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Will Her Life Change After Election ?

Will Her Life Change After Election ?, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,259 items / 599,799 views

they took her precious vote
gave her four times her electric bill
hiked her water bill in fair exchange
yes politics of power is a game
very strange ..her quality
of life has deteriorated
after the election
nothing will change
for the hike in her bank loan
another loan arrange

Will Her Life Change After Election ?

Will Her Life Change After Election ?, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,259 items / 599,799 views

they took her precious vote
gave her four times her electric bill
hiked her water bill in fair exchange
yes politics of power is a game
very strange ..her quality
of life has deteriorated
after the election
nothing will change
for the hike in her bank loan
another loan arrange

Will Her Life Change After Election ?

Will Her Life Change After Election ?, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,259 items / 599,773 views

unko paisewala banane ke liye
phir ek bar mohra lagana hai
badnasibi yeh kaisa bahana hai
main zinda lash marke
kabarmain jana hai
apni phuti hui kismet
par rajnitii ka mohra sajana hai
vote for change kehkar
woh itna change hue
yeh bhi kya afsana hai
phir line main khade hokar
unko ghar wapas lana hain

Will His Life Change After Election ?

Will His Life Change After Election ?, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,259 items / 599,773 views

eagles in flight
for his life
his right
they fight
so many
elections
have come and gone
he is still on the pavement alright
they have built bungalows buildings colleges
but his future his childrens future
still out of sight ..
flip side of democracy
in black and white
a candleless hope
a reliance
that rips him for light
his destiny
weeps tears
at midnight
marathi manoos
caught in a cross fire
no respite

boxed in a corner
airtight
he wont be
invited
to big bosses
house tonight

dedicated to gautam rajadakshya

Marziya And Her Favorite Goat

Marziya And Her Favorite Goat, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Most of the goats at Bandra Bazar Road know Marziya on first name basis, she feeds cabbage leaves to her favorite goat, he is a very lucky goat ,the kids call him Sharukh affectionately, he was to be slaughtered last year for a wedding , but the person to whom he has been sold since birth changed his mind..(he was to slaughtered for his daughters wedding reception)

There is another black goatee beard the kids call him Big Boss.He is the star attraction , but was not around when I shot Marziya with Sharukh.

He loves biscuits and searches Marziyas pockets without harming her at all, there was the Mother goat that shook hands with Marziya , she and her kid have been sent away to live with a family in Malad.

Bandra Bazar Road has a lot of goats, there are variety of goats , there are two kick boxing goats trained by a kick boxer who trained under the kick boxer who taught kick boxing to cine star John Abraham…

Their Future Lies in Our Hand

Their Future Lies in Our Hand, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The Muslim girl child
must be thoroughly
educated
on her two feet
must be taught to stand
her growth our growth
their future
lies in our hand
unfortunately
the relics
the antiquarians
the rigid clergy
does not wish
to understand
the Muslim girl child
her path ahead
we have to plan
changing times
changing needs
create a changing
demand
Islam a torch bearer
of human love
peace and brotherhood
Hindus Muslims
Christians Sikhs
living peacefully
mutually in this
beautiful land

About Marziya Shakir Worlds Youngest Street Photographer 3 Year Old

About Marziya Shakir, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,182 items / 599,440 views

Makhna is the head scarf that little Muslim girls wear to cover their heads as per Islamic tradition..as they grow older it is the Hijab or the chadar.

Marziya is my 23 month old grand daughter .I began shooting her from the second day of her birth 24 Oct 2007.
Marziya got her name from her parents , Marziya means Allah Be Praised ..and is also a name of the Holy Prophets daughter Princess Fatima or Jannabe Syeda.

Marziya is comfortable with the Makhna but as it is polyester base it gets hot and so she removes it after some time..

Marziya uniquely changes with what she wears , she can be a tomboy or a cute Muslim girl..at 23 months old she knows most of the by lanes of the Bandra West slums , she knows every path that leads to Rajiv Nagar, Indira Nagar Hanuman Nagar or Khoka Chawl..

