the barefeet blogger has new shoes, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Cant access my Flickr Account .. 200000 images in 4 years .. without the evil racist tool Blogspot Word Verification
This is the place I normally cut my hair for Rs 20.. but of late I went to a saloon paid Rs 50 for a shave, I had thought of growing my hair being a Dam Madar Malang, growing dreads but I have a weak scalp , the hair tends to fall, I had stuck extensions did not work for me.
My hair wont grow long anymore as I have opted for a corporate identity but I have decided on Sundays I will become a barefeet beggar cum blogger , weekdays will belong to my boss Sundays will belong to me.. ,
And I will be taking up a job after years .. deleted dreams clipped wings ..ruffled feathers of my fucked fate ..
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Shia angst defines the heritage of Shia pain known as Ghame Hussain nurtured kept alive since 1400 years, had we not shed our blood an expression of our intense love for Imam Hussain , just think this episode would have been conveniently forgotten by those in power , every effort was made by every Caliph to underplay the Tragedy of Karbala for the greater good of the lust for power and personal vested interest.
And today Cairo Tunisia Yemen show you that power is nothing but tyranny on the soul of the Humanity and this includes all the feudal lords of the Middle East including Saudi Arabia
The winds of change are blowing violently and the sands of time demand the rights of man that no despot can ever stop...
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Imam Hussain was no ordinary person , he was son of Imam Ali and the grandson of the Holy Prophet , he was murdered in cold blood, his family dispossessed , the genocide the ensuing shame the atrocities we bring to the fore as a passion play of our intense emotions , the Christians do it to with Good Friday and the 14 Stations of the Cross
When the rabid demented segment in the Islamic community wants to make a point, he drops bombs on innocent folks, kills and massacres , the entire Islamic society maintains a stony eunuch silence , it is only when the Shia cuts his own body , that pseudo sanctimonious Islamic society hurls abuse calls us heretics ,I am not a Islamic scholar or a preacher, I as a photo blogger who shoots all religiosity gender shoots all this to show you the arena of the Shia world during Moharam in India.
I cannot afford to go to Iraq Iran or Damascus , and honestly I have no desire or envy , if I did get the opportunity I would gladly give the passage amount and the ticket to the poorest of the poor Shia to make this once in a life time pilgrimage.
I am happy re discovering Karbala in India for me this is more important and though my work comes in the way, I have shot Moharam in most of the important cities of my beloved country.
And I a not bound by editorial constrains , once Moharam gets over I will remove my black clothes momentarily wear saffron , as a Hindu Shia shoot the Sufi Urus , Hindu feasts and festivals including the beggars the under privileged the hijras and the scums of humanity.
This morning I went to St Peter Cemetery Bandra to shoot the grave of a dear friend Fr Tort a Jesuit who although from Spain had made India his home and spread the message of Peace and Brotherhood the core ingredient of this blog.
I could not make it to Fr Torts funeral unfortunately.
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ironical it may seem
on the soul of islam
a silent scream
no it was karbala
a sacrificial lamb
not a dream
he gave his head
but not his hand
to the yazidi regime
to see muslims killing
muslims he wanted
to come to hindustan
a land of
ram and rahim
was a code
of honor supreme
nothing in the extreme
is part of your bloodstream
from the chains
it was hussain
the soul of islam
raised the message
of his holy grand father
to the highest esteem
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There are those of us Indians who thirst for America a gren card , a blond wife and multi colored kids..American accent- the works..
And you have a practicing psychiatrist full blooded American from Manhattan New York..
who relives India.
His karmic soul flounders in dust and heat squalor and poverty.
He saw my Moharam pictures on the net and wanted to shoot the Shia pain so he has come to Mumbai to shoot Chehlum.
Habib Nasser invited us to a Juloos at Kurla last night and Dr Glenn Losack shot the first pictures of scourging s, of forehead cutting, and kept on saying Fuck Man I dont believe it..I covered his ass and his body from the flying blades..
And though it was a several thousand crowd, Dr Glenn Losack did manage to shoot some pictures.Before the Juloos could end he told me he was dead beat and tired so we aborted the finale , where about 100 Taboot holding guys would cut their forehead, and the lighting was miserable.. flash no help.
