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Slumdog 2.0

Slumdog 2.0, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. slumdog millionaire
the greatest curse
I swear
over abundance
of poetic genius
I began losing hair
the mumbai municipality
loves demolishing
muslim houses
azhar and rubina
of gharib nagar
also in their snare
illegal whore house
illicit booze houses
matka dens
a thought
that scares
broken fences
is what they must repair
but publicity
the name of the game
they too want their share
dan boyle too needs it
or it might outwear
shilpa shetty
now needs it no more
says romantic
richard gere
once in India
the most wanted
made for each other pair

Marziya and Her Muslim World

Marziya and Her Muslim World, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. god save us from
fatwas she says
its time we found
better ways
a peaceful world
with a new phrase
from the pulpit
as he shouts
as he brays
the message
of peace and brotherhood
he betrays
money big bucks power
they love to chase
dividing two brothers
into two different race
sectarian stigma
sectarian disgrace
in a cosmopolitan
society of India
has no place
living like ali
dying like hussain
with dignity and grace
to martyrdom of man
of peace and goodwill
our nobility trace
hussain is humanity
a thought we embrace

Dearest ...

Dearest ..., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Dearest,

My dear I am writing this mail with tears and sadness and pains. I know it will come to you as a suprise since we haven't known or come across each other before, but kindly bear with me at this moment. I have a special reason why I decided to contact you. My situation at hand is miserable but I trust in God and hope you will be of my help. My name is Alia Ibrahim Bare 25 years old girl and I held from Republic of Niger the daughter of Late General Ibrahim Bare Ma?nassara the former President of the Republic of Niger who was ambushed and killed by dissident soldiers at the military airport in the capital, Niamey with his driver and a former Prefect. You can see more detail about my late father here

I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which I am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's tr…

HIJDA EUNUCH BLOG 300000 Views in 11 Months

HIJDA EUNUCH BLOG 300000 Views in 11 Months, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

I began my Hijda Eunuch Blogs at Word Press in June 2008..and today I complete 300,757 views in 11 months..This is my tribute to the Hijras, transgender , eunuchs and to the cross dressers of India including the Gay.

I have a domain name

The Cat Girl

The Cat Girl, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. the cat girl
near my shop
stood a while
my pedestrian soul
she gave me a smile
born muslim
in a society
where the climate
is hostile
the girl child a burden
no back up file
get her married early
a thought worthwhile
not the system
but a child's future
endlessly on trial
for Help
it is only Allah to dial
or spend the rest of her life
on a trash pile
path littered with pain
every square mile
it is womanhood
that a male dominated
loves to revile

to my dearest friend Fred Miller
who can change his form but not his style

Racism on Flickr

Racism on Flickr, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy

a white man
made in America shooting
an Asian parade
on Memorial Day is fine
his racist wife
calling Asians black
is totally out of line
photography and racism
definitely do not combine
having a colored President
a sucked system supine
Peggy G ..your racist heart
calling Asians Niggers
shows you have lost your inner shine
racism the greatest evil
desecrating a holy shrine
tears on the soul of humanity
the color of a skin to malign
treating a multi colored man
like some shit of a swine
dividing man by color
was this a racist gods design?
to err is human
to seek forgiveness
humility a thought divine

The Ice Golawala of Bandra Bazar Road

The Ice Golawala of Bandra Bazar Road, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Close to my house is a cart that belongs to the Bandra Bazar IceGolawala..who sells Ice Golas and Limbu Pani, or lime array of bottles with colored essence.

Our Bandra Bazar Road Ice Gola wala is a UP Bhaiyya ..from North India a maligned lot due to parochial politics of self gain and convenience...but he shows no sign of regret.. he is a part of a childs growing up.. from one generation to the next.
Be it Fred in Texas or me or my kids we have tasted the ice gola after a hectic game of cricket.

