om sahanaavavatu sahanaubhunaktu, sahaviryam karavaavahai. tejasvinaavadhItamastu, maa vidvishaavahai. om shaanti shaanti shaanti.
om purnamadah purnamidam purnat purnamaduchyate, purnasya purnamaadaaya purnamevaavashishyate.
om shaanti shaantishaanti .
Om asatomaa sadgamaya, tamasomaa jyotirgamaya, mrutyormaa mrutam gamaya.
Om shaanti shaanti shaanti
om shanti om a chant at birth a crescendo of well being the heart mind the soul till its journey inundating wave after wave as man reaches the end a cosmic beginning nothing left to crave face to face for one last time with vishnu shiva mahadev burnt ego burnt belongings lust selfishness he need not save he finally gets what he gave a very thin line of demarcation between the coward the fearless the brave the king the jester the knave for he has but one master he himself a slave
All this was shot the last few hours I spent in Chennai hastily wandering the by lanes close to Dr Abbas Mirs house where I stayed, I shot people faces I shot raw emotions I shot Chennai early mornings and they were as similar to what I shoot at my own backyard Bandra Bazar Road.
I am a street photographer and life is nothing but a one way street, I shot Moharam in Chennai three sets and this is my fourth set pictures not pertaining to Moharam, pictures I shot at Dharmapuri a town in Chennai are part of this set , for convenience I will aso include pictures I shot in the trains while going to Chennai and while coming back.
Strange coincidence or my karmic fate I encountered Hijras both ways , as though telepathically they knew my travel schedule , one fell at my feet , offered me tea , and asked me if I needed any money , this was a hijra ascetic wh…
The Shias of Chennai are very hospitable they would buy me tea at a tea stall, even during Tabaruk time they would ask me if I had eaten, and by now the knew I had come from Mumbai to shoot Moharam and was a friend of Mesaq and Dr Abbas Ali Mir.
I did not sit at an Internet cafe in Chennai when I was shooting, I may have sat at one for a few minutes to check my mail on 9 Moharam.
I wish I had carried my laptop as I am still uploading pictures of Chennai, and this is my final lot than I shal post pictures of my train trip to Mumbai .. and a few pictures of my trip from Mumbai to Chennai..