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The Magic Touch of Lalbagh Cha Raja

The Magic Touch of Lalbagh Cha Raja, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Today was my first fast of Ramadhan, I was awake all night yesterday ,. as Ramzan is a moment with its own uniqueness..I had spoken to Raju Langewal the Pandal committee member, that I wanted to shoot the Raja , he told me to come by 12

So barefeet I hopped into a cab and reached the pandal at Lalbagh , I was carrying my Bandra Samachar Press Card too..

I shot the Raja extensively , my efforts to shoot on the stage were unfulfilled..but I will some day.
Lalbagh Cha Raja for the Hindus and Ramzan for the Muslims as a Mumbaikar are two heartbeats of a single heart.

The Raja touches everyone, there were Sikhs , Parsis Gujratis all standing for hours in the queues , some had stood all night, some had walked from the suburbs barefeet..but the most enduring were the kids with excitement and smiles on their faces and senior citizens too..

And it had rained generously , but the rains did not dam…

The Best of Marziya

Me Marziya and the Awakener

Ramadhan and the Awakeners

Ramadhan and the Awakeners, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. These are mendicants who appear during Ramzan walking up people in time for the Roza or Fast.. without them life would be unexciting..this is the first time I have paid this community a heartfelt tribute for their selfless work and zeal,,

Chand Rat Mubarak..

Chand Rat Mubarak

Chand Rat Mubarak, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. chand rat
ibadat kar
roza rakh
ganda mut bak
allah hi sab
se bada good luck
ali haq
marte dum tak
good intentions
good work
dont shirk
aur tume
aur koie nahi fark
in a world of hate
dont get stuck
kadam sambhal
kar rakh
se akhrat tak

Searching for Peace This Ramadhan

Searching for Peace This Ramadhan, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 89,709 items / 543,288 views

for the bombs , the killings
the mayhem perpetrated
by those Muslims in name
we humanity loving Muslims
all over the world take blame
a disgrace the tenets of Islam
these fanatics shame
with their hate
it is good Muslims
like us they frame
Muslims and Muslims
all are mot same
the good the bad the ugly
within a frame
why cant we live peacefully
with the rest of the world
self same
why is terrorist attached
to our surname
our religion from the hands
of hate filled rogue mullahs
mercenaries we must reclaim
for the sake of the unborn
Muslim child fires
of hatred we must tame
any religion
that kills
I disclaim
Hussain is Humanity
a thought proclaim
Allah the Holy Messenger
The Holy Book
The Ahle Bayt
we claim
searching for
Peace this Ramadhan
in a world aflame

Lord Ganesha at Shaheen Building Bandra

Lord Ganesha at Shaheen Building Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The formal inauguration will be tomorrow..and in a few hours I begin my first fast of the Holy month of Ramadhan..dogs are barking outside awaiting the Awakeners who will come to wake you up for the fast with sing song words..

Tomorrow the loudspeakers will begin in hymns to Lord Ganesha..

Ganesh Chaturthi
Main article: Ganesh Chaturthi

An annual festival honours Ganesha for ten days, starting on Ganesh Chaturthi, which typically falls in late August or early September.[129] The festival culminates on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi, when images (murtis) of Ganesha are immersed in the most convenient body of water.[130] In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak transformed this annual Ganesha festival from private family celebrations into a grand public event.[131] He did so "to bridge the gap between the Brahmins and the non-Brahmins and find an appropriate context in which to build a new grassroots unity betw…

Lord Ganesha Arrives at Bandra

Lord Ganesha Arrives at Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I am at home and a few minutes back, there was huge beats of drum, I looked out of my balcony and saw Lord Ganesha making his way to the Shaheen Building Pandal Bandra I rushed down to shoot a few frames and share with you all the magic of mutual coexistence in India..
The Hindu brethren bring in Ganesh Chaturthi and we will keep our first fast of Ramadhan in a few hours.

It is already 2.50 am Mumbai time.

I wish all you guys a Happy Ramadhan Mubarak and Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.. Live and let others live ..

This digital card was in my camera 2.80 GB I had shot a lot of stuff since 15 August ..only my Gay Parade was shot on a different card.The Gay Parade 2009 I shall again keep on hold..

I now start a new set at Flickr the Ganesh Pandals 2009 ..this continues as my series Hope and Hindutva a message of Peace..


Touch, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.


Touch, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

Dodo and Me

Dodo and Me, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.






Muslim Supporters at the Gay Parade

We Are Normal In The Morning - In the Night We Are Gay

Born Gay - Scrap Article 377

Born Gay - Scrap Article 377, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 89,619 items / 542,929 views

guys as guys
love to play
guys as gay guys
without disguise
are here to stay
you can have it
either way
or after
a foreplay
guys who
were born as gay
alternate sexuality
caught midway
cross dressing
the soul in crochet
holding hands
jazz by the bay
same sex love
no more cliche
article 377

Madame Butterfly - Celina Jaitley

Gay Parade 2009 Continued at Flickr