Now one day another Ice Golawala backed by the local hoodlums , muscled in and threw our Ice golawala out from his regular space , the poor guy moved on to a side lane that is extremely hot without shelter, but his clientele did not leave him, they followed him here.
In the mean time the new Icegolawala had no business and finally deserted his post, the locals bought the old guy back.

In all this…

Maryamma Feast Finale Macchimar Colony Mahim 2009

Maryamma Feast Finale Macchimar Colony Mahim 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This ends a 1121 picture story board of this enticing series on street spirituality as seen from the eyes of a street photographer , shooting pain and pathos of the Tamil diaspora in Mumbai.I cut shot this event as my feet ached, I shoot barefeet and this was a very long trek from Mahim beach where it began to the Maryamma Temple of Macchimar Colony Mahim where it ends..I could not shoot the segment of removing of the rods and the hooks.

The Hindu Tamils of Mumbai who owe allegiance to Goddess Maryamma are in total awe and reverence to this deity and the pain that is part of their spirituality performed on the public.
Pulling vans with hooks on the backs, rods pierced in their mouth is part of a Thaipussam like ethos - but is not Thaipussam at all.. only the rituals are almost similar.

I was going to pierce my cheeks too, but backed out at the last minute as shooting the pict…


Itslefty, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. thumbnailed courtesy

Now Publics Gate
A Dark Poem dedicated to Cousin Lefty

cypresso gate
came too late
first it was firozen hate
under a multi colored ass
uploaded sorrow
on the river jordan
aim it
rights of admission
reserved for poets and bloggers
multicolored dogs
it unconditionally
tip it
on a vancouver
a black mans poems
hours of agony
burnt in crates
the camera as a conscience
of his angst
burnt up in flames
deleted for the good of a news site
it legally disclaims

79000 Photo Blogs at Flickr in 24 Months

79000 Photo Blogs at Flickr in 24 Months, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 79,001 items / 405,258 views

I complete 79000 blogs at Flickr in 24 Months
Thanks to my friends and well wishers who made this possible.

Hope and Hindutva - A Message of Peace

Hope and Hindutva - A Message of Peace, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. It takes two hands to clap
said Jesus take my other cheek
peace reverberating through a slap
blood tears and sorrow on
the landscape of a human map
when man kills man
it is god who takes the rap
god created man
ended up in his trap

to nauman umair

A Shia Blogger at Mahim Beach Maryamma Feast 2009

Sairam Pierces his Cheeks

Sairam Pierces his Cheeks, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. To know Sairams story you will have to read the text on pictures shot of him last year, all I need tell you that before this begins the participant has to under go a very strict and a stringent fast, Sairam was not well, he had burning fever, and Sairam was in real bad shape, but he persisted and the 4 hour trek on bare feet from Mahim beach via Mori Road towards the starting point of the Temple must have troubled him further, his mother his best friends kept encouraging him.
Now you know why I shot a lot of footage of Sairam, why among all the participants he is my favorite.

At times I wanted to hide my tears in my hanky seeing his plight, but his spiritual conviction, as what a clean and decent quest towards karma and dharma is what this event is all about..that is why I have not cluttered my pictures with additional text.

Maryamma Feast Macchimar Colony Mahim 2009

Maryamma Feast Macchimar Colony Mahim 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I start a new series at Flickr - Maryamma Feast at Macchimar Colny also known as Fishermans Colony Mahim.24 May 2009.
I was invited here by Laxmi the sister of the High Prest of this temple.. that is worshiped by the Tamils and the local Maharashtrians too.
The rod piercing is done by the Marathi Manoos , and the guy who who pierces his back with hooks is a Marathi boy and he pulled a car..

I reached the temple and found Davendar Bhima of Nehru Nagar Juhu waiting for me, he helps in the piercing too, though much of the work is done by Raja.

From the Temple the procession moved to Mahim beachfront and the road was a burning furnace at 3.30 pm, I was barefeet, here there was a puja , the Goddess enters the body of the High priest and his brother in law.

