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WORDVERIFICATION AT BLOGSPOT IS A PAIN IN THE ASS

Why cant you guys at Blogspot do a Wordpress?
I have been cross blogging from Flickr and each time I suffer the agony of this Word Verification shit.Its time you grew up.
Bloggerspot dudes..

Firoze Shakir
Photographerno1

Word Verification is the most outdated and annoying tool at blogspot

http://www.firozeshakir.com

They Burn Brides Dont They

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in india the land of my birth
a woman is married
initially joy and mirth
than comes the demands
of dowry , bride beatings
bride harassment
burnt on the
pyre of womanhood
for all her worth
tested by fire
like sita swallowed
in the mouth
of mother earth

God Begs Too

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on the street along with the beggar
god begs ..one a cripple
the other a god without legs

Allah Ho Akbar-God is Great

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the men all praying the namaz
allah ho akbar god is great
while the beggar in his misery
had already reached allahs gate
"they also serve who only watch and wait "

The Muslim Woman and the Muslim Man

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she begs at the doors
of Allahs house
her womanly despair
no humanly grouse
the muslim man
well he will just browse
throw a few coins
no other feelings to rouse
the mullah with his fatwas
fires that even laid back
muslim society wont douse
the monitor the keyboard
and a hand free mouse
a hijab that covers her
shame , her tattered
hopes her shattered
dying heart within
the heartbeat of her blouse

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada
Originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1
See the little girl on her fathers head- this is the first Shia tutorial to our faith

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada
Originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1
Shimr frightening the kids...

Ali Asghers Cradle-Amin Imambada Ashura

Ali Asghers Cradle-Amin Imambada Ashura
Originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1
These are two persons dressed as women and along with them is the cradle of Imam Hussains martyred infant Ali Asgher , he was shot down by Harmulla an archer of the Yazidi forces, so the ritual aand tradition here is that the mothers give their infants to them to be placed in the cradle for good luck, but Shimr comes down heavily on them by breaking the cradle and is rough on the little kids too..

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada
Originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1
The person impersonating Shimr.

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada
Originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1
The person impersonating the Imam

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada

Ashura Juloos Amin Imambada
Originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1
This is the situation at Amin Imambada ..the red hand is one of the members of Shimrs army hitting the crowrds and little children in the Taboot of Imam Hussain..
This is a version and display of a Iranian passion play..
Shimr was the Commander of Yazids Army..who decapitated Imam Hussains head..

Baptism by Blood

Baptism by Blood
Originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1
This is the Ashura Juloos at Amin Imambada 20th Jan 2008.
I discontinued shooting the scourgings climbed a scaffolding to capture a few pictures of the Iranian passion play at Amin...
Believe me it is tough shooting here , the best location would be the ladies section but men are not allowed.
The first time I shot this was about 6 years back when Nasser of Lucky Hotel helped me climb the ledge via the entrance gate, I was shooting with F80and I remember with a single camera I shot color film slide and black and white rolls- totalling about 40.
This was the earliest madness of photography..I paid about Rs 8000 or more for developing and processing and made prints to exhibit in various national and internatonal salons..Today the world has gone digital and strangely all these pictures are shot on a single camera too.
Amin Imambada was my coming of age as a photographer, the following year I shot from the rear entrance top..An…

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