So this American has his dreams tied up to India..
After two days he will climb up with me to shoot the Urus at Haji Malang..
Yes he is as crazy about Rafaees as I am crazy about Hijdas eunuchs and transgenders who will be at Haji Malang in large numbers..
And we Habib Nasser and I are making sure that Dr Glenn Losack gets the best of Chehlum in Mumbai the Shia cemetery a war zone of blood and gore..
Even my Shia friends and the community were impressed to see this foreigner in a black tshirt , black jacket..Yes he respects our religiosity and understands our pain or Ghame Hussain..
He asked me a question that stumped me completely..
Why was Yazid not as human as Imam Hussain..
3 June 2011
The only person close to me absolutely close to me in body soul spirit is Gllenn Losack an American Jew born and bred in Brooklyn and a Shia from Mumbai a deadly combo for sure.
Glenn presented his Nikon D 80 to my grand daughter Marziya Shakir and today at 3 and a half years Marziya Shakir is worlds youngest accomplished street photographer thanks to Glenn.
Glenn and I are brothers in pain we carry our crucifix .. we are professionally in fields diverse but we are woven as weft warp through the camera and street photography.
I am not talented but Glenn makes his own music and is the finest lyricist photographer poet in the world.
Glenn climbed Haji Malang and shot Laxmi and the hijras .. Glenn would love to have a home in the slums just to be with the poor and the disfranchised , his pictures he sells to provide future for the poor kids of India,.. speaks volumes of this crazy man...yes he is a crazy opinionated as I am.. we are beggars the camera our beggar bowl...
Because Glenn bought me the Pro membership at Flickr you are able to see my work my poetry and my surroundings different from the colorful syrupy brochures of the Tourism department ..
And for all you know the Indian Tourism department wont even know what a blogger is.. ha ha
Yes we as bloggers bring you home to India on wings of pain pathos and poetry.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ganesha (Sanskrit: गणेश; IAST: Gaṇeśa; About this sound listen (help·info)), also spelled Ganesa or Ganesh, also known as Ganapati (Sanskrit: गणपति; IAST: gaṇapati), Vinayaka (Sanskrit: विनायक; IAST: Vināyaka), and Pillaiyar (Tamil: பிள்ளையார்), is one of the deities best-known and most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India.
Although he is known by many other attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles (Vighnesha (Sanskrit: विघ्नेश; IAST: Vighneśa), Vighneshvara (Sanskrit: विघ्नेश्वर; IAST: Vighneśvara), patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is honoured at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions. Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits and explain his distinct iconography.
Ganesha emerged a distinct deity in clearly recognizable form in the 4th and 5th centuries CE, during the Gupta Period, although he inherited traits from Vedic and pre-Vedic precursors. His popularity rose quickly, and he was formally included among the five primary deities of Smartism (a Hindu denomination) in the 9th century. A sect of devotees called the Ganapatya, (Sanskrit: गाणपत्य; IAST: gāṇapatya), who identified Ganesha as the supreme deity, arose during this period. The principal scriptures dedicated to Ganesha are the Ganesha Purana, the Mudgala Purana, and the Ganapati Atharvashirsa.
Ganesha has many other titles and epithets, including Ganapati and Vigneshvara. The Hindu title of respect Shri (Sanskrit: श्री; IAST: śrī; also spelled Sri or Shree) is often added before his name. One popular way Ganesha is worshipped is by chanting a Ganesha Sahasranama, a litany of "a thousand names of Ganesha". Each name in the sahasranama conveys a different meaning and symbolises a different aspect of Ganesha. At least two different versions of the Ganesha Sahasranama exist; one version is drawn from the Ganesha Purana, a Hindu scripture venerating Ganesha.