The piercings took place and once again I captured my favorite young Sairam.., young Anamika who pierced her tongue with a Trishul..this she shal…

Marziya Cyber Kid

Marziya Cyber Kid, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. on her fathers lap top
her fingers just wont skid
google searching
for peace
with hate
on a take over bid
together a common enemy
from a sucked system
we have to rid
hope and harmony
no more hate
god forbid
a new world is possible
the unborn child said it

to da vinca

Remembering the Old Days

Remembering the Old Days, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. sadness
written all over his face
his best friends gone
remembering the old days
when hindu muslim christian
where born of one race
respecting the earth
as a holy place
sharing and caring
for each other
respecting each others
religious space
a freedom struggle
their ancestry trace
yes it was India
as their motherland
they did embrace
two nation theory
that created a wall
a cultural disgrace
the core ingredient
you cannot replace

dedicated to my friend dacapus

The Hapless Coin/ Tattooed Hate in Muslim Society

The Hapless Coin/ Tattooed Hate in Muslim Society, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I placed a coin on his palm and began taking strangely he appears as a Muslim, he may not be one, he has a tattoo on his forearm, I did not read what it says..but would anyone beat him and take him to the cops, this is the problem with overzealous Muslims who take law in their hands beat up a Pakistani girl for having words written in Arabic on her back..Religiously maybe she was wrong according to these neo Mumbai Talibans but beating her or trying to impose their will on her through a mob is uncalled for and they should be arrested and thrown in the lock up.

And the Mumbai cops buckling against a venomous group shows law and order in poor light specially in Mumbai..

The Pakistani girl was a soft target and it has hurt all of us ..the buck stops at the Police Station and shows the travesty of our street justice and our hospitality..and our treatment to women folk in genera…

78000 Photo Blogs in 24 Months at Flickr

78000 Photo Blogs in 24 Months at Flickr, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 78,009 items / 401,142 views

I complete 78000 photo blogs at Flickr in 24 months .

Thanks to all of you for making this happen

At Blogspot Word Verification would have vandalized my multi colored ass as Positive Spam..

Photographers Are Born Not Made

Photographers Are Born Not Made, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 77,892 items / 400,869 views

a harsh truth
you may not like it
I am afraid
shooting from
the inner soul of
your consciousness
where the third eye
of shiva
comes to your aid
is not just
a means to a trade
its customized
within your soul
not a ready made
every step is learning
as you shoot and upgrade
pictures that live
even after you fade
sweet memories
on a photo stream
77,892 items / 400,869 views
as they tumultuously
caress and cascade
your heart and soul
of your computer screen
with each view invade

to my best friend friar bloody tucker

Hi There Uncle Fred !

Hi There Uncle Fred !, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. get off the computer
time for you to go to bed
to hit the unbeaten path ahead
at a news site
where you are widely read
peace hope and harmony
through your posts
you spread
working hard
earning your daily bread
you will look like bob marley
if you grow some dead
this one now my grand pa
adds to his poetry set
you and he and the holy ghost
connected to the internet

The Temple in my Cab /Some Stray Thoughts

The Temple in my Cab /Some Stray Thoughts, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was a shot of a tiny temple in the cab and I realized I cant get away from shooting Godliness ..he beckons me.This ends my series on Hope and Hindutva a message of Peace.
Promoting Hindutva as a cultural ethos, as values, as humanity, as mutual coexistence is what endears its inherent kinetic force to people of all communities, but using it as a weapon to break heads in Kandhamal does not pay in the long run.

Be it anyone , even if he is the young Prince of Darkness.

You dont have to be a Hindu to understand and feel Hinduism as healing touch, a Muslim can feel and impart it too..and this is the binding element on the canvas of my Flickr photostream where all religions meet..

