Friday, August 21, 2009

Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai

artwork by suraj kumar

on the streets
of mumbai
you will find
an exotic animal
two legged
one of his kind
barefeet blogger
shooting the soul
of misery
with his eyes
shut blind
on one leg
tantric kundalini
art and creativity
mystically divined
bollywoods most wanted
in scissors fabric
measuring tape
sartorial serendipity
surrealistically designed
blood sweat and tears
all combined
a pedestrian poet
going bad to verse
losing his mind
a shia pandiit
hope and hindutva
a message of peace
conspicuously aligned
hussain is humanity
a lover of mankind
racists kicking
his pompous
multicolored ass
from behind
with the hijras
his fate entwined
a blog within a blog
his soul enshrined
a pilgrims progress
spiritually streamlined

dedicated to assad son by default..a paternal thought outlined


Volunteer, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

To Akbar Simonse With Love From Mumbai

The Hijras Are Back

Dodo and Me

Love is Never Having To Say You Are Gay

In Praise of Manvendra Singh Gohil

a prince
who loves to chill
dont make a
out of a molehill
article 377
a dangerous swine flu
making the gay
community ill
life is more much more
hate dont spill
live and let others live
its evil within you
you must learn to kill
waiting for hope and peace
good thoughts
within your soul instill
the prince of raj pipla
a dream of humanity
living together
wishes to fulfill
loved dearly by
the boys of brazil
an architect of love
no run of the mill
he is
manvendra singh gohil
on a mission of goodwill
boys wont always be boys
but girls in frill

Manvendra Singh Raghubir Singh (known as 'Manvendra Singh Gohil', 'Manvendrasingh Gohil', or 'Manvendra Gohil') (* 23 September 1965 in Ajmer) is the Maharajkumar or Crown Prince of Rajpipla belonging to the royal family of the former princely state of Rajpipla in India.

He was disinherited after revealing his gay sexuality, and since then there has been a question mark over his relations with the family. He is the only known person of royal lineage in modern India to have publicly revealed he is gay.[1]

In January 2008, while performing an annual ceremony in Rajpipla in honour of his great-grandfather Maharaja Vijaysinhji, Manvendra Gohil announced plans to adopt a child from within the Rajpipla family, saying: "I have carried out all my responsibilities as the prince so far and will continue as long as I can. I will also adopt a child soon so that all traditions continue"[2]. If the adoption proceeds, it will be the first known case of a single gay man adopting a child in India. In June, 2009, at São Paulo, he told: "Adopting a child is easy in India, and there is no problem because of being openly gay. I hope to be with my son soon after the return of Brazil".[3]

Manvendra was born at Ajmer, 23 September 1965, as the son of Maharana Shri Raghubir Singhji Rajendrasinghji Sahib, who inherited the title of Maharana of Rajpipla in 1963. The princes were derecognized by the Republic of India in 1971. Manvendra had a traditional and conservative upbringing. He was educated at Scottish High School and at Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics, Vile Parle, Bombay.

In January 1991, he married Chandrika Kumari from Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, because, he claims, "I thought after marriage I will be alright because I never knew and nobody told me that I was gay and [that] this is normal. Homosexuality is not a disease. I tremendously regret for ruining her life. I feel guilty"[4]. The marriage ended in divorce when Manvendra revealed his homosexuality to his wife.

"It was a total disaster. A total failure. The marriage never got consummated. I realized I had done something very wrong"[5].

Several years after his divorce in 1992, he became involved in a social network to help gays in Gujarat.
“ It was difficult to be gay in my family. The villagers worship us and we are role models for them. My family didn't allow us to mix with ordinary or low-caste people. Our exposure to the liberal world was minimal. Only when I was hospitalized after my nervous breakdown in 2002 did my doctor inform my parents about my sexuality. All these years I was hiding my sexuality from my parents, family and people. I never liked it and I wanted to face the reality. When I came out in the open and gave an interview to a friendly journalist, my life was transformed. Now, people accept me[6]. ”

[edit] Coming out

Manvendra's homosexuality was revealed to his family by doctors in 2002 following his hospitalisation for a nervous breakdown. However, it was when he talked publicly about his sexual orientation in 2006 that his family took action and accused him of bringing dishonour to the clan. The disowning, however, is likely to remain a symbolic act rather than legally enforceable disinheritance, given India's modern inheritance laws.[7] He has been reunited with his father.[8]

On 14 March 2006, the story of Manvendra's coming out made headlines in India and around the world. His effigies were burnt in Rajpipla, where the traditional society was shocked.

