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Gods Home is In A Childs Eyes

Gods Home is In A Childs Eyes, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. beyond spirituality
beyond fire and brimstone
beyond heaven and hell
beyond earth and skies
gods home in a childs eyes
beneath the mothers feet
lies paradise
truth that bigotry
loves to disguise
wisely foolish
foolishly wise
using the
power of hate
on the soul of humanity
as a blasting device
politicians and religious
leaders fight
the unborn child
pays the price
universal peace
was the message
of the mahatma
also the message
of jesus christ


She is a girl child who lives among the hijras of Gopal Haji and Babita at Haji Malang..

Kaun Hindu Kauan Mussalman

Kaun Hindu Kauan Mussalman, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. ek desh
ek zabaan
khuda ka bandha
har insaan
kaun hindu
kaun mussalman
ek dil hazar jan

Kumar and Abhijeet Ketkar

Kumar Ketkar Abhijeet and Me - Haji Malang

Kumar Ketkar Abhijeet and Me - Haji Malang, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 115,299 items / 751,772 views

Normally the Ketkar brothers are very busy in their individual duties as Hindu Khadims of Haji Malang.Their father Kashinath Gopal Rao Ketkar was a giant of a man who has contributed in all humility to the devotion and care of the dargah.He passed away in 2001.


Their mother late Saroj Kashinath Ketkar a very generous kind lady , simple and sincere passed away last year , I could not make it to her funeral and this is one regret I have in life, I had met their Mother at Abhijeet Ketkars marriage , at Dombivili , and she spoke to me for quite some time , and was fascinated with my attire.


But a womans personality has a God given mystique, she died , but she lives as Kumar Ketkars newly born daughter resembles their Mother completely.

Kumar and Abhijeet Ketkar are highly respected by all communities , soft spoken , media shy, I am the only one who corners them for …

Haji Malang Also a Thieves Paradise

Haji Malang Also a Thieves Paradise, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Thieves abound at any Holy place, where there are hordes of people, crowds and commerce.
Haji Malang is no exception though the cops in uniform and plains clothes keeps their activities in chain.

The thieves pick pockets flourish here stealing mobiles , purses and ornaments..

Their are cases of chain snatching too, at Malangad foothills the scourge is the Pardhi gangs I am told.

The easiest and most profitable target is the rich affluent hijra , the guys in the picture yellow tshirt and the maroon shirt were caught by the crowds beaten and handed over to cops control room near the Dargah.

There were thieves caught on the day of my arrival but I did not shoot them.

My Tryst With The Hijras

My Tryst With The Hijras, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. She is a very senior most Hijra Guru, and I have shot her when I came to Haji Malang for the first time, I was not into hjra photography at all, even the pictures I shot that time perhaps in 2004- 2005 I did not post .

My genre was photo journalism as an analogue photographer pictures I shot and along with my two Gurus late Prof BW Jatkar and Mr KG Maheshwari sent to the various salons national international.

Once I became a blogger the rules of my photography changed , I changed too, pictures gave birth to words words that got baptized as poems of my pedestrian pathos.

I came to Haji Malang to give pictures of Late Sikandar Wali Baba head of the Chancawali Rafaees , that I had shot in Mumbai, I walked the mountains but I wore slippers and my feet were burnt having walked on fire a day before I made this trek - the fire matam , my back was badly bruised as I had scourged myself it was during Moharam.


I cam…

The Herbal Medicine Sellers at Haji Malang

The Herbal Medicine Sellers at Haji Malang, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was shot outside the Sultan Shah Baba Dargah and most of the herbal sellers are from Murshidabad W Bengal..
And herbal medicine has many followers also in raw form it is used in Ayurveda and Unani schools of Medicine.

Most of the herbal medicine sellers know me very well, as I am the only guy who shoots the year after year and I have never used any of their medicine ever..

Though I am being treated by an Aurvedic doctor for my diabetes, I take insulin too but my dosage has been reduced as my sugar level had come down from 394 to 92.. I have not checked my blood sugar for quite some time now.

I am being treated by Dr Rekha J Paralkar of Chembur.