So I have added all such pictures to a separate set at my Flickr photo stream.
This set will also include the Hindu temples the dargahs churches I shot here in Chennai and in Dharmapuri including the pictures I shot of the hijras in the trains both while coming to Chennai and while returning from Chennai to Mumbai.
The Hindu Shia of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. sar ki zameen par kabhi talwar chalti hai kabhi chaku machalta hai lahu pigalkar pani se milta hai hussainiyat ka rang chehra par nikharta hai kabhi talwar darti hai kabhi chaku bhi darta hai abbas ke parcham se sahas bhi milti hai aur gham bhi milta hai
The Shia Muslims of Chennai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. They are an extended part of the Dakinni ethos subtle but inherent in similarity to neigboring Hyderabad . The Shia Muslims of Chennai are simple and without any trace of envy, I met the richest Shia and the very poor one all seamlessly bound to their heritage of Hussain and Hussainiyat.
The hospitality of the Chennai Shia is part of his humility he makes you at home and is there much before you call him for assistance or help.
I came to Chennai through a contact Ashfaque bhai in Dubai, he put me on to Mesaq who runs the local Moulah Ali Channel in Chennai Royapettah.
Mesaq was the one who helped me get a room at a lodge , I stayed a single night of 13 Dec shot a short procession.. and than shot the 7 Moharam juloos the following day , 7 Moharam is real big in Chennai and memorable zanjir zani on the streets and back to a municipal school where Tabbaruk or Niyaz is served to the Momeneen.
ke hum apna khoon dusron ka khoon nahi bahate hain 1400 sal se hum yeh manzar dikhate hain phir abbas ke parcham se lipat jate hain ya hussain ki sada main ubhar ate hain hum hussaini hain hum shia kehlate hain hamare khoon ki parchaie se hum apko karbala ka waqiya sunate hain hussain is humanity path to peace and brotherhood hum ane wali naslon ko padate hain
barefeet in sheer humility a brand made in mumbai through images ' a story board of pain in memory of hussain within a cry bleeding wings blogs that fly as a tear falls on the parched bowl of the earth 'from the sky for what you live for what you die silence greater than speech needs no reply eloquence wordless on a riverbed that wont dry
different rules for different people first and foremost is what matters the most hate comments is what the enemy of hussain loves to boast so i have blocked all comments on my flickr facebook post in a paradise with 72 nubile virgins i definitely do not want to roast to hope and humanity i raise a toast silence is the eloquence of the human soul utmost the killer of hussain was not a christian or a jew or a hindu no he was not a ghost he was accursed yazid says the writing on the signpost for 1400 years in the court of humanity we fight a law suit the case is not yet closed hussainiyat a land without barbed wires we have reached there almost dance of death tandav on the soul of shimr a dagger a bleeding head topmost