Manavendra appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show on October 24, 2007. He was one of three persons featured in the show entitled 'Gay Around the World'. He expressed that he has no regrets about coming out, and that he believes the people of his state respect him for his leadership in preventing and educating on HIV/AIDS.

On his coming out, Manvendra has said:
“ I knew that they would never accept me for who I truly am, but I also knew that I could no longer live a lie. I wanted to come out because I had gotten involved with activism and I felt it was no longer right to live in the closet. I came out as gay to a Gujarati daily because I wanted people to openly discuss homosexuality since it’s a hidden affair with a lot of stigma attached[9]. ”

Manvendra inaugurated the Euro Pride gay festival in Stockholm, Sweden on 25 July 2008.

Manvendra featured in a BBC Television series, Undercover Princes, screened on BBC Three in the UK in January 2009 which documented his search for a British boyfriend in Brighton.[10]

[edit] Charitable activities

In 2000, Manvendra started the Lakshya Trust, of which he is chairman, a group dedicated to HIV/AIDS education and prevention. A registered public charitable trust, Lakshya is a community-based organization working for HIV/AIDS prevention among men who have sex with men (MSMs). It provides counseling services, clinics for treatment of sexually transmitted infections, libraries, and condom-use promotion. Lakshya won the Civil Society Award 2006 for its contribution in preventing HIV/AIDS among homosexual men [2].

The trust also creates employment opportunities for gay men and support for other organisations for MSMs, and plans to open a hospice/old age home for gay men.

Lakshya is a member of the India Network For Sexual Minorities (INFOSEM) and a founding member of the Sexual Health Action Network (SHAN).

In 2007, Manvendra joined the Interim Governing Board of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health, known as APCOM, a regional coalition of MSM and HIV community-based organisations, the government sector, donors, technical experts and the UN system. He serves as India Community Representative on behalf of INFOSEM, the India MSM and HIV network. Manvendra said of this work, "APCOM is one of the best mediums to bring together different nationalities and develop linkages with others working for HIV and MSM/TG. In India, it will be an important tool to influence authorities to change thinking and broaden outlooks for the betterment of society. APCOM demonstrates the essence of unity and solidarity within diversity." [11]

In May 2009, it was announced that there are plans to turn Prince Manvendra's life story into a major motion picture. The script will be written by another Royal, a member of the erstwhile Kapurthala Royal family, Prince Amarjit Singh. [

Terrorism is a Greater Disease Than Homosexuality!!!!!!!

Celina Jaitly Miss Butterfly

89,284 items / 540,394 views

on the wings
of angels
as she flies
celina jaitly
miss butterfly
the gay community
with her presence
with her voice
demarginalized souls
girl and guys
their toy boys
article 377
no other choice
a new awakening
thank you
naz foundation
as they sing and rejoice

Uploading the Soul of Gay Humanity

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One thing I am happy I am not a photo journalist , I could not lick editor ass , I am happy I am not a photo journalist, because I am a poet , I shoot poetry as it reads on my pictorial soul.
Shooting Celina and Laxmi was the toughest one as I was barefeet and everyone stamped my feet , I moved about in muck, on almost everything, I am a diabetic so my sugar levels cause havoc , I kept swallowing sweets ..I dont shoot on continuous mode and my Nikon D 80 has a problem sometimes it shoots two frames instead of one..

I had a 16 GB card so scrounging is never my problem I dont shoot a picture I shoot a story board of still that you see cinematically.. I try not to miss even the most mundane moment ..

