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To Be Or Not To Be

To Be Or Not To Be, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. a dubious dichotomy
a female angel
broken wings of fancy
locked in a boys body
thorough his eyes
her pains you see
a lady boy
sadly
wondering
to be or not to be
feminine and sissy
waling on embers of fire
unknown
uncharted
enemy
territory

The Ladyboys of Mumbai

The Ladyboys of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The ladyboys of Mumbai are a nocturnal race , they are birds of the night..they are a rare exotic breed of young teenagers , who have come to terms with their sexuality, an effeminate one which their parents may not be aware of..they dont have the freedom and acceptance as the kathoeys of Thailand.

Most of the ones I met are in fashion, cosmetics, and hairstyling and make up..

Because of the draconian law Article 377 and a police and society influenced homophobic hate most of these denizens have sad and bitter stories to tell of their gay survival..

The ladyboys of Mumbai , some whom I know are not willing to become Hijras , they dont have the mental infrastructure or the hardiness of the hijra , above all the stigma of becoming a hijra.

I am writing this without any aid or prompting , I am writing this as a photographer who captured them on the soul of a digital memory card .

I have a very close friend a Muslim l…

The Veiled Hijra of Mumbai/ Some Stray Thoughts

The Veiled Hijra of Mumbai/ Some Stray Thoughts, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 84,651 items / 485,597 views

I wanted to write on this post, but my thoughts were not in their place, I have been dead beat, on the request of Teresa Burke , Roland Luthi I opened my comment box , for a few people only, on a trial basis.

I have nothing against comments, comments nurture a mans ego, his self worth, and his achievement of the moment.

I may not comment does not mean I dont like your stuff, I see it in silence , absorb it completely, yes Linda, Jeff , SJ and so many others..great photographers thinkers on Flickr.

I type with a single finger of a severely damaged right hand , a sword wound that made my hand into a hood of a cobra..irony of my karma ..my culture inheritance.


There are times I got fed up thanking people for comments, comments they posted in abundance , the same gist, the same thought, Glenn will agree with me..it made me go bonkers..a single comment is more th…

With Love From Burkina Faso

With Love From Burkina Faso, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. TREAT AS URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL
Usmane Ali

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Dear friend,

I am Mr. Usmane Ali, the head of file department of Banque Internationale du Burkina (B.I.B) here in Burkina Faso / Ouagadougou. In my department I discover an abandoned sum of (US$18.5 Million US Dollars) in an account that belong to one of our foreign customer who died along with his family in plane crash. It is therefore upon this discovery that i now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for the safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it.

I agree that 40% of this money will be for you, and 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 50% would be for me. Then…