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The Day In The Life of the Sandwich Seller of Mumbai

The Day In The Life of the Sandwich Seller of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,302 items / 1,027,776 views

The quintessential poor man rich mans staple snack on the high street of Mumbai is the evergreen sandwich.

The little guy in the picture is not employed by him , but assists him he comes here in the evenings and he has in this short space of time learnt every nuance that goes in the making of the sandwich.

I admire him he is called Chotu, he is a good student and here he is a good assistant too.

Though I am certain he will have his own stall soon , I plead with him not to give up his education , essential and important in times such as these.

These are several frames all at Flickr I shot in the art of making the sandwich, this is my genre documenting the soul of the intrepid man on the street.

Photography makes it possible via the internet to share his stories I dont run after film stars but yes these are my stars I shoot the in natural light of their…

The Silhouette of the Hijab

The Silhouette of the Hijab, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,301 items / 1,027,753 views

according to wikipedia

A hijab or ḥijāb (Arabic: حجاب, (he-zjab)pronounced [ħiˈʒæːb]/[ħiˈɡæːb]) is both the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women and modest Muslim styles of dress in general.

The Arabic word literally means curtain or cover (noun). Most Islamic legal systems define this type of modest dressing as covering everything except the face and hands in public.[1][2] According to Islamic scholarship, hijab is given the wider meaning of modesty, privacy, and morality;[3] the word for a headscarf or veil used in the Qur'an is khimār (خمار) and not hijab. Still another definition is metaphysical, where al-hijab refers to "the veil which separates man or the world from God."[2]

Muslims differ as to whether the hijab should be required on women in public, as it is in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, or whether it should be banned in schools, a…

Be Prepared Be Fair Beware

Be Prepared Be Fair Beware, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,300 items / 1,027,407 views

Facebook ‘fair skin’ application for India sparks row
New Delhi, Jul 17, DH News Service:

Popular social networking site Facebook is facing a major controversy, including allegations of promoting racism, for introducing an application for Indian users that draws on the country’s infatuation for fair skin.

The “Vaseline Men BE PREPARED” application, which promotes the company’s “whitening body lotion” for men, shows users how their skin will get fairer if they use the lotion, by digitally lightening their profile pictures and removing dark spots. The lotion has actor Shahid Kapoor as its brand ambassador.

The campaign has evoked a big outcry on the network, with people posting angry messages on the Facebook page of the campaign.

As Indians
we are the
biggest nation
of racists
vis a vis
skin care
why blame facebook
for promoting

Shhh ! We Are Indians

Shhh ! We Are Indians, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,299 items / 1,027,222 views

Please read this poem as a satire and our depressing civic values and habits..

we are Indians
we always do
the opposite
on a spiked fence
we sit
we dig our nose
we scratch our balls
most of the time
on the roads
we pee and shit
showing our posterior
to the world
bit by bit
do not throw garbage
the writing on the wall
in reply we spit
we will throw our garbage
in the neighbors yard
like he always did
now we are the
most educated
most cultivated
most cultured
but sometimes
we are stupid
our politics
of divide and rule
a system that our
consciousness befits
we are hindus
muslims christians dalits
but hardly hardly
we are Indians
we are too ashamed
to admit
we get angry
we fight amongst
each other
we have lost
our humorous wit
but in spite of all our
collective flaws
we love our mother India
here we are tightly knit
satyamave jayate
our nations
holy writ
iron in our soul
fighting grit

My Tryst With The Cross

My Tryst With The Cross, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,298 items / 1,027,204 views

During the break after the 93 Hindu Muslim riots in Mumbai the only time I was hit hard but survived thanks to Nitin Manmohan and his brother Hemant Panchmiya, we had a our first own pagdi house at Danpada Khar in the fishing village of Khar Danda when the riots took place.

Nitin bhai as I call him and I worked at his store Prachins helped me get temporary accommodations as the Danda house my family did not want to go back because of the dark violent memories.

So we stayed for a short while at Chand Society Juhu but the Muslim tag would frighten people so we moved from here to Juhu Scheme and stayed at a bunglow next to Mr Danny Daenzogpas house , from there again after a few months we shifted to Adarsh Nagar in a building close to the Lotus Gas station and mind you my kids still studied at Bandra.