I was shooting a Gay Parade but I shoot my surroundings too..everything is included I shoot wide...I had a 80/200 but never need it..

I shoot as a blogger even a blur becomes a poem or a short story provided you read it as such..

My grand daughter 21 month old Marziya Shakir is my Muse I shoot pictures for her , I have made a website for her and I know one day she will be a much better photographer than me

She holds the Nikon D 80 like a profession ..she shoots wide too ha ha ha ..

I have another 500 pictures left to post in this series..

Sambhavna They Forgot

Laxmi and Celina

a hijra goddess
a bollywood diva
fighting a common war
both super stars
article 377
on the soul of humanity
a scar
hijras are human
not bizarre
pathos of a pedestrian poets
misery and memoir
the world of gays
another chor bazar
emotions bought second hand
resold again on par
broken strings
breaking the soul
of a sitar

Hijra Beauty in Bloom

the hijra
beauty in bloom
in her heart
for your love
ample room
next to her the cop
with article 377
in his hands
heralding her doom
a hijra
male born
in a woman's costume
a wet lab
her darkroom
no menstrual
filling a vacuum
standing erect
in her tomb
give me space
give me legroom
my sexuality
on your parched soul
will mushroom
a bride
searching for her groom
through my lens
into her angst
I zoom
barefeet blogger
of Mumbai
hijra poetry
pedestrian pain
in poetic volume
giving birth
in tailors
of a trial room
after my
accidental death
only blogs
left to

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi My Hijra Guru and Celina

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi My Hijra Guru and Celina

Celina Jaitly Icon of Peace

Laxmi and Celina Jaitly - Mumbai Gay Prade 2009

Laxmi and Celina Jaitly - Mumbai Gay Prade 2009

Kumar We Love You !!!!!!!!!

If there is one person I admire and love for chutzpah, her sex appeal is Kumar the Cross Dresser ..there is none like her , and I dont even know how to contact her ...,this is Kumar the make up artist with his sister ..and me definitely not her brother ha ha ha ha ha

Barefeet Blogger and the Hijras

A Missing Vagina A Missing Womb A Mothers Teat

following the destiny
of the hijra barefeet
their sorrow their despair
their angst anxiety
their souls incomplete
partly man
partly woman
a partitioned
androgynous heartbeat
a greater god
their fate did cheat
these emasculated
dolls petite
they are hijdas
chakkas eunuchs
derogatory remarks
that you repeat
from the soul
of human society
the soul of a hijra
you cannot delete
a poison they drink
everyday bitter and sweet
their cause a struggle
time cant defeat
joining forces
with them the common man
also the elite
the hijras
disciples of lord iravan
mother bhauchara
on a back lit street
a missing vagina
a missing womb
a mothers teat
a sexual struggle
beneath a seminal
bed sheet

Nitin Karani Rocks

Hijra Swine Flu Mask

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi Queen of the Gay Parade 2009

Camera Lens Gets An Erection

the dimensional light
angle of view
and direction
a horny photo
journalist lens
gets a massive erection
searching for a midriff
and a midsection
heavy breathing
tumescent tragedy
some tension
no name
only honorary mention

Laxmi Bares It All

she could play
the role of an item girl
or the anti hero's moll
this beautiful
hijra doll
on the center spread
of my flickr page
laxmi bares it all
succulent fruits
on her treasure chest
every eyeball
luscious lips
like the maiden
from nepal
next to her
her yellow shirted
arrogant bouncer
like asterisk the gaul
pushing this
barefeet blogger
against the wall
yellow shirted bouncer
suffering from
premature ejaculation
and nightfall
his inhospitable attitude
laxmi needs to overhaul
before some hot headed guy
smashes his head
with a baseball

The Barefeet Blogger of Bandra Independence Day

First Time in 13 Year I Miss the Urus at Ajmer Sharif

I first visited Ajmer Urus in 2005 along with Ajmer Urus I shot Taragadh and Pushkar ... This year I could not make it for Chadiya...