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Sandal of Maulana Baba at Bandra Bazar Road

Sandal of Maulana Baba at Bandra Bazar Road, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 114,532 items / 744,052 views

Had I not gone down when I heard the blasts of drums beneath my house , I wouuld have missed shooting these pictures , so there is a karmic connection pre destined to what you shoot and what you dont get to shoot...

Marziya was the one who wanted to watch the happenings from the window of our house , and you cant see clearly due to the overgrowth of branches and trees..I thought it ia a wedding, so when I came down with my camera and Marziya on my waist it turned out to be a sandal procession ..and the few guys involved with the sandal knew me , this was a huge sandal and shooting it was pretty tough ,there was a horse buggy with kids a huge bullock cart and the huge elaborate chaddars..

When the sandal moved towards the Bazar I let it go, and returned home..

All night my uploading problems continued , messages to You Telecom is water on a ducks ass, there techie…

Faith Can Move Mountains too as it Moves You And Me

Faith Can Move Mountains too as it Moves You And Me, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The first time I came here at the Chand Shah Wali Dhuni , it was at the invitation of Late Sikandar Wali Baba head of the Dhuni and the Chand Shah Wali Rafaees , but who held court during the Makhdoom Shah Baba Urus at Mahim , their dhuni was behind the Mahim Shrine, I was introduced to Sikandar Wali Baba by Fahad Khalil Pathan son of the late Peshimam of Makhdoom Shah Baba Mosque.

It was a fascinating moment I began documenting the Rafaees body piercers , with a lot of stiff opposition from some of the members who did not want their pictures taken that , their rituals expose, specially the smoking of drugs a core aspect of the rafaees and their hangar-ons at the Dhuni.

After the Makhdoom Shah Baba Urus got over the Chand Shah Wali rafaees or as I call them Chancawalli rafaees moved their Dhuni to the smaller also popular Dargah of Baba Fakhr or Fakhruddin Shah Baba,once this Urus g…

Kids Dont Need Cameras When They Shoot Photographers

Chancawalli Urus 2010

Chancawalli Urus 2010, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I start a new set at my Flickr photostream,the Chancawalli Urus 2010..
The Chancawalli Dargah houses the revered tomb of Baba Haji Syed Usman Shah Qadri alias Chand Shah Baba Vihar lake Road , Pachkauli..Piru Baugh Mumbai..you reach there via Powai ..
I came here in the night along with my dear friend Sakib on his bike , we had a great problem finding the Dargah because Sakib forgot the road ..

We reached there eventually , and this was my second trip, last I had come here many years back when Sikandar Wali Baba the head of the Chancawali Rafaees was alive..

I have documented the life style of the rafaee Sufi body piercers or mendicants or fakirs..they have a Dhuni here and Chancawalli Dargah is on a huge Muslim Sunni cemetery..It is a very serene place away from the hustle bustle of life, I shot this kid at the sanctum sanctorom of the Holy Shrine..he was so fascinated with my rings and would not let go of my han…

The Icegolawala of Transit Camp Bandra

The Icegolawala of Transit Camp Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 114,287 items / 742,539 views

When you exit out of the Indrajinagar slums , you just cant miss the Icegolawala of Bandra Transit camp..and for the kids he is the much needed person to quench their parched throats and he is cheaper than ice cream that you get at supermarkets ..

Mind you these are slum kids , most of the parents work, and the kids with some loose change come here and form a friendly cluster around the ice candy man.

This Ice candy man is very jovial, friendly and the parents trust him too, kids who cant handle the ice gola on a stick have it straight from a glass when the ice melts.

The poor kids childhood especially those living in the slums is incomplete without the icegolawala..

Sometimes a Photographer Too Needs to Be Shot

Sometimes a Photographer Too Needs to Be Shot, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. These are a few pictures sent to me with a note by Nawab Syed Mehdi Ali Khan of Hussaini Koti Hyderabad , I had shot the 8 Moharam event here..pictures were all shot by Raza photographer..

