The Third Sex of India -The Hijdas
Originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1
Hijdas move in pairs or maybe in a group, very rarely will you find them alone unless they are at the place where they stay.
At Hijda Gully No1 they move about without fear and its the people that fear them.
The Hijdas of Turner Road Traffic Signal stay at Sion Dharavi but come and work here begging for alms.
The Hijdas on this signal have a very tough competetion from the Turner Road beggar kids.. and the Bhaiyyas that sell exotic fruits to the people in their cars.. or passengers in cabs or rickshas..
Yesterday I think some big shot was coming to Bandra so the cops were here in a big way.. the beggars and the hijdas had disappeared.. I shot pictures from Leslies car.. the Korean photographer who was coming home for Muslim lunch..