The name Ganesha is a Sanskrit compound, joining the words gana (Sanskrit: गण; IAST: gaṇa), meaning a group, multitude, or categorical system and isha (Sanskrit: ईश; IAST: īśa), meaning lord or master. The word gaņa when associated with Ganesha is often taken to refer to the gaņas, a troop of semi-divine beings that form part of the retinue of Shiva (IAST: Śiva). The term more generally means a category, class, community, association, or corporation. Some commentators interpret the name "Lord of the Gaņas" to mean "Lord of Hosts" or "Lord of created categories", such as the elements. Ganapati (Sanskrit: गणपति; Tamil: கணபதி; IAST: gaṇapati), a synonym for Ganesha, is a compound composed of gaṇa, meaning "group", and pati, meaning "ruler" or "lord". The Amarakosha, an early Sanskrit lexicon, lists eight synonyms of Ganesha : Vinayaka, Vighnarāja (equivalent to Vignesha), Dvaimātura (one who has two mothers), Gaṇādhipa (equivalent to Ganapati and Ganesha), Ekadanta (one who has one tusk), Heramba, Lambodara (one who has a pot belly, or, literally, one who has a hanging belly), and Gajanana (IAST: gajānana) ; having the face of an elephant).
Vinayaka (Sanskrit: विनायक; Tamil: விநாயகா; IAST: vināyaka) is a common name for Ganesha that appears in the Purāṇas and in Buddhist Tantras. This name is reflected in the naming of the eight famous Ganesha temples in Maharashtra known as the Ashtavinayak (aṣṭavināyaka). The names Vighnesha (Sanskrit: विघ्नेश; IAST: vighneśa) and Vighneshvara (Sanskrit: विघ्नेश्वर; vighneśvara) (Lord of Obstacles) refers to his primary function in Hindu mythology as the master and remover of obstacles (vighna). The widespread name of Ganesha in Thailand is Phra Phikanet or Phra Phikanesuan, both of which are derived from Vara Vighnesha and Vara Vighneshvara respectively, whereas the name Kanet (from Ganesha) is rather rare. In the Kundalini, Ganesha is the presiding deity of 'Mooladhara Chakra" andhence referred to as "Mooladhara Murthy" signifying that he is the Lord to be propitiated at the beginning of any event.
A prominent name for Ganesha in the Tamil language is Pille(பிள்ளை) or Pillaiyar(பிள்ளையார்) (Little Child). A. K. Narain differentiates these terms by saying that pille means a "child" while pillaiyar means a "noble child". He adds that the words pallu(பல்லு), pella, and pell in the Dravidian family of languages signify "tooth or tusk", also "elephant tooth or tusk". Anita Raina Thapan notes that the root word pille in the name Pillaiyar might have originally meant "the young of the elephant", because the Pali word pillaka means "a young elephant".
In the Burmese language, Ganesha is known as Maha Peinne (မဟာပိန္နဲ, pronounced [məhà pèiɴné]), derived from Pali Mahā Wināyaka (မဟာဝိနာယက
This is a Hindu ritual and is performed by a community by tribals from Maharashtra believers of Ma Ambe..the have fascinated me for their foray into pain , the genre of my photography and existence..
I had whipped myself a few years back in the middle of the road an impulsive emotion and when I met this Whipper last night I paid him some money took his whip and lashed myself.. I asked my shop guy to take the pictures ..
Among the Malangs this whipping is common place it is known as Sawali , in front of the Holy Saints doors they whip their body till a certain amount is given to them on behalf of the Saint they invoke and once the wish or Sawal or question is fulfilled they move on..
Last night while sitting at the computer , tired I dozed off across the sofa that is attached to my computer I was very tired , and in pain , but after some time of deep sleep , I woke up as my 4 year old grand daughter Marziya Shakir had bought a pillow , she put a bed sheet on me and I was deeply touched by her love affection concern for me..and my daughter in law placed my dinner near the comp , which I had past midnight when I woke up again..
So I am adding text to this post now in the morning.. I have another tiring day ahead of me I have to go to Vashi, for an urgent work.. and in another two days from a self made entrepreneur I will once again become a salaried person I am going back to the place from where I began my career ...and after a very long time I shall work for someone who is a kind considerate boss , and perhaps it is this thought of losing my independence that newly caused confusion and pain , maybe it was why I took the whip to flog my restless soul.
