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The Kinnar

The Kinnar, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. He is a Kinnar another name for the Hijra , I have known him for several years , as he is part of Gopal Hajis Hijra household.We meet year after year here at Motti Katla Ajmer outside the quintessential tea shop, some of my best hijra pictures of hijras have been shot at this hijra watering hole..

Ajmer is one place that drinks are taboo, but charas or hashish is a common feature , the hijras too smoke the chillum abundantly.

Below article from the most resourceful hijra site


Hijra means "impotent one" in Urdu. In Hindi, hijra may be spelled hijada, hijara, hijda, hijira, or hijrah, and is pronounced somewhere between "heejra" and "heejda". An older, more respectable term for hijra is kinnar. An abusive slang Hindi term for hijra is chakka.
Some hijras were made to be literal eunuchs -- some of them against their will. The process isn't ordinarily a pretty one, usual…

Life Is a One Way Street

Life Is a One Way Street, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. the monk
of mumbai
bald and barefeet
two lines meet
a corner
where life
is a one
way street
the balls
of destiny
at every defeat
kissing the earth
dust and heat
bitter truth
sour and sweet
karmic convulsions
within a' tweat'
composite mind
rest incomplete
married to death
death you cant cheat
a step backward
as you retreat

to beta verse

Dedicated to Theresa Burke aka Dragonfly

Dedicated to Theresa Burke aka Dragonfly, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I did not ask him about his deformity I never do, I am more deformed from within than he is,he read my thoughts as I read his..he was extremely silent and in the ruins of Dhai Djinn Ka Jhopda he invoked God for Mercy.

I have dedicated this to an American Woman, , one of the finest, mother of two, brilliant photographer Theresa Burke..She and Wanda both share this dedication from my end.

American woman is an enigma , an American Woman is a Gods unsolved riddle and you dont need to tell an American Man about his better or bitter half anyway...

I recently in my prolonged state of illness after my return from Ajmer a victim of sever food poisoning, wrote a comment that hurt the overzealous patriotic streak of another American woman, it was hell to pay even after a public unconditional apology, she could not get over my remark which was alluded to people leaving their mother countries to lick ass of…

The Barefeet Monk of Mumbai

The Muslim Beggar Womans Shame

The Muslim Beggar Womans Shame, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. from the sorrow of her broken home
with battered wings held in captivity
singed by a candle flame
borrowed hopes
without a rail ticket
to Ajmer she came
begging from the hijras
at Moti Katla
the Muslim beggar
womans shame
earnestly invoking
his Holy Name
a pawn of ill doomed
fate she became
a lost marriage , four children
a drunken husband who is lame
the torrential storms of calamity
she helplessly could not tame
life could have been worse
but He takes care of her
a victim of a man made cruel game
Muslim macho male dominated
society another innocent claims
her world before before she was born
was already gutted inflamed
in the name of sanctimonious dogma
its womanhood we defame
the Muslim man goes Scott free
its the Muslim woman we frame

The Minstrels at Moti Katla Hijda Paradise

The Minstrels at Moti Katla Hijda Paradise, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. These are nomadic singers are performers , they sing praise of the Holy Saint Khwajah Moinuddin Chishty al Sabri, they are melodramatic and it is their emotional theatrics I shot..

These minstrels mostly hang around Moti Katla where most of the rich and affluent Hijras and transgender reside during the annual celebrations of the Holy Saint called Urus.
The hijras love music and pay generously,.

Another group of professionals that make good money of the Hijras are the good looking, muscular cute raw masseur boys.
They are in great demand out here more about them later ..I have about 2500 pictures to post..

I am relieved I dont have to answer comments..a task which took most of my time..