The story behind the walker

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 12:21 PM IST
These days, he says, he buys new “patti” after every two weeks for 120 rupees from a chemist shop, and does the bandaging himself.
A view of the Gulmohar Marg, DLF Phase 2, Gurugram(HT Photo)
A view of the Gulmohar Marg, DLF Phase 2, Gurugram(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Heaven for the urban escapist

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2019 02:04 PM IST
A brief walk to flee the city
Dinesh Paras is a bartender in a Gurugram pub.(HT Photo)
Dinesh Paras is a bartender in a Gurugram pub.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Home town boy

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2019 01:58 PM IST
Glimpsing into a pub staffer’s dream
There’s nothing redeeming about Gurugram’s IFFCO Chowk until one spots Jaiswal’s Shahi Lassi.(HT Photo)
There’s nothing redeeming about Gurugram’s IFFCO Chowk until one spots Jaiswal’s Shahi Lassi.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: The IFFCO Chowk treat

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 01:06 PM IST
An earthy lassi salvages the grim atmosphere of a busy traffic intersection
Rahul admits that his stud earrings make his personality as powerful as a hero.(HT Photo)
Rahul admits that his stud earrings make his personality as powerful as a hero.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Stud’s sparkles

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2019 01:18 PM IST
A shoeshine on his much-loved possession
Founded in 1982, the colour lab gives the experience of a museum.(HT Photo)
Founded in 1982, the colour lab gives the experience of a museum.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: A museum of studio photography

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 02:22 PM IST
A Jacobpura landmark that could be a visual storehouse of the world that exists some decades ago
Rathore, who sells teddy bears on the street escapes the heat by taking refuge inside drainage pipes.(HT Photo)
Rathore, who sells teddy bears on the street escapes the heat by taking refuge inside drainage pipes.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Inside the shade of his midday refuge

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 02:06 PM IST
A young hawker’s getaway from summer’s wrath
The banyan tree stands in the centre of a neighbourhood park in Gurugram’s Jacobpura.(HT Photo)
The banyan tree stands in the centre of a neighbourhood park in Gurugram’s Jacobpura.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: A solitary, ancient banyan tree

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2019 01:56 PM IST
The dignity and grace of a park tree
Jehangir Khan works as a labourer in Gurugram.(HT Photo)
Jehangir Khan works as a labourer in Gurugram.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: The roadside digger

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 02:13 PM IST
Life and ambitions of a young migrant worker
Janki Prasad retired after serving for 36 years in from state-owned power distribution company Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam(HT Photo)
Janki Prasad retired after serving for 36 years in from state-owned power distribution company Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Retired freelancer

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2019 02:39 PM IST
A glimpse into a senior citizen’s working life
The pouch looks like an old-fashioned wallet but its owner uses it to keep his mobile.(HT Photo)
The pouch looks like an old-fashioned wallet but its owner uses it to keep his mobile.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Mobile ‘guthi’

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2019 03:30 PM IST
An elderly welder adapting to new technology through a more familiar medium
A view of the Quill And Canvas shop at Gurugram’s South Point mall.(HT Photo)
A view of the Quill And Canvas shop at Gurugram’s South Point mall.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Spying on used lives

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2019 03:21 PM IST
The shop that blends an art gallery with a book store.
Gaurav’s shop in Jacobpura, Gurugram stocks thousands of newspapers on its shelves before these are sold to paper-recycling plants.(HT Photo)
Gaurav’s shop in Jacobpura, Gurugram stocks thousands of newspapers on its shelves before these are sold to paper-recycling plants.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Recycle folder… in the real world

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2019 02:10 PM IST
A landmark for the print edition aficionados
Bhavesh Mudgal wants to join an English-speaking learning institute so he can join a MNC.(HT Photo)
Bhavesh Mudgal wants to join an English-speaking learning institute so he can join a MNC.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: English vinglish… together with friends

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2019 02:49 PM IST
A young engineer’s hopes from a language
Jagdish spends his working day walking along the lanes of Gurugram bazaars, singing devotional and folk songs, playing the dholak.(HT Photo)
Jagdish spends his working day walking along the lanes of Gurugram bazaars, singing devotional and folk songs, playing the dholak.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: The dholak walla from Rajasthan