Adaab,
Mashallah, you are doing hectic work as a blogger. You have put so many picture of our Hussaini Kothi. Accept a few from our side.

Syed Mehdi Ali Khan
23-1-365, Hussaini Kothi,
Kotla Alijah, Hyderabad 500023

my poem dedicated to Nawab Syed Mehdi Al Khan

carrying the rumal
of princess fatima
to shoot hussaini koti
a barefeet blogger
from mumbai
to your
kingdom of pain
spirituality
he came
seeing you passion
your dedication
to hussain
your biggest fan
he became
Karbala
the black chapter
of Islam
Sham Damascus
where Muslim
womanhood
was shamed
with her kutbas
watched by 72
heads on a spear
Zainab the indomitable '
powerhouse
of Alis strength
accursed Yazid
his arrogance
tamed
from drops
of tears
that fell from
a mothers eyes
the Shia…

Shooting the Soul of Humanity

Shooting the Soul of Humanity, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. These are a few pictures sent to me with a note by Nawab Syed Mehdi Ali Khan of Hussaini Koti Hyderabad , I had shot the 8 Moharam event here..pictures were all shot by Raza photographer..

Adaab,
Mashallah, you are doing hectic work as a blogger. You have put so many picture of our Hussaini Kothi. Accept a few from our side.

Syed Mehdi Ali Khan
23-1-365, Hussaini Kothi,
Kotla Alijah, Hyderabad 500023

Taboot of Imam Hussain and Zulana

Zuljana and Me

From The Cradle To The Grave

From The Cradle To The Grave, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. a little mujahid
strong and brave
from the atrocity
of accursed yazid
brotherhood
of peace
he did save
it was not water
but the love
of humanity
like his father
he did crave
while
the eunuchs
in yazids army
watched
all this
no shock wave
better to die
with dignity
than live
shamelessly
as a slave
a message
to all of us
he gave
from
the cradle
to the grave

Mumbai The City of Peace Hope and Humanity

Mumbai The City of Peace Hope and Humanity, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 114,026 items / 740,736 views

Ali Reza Shirazis Juloos Mount Mary 2010

This is my new set at Flickr and I shot this a day before before I shot the English majlis of Maulana Sayyid Ali Naqvi on 24 Jan 2010, but I kept it on hold to post the majlis pictures.


Ali Reza Shirazi stays at Mount Mary bang opposite the Shiv Sena office , and last year his juloos began from his house and ended at the Supari Talao Grounds on the day of the Ag Ka Matam .

Ali Reza Shirazi is a humble Shia devout and his spiritual strength comes from his Mother Parveen Shirazi, and his father a man of few words and sheer simplicity, and because I consider his mother almost like my own , I try not to give this short juloos a miss.
Ali Reza Shirazi is short of man power but in spite of all this he with the help of his trusted friends his brother Ali Aman and well wishers tries to make this message of peace and tolerance a grea…

The Muslim Beggar Lady..Will Her Life Ever Change

The Muslim Beggar Lady..Will Her Life Ever Change, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. outside the bandra
shia khoja mosque
she stands with
begging hands
her fate veiled
a few coins
no other demands
from the fire
into a cooking pan
she lands
her life
that her misery
has panned
from the
threshold
of gods house
sinking in quick sand
her life unplanned
only sorrow
at her back and command

Marziya Celebrates 60th Republic Day of India

Marziya Celebrates 60th Republic Day of India, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was shot close to the Indraji Nagar slums , this is the path I take to reach my work place so Marziya knows at a glance life on the other side of the fence, the path she takes is dark, unlit narrow with pipes running across the soul of the slum..that pays tribute to late Indira Gandhiji..Indias own Iron lady with an indomitable strength of steel in time of exigency and adversity..she lives and so does her heritage ..