I dont do this for money, for gaining cookie points, I do it because India is not a travel brochure , it is much more unfortunately the Ministry of Tourism or the Ministry of Information will never realize the contrib…

Shanmugham and Me at Madras Wadi Worli

Maryamma Feast Madras Wadi 2009- 400,183 views

Maryamma Feast Madras Wadi 2009- 400,183 views, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I receive over 400000 visits on my Flickr site from 10 June 2007.

I have posted 77699 images till date.

At Blogspot I would have been considered a positive spam and Word Verification stuffed up my rectum...

The Maryamma Feast Madras Wadi Worli 2009/Some Stray Thoughts

The Maryamma Feast Madras Wadi Worli 2009/Some Stray Thoughts, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I have now put another batch of 98 pictures for upload I still have some more in my camera, I have to finish all this by today or tomorrow ..I will undertake another shoot on Sunday.Uploading pictures is like emptying put the reservoir of my spiritual Flickr.

I have another story a very painful one I normally shoot two urchins not beggar kids who stay at the Garbage bin with their alcoholic mother and a useless father.

Last week or a week before the mother ran away with another man.. and the kids are totally clueless , I give them money , buy them sweets cold drinks etc.

I spoke to their father he said that she had left 6 kids in Chattisgarh, ran away to marry him..more than that he would not divulge..

Their life is in a real mess, I will talk to Rahebar Khan our Bandra Corporator to rehabilitate them in an institution.. if he can..and he is a good man.

Man is a Miracle - Hooked to Faith

Man is a Miracle - Hooked to Faith, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. man is a miracle
that god made
born of faith
a faith he wont trade
over embers of fire
bare feet he will wade
man only by man
yet it is god
who comes to mans aid
man may die
but mankind wont fade
in one hand a holy book
another hand a grenade
man against humanity
an unending crusade
to preserve peace
man another mans
country will invade
weapons of mass destruction
in his own house displayed
war and peace like two hooks
on the shoulder blade
man an evil face
in total masquerade
man his religiosity racist
his religiosity bigotry
hate home made
man born a coward
becomes a giant unafraid
he has disgraced
man a miracle
playing god
playing a satrap
a man misplaced
man from the path
of mankind has strayed

Maryamma Feast Worli Seaface 2009

Maryamma Feast Worli Seaface 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Raja is a professional rod piercer, even the human juggernaut is prepared by him, where the participant is pierced with hooks back front and sides like a peacock..

Raja charges for the piercings..I am told, but than he desrves it , as he does it with an inborn passion, he was last year at Fishermens Colony Mahim and at Juhu too this year.

All the Maryamma event pictures are at my Flickr photo stream, last year I blogged it at my photographer no1 Wordpress site , this time its just Flickr.

They are all in separate sets..

Shooting Faith Without Boundaries

Shooting Faith Without Boundaries, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. My Guru KG Maheshwari known as the Dronacharya of Indian photography, and the Yousef Karsh of India, who has shot Mahatma Gandhi during the Freedom struggle as he stayed at the Birla House and finally married a fairy princess of the Birla household..always reprimanded me during public meetings or event at our club , Photographic Society of India for being trigger happy with my camera, and each roll I shot was a Velvia or a Provia or an Ilford Delta 100 the mother of all black and white films, and it cost money , a lot of money plus processing contact sheet and prints , and I was a million light years away from the computer and the internet.

I opted for photography as I had come out of a chronic alcoholism, the psychiatrist had warned me to keep myself busy , and to take up a hobby that would keep me in a drunken state..or a similar passion as I had for Old Monk Rum..I drank two bottles to keep my wr…

Shia Blogger at Worli Seaface

77000 Photo Blogs at Flickr in 24 Months

77000 Photo Blogs at Flickr in 24 Months, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 77,004 items / 397,753 views 20 May 20009

Today I complete 77000 photo blogs in 24 months at Flickr.

I thank all of you for making it possible..with your advice suggestions and comments.