And I spoke to my boss to give me time for Moharam , and my friend Dr Glenn Losack is arriving from New York.. to shoot Moharam , I have a lot of worries on my head .. when I was my own boss I did not need to take permission , but now all that freedom has gone .. I took this job as my business had failed I was in deep shit .. and I had to make this decision to keep the hopes of my family alive.
My adventures in photographing hijras too will come to an end completely .. no more shooting the street feasts functions as an employee I dont think I would bunk work .. my job and the trust of my boss would be my new prerogative and goal..
I will buy a smaller camera like Leica point and shoot for my street photography..
The Web Master at Allah Ho Akbar .Net might choke after he reads this , but than being a Web Master and getting entangled in ones own net is an occupational hazard.One can delete a file, at the click of a mouse, but deleting Shia or Shiasm with hyperbolic hallucinations is a difficult task,even Yazid with his powerful army got entangled in his own net vanquished by one Man who now is synonymous with Humanity.. Imam Hussain , such is the power beyond the click of a mouse, in its simplicity we call it Shah Ast Hussain..
The carrier of this powerful message is a new born Shia child, I have seen , that the Shia Child when born has his hand on his chest as though he is ready to do Matam , oops fuck taqqaiya what am I saying, yes the Shia child lets out a wail which is his war cry audibly reverberating as Ya Hussain.
When the Shia Child is growing , he is aware of his mission in life, Maksade Hussain.
Right from the beginning he or she rattles off ..
Khuda ke Nur se Paida Hue Hain
Mohomed , Asto Ali
Fatima Hassan Hussain
Yes for a Shia Child everything is important , but everything is complete without the benevolence of Ahle Bait.The Shia child carried in his mothers waist without any training imitates his mother beating his chest, he is a fast learner, no indoctrination needed, this is more effective than just parroting the Holy Koran, he sees his mother weep, he knows Pain, he felt the pain during birth, he relives this pain , the pain of being a follower of Imam Hussain.
I am mesmerized by the Shia child, this is not a brain washing, this is not a enforced toilet training this comes with the territory of being born a Shia.
Yes the Shia child is special.
I learnt this during Athvi in Lucknow , watching little kids with Alams marching to Kazmain with a confidence unbecoming of a child.
A Shia child is an Adult..
I saw the Shia children at Mr Shabeeb Rizvis house and till date I can never forget the glint of redeeming hope in the eyes of Little Mohomed son of sports journalist Ehtesham Hassans son..I was drowning he saved me..with all your hate , venom , you cannot corrupt our Shia kids , they are the Faith of our sect..It takes a Shia mother to produce a Shia kid, no mean task..
I take my hats off to Shia mothers..
This little kid in the picture had come with his mother to the Matam at my mother in laws House Imambada , he saw me , he came to see me , yes we were both kindred soul, I was taking the strength of my Shiasm from him...
Once go to Hyderabad on Ashura Day at the Bargah you will know what it means keeping our Faith alive..yes we inflict wounds on our bodies, we mark ourselves, we do everything you despise us for, but honestly we dont teach our kids to cut off heads of Kafirs, we dont teach our kids to place bombs in trains, we dont teach our kids to lob grenades while heads are bowed in prayers to Allah.We teach our kids nothing , they bring their values intact, we are a race that was created to mourn for Imam Hussain, we Indian Shias are a race born as a gift of God to appease the love of Imamam Hussain for a land called Hindustan he, said I know in Hindustan there are no Mussalmans but yes there are Insans..meaning human beings.
I am not a Mullah, I do not have the arsenal of Koranic verses , but yes I have one thing that is Truth .. I was born a Shia I shall die a Shia..I have pledged my body to a Medical research.. somebody might see with my eyes, or my organs...or what is left of them.
I do not seek Paradise..you can add this to my heresy..of being a Rafidi Shia...