While we take this path there is a tiny room where a young Muslim girl teaches the slum kids, tutors them and Marziya needs no invitation she goes and sits on the teachers lap imbibing the values of street survival..

And while we reached the spot where Marziya is sitting with a kid , the music blared reminding us of the sacrifice of the father of the nation.. and other freedom fighters of our mother land..and here as a nationalist Indian I think more important than maki…

Majlis in English Maulana Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi at Bandra Shia Khoja Mosque

Majlis in English Maulana Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi at Bandra Shia Khoja Mosque, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 113,876 items / 739,601 views

I start a new set shot last night at 8.15 pm , an English mjlis recital by Maulana Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi lecturer and ex Principal of Hauza Birmingham UK at Bandra Shia Khoja Mosque.

I was invited by Facebook friend Asad Virani who requested me to come and to shoot the majlis thereby spreading the gospel by peace , peace that is equally wanted by everyone including the haves and the havenots..

Peace is the message of Imam Hussain..

If I had an army of 72 soldiers of Hussain,I would have achieved freedom for India in 24 hours...Mahatma Gandhi Father of the Nation..

So peace is the core essence of mans quest on Earth..irespective of cultural differences , color caste or creed ..Hussain is Humanity a single Voice against tyranny barbarism and oppression.. Man was born free and needs to be free of the despots of the world..

Maulana Sayyid …

Happy Republic Day From Marziya Shakir

Happy Republic Day From Marziya Shakir, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. My jewelery collection and Marziya..

This Ends The Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010 Series

This Ends The Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010 Series, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. With this picture I complete the Guru Nanak Park juloos series of 405 pictures at my Flickr photo stream.. it was really a tiring and painful process completing this because of my uploading problems with my service provider You Telecom.

I have two new sets after this Ali Reza Shirazis Mount Mary Juloos shot on 24 Jan 2010 and the English majlis recited by Maulana Sayyid Ali Naqvi lecturer and ex Principal of Hauza at Birmingham UK.. shot last night..

Lying On The Floor to Shoot Pain

Lying On The Floor to Shoot Pain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. as every drop
of blood that falls on
the parched ground
gives testimony
to hussain
a photo blogger
lying on the floor
to shoot pain
a bit crazy
a bit insane
bejeweled
humane
cosmic
creativity
embedded
in a fragmented
pea brain
one legged photography
the stance of a human crane
somethings you are born with
from the cradle to the tomb
with you it will remain
binding you to divinity
through humanity
with a silken chain

Shooting the Dark Side of the Moon

Shooting the Dark Side of the Moon, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. a flesh that gets beaten
by razor sharp blades
to which the human
shia flesh is immune
shooting pain
as dark side of the moon
the body the soul
the spirit in total tune
you are what you are
what you are not
another name
for misfortune
humility is
when you are
born with a
wooden spoon
hussain to humanity
the greatest boon

Dont Ask Me Why I Shoot What I Shoot

Dont Ask Me Why I Shoot What I Shoot, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I am lying beneath his feet on my back a few inches away from the point and the stroke of his bleeding sword and weeping back.

dont ask me why I shoot what I shoot
a system computerized to re route
a system I dont neet to reboot
dont ask me why I shoot
what I shoot moments
from the flowing memories
of life I loot my efforts
may or may not bear fruit
funereal music of pain
gushing as blood
though a flute
falling from the heights
of hardcore street photography
do you really need a parachute
I reiterate I dont shoot
for the shias
my cosmic conscience
silent and mute
to all of humanity
white black yellow bronze
photo blogs as my tribute
my barefeet path
my pictorial pedestrian pursuit
ghame hussain yesterday
today tomorrow
no yazid will ever uproot
hussainyat
on the soul of humanity
a dimensional offshoot
no fear of a message
of peace no dispute
the mind is a computer
no yazidi virus will
ever pollute

Dedicated to Maulana Sayyed Ali …

My Continuing Upload Problems You Telecom

My Continuing Upload Problems You Telecom, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. He was the smartest kid at the Guru Nanak Park juloos , he had scourged himself at Almeida Park and was sitting besides me and Marziya near the Bandra Shia Khoja Mosque..and this is the sword that the boys of Anjumane Mehndi used when the juloos ended , this was one hell of a sword , it sent almost three guys to the Bhabha Hospital for stitches.

