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The Hijab Always in The News

The Hijab Always in The News, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 125,888 items / 915,544 views

the only garment
that blows a short fuse
the only garment
considered a garment
of oppression and abuse
god protected hijab
always in the news
ban the hijab
burn the hijab
words of hate
by muslim haters
on islam spews
the hijab a bone
of contention
needs no excuse
a garment
of modesty
to wear it
or dont wear it
is an option
you choose

Bread

Bread, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. "There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."



Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Fuck Why Do You Shoot Such Vulgarity !

Fuck Why Do You Shoot Such Vulgarity !, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 125,888 items / 915,544 views

Do you blame my camera
or my eyes for seeing
what i see you saw
it too but did not see
you let it be
human condition
enslaved to karmic
destiny they
wont be on the
new census count
wont you agree
their home
the pavement
of disparity
a few coins
to appease
a somnolent god
in the name
of charity
god sleeps
his people sleep
overheard
fuck why do you
shot such vulgarity
a common scene
made in india
needs no hype
or popularity

Main Aurat Hoon Main Aurat Hoon

Main Aurat Hoon Main Aurat Hoon, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. samaj ke liye
main hijda hoon
mere dil se poocho
main kya hoon
main yakeen se
kehti hoon
main aurat hoon
main aurat hoon

than she covered her face in both her hands and began sobbing uncontrollably
..

Beautiful Beggar Hijras of Mumbai

Beautiful Beggar Hijras of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The hijras I like to shoot are the hijra beggars on the streets , at traffic signals eking out a living, running behind cars pleading cajoling the person seated within the car hidden by tinted glasses of wealth ..

Some of the traffic signals of the Mumbai suburbs are famous for hijras , Turner Road Linking Road , Juhu Versova Link road signal.

I shot this pretty hijra at the Juhu Versova Link road signal.

She could pass for a South Indian actress if she was well dressed made up and all.

She had a very endearing smile I shot a few frames as this is a long signal halt, and the hijras move around this signal , this is their marked territory.

Most of the hijras on this signal know me very well.

And I dont envy those photographers that make it year after year to Villupuram to shoot the Koovagam Eunuch festival.I have missed it since the time I came to know about it and it is because of my Hijda Eunuch blog…

Shooting the Siddis of Junagadh

Shooting the Siddis of Junagadh, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I shoot pain in its collective ethos , and shooting the Siddis a tribal race of African ancestry living in the Gir Forests and now in Mumbai to earn their living playing drums performing at the Makhdoom Shah Baba Urus at Mahim, was shooting a pain that lives from one generation to the next.

People of a warrior race reduced to performing beggars ..so I decided to make a set of their pictures at my photo stream at Flickr.

This is my tribute to them , their fighting spirit of survival and they are Muslims mind you. Their Holy Saint is Baba Gor.

I shot the Siddi Dhamal by the Mumbai Siddis at Haji Malang too thanks to Afzal Bhai and Altaf Siddi.

The Siddis are a quiet race , they dont mix and live among themselves they are born dancers , dancing and drums is in their blood stream.

They do Hip Hop Rap and a fusion of African street dance with acrobatic acts.