I dedicate this post to my mentor Dr Glenn Losack MD..and am happy that he has a Pro Flickr account to showcase the brilliance of his work..We both shoot it pierces the human soul, relentlessly in one form or the other.

At Blogspot I would have been sodomized by Word Verification for being a positive Spam..

The Human Flesh

The Human Flesh, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. the human flesh
can take so much
much more still
remain fresh
a bleeding mesh
through rituals
the soul refresh

"The seeking after knowledge of future or hidden things by inadequate means. " catholic encyclopedia..

I Dont Shoot Flowers !

I Dont Shoot Flowers !, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is a personal poem of pain, and has nothing to do with photographers my friends or otherwise who shoot flowers , its my general angst against the back drop of the little kids I shoot at traffic signals , so dont read it as a personal attack into your genre of photography..nor do I belittle what you shoot , its your prerogative as shooting pain is my prerogative I thought this disclaimer essential to the inner dark depths of my poem..

The only person who thinks like me on this is Dr Glenn Losack MD ..we arent slinging mud either ..

I dont shoot flowers
in dream like gardens
with expensive cameras
expensive macro lenses
No I dont shoot flowers at all
but I shoot pain
of deflowered hope
of little children
begging at traffic signals
near expensive shopping malls
on the waist of a little girl
another snotty child
very small
their miserable lives
hit by a karmic tsunami of a squall
dwarfs midgets
who will never ever grow tall

Goddess Maryamma at Worli Sea Face

Goddess Maryamma at Worli Sea Face, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

Goddess Māri (Tamil: மாரி) is known as Mariamman, "Mother Mari" (Tamil: மாரியம்மன்), spelt also Maariamma (Tamil: மாரியம்மா), or simply Amman (Tamil: அம்மன்), meaning "mother". She is the main South Indian mother goddess, predominant in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Goddess Māri is also closely associated with the Hindu goddesses Parvati and Durga.


Māri originated as an ancient village goddess related to fertility and rain. In Tamil, māri means rain. This goddess was a local deity, connected to a specific location, close to a specific tree, a rock or a special spot, mostly in rural areas. Another theory regarding origin of the name arises from the fact that mari in Tamil also means change. Thus, the name Mari Amman would mean goddess who has changed. According to some sources, Mariamman is the same as Renuka or …

Maryamma Feast Worli Sea Face 2009

Maryamma Feast Worli Sea Face 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I start a new set on Flickr , as I write this you can see the hot ground burning the bare ass and sole of my feet.I had asked a bystander to shoot this picture along with Laxmans common man a statue on Worli Sea Face.

This was the starting point of the Maryamma feast held by the Tamil Hindus of Madras Wadi of Worli opposite the Atrium Mall.

This is a very exciting and long series , I was given the information to this place by Suresh BMC of Nehru Nagar Juhu.

But luckily though Suresh could not make it , I befriended Shanmugham , who like Davendar Bhima of Nehru Nagar Juhu was calling the shot here at Worli Sea Face and was the main exponent in putting the hooks and the rods on the participants..
Without his help and cooperation I could have not achieved this pictorial quest.

I shot this from 5 pm till 11 pm a 4.90 GB Card on 17 May 2009

My feet were in one bad mess , my clothes were also in a mess as I s…

Paka Dala

Paka Dala, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo le le ke thaka dala
arre dada phir ek bar
tumne paka dala
meri phuti kismet
pe laga diya tala
tumhare gale mein
dher sari mala
hathon mein anghuti
nange pair chalnewala
bhendi bazar ke rehnawale
tum ko kehte hain
camerawale malang bawa

Caught Between the Camera and Deep Shit !

Caught Between the Camera and Deep Shit !, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. a grand father
who takes my pictures
whether I crawl , play
stand or sit
marziya shakir
caught between
the camera and deep shit
my future path
with images over lit
genetic gyrations
that mutually co exist
every day the beginning
of a new script
on his flickr photo stream
clearly writ
76,673 photo blogs / 395,898 hits
dance of democracy
they call politics
a gang of fools electing
a foolish gang of dimwits
in a single snake pit
Jai Ho
Bhae Ho
Janta gives us a clean chit

Allah Be Praised!

