Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lucknow Felicitates BW Jatkar on World Photography Day

The gentleman in the gray safari suit is an eminent creative photographer Mr Anil Risal Singh..of Lucknow Camera Club , he was a close friend of Prof BW Jatkar ..and had requested me for the photo hanging on the wall,,Mr BW Jatkar is a human though encompassing photography you share with all..


Mr Anil Risal Singh sent me this picture of the felicitation along with the note.

Dear Firoz Bhai,

We had a very good function yesterday on World Photography Day, it was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Mr. Sukhdev Rajbhar. It was announced from the dais that this exhibition is dedicated to Prof. Jatkar, sending you one photo chief guest looking Jatkar Saheb's panel, other picture I will send when I come back from Kolkata on 26th.

Thanks for your help.

Regards,

Anil

Blind Ismail Chacha - Dil Hai Hindustani

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Blind Ismail Chacha is 83 years old a passionate nationalist , he was in the Indian Army..941 Corps..he came to my house on 14 August to invite me for the flag hoisting on 15 August our Independence day.

Ismail Chacha has a very colorful history I shall write when I have all the details..
Ismail Chachas father Abdulla Hamdare a Konkani Muslim, was a cook or Khansama in the household of the Nizams of Hyderabad , from there he shifted to Jinnah House working as a cook with the family of Mr Jinnah..
Ismail Chacjha gets nostalgic about those days but he was very small, when the partition took place Mr Jinnah who was fond of Abdulla Hamdares culinary talents asked him to migrate with him and his family to Pakistan, but Abdulla Hamdare would not leave the country of his birth..Mr Jinnah Saab had him employed at Chagla House..

The Hamdares are known as Karais in Bandra and a entire locality existed here, Ismnail Chaha was employed with Port Trust under Mr Sood husband of Kamini Kaushal.

Ismail Chacha worked at the docks and knew Haji Mastan a celebrity figure , who allegedly was the kingpin of the underworld those days..

The Army absorbed Ismail Chacha and he got his salary both from the Port Trust and the Army..Chacha was talking to fast and I dont take notes so these are excerpts of conversation with me..

Ismail Chacha lost both his eyes is retired now on pension, and it is his family heritage of a flag that was used for the hoisting.. at Indra Nagar Bandra.

Rahebar Khan was the chief guest I could not post these pictures earlier..

I will write more about Ismail Chacha and the Jinnah household at a later date..I do not want to upset the BJP like Mr Jaswant Singh....

Taking a Shave on Independence Day

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I normally shave at home , but on 15 August Independence Day I was invited by blind Ismail Chacha for the hoisting of our national flag , the chief guest was Rahebar Khan our municipal corporator..

As I came down in a rush , I sat and took a shave from Salim Biloo Barber of Bandra Bazar ..

89000 Blogs at Flickr

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89000 blogs
at Flickr I complete
getting ready for Ramadan
our holy feast ..
we also curse
Yazid
the accursed beast
hussain is humanity
we repeat
a shia blogger
barefeet
on the street
flying
on the wings
of a tweet
hussainiyat
another name for karbala
where good souls meet
yazidiyat
under our feet
an evil thought
full of deceit
hussain an echo
of a shia heart beat
blood sweat tears
our pillars of concrete
shah ast hussain
badshah ast hussain
the ummayad
could not unseat

Think Facebook Think!

I had shot the gay parade over 1000 pictures , I have posted some of them at Flickr , but I have yet to post over 750 more to my Gay Prade set 2009...

I would copy the Flickr link to Facebook, as most of the Facebook members committed and part of the gay community including my Hijra Guru Laxmi Narayan Tripathi dont access Flickr..I like Facebook, but because of overreaching the limit of links I was told in no easy terms by the Facebook team my account would be disabled for spamming..me a positive spam.

I will in a few minutes reach 89000 photo blogs at Flickr .and at least Flickr does not consider me a positive spam yet.