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2019 01:56 PM IST
An itinerant musician making a living in the Millennium City
The cot—known as takhat—lies on the footsteps of Jama Masjid in Gurugram’s Sadar Bazaar.(HT Photo)
The cot—known as takhat—lies on the footsteps of Jama Masjid in Gurugram’s Sadar Bazaar.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Everybody’s bed

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2019 03:25 PM IST
A wooden cot for social networking
Rekha and her family live on the pavement in Gurugram(HT Photo)
Rekha and her family live on the pavement in Gurugram(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: The family of a woman

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2019 03:18 PM IST
A lady’s working life and struggles in the Millennium City
Geeta Rani’s stall in Gurugram’s Sadar Bazaar(HT Photo)
Geeta Rani’s stall in Gurugram’s Sadar Bazaar(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Such a long journey

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2019 02:55 PM IST
Tracing the arch of a woman shopkeeper’s working life
Ashok Kumar’s tea stall, near old Gurugram’s Budheshwar Temple, actually clings to an onion warehouse.(HT Photo)
Ashok Kumar’s tea stall, near old Gurugram’s Budheshwar Temple, actually clings to an onion warehouse.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Ashok Kumar’s daily chai blues

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 02:39 PM IST
An atmospheric tea stall with rent worries
Pawan’s sister - who lives in Bihar - sent him the rakhi, enclosed in a letter, about two weeks ago.(HT Photo)
Pawan’s sister - who lives in Bihar - sent him the rakhi, enclosed in a letter, about two weeks ago.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: The privilege of the white rose

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 02:40 PM IST
A labourer’s gift from his sister
Surinder Vishwakarma, who hails from the Sagar district in MP, is a gardener in a Gurugram city park.(HT Photo)
Surinder Vishwakarma, who hails from the Sagar district in MP, is a gardener in a Gurugram city park.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: A water refugee from Madhya Pradesh

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2019 12:21 PM IST
A migrant looks back at potentially the primary reason behind his migration.
The stall selling green chilli pakoras is parked on platform 1 of Gurugram railway station, close to the main entrance.(HT Photo)
The stall selling green chilli pakoras is parked on platform 1 of Gurugram railway station, close to the main entrance.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale; Hari mirchi pakora haven

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2019 03:00 PM IST
One of the best spots for green chilli pakoras
Pushpendra Kumar painting on a wall in Gurugram Sector 15(HT Photo)
Pushpendra Kumar painting on a wall in Gurugram Sector 15(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Painter on the pavement

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 02:47 PM IST
Pushpendra Kumar says his family ‘totally backed’ him in his choice of ‘arts’ as main subject in college.
Waste collector Ajay Balmiki depends on a personalised talisman for protection.(HT Photo)
Waste collector Ajay Balmiki depends on a personalised talisman for protection.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: His safety talisman

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2019 02:36 PM IST
A rag picker’s shield from life’s atrocities
Two men work as ‘rafu masters’ in Gurugram’s Sadar Bazar(HT Photo)
Two men work as ‘rafu masters’ in Gurugram’s Sadar Bazar(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Sadar’s rafu master

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 03:45 PM IST
One of the only two darners in a bustling city market
Five migrant labourers share the secret of de-stressing at day’s end(HT Photo)
Five migrant labourers share the secret of de-stressing at day’s end(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Band of palledars

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2019 03:10 PM IST
Five migrant labourers share the secret of de-stressing at day’s end.
Avinash’s family doesn’t like his tattoos.(HT Photo)
Avinash’s family doesn’t like his tattoos.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: The boy with the butterfly tattoos

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2019 02:31 PM IST
A young man’s urge to leave Gurugram for a more ‘open’ life.
Baba Dada tea stall operates under a tree on Gurugram’s Gurudwara Road(HT Photo)
Baba Dada tea stall operates under a tree on Gurugram’s Gurudwara Road(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: Triveni’s tea

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 03:36 PM IST
A chai stall under an extraordinary tree
Bhairu is from Kota in Rajasthan and came to Gurugram to meet a relative.(HT Photo)
Bhairu is from Kota in Rajasthan and came to Gurugram to meet a relative.(HT Photo)

Gurugramwale: The railway station sartorialist

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 03:32 PM IST
Portrait of a man spotted at Gurugram railway station
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