Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lord Ganesha Beckons Me

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"Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa"

This is my new set at my Flickr phtostream I dedicate it to eminent photographer and curator of Piramal Art Galley Mr Mukesh Parpiani.

. Mukesh Parpiani. Head – Piramal Gallery. (Centre for Photography as an Art Form) ...

I was too meet him yesterday but somehow I forgot it was a public holiday and landed up at NCPA to be told he is not there.

I did not mind the trip it was nostalgic as this area of Nariman Point has a many memories I worked here for some time at the Oberois for Sheraton Treasures a branch of Burlingtons of Bombay group.

Those were the days of Mr Dieter Jannsen Rita Pallitana and Joan Paez.. Lancers Bar Cellar all woven into my head and Kenn Lynn Society photographer,
Mr Leybourne Callaghan also known as Callaghan of Bombay was a regular visitor where I worked .

Anyway after I walked down memory lane I took a bus for Lalbaugh and got off at Ganesh Galli where I spent several hours shoting Mr Rawles Ganesha sculpting workshops and those close to him and finally at Mr Khatus workshop that I have shot for many years now.

This was the first stop at Mr Rawles workshop at Ganesh Gully.

And I dedicated this series to Mr Mukesh Parpiani I have always been an ardent fan of his photo journalism, and had met him several years back at a function to celebrate World Photography Day and who can forget Mr Parpianis capture of Mr Chaggan Bhujbal and the Police officers hat an optical illusory picture that we got to see along with some of his other works at this function where he was being felicitated by other photo journalists.

Last I met Mr Mukesh Parpiani was at Luxculious an exhibition of Shari Students of Mr Girish Mistry.

Shooting Lord Ganesha and I am fasting is not merely shooting pictures it is shooting the ethos of Mumbai it is shooting Hope and Hindutva as a message of Peace Brotherhood Humanity during Ramzan.

I also visited Lal Bagh Cha Raja Hanuman Mandir and spent time with Raju Langewal who invites me to the Lal Bagh Cha Pandal every year a very dear friend and with the Lord I walk barefeet on Ganesh Visarjan till the enD of his journey breaking my fast at Byculla ,...along with the crowds and the volunteers

So if you Google search for Lord Ganesha on cyberspace you will certainly find him at Flickr on my photo stream as a set and as a collection.

This new series will include some street pictures of the ambiance of Lal Bagh area home of the King Of Kings of Mumbai..

Hey Shan Konachi Lalbagh Cha Raja the chant and mantra of everyone that awaits for the Lord to arrive on his Golden Throne.

The fragrance of red chillies the turmeric flowers modaks and the statues of Gauri are all lined up in the lanes that you traverse and the best place for street photography..

He Wont Be Going To The Games At All..

Rest In Peace Cosmic Poet of The Gutter

om mani padme hoon
were the last words he uttered
unpublished cosmic poet of the gutter
he did not have to go down
under an editorial desk
give head to the editor
or jump with joy to pet her
he came he saw he passed
away slumped
on his sons lap top
words images
lay cluttered
good bye flickr
good bye facebook
goodbye friends
on twitter
a poet

dysfunctional dementia only unread poems on the travesties soul he littered across the border although he had deleted her from his fucked consciousness this was the last poem he twittered..

His Girl Friend Eloped Left Her Cycle Behind

Holding the Brush Like Salman Khan

Shot By Marziya Shakir Nikon D 80

These are polio drive volunteers doing an exemplary social service for a meritorious health cause and Marziya my two and a half year old grand daughter shot this picture .

Now what did see and what did she shoot ..
She shot the first girl in the foreground she shot the dreams the hopes in this unmarried girls life, she shot a this and much more than this she shot womanhood in full bloom waiting for her Prince Charming to come and take her away into the world of his dreams.

The next person she shot is a Mother and you can see Motherhood for a single second watching her own son shooting her , her son took the polio drops too.

So now dear Mr Satheesh Balachandran from GURUVAYUR/ TRICHUR, KERALA, INDIA please tell me what lessons can my grand daughter get from the decisive moment of Cartier Bresson...not that I belittle his contribution to photography.. I only belittle your warped pedantic pompous pedagogic view as a pen pusher who does not know his armhole from the other hole at your rear end...

Just reading books does not make you a writer or shooting pictures make you a photographer , somethings you are born with and you too were born with something called a brain dead brain..

I dont blame you for having being racially over critical about me and trying to cyber bully me on Facebook..and chopping hands that blog is not easy as it sounds.. take care ..

Define a Childs Future in Three Words No Not CWG

A Street Photographer Shoots Anything Which is Food For Thought

He Was Rejected From The CWG Games Marathon Dream Run

Vegetables Will Soon Become a Luxury Item Like Dry Fruits

Motherhood Begs Opposite the Agha Khani Jamatkhana Bandra

Two Different Worlds Both Have Right To Exist

Jesus and The Muslims

a common
heritage share
a unique pair
them a man made
fence worn out
by misunderstandings
the Holy See
has to repair
fights friction
the common mans
to keep us divided
with hate
nuclear warfare
the crescent and the cross
tears on the soul
of humanity to bare
live and let live
should be
the message

happy birthday...Bandra

The Death of the Gaothan

Raksha Bandhan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Raksha Bandhan (रक्षाबंधन the bond of protection in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali Language, Punjabi, Oriya, Assamese, Gujarati, Telugu, Nepali and many other Indian languages) is a Hindu festival, predominantly in Northern India, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Shraavana (Shravan Poornima).[1][2][3][4]

The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her as she presents sweets to her brother. The brother and sister traditionally feed one another sweets.

It is not necessary that the rakhi be given only to a blood brother; any male can be "adopted" as a brother by tying a rakhi on the person, irrespective of whether he is a cousin or a good friend. Indian history is replete with women asking for protection, through rakhi, from men who were not their brothers, nor Hindus themselves.

The story of Rani Karnavati of Chittor and Mughal Emperor Humayun is the most significant evidence of this in history. During the medieval era, around the 15th century, there were many wars between the Rajputs, Mughals and Sultans. Rakhi at that time meant a spiritual binding, and the protection of sisters was foremost. When Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realized that she could in no way defend against the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor was so touched by the gesture, that he abandoned an ongoing military campaign to ride to her rescue.

The rakhi may also be tied on other special occasions to show solidarity and kinship (not necessarily only among brothers and sisters), as was done during the Indian independence movement.

The Bhaiyya Who Became a Maharashtrian

He speaks fluent Marathi and took up the culture of this state ...gave up Maya Jaal for Good..
He did not want to build statues he told me ,,,

Only God Can Change Her Childrens Life

Jab Churi Gardan Par Chalti Hai

Toh Waqt Bhi Ruk jata hai
musibaton ka daro madar
khoon main beh jata hai
khamoshi main
kya kya keh jata hai

Carrying the Load of Life The Common Man Long Live CWG Games

Bandra the Queen of Garbage Porn

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a heart swollen putrid petrified and torn
a calamitous hope searching for a dawn
consider this as us our children's lawn
this is the site from where diseases are born
if Madame Sonia Gandhiji or the PM JI were to
pass by this historic area to go to the Rajeev
Gandhi Bandra Worli Sea Link they
would never meet this head on
cleant and swept a new look
redrawn with magical crayons
tears on the soul of bandra
totally sad withdrawn
bandra this poets dilemma
to call it the queen of the suburbs
or the queen of garbage porn

Dedicated to the unborn
child in a mothers womb
hesitating on the threshold
to be inhumanly spawned

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