Allah Be Praised!, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Through his bounty
His Omnipresence
His Omniscience
my world is graced
my little heart
and soul embraced
Allah be Praised
through the doors
of Hussainiyat
a new dawn surfaced
Hussain is Humanity
between Ashura and Karbala
our ancestry traced
tears sorrow our blood
equally spaced
1400 years journey
we chased
bought through our mothers womb
a pact a pledge delicately placed
shah ast hussain
badshah ast hussain
cut copy and paste
once and for all
on the soul of humanity
evil replaced

New Facebook Sucks !

New Facebook Sucks !, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. developer dehydrated
deep in denial mode
demented ducks
a new facebook
on our face chucks
our bad luck
most of the time
it hardly works
quizzical quirks
all the way to the bank
Whiz Richy Rich smirks
new challenges
profits and perks

The Hand that Won

The Hand that Won, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. insaniyat ka haath
sab dharm ek
na koie jhagda
na jaath path
tum aage aage badho
hum sath sath
allah ho akbar
god is great
jai bhole nath
praja tantra ki jeet
aur bhrastachar aur atyachar
ki math

Happiness Upclose

Happiness Upclose, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. daughter of asif
grand daughter of firoze
to place her
between two parallel lines
god chose
gods bounty
a happiness up close
a glimpse into her world
a child of destiny
into our destiny she grows
pictorial memories
through the lens
into the parched soul
of our consciousness overflows
a little light that into our lives
over glows
the fragrance the innocence
in the journey of a rose

The Finale Maryamma Feast Nehru Nagar Juhu 2009

The Finale Maryamma Feast Nehru Nagar Juhu 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. As I reached the gates to head home I saw the trolley guys entering the facade of Nehru Nagar Juhu , I took this last shot, jumped into a rickshah .

My session was over..I could have shot more had I hung around till the end, but I was tired, my feet ached , thirst and hunger never bother me as I have complete control, also being a diabetic I did not have any other natural urges , like searching for a public urinal in the melee.

The Tamil community is very hospitable kept asking me to have a cold drink that I completely refused..

I had shot over a 1000 +pictures from 4 Pm till 11 Flickr

Davendar Bhima removing the Rods

Davendar Bhima removing the Rods, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Its because of Davendar Bhima the person with the orange scarf and Velu the Maryamma Temple priest not in the picture and Raja that I am informed in advance about this event and they render all help and cooperation, allowing me to shoot all this..

And it is because of Davendar I got to shoot the Mahim Fishermen Colony Maryama feast last year.

This year I befriended Suresh of BMC who stays at Nehru Nagar who invited me to shoot the Maryamma Feast of Madras Wadi near Atrium Mall Worli..

Here I met Shanmugham who will now invite me to other events.. in my kind of photography building inroads into peoples religious hearts is very important I wear saffron clothes I am bare feet and above all I am a Muslim covering the event sincerely with the insight of a Hindu and the viewfinder of photo bloggers camera has no religious bifurcations or discrimination..we are all born equal..yes we are human and I shoot thi…

Singh Is King

Singh Is King, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Photo Kind Courtesy

They called him a weak man
almost everything
but he surprised the
election pundits
above all things
BJP and its deathly sting
to all the retorts he took a swing
the electorate home again
the hero bring
a David hitting Goliath
with a sling
the strong man
now nursing a broken wing
Jai Ho Jai Ho
Cong I sing
a resurging wave
now the in thing
Verily truly
Singh is King
law order governance
on the upswing
politics a murky
wrestling ring
heroes became zeroes
new surprises spring
a mother and her son
the real thing
holding the heart of India
with a silken string
prayers of the public
for the young scion
Prime Ministership
and a Wedding Ring