She knows most of the denizens too..she knows the Fish Market , Shia Mosque , the Umbrella lady, but …

The Umbrella Lady of Bandra Reclamation Waits

The Umbrella Lady of Bandra Reclamation Waits, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,179 items / 599,410 views

Ever since I shifted to this area , I have been observing and photographing this womans plight,this poor destitute homeless , lives under an umbrella , I have shot her having a bath without degrading her womanhood..I shot her back she was wearing a sarong, I have never seen her stand up at all.. where she goes for call of nature I dont know..

She is the first lesson in Charity I taught my 23 month old grand daughter Marziya..Marziya will nudge me as I pass her , take Rs 10 from my hand carefully ,cross the puddle and politely hand it over to her..Marziya with her child s mind understands..

During heavy rains , like one last night she sits there under the umbrella ..she does not talk, she does not complain , I am told she renounced her affluent status in life , her family I was told stays at Dadar

Is she a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian does not matter ..Not a …

Amchi Mumbai Jai Maharashtra

Amchi Mumbai Jai Maharashtra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,179 items / 599,410 views

children with their
school mate
wait
for a better future
outside
the politicians gate
big fat school bags
on hunched backs
they hate
they are fined
at school
if they reach late
polling day
a holiday
only thing great
dont beat
north indians
who come
from another state
India is for all
dont throw your weight
peace hope harmony
through good deeds
you must translate
dont hike electric bills
water bills property rate
for the poor the needy
give them rebate
even if you are crooked
learn to be straight
with false promises
we the public
dont slyly sedate
or falsely placate
our peaceful
surroundings
dont stagnate
hindus muslims dalits
christian
dont segregate
amchi mumbai
jai maharashtra
your
divide and rule
overtures
wont tolerate
13 october
day of reckoning
on your bungalows
a new name plate
a verdict of change
for the better
the public awaits

The Great Indian Rope Trick - Politics

The Great Indian Rope Trick - Politics, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,155 items / 599,245 views

so many newspapers
one main topic
who will
form the new
state government
each one predicts
the great Indian
rope trick
politics
comical
stand up
slapstick
desi but slick
sometimes
you throw up
fall sick
politicians
every color
hue their antics
with their pan
chewing
spitting out
side kicks
a house
they will build
without bricks
money
money power
at the expense
of cattle driven public
field day
for astrologers and mystics
gyrating graphics
generating gimmicks
rebellious rhythmic
unhappy candidates
that the party
did not pick
politics
a world
within a world
pugilistic
pugnacious
pricks
in the fray
even those
incorrigible convicts
criminals
hand picked
Indian politics
a heady brew
heady mix
300 crore turnover
money spinning politics
churning out
gold bricks
secret accounts
in Swiss banks
nirvana
a great fix
a system
that politically
ass licks

No Not Again ...

No Not Again ..., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,154 items / 599,157 views

The chaos of searching for the right party , the right person continues to form a new government at the State level in Maharashtra..as I stay at Bandra I shot my first pictures today , I came in pretty late as the candidate of the Congress Party Baba Siddiki had already left..

His party members had distributed masks to the kids , women of the area.


At Bandra the main contenders are sitting MLA Baba Siddiki Cong I/ NCP .
Advocate Ashish Shelar BJP/Shiv Sena combine
Rahebar Khan Independent
Rizwan Merchant Samajwadi Party
There is a BSP candidate Tejpal Singh Chaddha

Durga Arti Pandal Sitla Devi

Durga Arti Pandal Sitla Devi, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 99,143 items / 599,144 views

These are pictures I shot on 27 Sept 2009 on my way home barefeet from Shivaji Park Ramlila to Mahim junction , I shot a few frames of this Durga Pandal at Sitla Devi..the most popular pandal on this road.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarti

Aarti is generally performed one to five times daily, and usually at the end of a puja or bhajan session. It is performed during almost all Hindu ceremonies and occasions. It involves the circulating of an 'Aarti plate' around a person or deity and is generally accompanied by the singing of songs in praise of that deva or person (many versions exist). In doing so, the plate itself is supposed to acquire the power of the deity. The priest circulates the plate to all those present. They cup their down-turned hands over the flame and then raise their palms to their forehead - the purificatory blessing, passed from the deva's image to the f…