From Adarsh Nagar we came to Pali Naka and from Pali Naka to Veronica street at Ran…

The Silhouette Of A Hijab

The Silhouette Of A Hijab, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,297 items / 1,027,201 views

It is not easy shooting what others
dont shoot a camera is as lyrical
as a musical flute lilting notes
reflective remorse eloquently
mute from my house
to work as i commute
what i see what others
did not see as photo blogs
i compute stealthily
rare moments i loot
frozen time
the genre of my
pedestrian verse
poetizing my angst
my pictorial pursuit

the silhouette of the hijab
glorifying the soul
of muslim womanhood
the only womans garment
totally misunderstood

In Gratitude In Humility

In Gratitude In Humility, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,296 items / 1,027,199 views

the ferocity
velocity of
the mumbai rains
she sits
a plastic cover
barely fits
her winding sheet
her life a dog pit
begging away
for a few coins
on her soul
they hit

in gratitude
in humility
that's it
as yet
her time
has not
she cannot
call it quits
pan masala
in her mouth
on her fucked fate
she spits

i photoshopped
her pain
the poetry of her life
i could not edit
unless too
her pain
through my pain
i quickly cut my wrist

Pain - Opinionated Pain

Pain - Opinionated Pain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,295 items / 1,027,173 views

from one world
to another world
it follows me to
and fro a pain
a pain that
wont go
a pain
that gave birth
in my mothers
a pain
the only pain
that grows
my pictures
in humility
i show
my angst
sometimes fast
sometimes slow
pain the only
tool in my word smithy
between words
and words in a row
pain the only shadow
my bete noire
i could never
my words
my pictures
yeast like
words that dont
make dough
i cannot sell
what others sell
fruits of a
laden bough
pain has
its rewards
when seeing
one of my pictures
it heals
i dont know
pain from
me to you
you to me as
it poetically flows
a barefeet blogger
dancing in the rains
a camera his
world froze

to nauman umair
i owe

"Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, naamumkin hai."


Me Amitabh Bachchan Bolto Ahe


My Pictures Are Poems You Read As You View

My Pictures Are Poems You Read As You View, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 35,292 items / 1,026,661 views

my poems are pictures
you view as you read
born in the captivity
of my mind
your soul has freed
the angst of disparity
by actions and by deeds
light and shade
on my soul as
they speed
in a workshop
of hope
where words
are my creed
one shore
to the other
by RSS feed
a tear drop
of a fragmented bead
sprouting a poem
a pictorial seed
hussain is humanity
what this world needs
as bombs go off
the unborn child bleeds
structured scriptures
to mislead
mosque comes
tumbling down
courtesy yazeed
hate for humanity
100 %guaranteed

I Shot Hope Perched On A Wall

I Shot Hope Perched On A Wall, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,291 items / 1,026,618 views

all around
it was despair
but it grew tall
i shot
hope perched
on a wall
it would grow into a
giant at the moment
it is small diminutive
undaunted strong
all in all
seeing me
walking away
it did call
take my picture
before the
worst befalls
paying tribute to
its destiny
at its feet
little ants

A Child - Shot By Marziya Shakir Nikon D80

A Child - Shot By Marziya Shakir Nikon D80, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,287 items / 1,026,515 views

This little child and her family consisting of aunts and an uncle including her mother and grandfather visited our house for lunch.

Her grandmother Hashmi from Lucknow was my wife's childhood friend had died a few months back leaving behind several daughters and two sons.

Hashmi was my wife's Lucknow lifeline in Mumbai., and her death hit my wife badly.

So when this family came home Marziya took the shot without being shy and the way she looked back made me feel that her dead grand mother might have whispered in her ears to give Marziya a good shot.

One grand daughter shooting another grand daughter now I let Marziya hold the camera without worrying it falls of her hand though she slings it around her neck..

She took the shot and after taking it checked it on the camera monitor.

Marziya is 2 and a half years old.

The Silhouette of Terror

The Silhouette of Terror, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,286 items / 1,026,496 views

a sneak preview
of motherhood
in the silhouette
of the hijab
the same hijab
that terrorists
wore at zahedan iran
to destroy
the soul
of motherhood
in Islam
eunuch silence
to cause more harm
a slithering sorrow
searching for balm
muslims love
killing muslims
not just muslims
but the word of Allah
desecrated bombed
with each blow
his kingdom stormed

ma ek bar phir
tujh ko salaam

Optical Illusions Of the Mind

Optical Illusions Of the Mind, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,285 items / 1,026,463 views

to the soul
visibly blind
what you seek
someone else
will find
two pillars
of mankind
on the soul
of humanity
a silhouette
follows you
from behind a cup
that never empties
with your fate
flip vertical
what was once
upside down
downside up
as street photography