Office Slut

Office Slut, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Image sourced from net

his hand inside
the craving caverns
of her gathered skirt
her ogling tits
her sexy butt
with what he gets at home
making it up with the office slut
seminal soliloquy
some spray spurt
what the wife does not know
does not hurt
man was born to f**k and flirt
every failure he hits dirt
lipstick stains on an office shirt
no wonder he works late
enjoying his just dessert
harmless harmony
of a congenital pervert
his libidinous liberties
he loves to assert
a lascivious rod now inert
bumbling boss on the alert
office work a thought to divert

dedicated to a friend

76000 Photo Blogs in 24 Months

76000 Photo Blogs in 24 Months, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 76,000 items / 393,686 views

Today I complete 76000 photo blogs at Flickr in 24 months.

I thank all my friends well wishers for their support and encouragement.

Mr Shatrughan Sinha Wins Patna Sahib

Mr Shatrughan Sinha Wins Patna Sahib, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This thundering win is a gift of Mrs Punam Sinha Luv Kush and Sonakshi their a great human being the pride of India , son of the soil of Bihar and fellow citizen of Amchi Mumbai.

A most deserving win..
We wish him success peace and prosperity.

Om Be

Om Be, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. A few lines I wrote on the Kumbh at Facebook to my friend OM~BE

Kumbh is a state of Mind
with no beginning no end
a Trishul of Peace
that Shiva on Earth
did send
hindus muslims christians are human
provided spirtually
you know how to blend
mutually coexist
its humanity
that you should defend
broken fences
that time will soon mend

Cross Dressing The Soul of Man

Cross Dressing The Soul of Man, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. some men to become women
would give everything
if they could
men who are biologically
born men
but as women look very good
now its a pity
these androgynous souls
by somnolent biased society
are always misunderstood
sex change gender change
barring motherhood
hijras are human
weep cry bleed like us
ravages of homophobic hate
article 377 a criminal law
trampling human rights
no good

Think Flickr Think

Think Flickr Think, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 75,452 photo blogs / 391,939 views
as firoze shakir photographerno1
I link
hate comments
racial profiling
shia bashing
from incorrigible
haters of humanity
no happiness bring
broken heart broken soul
almost a broken wing
the curse of the flickr
comment box
ensuing pain and stink
a bloggers life
totally going out of sync
think flickr think
comment moderation
not blocking
the need of the hour
a single note I sing
on the edge of insanity
almost on the brink
my hopes day by day
on my karmic
consciousness shrink
shattered battered
on a flickr page
I sink

Overcoming Pain..

Overcoming Pain.., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. They do it for Goddess Maryamma
I do it for Hussain .
overcoming pain
two parallel paths of spirituality
crisscrossing the heart and the brain
linking the flesh with the soul
an immeasurable chain
a stranded moment in unity remain
a spiritual journey beyond
materialistic profit and gain
visiting us our children's children
again and again
human humility without being vane
hussain is humanity
is our refrain

Yes I am Human..

Yes I am Human.., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I appreciate all your comments on this Maryamma 2009 set at Flickr of over 450 images shot in 2 hours, , and after I have posted all this , I shall lock up the comment box, not because I dont like your comments , I do it simply because I know some people may find this injurious to their sensibilities, to their faith.

I shot this as a pictorial subject and I cannot be prejudgemental to somebody's culture or rituals that are part of their spiritual ancestry..and spiritual heritage.

This is sacrifice but differs from the Muslim Qurbani, this is in answer to a comment earlier..the Muslim Qurbani or sacrifice is performed keeping a tenet called Halal..the animal neck is cut with compassion.. only such meat is edible for Muslims or else it is considered Haram, in local lingo it called Jhatka which is not allowed in Islam.

But as a photographer I shot truthfully, I have a great respect for the Tamil Hindu community, I ha…