Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Turner Road Traffic Signal Hijda

The Turner Road Traffic Signal Hijda
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she took me aside
held my hands and said
why do they hate us hijdas
i am not sure
cant we live simply as humans
is there no cure
yes we are looked down upon
castigated abhorred
all this as hijdas we endure
yes we who are considered
taboo impure
we bound to our eunuch ethnicity
a community insecure
we who beg the poorest of poor
our fate to this karmic enchantment
did lure
we bound to chains of our destiny
of our future unsure
my camera dropped a tear
what could I tell her
my picture a poem
textual tyranny unclear
as I walked away
it was the cacophany of the traffic signal
horns, shouts is all that I could hear

United Colors of Hijda Sexuality

United Colors of Hijda Sexuality
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layers like bandadges
concealing their wounds
layers concealing their
hurts scars within
their androgynous
dichotomy entombed
their raw sexuality
pre doomed
their pain of being born man
dreams of an unachievable

The Hijda in a Mans World

The Hijda in a Mans World
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1

Biologically betrayed
Born man
With dreams of a woman
Robbed hijacked waylaid
In a society of Male Chauvinists
She neither this nor that
Confused completely afraid
Of her sexual ambiguity
She has nothing but tears to trade
This travesty of human specie
God made
A masculine testosterone
God hermaphrodite hating and staid
Eunuchs in his heavenly
Kingdom he forbade
That is why on earth
The transgender, transsexual
His scripture bound children
the androgynous ethnicity
of the hijda degrade
with racist remarks
with hate of the hijda
this peace loving community
they raid
raped sodomized by ancient
English Laws
But the resilience of the hijda

New Hijda on the Block

New Hijda on the Block
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The Hijda on Idd Day

The Hijda on Idd Day
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1

I had shot her at the time I was shooting the Idd Namaz at Bandra Station, she recognized me , and she has come to terms with her life as a Transgender or Hijda.
On feast days they get sympathy and money, and this is the lowest step in the ladder of the Hijda echelon.
I tend to get some Hijdas in my camera frame as something miraculously God sent to me .

The Hijda at Bandra Station

The Hijda at Bandra Station
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This is the Bandra Station on Idd Day, the namaz will soon start , and I met this Hijda who instantly recognized me..and posed for me..

Durga Pandal Bandra

Durga Pandal Bandra
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This series of all the Pandals that I have shot you can see at Flickr

Cobra and Child

Cobra and Child
Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1

sent to me by ppc

entire series on flickr

racism in poetry is white

racism in poetry is white
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racism in poetry is white
people who don't like
what you write
or how you write
need an excuse to get into a fight
trampling on your fundamental right
hate comments to stop your poetic flight
marauders in the night
even friends become foes
yes they do get uptight
if a fire under
their friends racist ass you light
poem hunter poets bark
worse than a reality bite
will publically blacken your
colored face to spite
till you run away from
a hate filled racist
poem hunter forum in fright


Originally uploaded by flickr photographerno1

Photo sent to me by my neighbor PPC ..This is an entire series..

Dear English poet
Gods Gift to Poem hunter
I am really concerned
You failing health
Your old age, you a quiet man
Who took time to read me
Than with your hate comments
My Indian sense of bad grammar
Bad syntax bad English poetry
The sleeping Cobra within me
My coiled Kundalini
You did provoke
Now I give back to you
In your language
as I don’t know mine
I only hope after reading me
you don’t die of a stroke
your white racist God
who made us Black and Brown and Yellow
I invoke
Prematurely while thinking of me
In your dark moments
You don’t choke
Your Missus your bitter half they say
Because you were busy writing your
Pristine puritanical poetry
Unsatisfied by you depleted libido
She was giving what was yours
To another bloke
They say he was better endowed
A swimmer good at breast stroke
He was much better than you
In all departments in short
He gave a much better poke
His dagger in her cloak
This affair in your home county
Is read with relish a post marital joke
A dream with a porn magazine
Beneath your pillow you awoke
hoarding the best of you
No fire without smoke
In your racist environment you gloat
And you soak
This Indian poet who caused you no harm
His pictorial under nourished poetic heart you broke

alls fair in love and war..

