Showing posts from September 24, 2009

Shaving the Indian Armpit

Shaving the Indian Armpit, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 97,041 items / 590,527 views

satirizing the soul
of the quintessential
Indian man
a community close knit
on cyberspace a great hit
god gave him a clean chit
endowed him with brains
so others he could outwit
crafty as a fox
ferocious as a bandit
in the craziest outfit
speaks hinglish and sanskrit
so many qualities
you cannot omit
he has a few flaws
digging his nose
searching for gold
with determination and grit
scratching his family jewels
this kinky comic culprit
gets divine pleasure
in shaving his armpit
peeing against
the forbidden wall
if time will permit
shitting on the seaside
at juhu chowpatty
a moment
beautifully sky lit
on pristine white walls
he loves to spit
habits die hard
he will never quit
plays cricket
like an English man
but his soul
could not be colonized
by the Brit

Barbers of Banganga

Barbers of Banganga, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 96,974 items / 590,285 views

barbers of banganga
busy with their work
on the street
shot by a blogger
the removal
of body hair
pitru paksh
man victorious
even in defeat
holding the universe
in a single heart beat
like a child
holding a mothers teat
the earth
its goodness
we mistreat
on the soul of divinity
hate excrete
racism of religiosity
by a racist elite
humanity browbeat
mans story
from birth to death
spread on a
blood stained
winding sheet
iron in his soul
corroding the pillars
of concrete
the unborn child
in his mothers womb
on the threshold
ready to retreat

United Colors of Religious Peace

United Colors of Religious Peace, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 96,917 items / 590,029 views

hope harmony
mutual coexistence
as humans
we seek
the language of love
the language we speak
a language unique
blessed by god
the downtrodden
the meek
the poor the weak
also the pipsqueak
a bent back
poor physique
slapped on one side
give the other cheek
good relations
some technique
a thought to tweak
before you curse someone
into your own soul peek
adding to the soul
its mind blowing mystique
two messengers of mumbai
a barefeet blogger
a hindu sadhu
both antique
one spiritual sanctity
the other sartorial freak

to shivji master of the sand dunes ..

Dont Steal My Pictures


Marziya and Me at Good Luck Irani Restaurant

Marziya and Me at Good Luck Irani Restaurant, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 96,884 items / 589,918 views

We stayed on rent next to Mehboob Studios a few years back, much before Marziya was born, and Good Luck was my morning haunt for black tea , brun maska.

Their keema is delicious too.. I bought Marziya here to let her feel the flow of my memories.


No1, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

The Garbhi

The Garbhi, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 96,838 items / 589,881 views

The Garbhi is a symbol of fertility and you find these colorful pots with sprout growth at most of the local pandals.I am quite fascinated and have shot this extensively during Durga visarjan at Juhu beach a few years back.

Nutan Palli Sarbojanin Durgotsab Bandra

Nutan Palli Sarbojanin Durgotsab Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 96,796 items / 589,682 views

This pandal is close to St Theresa Church and Patwardhan Park Bandra West, ..I dropped in today and work was going on for its inauguration tomorrow.I spoke to the member of the Pandal Mr Roy who told me that the Pandal was in its 38 year..

The workers went about their work, the heavy rains last night had made the ground soggy and muddy , this is one of my favorite Bengali Pandals.. the members are very cultured , highly educated and they recreate the atmosphere of their homeland Bengal in Mumbai...,

Around the pandal tomorrow will be shops selling relics artifacts, statues of Durga and Kali.

Bengali food stalls and lip smacking sweets..

The Bengalis love Durga Pandal hopping , visiting and paying darshan to the Great Mother .

About Durga Puja

Durga Puja (Bengali: দুর্গা পূজা, ‘Worship of Durga’), also referred as Durgotsab (Bengali: দু…

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Two Sides of the Same Coin, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 96,779 items / 589,619 views

two sides
of the same coin
a shia muslim a hindu
both made in india
a blogger
without shoes
the other
a pandit
brahma vishnu
mahadeo his due
in a land that
gave birth to a sardar
gandhi nehru
non violent means
the British vampire
in a land
on the dead body of
a poor man
a white elephant
builds statues
politics and power
kill you much before
you are killed
by swine flu
for the am admi
who really
cares a screw
a sleepless world
within a world
a spiders web
that snatches
human souls like you
to blog or not to blog
vice or virtue
faceless marauders
on the internet
the hate that they spew
cyberspace the flip
side of a human zoo