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Silhouette of a Grand Child

Silhouette of a Grand Child, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 138,180 items / 1,070,010 views

she wore the hijab
came running
to me and said
grand pa
take my picture
i shot her
through my soul
two beings
blood related
as we were
my muse
my inspiration
a grand child
a grand father

Ramzan Is Hope For All

Ramzan Is Hope For All, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 138,179 items / 1,069,952 views

a cherished month
beyond
the muezzin
virtually
Allah's call
a month
in the calendar
of our spirituality
stands out
grand and tall
ramzan is hope for
big stunted and small
a month when He hears
your prayers sees
nothing unfortunate befall
he protects you
from evil falling walls
forgiveness humility
generosity charity
virtues rising
above all
to the man
in the mansion
to the poor family
in the chawl
he gives his bounty
to each and all
Allah Ho Akbar
Allah Be Praised
on human souls
scrawled

A Message of Peace From a Flickr Contact

A Message of Peace From a Flickr Contact, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 138,178 items / 1,068,841 views


Superb imagery and poetry


Hi there

I just wanted to drop you line to say how much your images convey the human condition to me in India.

The poetic verses are very touching.

Thank you for sharing.

All my best Heidi

My reply to Heidi

So now you live on my blog post too..

Only God Knows What Marziya Does

Only God Knows What Marziya Does, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. a thought
that people
may like
on Facebook
Twitter
Google Buzz
kissing my hand
for gift of pens
from Big Rock
Indi Blogger
Tshirt four
times larger
than her size
courtesy
Renie Ranvin
she wore it
like a silhouette
of a hijab
without
any grudge
in kindness
thankfulness
for her gifts
from my friends
a painted kiss
on my soul
she smudged
the youngest
photo blogger
two and a half
years old
in the hall of fame
adjudged

Destroying The Mosquito Menace

Destroying The Mosquito Menace, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Most of the areas of Bandra Bazar and I visited JJ Colony today Slums at Bandra Reclamation are a hang our for mosquitoes , and it is responsibility of the Municipality to keep the surroundings clean , but here the main culprit is the resident of the area who throws wet and dry garbage wherever he likes it , I met a man cleaning his courtyard that has been the bedrock off filth and he is filthy rich, he owns a number of buildings and his child languishing in the hospital due to Malaria.

Why wait so long and he is now worried about the child not responding to treatment.

Raja or Rahebar Khan our local corporator has made cleanliness and hygiene the prime issue in our area , this huge torpedo like Macchar Killer gun is kind courtesy of Raja.

I was with his team getting the space between buildings fumigated ,at JJ Colony and why are Muslim areas so dirty and unclean where our religion Islam preempts cleanlin…

Where Do I Begin Where Do I End

Where Do I Begin Where Do I End, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Man
is nothing
but a broken fence
his life
his struggles
his hardships
seen through
my lens
Man
born as a bubble
blown by winds of fate
his contribution
to humanity immense
he rises head
above shoulder
in every sense
but his meteoric fall
from grace
by his own limitations
is the history of man
without pretense
he dies buried
under the earth
that he defaced
with his nonsense
but from a plant
comes a seed
to carry on the
heritage of doom
of mans sequence
charismatic chaos
with his own
karmic expense

65 Years of My Country's Independence

65 Years of My Country's Independence, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. they shit all over her
with corruption evil
the soul of my
country
cries
kick backs
big bucks
common wealth
mind games
lies
they live
they proper
the soul
of humanity dies
a freeedom
for which sardar vallabh bhai patel
gandhiji nehruji others paid a price
their heritage over the history book flies
our patriotism
our nationalism
a winding sheet
an optical illusion
in disguise
as tears on the soul
of mother India dries

Amchi Mumbai Amchi Mulgi

Muslim Beggar 65 Years After Independence Day

Muslim Beggar 65 Years After Independence Day, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 138,178 items / 1,068,841 views

When I generally talk of Muslims I dont mean rich or well off Muslims.

The Muslims I talk of live on the fringe a precipice and on the edge of humiliation and despair.

This is a Muslim beggar and Muslim beggars will always be beggar even after 65 years of our Independence..

Islam came into the being to accommodate all people as ONE ,no caste no division no sub division all praying to
ONE GOD , ONE HOLY BOOK AND ONE PATH OF HUMANITY AS ITS GOAL HERE AND HERE AFTER..

yet we are divided by our bias , our shortcomings our Ignorance and hate for one sect for the other and what destroyed the sanity sanctity of Islam is not the American or the Jew , is the rogue Mullah who began taking swipes at the Shias and other sects condoning his followers for attacking them , burning their mosques and making their women and children homeless destitute.

Its perhaps easy for me …

Muslim Beggar 65 Years After Independence Day

Muslim Beggar 65 Years After Independence Day, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 138,178 items / 1,068,841 views

When I generally talk of Muslims I dont mean rich or well off Muslims.

The Muslims I talk of live on the fringe a precipice and on the edge of humiliation and despair.

This is a Muslim beggar and Muslim beggars will always be beggar even after 65 years of our Independence..