My uploading problems continue in 2 hours I have managed to upload 4 files to my Flickr photo stream out of 87 that I had placed on the Flickr uploader..

I sent them a message again after I came home shooting a Majlis in English at the Bandra Shia Khoja Mosque just now..

My Continuing Upload Problems

Your technician had come home and done the necessary changes , at 30.30 pm , I was told to connect after 6 pm as your server was down, but I am sorry to say he has absolutely no solution to my uploading problems , I could upload only 4 files out of 87 that …

Beggars Cant Be Choosers - You Telecom

Beggars Cant Be Choosers - You Telecom, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. You Have no Time to Resolve my Issue

New Message Sent to You Telecom Customer Care

To Whomsoever Concerned
You Telecom Broadband and Cable Ind Ltd
Customer Care

There is a gross connectivity problem at your end that you are blatantly hiding from those like me who have subscribed to your service, the speed test taken last evening as suggested by your customer care clearly shows the fault of my uploading not happening at my Flickr site lies at your door, I have lost valuable time and my work of sharing these pictures is still incomplete ..will you add extra time to this outage problem to my account or have I to suffer in silence .

I am an existing client and nothing has changed in your attitude towards better service or response..sadly even your technicians are inadequate to solve my problem which is going on since a week.

I have no personal issue with You Telecom you charge me for a service that you d…

The Shia Kids of Bandra

The Shia Kids of Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Most of the kids at the Guru Nanak Park juloos are from Bandra , this is the ideal place for their scourging as adults dont take part here , and where the adults take part , near the culminating point of the Shia Bandra Khoja mosque , it is really too dangerous to scourge , among the hardcore boys of Anjuman e Yadgare Mehndi.

But yes there are little kids of Bandra Bazar Road who took swords in their hands to cut their backs..the Bandra Bazar Shia kids are far too experienced in art of self infliction and self mutilation a traditional ritual that comes with the territory of a Shia mind space..

But cutting or bloodletting is not mandatory , you can be a Shia without cutting your head or your back.. but blood letting is a way of protest against the tyrants of the world of Terrorism , and one of the founding fathers was accursed Yazid of the Ummayad Caliphate .As a street photographer I have shot the angst of my …

Shooting the Bandra Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010

Shooting the Bandra Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The Wazir brothers Munir, Wazir Asghar who organize this awesome grand spectacular procession from their house at Bashiron , the building where Mr Subhash Ghai had his first office Mukta Arts and a very lucky one mind you..just a stones throw from where Mithunda lived many years back, and known as Guru Nanak Park close to late Mohomed Rafi Saabs bungalow is the place where the Shias of Mumbai congregate , this juloos was started by their dad a renowned Momin and lover of Ahle Bayt..and so it continues as a heritage by his posterity.

The juloos begins with nohas a majlis ably and beautifully recited by Maulana Ali Hasan Hilal A Rajani of Karachi Pakistan, who spoke about the Hussaini Brahmins, and the message of global peace a message on the wings of Hussainiyat.

From Guru Nanak Park accompanied by Alams , Imam Hussains Taboot , Imam Hussains steed a replica we call Zuljana the juloos …

Shooting the Bandra Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010

Shooting the Bandra Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The Wazir brothers Munir, Wazir Asghar who organize this awesome grand spectacular procession from their house at Bashiron , the building where Mr Subhash Ghai had his first office Mukta Arts and a very lucky one mind you..just a stones throw from where Mithunda lived many years back, and known as Guru Nanak Park close to late Mohomed Rafi Saabs bungalow is the place where the Shias of Mumbai congregate , this juloos was started by their dad a renowned Momin and lover of Ahle Bayt..and so it continues as a heritage by his posterity.

