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Bandra at Crossroads

Bandra at Crossroads, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

Earlier, in the 16th & 17th century Bandra -now 'Queen Of The Suburbs', was known by various names; as 'Bandor', 'Bandora', 'Bandera', 'Bandara', and in Marathi documents, as 'Vandre'(Marathi: वांद्रे). Old gravestones in St. Andrew's Church compound still carry the faint inscription of the Portuguese name 'Bandora'. In 1894, during the British Raj, the 'B.B.& C.I. Railway' changed the name of this sprawling suburb to 'Bandra' - which has remained till today.

Incredibly, in 1548, when it was a flourishing town in Salsette, Bandra was gifted to a Portuguese, Antonio Passoa, 'for meritorious service' to the ruling Portuguese. After his death and that of his widow, it was passed on to the Portuguese Jesuits in 1568. The Jesuits had a small hermitage on the hill overlooking…

I Shoot The Poetry of Pain

I Shoot The Poetry of Pain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I shoot the poetry of pain
as I see it
on my karmic consciousness
without profit or gain
who will protect her
when they could not
protect hussain
mullahcentric society
male dominated
where fatwas
drop like rain
Muslim Poor Woman
to an Eternity
Forever Enchained