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Shia Shabbarat Gateway 2009

The Nazar on the Bajra

The Nazar on the Bajra

The Nazar on the Bajra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. All this is on the Bajra or the boat, as soon as it berths the crowds from the pier start entering the boat, to taste the Nazar, which consists of halwa puri, sweets of all varieties ..and it gets packed completely , they move out another lot come in and more than thousands of people only male partake in this event on the boat,above near the pier is a section for the ladies to taste the nazar too, and it is an irony I stayed close to the Gateway of India , but never came here , when we were kids, even my mother a diabetic came and saw this once just a few days before she died on 21 Shaban.

My wife makes it a point to come here from Bandra ..we hardly have to visit our ancestral home near Strand Cinema.

We come here and get back to Bandra as fast as we can.

This is a very momentous event for the Shias of Mumbai, eagerly awaited by Shia poets ..who have to yell out their poetry in praise of the Imams to really …

Shia Shabbarat 2009 Wiladate Imame Zamana

Shia Shabbarat 2009 Wiladate Imame Zamana, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 85,869 items / 518,590 views

I start a new series at my Flickr photo stream, Shia Shabbarat 2009 and Wiladate Imam Zamana.

Last night the Shia spent head bowed in prayers at the mosque and than visit to the graveyards , to commemorate and remember the dead , almost akin to All Souls Day.

My wife and my younger daughter in law made halwa puri, than said fatiah to the Imams and later our mothers family , my fathers family including her parents family.
I did not go to town as I normally did as it is far too strenuous in my diabetic state , so I skipped the cemetery visit and the Moghul Masjid celebrations too.

But in the morning at 5 am,wife and I went to the Gateway of India where the birthday of our Twelfth Imam , known as Imame Zamana is celebrated.

A boat called the Bajra comes from Bhaucha Dhakka all decorated and berths at the pier where halwa and puri , sweets , kheer is served …

It Rains Fatwas Everyday.......

It Rains Fatwas Everyday......., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. a silence her soul wont betray
muslim society is to blame in every way
deprived of her education
married away to a good for nothing
unemployed lazy
who wont work his way
playing cards drinks drugs
she did say
it is raining fatwas everyday
from door to door she begs
next morning begins
another day
anti islam is not just about terrorism
it is how we treat our women this way
a hidden face a hidden sorrow
reflected in her child's eyes
is her pain today
hung on her waist
a broken toy
no toys to play
heads bowed
within the four walls
of gods house
those who pray
mother and son
searching for hope
in the coins you pay

When I first joined Flickr , I got a lot of stick from rich Mujhaidas of the opulent Arab world for showing the other side of disfranchised Muslim society, but now 2 years down the line ,85800 pictures and the pain still lingers , my camera eyes shows me pain that others dont want to see , they take is a normal occur…

Two Sides of Pain

Two Sides of Pain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. dichotomy of mans nature
the heart and the brain
a single coin
two sides of pain
a dry spell and rain
humanity and hussain
karmic calisthenics
the soul entertain
yogic kundalini
uncoiling the serpent
for spiritual gain
facebook flickr twitter
my insanity maintain
web pages contrived
calamity contain
the angst and anxiety
of a poets domain

The Picture Storyteller of Bandra

The Picture Storyteller of Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images, and sounds often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture and in every land as a means of entertainment, education, preservation of culture and in order to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot and characters, as well as the narrative point of view.

The earliest forms of storytelling are thought to have been primarily oral combined with gestures and expressions. Rudimentary drawings scratched onto the walls of caves may be forms of early storytelling for many of the ancient cultures. The Australian Aborginal people painted symbols from the stories on cave walls as a means of helping the storyteller remember the story. The story was then told using a combination of oral narrative, music, rock art and dance. Ephemeral m…

Pedestrian Poetry of Despair

Pedestrian Poetry of Despair, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. He is dead drunk ..makes no difference in a few minutes a dog will come raise his leg pee on him and move away ...this is life on a slow track elitist call it street photography , others call it street art

from the shadows of despair
a mangy leprous dog will creep
lifting up his scrawny leg
will pee on his dreamy sleep
at home his wife and children weep
a path of life too steep
today was salary day
at the bootleggers joint
all his money
lost in a sweep
man from the womb
to the tomb
into dog shit
neck deep
hardly looks
before he leaps
his soul into
the gutter seeps

to glenn and angel

A Blind Man Emotes

A Blind Man Emotes, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. his inner thoughts
his feelings
his shortcomings
my camera takes notes
in the wilderness of the living
'a blind man emotes
longings fulfillment
a saturated spirituality
silently floats
does he know
what I look like
on his blindness a moat
his world of darkness
like parched throats
memories wandering
aimlessly as paper boats
from the beauty of his soul
ghalib he quotes