Islam came into the being to accommodate all people as ONE ,no caste no division no sub division all praying to
ONE GOD , ONE HOLY BOOK AND ONE PATH OF HUMANITY AS ITS GOAL HERE AND HERE AFTER..

yet we are divided by our bias , our shortcomings our Ignorance and hate for one sect for the other and what destroyed the sanity sanctity of Islam is not the American or the Jew , is the rogue Mullah who began taking swipes at the Shias and other sects condoning his followers for attacking them , burning their mosques and making their women and children homeless destitute.

Its perhaps easy for me …

And Than I Shot This As a Wordless Poem of Pain

And Than I Shot This As a Wordless Poem of Pain

Motherhood 64 Independence Day

Motherhood 64 Independence Day, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

138,178 items / 1,068,841 views

I shot this on Independence day as a poet
who shoots pain this was an excruciating pain
touching my core again and again
this was a motherhood for
which she had not bargained
under the shadow of our flag
from where her misery began
pursuing her relentlessly
brainlessly remorselessly
was her fate which held her
by a chain a fact to remain
her child his future by the
sweat of his brow
a drop in the rain
for the greater glory of god
despair remorse
as it flowed down the drain
the purity of a parchment of peace
as it stained


She was rightful angry as I was taking her pictures , nobody was interested in buying what she was selling, she was cursing fuming all signs of her humiliation , I walked up to her gave her some money .. all I said and my eyes are moist now as I recollect that moment.... dont curse me you are a daughter too .

I take your picture to describe the omnipresen…

Maha Mrityunjay Mantra

Maha Mrityunjay Mantra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
http://www.mahashivratri.org/maha-mrityunjay-mantra.html


Maha Mrityunjay Mantra
Maha Mrityunjay MantraThe Maha Mrityunjay Mantra or Lord Shiva Mantra is considered extremely powerful and significant by the Hindus. Also known as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva, chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is said to create divine vibrations that heals. Devotees of Lord Shiva further believe that Maha Mrityunjay evokes the Shiva within human beings and removes the fear of death, liberating one from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Significance of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Devotees strongly believe that proper recitation of the Maha Mrityunjaya rejuvenates, bestows health, wealth, long life, peace, prosperity and contentment. It is said that chanting of Shiva Mantra generates divine vibrations that ward off all the negative and evil forces and creates a powerful protective shield. Besides, it is said to protect the one who chan…

Trust in Me and your prayer shall be answered.

Trust in Me and your prayer shall be answered., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
http://saisaburi.com/

Long time ago, at the beginning of eighteenth century a young bearded man with sparkling eyes took shelter in a mosque, in Shirdi Village (of Maharshtra State, In India) . Nobody knew from where this stranger had come who hardly spoke a word and stayed there.

Gradually the curious villagers started offering food to the man, but he never asked anything from them. Sometimes he shared his food with the animals. Soon the young fakir, as he was started to be addressed, started expressing his view points with few elderly villagers. His simple language of expression and his special power of solving the problems of poor needy and destitute soon made this less known fakir, known as Shri Sai Baba. As the days passed, devotees started streaming into Shirdi in ever growing numbers. The village was fast becoming a centre of pilgrimage. As gifts and presentations flowed in, the p…

Lord Ganesha Arrives In Bandra

Lord Ganesha Arrives In Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is my new set t Flickr ..Ganesha workshops I shot all this on Nag Panchami day.

Every year I shoot the Lord being created out of clay ..and man makes him with love, sculpting a spiritually satisfying art work.. that attains the power of divinity..

Though all the artisans and sculptor kept asking for Marziya as they allow her to use he brush skills on the idols..

Marziya is their favorite Indian Idol.

Shooting Lord Ganesha is not photography because this a spiritual moment where the camera moves away and man and soul of man begins a lyrical jugal bandi with the elephant god .. a moment only the musician painter or poet will experience.,.


Gajaananam BhuutagaNaadisevitam
kapittha Jambuuphala Chaaru bhaxitam.h
Umaasutam ShokavinaashakaaraNam
Namaami vighneshvarapaadapaNkajam.h

The Great Divide And Shoeless in Kashmir

The Great Divide And Shoeless in Kashmir, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I have just come back from town , with my wife we were both caught in the worst downpour almost like a mini cloud burst we had a very tough time getting back to Bandra no cabs , roads water logged we managed to hop into a bus and have just reached home intact.

We broke our fast in the office of Moghul Masjid I shot a lot off pictures , and mind we were without an umbrella.

I met some Kashmiri Shias who broke fast with us,,

I shot guys huddled together breaking their fasts on the road I shot the Iftar and the namaz at Moghul Masjid , and outside the mosque man was caught in torrential rains.

We were totally drenched when we reached home a few minutes back.

And the picture is of a Bandra Beggar shot on 15 August our 64 Independence Day and he has turned his back on the world he has lost faith completely...,

the divide between
the beggar and the rich man
just cannot be bridged
he told me grumbling

The Sniffer Dogs of Bandra

The Sniffer Dogs of Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This guy is sniffing brown sugar and there is no escape thy were not aware I was shooting them or the would have gone after me lock and barrel.


They are part time beggars and fill time drug addicts also known as Gardalu..brown sugar is known as Gard.