A state of Mind that goes beyond Matter.
of a serpent seed
a half breed
lust and greed
from the clutches
of his satanic evil
islam was freed
he gave his head
his families lives
a noble deed
death was better
than spiritual cowardice
for wealth power
hussain did not plead
fragmented soul of
years on his
we have peed
written by photographerno1 Sat Jun 9 2007 0:43 MST
Imam Hussain was the grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam.After the passing away of the Prophet , there was a clamoring of power , though the Holy Prophet had inadvertently mentioned at Ghadir Qum Man Kunto Moula Ali Fazhaiun Moula , simply translated it meant give Ali the same respect as you give me.
However on his death , there was a political conspiracy, hatched in such a way that Ali lost his right to the Caliphate. Abubaker became the First Caliph of Islam.The followers of Ali could not take the disparage so a non temporal, spiritual post came into being called Imamat. Ali was the first Imaam..All the Imams died tragic death.The 12th Imam for the Shias is Hidden he is known as the Mahdi or Al Muntazar or Imam e Zamana .This is the irrevocable difference between Shias and Sunnis who form the majority Islamic sect.The Shia are about 15% scattered in some countries but a majority in Iraq Iran Azaerbaijan.
Imam Hussain was asked to pay allegiance to the Caliph of his time Yazid of the Ummayad Caliphate, Hussain declined as Yazid was anti Islam corrupt and a despot. A battle took place between the warriors of Yazids army led by Shimr.. Imam Hussains 72 warriors, this was one of the most barbaric chapters of Islam, where not even a six month child of the imam was spared.Ali Asghar was shot down by an arrow with which you shoot wild life Water was blocked at the Euphrates, everyone was killed save a surviving sickly son of the Imam known as Sajjad or Zainul Abedin the ladies and the indomitable sister of the Imam , Bibi Zainab , a four year daughter Bibi Sakina . Imam Hussain was shot down by arrows, Zuljana his faithful steed taking the brunt of the attack, after that Shimr decapitated the Imams head , their clothes belongings looted, bodies trampled by horses, their head put up on spears, women children enslaved, taken to Damascus to the court of Yazid..
This was the beginning of Jehadi terrorism or Yazidiyat , in the name of Allah, this was the treatment meted out to the Holy Prophets family. In India when Alexandra conquered Porus, Alexandra asked him what treatment should I mete out to you..or how should I treat you. Porus replied a treatment befitting a King..this is Indian thought, hospitabilty to which Imam Hussain was enamoured, when he was stopped at Karbala before the carnage and genocide he told the Yazidi forces to allow him to go to Hindustan , where he said I know there are no Muslims, but yes there are human beings..he was talking of a land that belonged to Brahma Vishnu Mahadev..
So Moharam is not just about shedding blood , cutting foreheads , self flagellation, its about human dignity defying death ,upholding the principles of Truth..
Zuljana a four legged animal symbolises faithfulness that was lacking among the Yazidi forces , they knew the enemy they had come to crush was the grandson of the Holy Prophet but they impotently kept mum, like todays rulers Muftis , Islamic heads of State who watch the terror inflicted on Humanity, but have no balls to stand up collectively and say.. Stop this Carnage.This is not the Islam preached by the Holy Prophet..or his Imams.
This is the honest truth as I see it , Islam is at crossroads , it is a crusade not between the Cross or the Crescent , it is a crusade of Hate ,yes Muslims are bent on destroying Islam, Muslims love killing Muslims.. This is a picture of Zuljana at a Moharam Juloos.Every Juloos is incomplete without the Zuljana.
Today Islam has been politicized for personal gains , by vested interests,this mornings paper talked of a threat to India by a subsidiary of Al Qaeda called Qaeede Hind..this is criminalization of a spiritual thought of Islam , this is satanism , the Shia shedding blood is called Heresy, the Puritanical Muslim killing Humanity is called Jehad.. For once I am shocked at the moderation of my Intelligence.. Yes I would rather be a Shia cutting myself up…shedding my own blood than asking little kids to decapitate Journalist heads, a dead Pearl of Wisdom..
and slaughter a cheaper one give the money thus saved to the poor in the community for education and welfare widows orphans ..the mullah in his friday prayers has no time to say this unfortunately..
jesus is a street photographer ..I use his vision as my camera