The juloos begins with nohas a majlis ably and beautifully recited by Maulana Ali Hasan Hilal A Rajani of Karachi Pakistan, who spoke about the Hussaini Brahmins, and the message of global peace a message on the wings of Hussainiyat.

From Guru Nanak Park accompanied by Alams , Imam Hussains Taboot , Imam Hussains steed a replica we call Zuljana the juloos …

You Telecom Makes Me Suffer

You Telecom Makes Me Suffer, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. There is a problem with your Connectivity

New Message Sent To You Telecom Customer Care

I contacted your Customer Care at You Telecom , and my complaint was made ,

2010012408100 you telecom speed problem....216 kps when actually the speed should be 514 I was told , all my latest pictures cannot be uploaded causing me immense pain and torture..I have lost unnecessary time and energy and my problems still continue..

Why dont you solve my problem once and for all.

Firoze Shakir

237303

Picture of the little girl portraying Bibi Sakina at the Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010 Bandra that I am trying to upload at Flickr.com without much success..

Reliving the Pain of Bibi Sakina at Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010

I AM DEEPLY HURT WITH YOU TELECOM

I AM DEEPLY HURT WITH YOU TELECOM, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Since last night I am trying to upload pictures of the Bandra Guru Nanak Juloos a Shia Moharam event I shot last night..and despite all my efforts my uploading is slow intermittent and sluggish.

I have to re start my upload every time so I have written the following message to their Customer Care and I am publishing it here so they can remedy my problem as fast as they can.
My message to Customer Care You Telecom Broadband and Cable India Pvt Ltd.

I recently changed my plan , in order to get faster speed and faster uploading of my pictures to my website on Flickr.com .
But it hurts me to say my uploading is worse than what it was before, uploading takes place at snails pace , as a photo blogger and cyber photo journalist You Telecom in its new avatar as You Telecom Broadband is of no Help to me at all.

I have told this to your concerned department heads at your Bandra Gods Gift office, but my uploading …

Reliving the Pain of Bibi Sakina at Guru Nanak Park Juloos

Bandra Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010

Bandra Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Munna from Imamwada brings this Shabi of the Cradle of Ali Asghar and his little daughter portrays the pain of Bibi Sakina daughter of Imam Hussain.
Munna has two daughters both look identical,I have shot the older one extensively at the various juloos in town.

Munna is the same person who recites Namaz on Fire a metaphoric reminder of the fourth Imam reciting Namaz in chains on the burning sands of Karbala while being transported to Sham as prisoner in the court of Yazid

Hussainiyat Humility and Grace

Hussainiyat Humility and Grace, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Fatima is the face
of the future
of our race
yes a mothers love
in every girl child
deserving
her bounty
her praise
in every heart
she stays
our ancestry
to this great
noble mother
we trace
hussain is humanity
the catch phrase
wholeheartedly
we embrace
our dreams
our hope
our tears
embedded in
our mothers womb
no other dreams
to chase
born as shias
no yazid
could ever erase
hussainiyat
humility and grace

Aman Ka Farishta - Ya Hussain

Aman Ka Farishta - Ya Hussain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Majlis recited by Maulana Hasan Ali Hilal A. Rajani from Karachi Pakistan at Guru Nanak Park Juloos..23 Jan 2010

Maulana Saab is a true Aman Ka Farishta spreading peace through humanity , humanity that is embodied as Hussain..and Hussain is the key to fight terrorism and oppression shaking the pillars of True Islam...the bigots and promoters of a satanic agenda that divide hearts souls and neighboring countries and put the blame on America for inherent faults of their own shortcomings..

Hussain is a power that cuts across man made barbed frontiers , Hussain is a breeze that touches us all irrespective of our caste color of creed..yes indeed we shed tears for Hussain but we also curse Yazid..killers of Imam Hussain followers of his breed..the misbegotten wanton seed..

