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Ganesh Visarjan Juhu Beach 2007

Ganesh Visarjan Juhu Beach 2007
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1 My wife was quite upset when I told her this afternoon that I was going to shoot the 7 th day Immersion of the Ganesha at Juhu beach.
The reason is I have a wound on my leg and due to my diabetes she does not like me
taking chances and my sheer defiance.
So I went to my shop , and carried my raincoat and umbrella as it is raining since morning.I left for Juhu, shooting pictures, this was my first shot, here I want to convey to you how Lord Ganesha binds them all big and small in his own way, see each face,
the importance of Ganpati Bappa Morya..Only the Elephant God can create this magic and here the family that hosted the Lord for seven days are now come here to bid him farewell, he will ride on the crest of waves and return next year...there will be a last Arti, prayers on the beach..and happinessand sadness too...
I do not shoot Ganpati but human emotions ..human frailties human godliness..
Yes I begin this se…

The Hijab Within A Hijab

The Hijab Within A Hijab
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1 most misunderstood garment per se
some say its to protect a Muslim Woman’s Modesty
some say its to hide the atrocity
some say like Taslima Nasrin want to burn its identity
these and so many such idiosyncrasy
but the Muslim Woman is a Hijab within a Hijab
layers of unpeeled onion you see
manacled to her lot will she ever be free
married early in life divorced
begs on the streets with her children
her fate her adversity
but she covers herself
in the protective armour of the Hijab
by the strictures of her destiny
uneducated, unskilled ,
a burden she was to her
ever blossoming family
8 daughters and 1 son
So she was given away
To the butchers son
A divorcee of forty
Her tailor father gave
Rs 10000 as dowry
4 children in quick succession
He uttered Talaq Talaq Talaq
The end of a Muslim matrimony
Her own family disowned her
Only Allah her savior
While she seeks Him
To set her free
Yes this criminality
Of being born a poor

Mee Mumbaikar Lal Bagh Chya Raja

Mee Mumbaikar Lal Bagh Chya Raja
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1 This slogan of the masses of a migrant diaspora , is what the King of King of Mumbai Ganesha seems to say.. Mee Mumbaikar.. I am a Mumbaite.
And the Raja in his worldly splendour laden with Gold, Silver , precious stones is a humble Mumbaikar at Heart..He becomes one with all, the rich men the poor man even the beggars too..who stand for over a day in a serpentine line to get his Darshan..The volunteers or the foot soldiers of Lal Bagh Chya Raja are exemplary, polite, courteous , and ever helpful, giving all they have got to the Lord..
For them the Lord is everything, and so the atmosphere is congenial, pervading with a spirtual serenity..unseen anywhere else perhaps at the GSB Seva Ganesh Mandal..Both are territorial Kings of their Space ..but the largest space is in the Minds and Hearts of their Devotees..
As a Sufi thinking Muslim, as a Shia Pandit me and my camera eye misses nothing..
Lal Bagh Chya Raja is …

Ganga and Gauri Visarjan..

Ganga and Gauri Visarjan..
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1 This was a shot , where I asked the lady who had this basket on her head for Immersion to bring it to camera level so I could show it to you all,,, and one is Gauri the other Ganga .
Gauri represents purity and austerity. She is the Kanya (young, unmarried) Parvati who had undergone severe penance in order to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Sita, the consort of
Lord Rama, had worshipped Gauri to fulfill her desire to marry Lord Rama.
Lord Ganesha is son of goddess Gouri who was created from her body mud as a body-guard. Lord Siva cuts his head & he gets elephant head as replacement.
Ganesa's wives are SIDDHI & BUDDHI. But some say he is a bachelor

Unmarried girls worship Gauri in order to get a virtuous husbands
Goddess Gauri or Parvati is the wife of Lord Shiva or the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. She is the symbol of virtue and fidelity and as such is the mythological role model of married women.


Gauri Visarjan

Gauri Visarjan
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1 Now you will understand what I mean by saying I am an Indian Muslim, every festival of our neigbor touches us, we visit a Holy Communion at Chuch, but do we become Catholics, I went for Jagan Chawlas arti, but do I become a Hindu, but culturally I am a Hindu, my Faith is far too strong to be seduced by outer elements..I am answerable to know authority only to my God pertaining to my relgiosity and beliefs..
At the Chatt Puja at Juhu , the Pandits know I am a Muslm but seat me next to them, I am humbled by their strength of character and their far reaching broad mindedness unlike ogf this who hibernate and fart once in a while from Bareilly and impose Fatwas at the click of finger, I have never seen such bigotry, Mumbai is a different ball game we attend Satya Narayan Pujas, but it is our respect for our Hindu friend and his religion.
Anyway I have made one correction to my Flickr profile only my contacts can post a comment on …

Gauri Visarjan

Gauri Visarjan
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1 I did not go for the 6 day Visarjan also known as Gauri Visarjan, and I remember I had shot Gauri at Girgaum Chowpatty..on negatives many years back.
This picture was shot two years back at Juhu beach,
Much as I tried to make it yesterday, but I was in a very depressedstate of mind, and I have hurt my feet walking barefeet I will have to be careful, I am lucky that I do not owe allegiance to any fanatic faith , and thank God I consider myself a Shia , thought the Shia Pandit title has been given to me by my detractors, one derogatory remark that I like, atleast I am also lucky not to be from the Sunni Faith so it saves me from Fatwas, imagine going to an Arti of a Ganeshotsav and to be condemned by the clergy in a hick town of Bareilly, any way it is nothing but a way of garnering free publicity, the Mullah needs more publicity to survive... than the uncommonly common man..

Now I copy my old post on Gauri from my homesite…

Shivaji Maharaj-The Warrior King

Shivaji Maharaj-The Warrior King
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1 a warrior like him
there never was
will never be
the pride of maharashtra
chatrapati shivaji
he had one singular vision
to fight against oppression
and tyranny
to see that mother india
was finally free he
single handedly took
on the might
of the british
and the mughal dynasty
under him hindus muslims
were branches of a
banyan tree
women were respected
no malady
giving them back
their human dignity
shiv shahi for
coming posterity
guru ramdas samarth
who instilled him
with love in totality
tolerance and brotherhood
live and let live
in peace and serenity
hope and hindutva
held high
the might and valour
of the warrior king
chatrapati shivaji
who gave a new meaning to
justice liberty and equality
a boon as blessing to humanity
in all its complete universality
jai maharashtra not just a slogan
but a mantra bound to our
secular nationality