firoze shakir

Chaatrapatti Shivaji Maharaj and Durga

Chaatrapatti Shivaji Maharaj and Durga
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Every Pandal be it Lord Ganeshas or Goddess Durga, you will find it adorned by the bust of Chatrapatti Shivaji Maharaj..The Symbol of our Indian ethos , our collective strength as Mumbaikars.
He is the Icon of our freedom from the moghuls and the British Vampire.
We owe our Independence to his exemplary courage and his warrior status and military achievements, that became a beacon of inspiration for the freedom fighters like Bal Gangadhar Tilak , actually my cab had passed this pandal, I saw this picture in passing and halted th cab near Dagdi Chawl at Bycyulla and took this memorable shot..
Now a few words on Shivaji Maharaj from wikipedia..
"Maratha tituka milavava
Maharashtra Dharma vadhavava"

translates "Bring as many people into Maratha domain as possible; and grow the Maharashtra Nation"[10]

A political party, the Shiv Sena, claims to draw inspiration from Shivaji.

Shivaji Bhosle, also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle (Marathi: छत्रपती शिवाजी राजे भोसले) (February 19, 1627 to March 4, 1680) was the founder of Maratha empire in western India in 1674. Using guerrilla tactics superbly suited to the rugged mountains and valleys of the region, he annexed a portion of the then dominant Mughal empire and the Sultanate of Bijapur. He is considered a great hero in India particularly in the present-day state of Maharashtra, and stories of his exploits have entered into folklore. .[1]

Family background

Shivaji started his rise to power in what is now the state of Maharashtra in the Deccan, close to the power centres of South-Central India.

The land of Maharashtra was ruled by a local dynasty, the Satavahanas from 300 BC to 230 AD. After which, it constantly swayed into many different kingdoms.

In 1292, Ala-ud-din Khilji defeated the Yadavas of Devagiri, but the Yadavas continued to rule till 1310. But a branch of the Yadavas ruled parts of Konkan and Khandesh regions for a century thereafter. While the Maratha capital fell to invaders, the regional lords held their sway.

In 1453, an invasion of Bahamani in the region of Vishalgarh resulted in a defeat of Yadavas. Over time, an understanding evolved between the sultanates, regional lords and their erstwhile master Yadavas. The Yadavas became a vassal of Bahamani. In 1492, the Bahamani sultanate broke into five kingdoms called Shahi.

In 1565, the allied Deccan sultanates had vanquished the Vijayanagara Empire at Talikota. By the time Shivaji began his military career, power in the region was shared by three Sultanates - Bijapur, Ahmednagar, and Golconda. Most of the Marathas continued as soldiers and noblemen of the Sultanates. Indeed, the sultanates engaged in a continuous game of mutual alliances and aggressions.

Like his ancestors, Shahaji (Shivaji's father) was a major player in the Mughal Wars. At that time, Shahaji played the role of a regent for the young Nizam. Together with the prime minister of Nizamshah, Malik Amber, he put up a stiff resistance to the advancing forces of the Mughal emperor and defeated them.

However, tired of the unsettled conditions, Shahaji Raje left Nizamshah's service and joined Adilshah of Bijapur, who gave him the title of 'Sar Lashkar' [2]. Emperor Shah Jahan again attacked the Kingdom of Nizamshah. At this critical hour, Shahaji Raje returned to the service of Nizamshah. Meanwhile Lakhuji Jadavrao was murdered. This prompted Shahaji to raise the banner of independence.
Shivaji's rule
Shivaji was an able administrator and established a government that included such modern concepts as cabinet (Ashtapradhan mandal), foreign affairs (Dabir) and internal intelligence.[4] Shivaji established an effective civil and military administration. He also built a powerful navy and erected new forts like Sindhudurg and strengthened old ones like Vijayadurg on the west coast. The Maratha navy held its own against the British, Portuguese and Dutch till Maratha internal conflict brought their downfall in 1756.

Shivaji is well known for his benevolent attitude towards his subjects. He believed that there was a close bond between the state and the citizens. He encouraged all socio-economic groups to participate in the ongoing political changes. To this day he is remembered as a just and welfare-minded king. He brought revolutionary changes in military, fort architecture, society and politics.