It was Hussain from the clutches of Yazidiyat the soul of Islam freed..yes more than a message of Hate , Muslims killing Muslims its Peace t…

Jalal Mamu of Byculla and Me

Jalal Mamu of Byculla and Me, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Jalal Mamu is a very humble Shia man, down to earth , low profile and least talkative, but an icon of Shia faith, and Mumbai Shia way of Life.

Jalal Mamu organizes an event near Byculla station on 9 Moharam much before the Honda Byculla Savoy juloos and this event brings in a lot of people , thee is a short majlis and Jalal Mamu strips himself t the waist and Jalal Mamu is the greatest sword matamdar , his strokes cut through flesh , and ripping pieces from his body in the air, after the sword is pulled from his hand by 20 people , Jalal Mamu now takes the hocky shaped zanjir and further mows his back wounds with deafening razor sharp blades..I shot this last year pictures on my Flickr photostream .

From Byculla station Jalal Mamus juloos joins the Honda Savoy juloos.

The next day Ashura , Jala Mamu again cuts his bruised back with the sword at the Amin Imambada event..

I am a great fan of Jalal Mamu , not …

Bandra Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010

Bandra Guru Nanak Park Juloos 2010, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I start a new set at my Flickr photostream, Bandra Guru Nanak Park juloos 2010 , this is Shia procession that begins at Bashiron building near Guru Nanak Park ,organized by the Wazir brothers.

This begins with a noha recital , Abbas Bhai recited a noha, than there was a Noha by some Nohakars from Delhi.

The majis was recited by Maulana Hasan Ali Hilal A. Rajani from Karachi.
There was a beautifully decorated Zuljana and a Taboot of Imam Hussain , including Muna Bhais daughter portraying the pain of Bibi Sakina along with the cradle of Ali Asghar.


There were several alams, Mamu recited the Noha for the Busheri Matam, and the procession moved from Guru Nanak Park via Turner Road to Almeida Park finally culminating at Bandra Shia Khoja Mosque.


As soon as the procession reached the Mosque , hardcore sword matam,zanjir matam and kama matam began.

Marziya was with me till Almeida Park than went home much befo…

Mind Games Man Plays

Mind Games Man Plays, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Man is born an Atheist.. in the Cradle as he grows the line of his parents religion he tows ..comes in hate ..on his path to virtual spirituality humanity he mows..man the only living animal living behind closed doors..

Astrologer at De Monte Street

Astrologer at De Monte Street, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Both their lives are fucked .
The man who is having his hand read and the man who is reading the hand .One is seeking money mysteries of the future expand , the other fucked dimwit seeking hope his fucked life unplanned ..his love life on the rocks off band stand..tying to get a job in some foreign land..presently working at a bhangar shop..desultory delusional dreamland...after paying the fucked astrologer his fucked destiny as bad luck crash lands..

Photo Blogging

Photo Blogging, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo blogging
the face of humanity
not for money nor praise
poetic passion almost a craze
searching for situations
catapulting them as always
pedestrian pathos
in a blog to showcase
dreams that we chase
hope to embrace
the essence of good living
man and his god
face to face
on your computer screen
seeking solace
mutual coexistence
tolerance respect
for the other mans
spiritual mind space
caste color or creed
not influenced
by a mans white face
humility born in a cradle
mans rightful birth place

Photo Blogging

Photo Blogging, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo blogging
the face of humanity
not for money nor praise
poetic passion almost a craze
searching for situations
catapulting them as always
pedestrian pathos
in a blog to showcase
dreams that we chase
hope to embrace
the essence of good living
man and his god
face to face
on your computer screen
seeking solace
mutual coexistence
tolerance respect
for the other mans
spiritual mind space
caste color or creed
not influenced
by a mans white face
humility born in a cradle
mans rightful birth place