So as a poet this kick on my black ass hit me hard and I have emotionalized it in pedestrian verse..dedicating it to Mr Mark Zuckerburg..

I am not into porn, I am not into groups either at Flickr or Facebook..
But three places which are home away from home
is Flickr , Facebook and Twitter.

I had earlier thought of deleting my Facebook account ..but than it would be my loss , as my friends are all Facebook hard core fans ..

Rayo my childhood friend of 50 years known as Ray Framroze says he only browses Facebook and no other site..

So my poem with malice to none

Facebook
Doe Not Like Flickr Links
Now the thought sinks
Think Facebook Think
Their threat to disable
my Facebook Account
shows their bias
among other things
a bias
that racially stinks
a blogger
with broken wings
a sore throat
some swine flu
he sings
its better to live
like a pauper for a day
than live 100 days like a king
FLICKR TWITTER FACEBOOK
a barefeet blogger of Mumbai
with feet and a soul going pink
from the crowds
a libidinous hijra
gives me a wink
calling me to Gaylords
for a drink
Jazz By the Bay
exotic tantric sex
she tells me
on the Bandra Worli
Sea Link
I refuse
my burkha clad
face hidden wife
the only Armour
in my androgynous
chink
Think Facebook Think
a castrated mouse
clicking away
the keyboard
without a ding
a David making love to Goliath
with 5 stones in a sling

I hope and pray Flickr too gets 250 million members.. one day

Think Facebook Think!

Think Facebook Think!

I had shot the gay parade over 1000 pictures , I have posted some of them at Flickr , but I have yet to post over 750 more to my Gay Prade set 2009...

I would copy the Flickr link to Facebook, as most of the Facebook members committed and part of the gay community including my Hijra Guru Laxmi Narayan Tripathi dont access Flickr..I like Facebook, but because of overreaching the limit of links I was told in no easy terms by the Facebook team my account would be disabled for spamming..me a positive spam.

I will in a few minutes reach 89000 photo blogs at Flickr .and at least Flickr does not consider me a positive spam yet.

So as a poet this kick on my black ass hit me hard and I have emotionalized it in pedestrian verse..dedicating it to Mr Mark Zuckerburg..

I am not into porn, I am not into groups either at Flickr or Facebook..
But three places which are home away from home
is Flickr , Facebook and Twitter.

I had earlier thought of deleting my Facebook account ..but than it would be my loss , as my friends are all Facebook hard core fans ..

Rayo my childhood friend of 50 years known as Ray Framroze says he only browses Facebook and no other site..

So my poem with malice to none

Facebook
Doe Not Like Flickr Links
Now the thought sinks
Think Facebook Think
Their threat to disable
my Facebook Account
shows their bias
among other things
a bias
that racially stinks
a blogger
with broken wings
a sore throat
some swine flu
he sings
its better to live
like a pauper for a day
than live 100 days like a king
FLICKR TWITTER FACEBOOK
a barefeet blogger of Mumbai
with feet and a soul going pink
from the crowds
a libidinous hijra
gives me a wink
calling me to Gaylords
for a drink
Jazz By the Bay
exotic tantric sex
she tells me
on the Bandra Worli
Sea Link
I refuse
my burkha clad
face hidden wife
the only Armour
in my adroogynous
chink
Think Facebook Think
a castrated mouse
clicking away
the keyboard
without a ding
a David making love to Goliath
with 5 stones in a sling

I hope and pray Flickr too gets 250 million members.. one day

Om ॐ


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www.earthways.co.uk/om.html

The ancient syllable "OM" is the shortest of the Mantras and in Indian tradition it is a word suggestive of God.

The scriptures tell us that "OM" is the planets primordial vibration from which the entire universe has arisen. All other sounds are contained within it.

It is believed that "OM" is the mother of all languages. Repetition of "OM" enables us to maintain mental and emotional calmness, overcome obstacles and enable understanding.

An analysis of "OM" as it is written in Sanskrit shows that it is made up of A, U, M and a symbol representing resonance. So "OM" has four aspects.