Shivaji occupies a special place in the hearts of Marathi peoples and many others in India due in part to his, well documented high moral code of conduct and his unrelenting drive toward the liberation of India from alien power of the Mughals and the Nizams. He faced daunting challenges such as repeated invasions by huge enemy armies, notably the Mughals and the regional Sultanates, that would have defeated a lesser leader.

Shivaji coped and survived and eventually emerged triumphant by using innovative tactics including hit-and-run, strategic expansion of territories and forts, by constantly keeping on the move, by being highly mobile and by always keeping one step ahead of his pursuers.

In the earlier years of his leadership he commanded a small force of loyal followers, they had few resources and lacked much military hardware and equipment and made do with what was available and whatever he was able to capture from his enemies. Compared to the hardy but ill equipped army of Shivaji, the Mughals sported a numerically superior and fully armed and well stocked professional army. However the Mughal army was much more slower than the Marathas and thus were vulnerable to hit-and-run tactics.

Shivaji brilliantly overcame disadvantages of size and resources by adopting intelligent stratergies and tactics, including taking advantage of their intimate familiarity of the mountainous and rugged Maharashtra terrain, and by being highly mobile and lightning fast.

He was unrelenting in the expansion of his kingdom and the liberation of vast Maratha territories within and outside of Maharastra. He was a particularly troublesome thorn in the side of the mighty Mughal empire.

His strong warrior code of ethics and deep seated and uncompromising spiritual values directed him to offer protection to houses of worship, non combatants, women and children. He always showed respect to holy men and places of worship of all denominations and religions.

His behaviour, was noted by those around him, to be always of the highest moral caliber, he clearly and unambiguously embodied the virtues and ideals of a true nobleman.

As a result of of Shivaji's selfless service to his peoples and nation, his impeccable conduct, and his unparalleled courage and daring, he struck a deep chord with his followers and the citizenary. The high level of loyalty and respect he earned from his followers and subjects sets him apart from any other Indian king or chieftan in the post Islamic Indian history. Even today he is venerated in India and especially in the state of Maharashtra with awe and admiration and is viewed as a hero of epic proportions.
Shivaji and religion
Shivaji was a deeply spiritual Hindu, and respected all religions within the region. Shivaji had great respect for Warkari saints like Tukaram and Sufi Muslim pir Shaikh Yacub Baba Avaliya of Konkan .[6].

He also visited Mouni Maharaj temple and samadhi at Patgaon (Bhudargad Taluka near to Gargoti) in Kolhapur district. Shahaji had donated a huge piece of land to Shaha-Sharif Durga of Ahmednagar.

Shivaji allowed his subjects freedom of religion and opposed forced conversion. The first thing Shivaji did after a conquest was to promulgate protection of mosques and Muslim tombs. One-third of his army was Muslim, as were many of his commanders: his most trusted general in all his campaigns was Haider Ali Kohari; Darya Sarang was chief of armoury; Ibrahim Khan and Daulat Khan were prominent in the navy; and Siddi Ibrahim was chief of artillery.

Shivaji had particular respect for the Sufi tradition of Islam.[7] Shivaji used to pray at the mausoleum of the great Sufi Muslim saint Baba Sharifuddin. He also visited the abode of another great Sufi saint, Shaikh Yacub of the Konkan, and took his blessings. He called Hazrat Baba of Ratnagiri bahut thorwale bhau, meaning "great elder brother".

Kafi Khan, the Mughal historian and Bernier, a French traveler, spoke highly of his religious policy. He also brought back converts like Netaji Palkar & Bajaji in Hinduism. He also prohibited slavery in his kingdom.

Shivaji applied a humane and liberal policy to the Muslim women of his state.[7] There are many instances in folklore ,which describes Shivaji's respect for women, irrespective of their religion, nationality, or creed.

Shivaji's sentiments can be seen in an admonishing letter he wrote to Aurangzeb, in which he wrote: "Verily, Islam and Hinduism are terms of contrast. They are used by the true Divine Painter for blending the colours and filling in the outlines. If it is a mosque, the call to prayer is chanted in remembrance of him. If it is a temple, the bells are rung in yearning for him alone."[7][8][9]

I haave taken a few portions.. you can read the entire article at wikipedia..