Marziya on the Move

Marziya on the Move, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 113,413 items / 735,090 views

through
pictures
her world
she wants to
improve
eyesores
at bandra bazar road
open gutters garbage
she wants to remove
humility
the essence
of good photography
a thought to approve
pedestrian pathos
street poetry
a karmic chemistry
beyond the groove
get up and be counted
dont just stand aloof

The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai

The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 113,387 items / 734,825 views

My leg has healed finally, it took a lot of time...and I wear a pair of slippers most of the time.. but I shall shoot Moharam juloos barefeet..the two big ones are the Guru Nanak Park juloos on 23 Jan and the Supari Talao Ag Ka Matam on 30 Jan 2010.

There is a juloos on 24 Jan Sunday at Mount Mary Road of Ali Reza Shirazi..

Through the Legs of a Woman

Through the Legs of a Woman, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. everything sells
switchboards
cars door bells
her nude form
poetry passion
on the soul
of advertising
spells
her nubile
comely body
exotic neurotic erotic
like musky perfume
smells
dreams disillusioned
it gift wraps re sells
woman embedded in the soul
of humanity
the missing link
in a nutshell
even as a dumb
blond broad
she excels
what man
buys in retail
in wholesale
she outsells

Good Old Bollywood

Good Old Bollywood, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Once upon a time
say the two
old ladies
it was jolly good
good old Bollywood
heroes
dilip saab
raj kapoor
sunil dutt
dev anand
manoj kumar
rajendra kumar
guru dutt
shammi kappor
sashi kapoor
balraj sahani
pradip kumar
ashok kumar
kishore kumar
mehmood
pictures
that were aesthetic
social life dramas
not offensive or crude

heroines
nargis dutt
madhubala
meena kumari
tanuja nutan
waheeda rehman
nanda geeta bali
mutual coexistence
no feud
no skin no sexy nude
celluloid cinemascopic
fortitude
pictures
that portrayed
reality not
sex or falsehood
generation after generation
time and tide withstood
today's heroes heroines
nothing but time pass
driftwood
misplaced masculinity
mocking manhood

Jerking off in his sleep

Jerking off in his sleep, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. a handcart
called desire
the road
side creep
wantonly
vagabond
jerking off
in his sleep
his mound
of venus
a garbage heap
from one comely
maiden to another
he leaps
seminal sorrow
wakes up and weeps
what he sows
another mam reaps

Her Camera Eye I Bless

Her Camera Eye I Bless, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Marziya Shakir
a pictorial progress
on word press
flickr facebook
her online
address
her camera eye
I bless
god give
her a long life
peace hope
happiness
lifelong success
long after I am gone
she will shoot
the distressed
the oppressed
through a photo blog
explicitly expressed
chip of a blog
you have rightly
guessed
a black hijab
more smartly dressed
shooting men
cutting their heads
beating their chest
hussain is humanity
a 1400 year old protest
he who gave his head
but not his hand
won the spiritual contest
savior of the needy
the terrorized suppressed

Marziya and Senior Inspector Prakash George Bandra

Marziya and Senior Inspector Prakash George Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Marziya loves policeman a fact all the policemen of Bandra Police Station know , and Uncle Prakash George Senior Inspector of Bandra Police Station is very special..she knows that very well as he sends his orderly to get Marziya a big bar of chocolate.

Marziya wishes all the policemen as she walks to school or on her return..and the cops who are fathers grand fathers too wave out to her with mutual respect and good will.