The first is A, a sound that comes from the belly, is formed in the open throat, and is voiced with the mouth open. As with many alphabets, A is the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet.

The second aspect is the U, a sound that is formed in the middle of the mouth. The mouth is not as wide as it is for sounding the A.

With the third sound, M the mouth closes. The sound rises to the nasal passages, from where the resonance, the forth aspect of "OM" issues forth.

It is said that A represents the waking state. U the dream state and M the state of deep dreamless sleep. the fourth state, sounds in the resonance following M.

Saying "OM" is actually a form of meditation

(Acknowledgement T.K.V Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga)

Om ॐ


Om ॐ, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

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"The goal which all the Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which men desire when they lead the life of continence … is Om. This syllable Om is indeed Brahman. Whosoever knows this syllable obtains all that he desires. This is the best support; this is the highest support. Whosoever knows this support is adored in the world of Brahma."
~ Katha Upanishad I

Om or Aum is of paramount importance in Hinduism. This symbol (as seen in the image on the right) is a sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute of Hinduism — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence. Brahman, in itself, is incomprehensible; so a symbol becomes mandatory to help us realize the Unknowable. Om, therefore, represents both the unmanifest (nirguna) and manifest (saguna) aspects of God. That is why it is called pranava, to mean that it pervades life and runs through our prana or breath..

Om in Daily Life
Although Om symbolizes the most profound concepts of Hindu belief, it is in use daily. The Hindus begin their day or any work or a journey by uttering Om. The sacred symbol is often found at the head of letters, at the beginning of examination papers and so on. Many Hindus, as an expression of spiritual perfection, wear the sign of Om as a pendant. This symbol is enshrined in every Hindu temple premise or in some form or another on family shrines.

It is interesting to note that a newly born child is ushered into the world with this holy sign. After birth, the child is ritually cleansed and the sacred syllable Om is written on its tongue with honey. Thus right at the time of birth the syllable Om is initiated into the life of a Hindu and ever remains with him as the symbol of piety. Om is also a popular symbol used in contemporary body art and tattoos.

The Eternal Syllable
According to the Mandukya Upanishad, "Om is the one eternal syllable of which all that exists is but the development. The past, the present, and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exists beyond the three forms of time is also implied in it".

The Music of Om
Om is not a word but rather an intonation, which, like music, transcends the barriers of age, race, culture and even species. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om. It is believed to be the basic sound of the world and to contain all other sounds. It is a mantra or prayer in itself. If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the centre of one's being, the atman or soul.

There is harmony, peace and bliss in this simple but deeply philosophical sound. By vibrating the sacred syllable Om, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Ultimate Personality of Godhead and quits his body, he will certainly reach the highest state of "stateless" eternity, states the Bhagavad Gita.

The Vision of Om
Om provides a dualistic viewpoint. On one hand, it projects the mind beyond the immediate to what is abstract and inexpressible. On the other hand, it makes the absolute more tangible and comprehensive. It encompasses all potentialities and possibilities; it is everything that was, is, or can yet be. It is omnipotent and likewise remains undefined.

The Power of Om
During meditation, when we chant Om, we create within ourselves a vibration that attunes sympathy with the cosmic vibration and we start thinking universally. The momentary silence between each chant becomes palpable. Mind moves between the opposites of sound and silence until, at last, it ceases the sound. In the silence, the single thought—Om—is quenched; there is no thought. This is the state of trance, where the mind and the intellect are transcended as the individual self merges with the Infinite Self in the pious moment of realization. It is a moment when the petty worldly affairs are lost in the desire for the universal. Such is the immeasurable power of Om.

Marziya Shakir And The Magic Wand

memories reflected
in a shimmering pond
a mystics
garb
she has donned
marziya shakir
holds the magic wand
to the moods
of the camera
she will respond
like a ray of sunlight
on our home she dawned
a road that leads
far and beyond
three generations
held in a single bond

Eid Ul Fitr Namaz Bandra Station 2018

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