Bandra The Undisputed Uncrowned Queen of Garbage

Bandra The Undisputed Uncrowned Queen of Garbage, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. on the soul
of society
a war they wage
Bandra The Undisputed
Uncrowned Queen of Garbage
going from bad to verse
at every stage
a syndrome
of apathy
neglect
as our children
age
bandra
the queen
of open gutters
stinking sewage
now that he has
got his ministerial seat
he has gone backstage
everything in bandra
but this scene stealer
of sorrows and misery
wont see any
newspapers
front page
the dirge of a blogger
dying in a cage

She Begs With Her Eyes

She Begs With Her Eyes, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. caught in
the vicious grip
of fate
caught in a
painful vice
dressed in
the winding sheet
of pain
she begs
with her eyes
shamed womanhood
as time flies
far away
in her shanty
her child cries
another
will be born
if the first one dies
reality of her state
her soul in disguise
pushed into
early marriage
she pays a price
makes me wonder
beneath the feet
of motherhood
lies paradise
the Muslims
see this everyday
at the Friday prayers
at the market
at the crossroad
giving her
a few coins will suffice
building new spiritual
structures madrsas
on the soul
of the down trodden
to be precise
once bitten
twice
shy
silence
on the soul
of humanity
the best advice

Moharam in Mumbai 2009

Moharam in Mumbai 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 113,202 items / 731,866 views

This completes the series Moharam in Mumbai 2009 at my Flickr photostream, 271 pictures given to me by Munna Kama of Kaisar Bagh to add to my Flickr photostream.


Though he has not told me who shot the pictures I thank the photographer too, he has documented the angst of the Shia community of Mumbai.

If I had not gone to Hyderabad I would have shot this segment that begins on eve of 7 Moharam at Kaisar Bagh and finally ends with Sham e Ghariba at Rehmatabad Shia cemetery recited by Maulana Athar Saab of Lucknow.

And thanks to You Broadcast , that was earlier You Telecom that was prior to that Iqara , my net crashed , due to a fiber cut, at 7.30 pm last night and was resumed this morning.

This is a regular feature of You Broadband, and they dont compensate you for the time lost, or add extra time to your plan for such an exigency.

And sending messages to them or talking about the same …

Munna Kama of Kaisar Bagh

Munna Kama of Kaisar Bagh, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 112,998 items / 730,926 views

A checkered scarf round his neck , he places the dagger in the boys hand and with cries of Ya Ali Ya Ali along with the crowds urges the boy to cut his head without fear or pain.

Spiritual Blood Bath Kaisar Bagh Dongri

Spiritual Blood Bath Kaisar Bagh Dongri, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 112,981 items / 730,917 views

When the short majlis gets over at Kaisar Bagh Dongri, the people that were seated hurriedly get up and form a circle , the space within is now replaced and dominated by the men and boys who will do zanjir matam, sword matam and kama zani.

Around the hall the procession of Alams and Taboots moves on and this is now at close quarters , the alams come from various Anjumans of Imamwada and other areas in the vicinity.

Munna kama my friends voice can be heard along with others shouting Ya Ali Ya Ali as they urge the guys holding the daggers to cut their heads , the first aid guys quickly wash the bleeding wounds and bandage the same efficiently and quickly.

Now beyond the hall in the courtyard outside little kids do the zanjir zani and there is a medical aid stall.. everything is hand for an emergency including a waiting ambulance.

Even the top guys and trustees give in a…

A Moment of No Return

A Moment of No Return, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. You have to be physically present at Kaisar Bagh to capture a child or a teenagers tryst with faith via the dagger , a point of no return.

Kids waiting for their turn , some annoyed as the dagger was pulled away from their hand before they could cut themselves satisfactorily .. frayed tempers , some guys who snarl at you with open fangs for taking their pictures makes me throw up.. humility where art thou at Kaisar Bagh when I need you most.

But Munna and his volunteers know the purpose of my pictures , and they know I do this as a passion and not for an commercial purpose, and I know the one person who must have genuinely missed me this Moharam at Kaisar Bagh is Munna Kama.

I was in Hyderabad shooting Ashura there.. over 3000 pictures shot in three days.

In Mumbai I only shot the eve of 7 Moharam I left for Hyderabad the next morning.

And I on my part missed Moharam in Mumbai, but I wanted a Moharam backdrop chang…