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Haji Malang Baba Khuda Hafiz

Haji Malang Baba Khuda Hafiz, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,648 items / 1,331,245 views

The Haji Malang Dargah Trust is the managing body of the Holy Shrine and does an excellent job in keeping the public under control, the volunteers khadims all have one prime goal to see that the main event like the Palki procession goes without any accident or skirmishes and Malang Baba does the needful granting the blessings of peace hope and harmony.

Because of my personal humiliation at the hands of a member of the Haji Malang Dargah Trust I wont be shooting this Shrine at all, I have vowed never to return, he was rude and this documentary that I shoot year after year barefeet so that the world can share the message of this sage known as Malang Baba.


I climb the Malangad mountains without footwear year after year.. I climb down barefeet too.


I have friends in America UK, Europe who anxiously wait for my Haji Malang pictures and I shoot this for them , I have as yet nev…

The Palki of the Holy Saint of Haji Malang 2011

The Palki Procession Haji Malang 2011

Haji Malang Is For All

Haji Malang Is For All, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,636 items / 1,331,207 views

his kingdom
belongs to all
rich poor
big and small
beggars hijras
the needy homeless
residents
of posh towers
bungalows
people living
in chawls
its your humility
makes you tall
you leave your
riches
your ego
your car
your motorbike
at the foot
of his mountains
says it all
a divinity
on call
the ahle bayt
residing on
his dome
humanity
engraved
as ibadat
on his wall
national
integration
hindu muslim amity
shia sunni amity
a mixed culture
peace hope
humanity
all in all
united we stand
as Indians
or divided
we fall
a malang baba
beyond caste
color or creed
saves us all
we are all one
under his
prayer shawl

I SHOOT FREE ..BUT I ONLY SHOOT WHAT I WANT TO SHOOT

Cross Dressers and Ladyboys at Haji Malang My New Set at Flickr.com

Cross Dressers and Ladyboys at Haji Malang My New Set at Flickr.com, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,566 items / 1,330,826 views

Please bear in mind before you interpret the poetry of my pictures I shoot human life in all forms, these are devotees of Malang Baba, they are the guests of the Holy Saint of Haji Malang during his Urus , they dress up for the Urus to seek the Holy Saints blessings their main protector in a world that hates their kind of people.

You will note my pictures carry the dignity of this small community , they are not crude , not pathetically displaying their desire or urge that you find among pseudo cross dressers a dime a dozen on Flickr.com.

I have shot their desires through my pictures respecting all norms of deceny, some of these ladyboys and cross dressers I have known since several years , many touch my feet ask me to pray for them, and many have wept and told me their pain and their stories ..I have kept their secrets in my head as a…

Cross Dressers and Ladyboys Demystified

Cross Dressers and Ladyboys Demystified, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,569 items / 1,330,835 views

Their struggle continues to
what they were not born to be
men in women clothing's from
here till eternity
fighting restlessly
as crossdressers
ladyboys
their dharma
karmic destiny
chained to
penile retribution
vagina monologue
that is not theirs to be
yesterday
today
day after
will they
ever be free
unlike the hijras
under the same
fruitless
banyan tree
a she
no not she
only a he
pretending
to be a woman
squat and pee
is not what
you actually see
opaque
mesmerizing
transparency

Megha Bollywoods Hijra Film Star

Fuck I Am Not The Only One Who Shoots Hijras

Dil Ne Phir Yad Kiya

Dil Ne Phir Yad Kiya, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,495 items / 1,330,221 views


phir koi chot muhabbat ki
ubhar aayi hai
dil ne phir yaad kiya

wo bhi kya din the hamein
dil mein bithaya tha kabhi
wo bhi kya din the hamein
dil mein bithaya tha kabhi

aur has has ke gale
tum ne lagaya tha kabhi
khel hi khel mein kyon
jaan pe ban aayi hai
phir koi chot muhabbat ki
ubhar aayi hai
dil ne phir yaad kiya

kya bataayein tumhe hum
shamma ki kismat kya hai
kya bataayein tumhe hum
shamma ki kismat kya hai

ghum mein jalne ke siwa
aur muhabbat kya hai
ye wo gulshan hai ki jis mein
na bahaar aayi hai
phir koi chot muhabbat ki
ubhar aayi hai
dil ne phir yaad kiyaa

hum wo parwaane hain jo
shamma ka dam bharte hain
hum wo parwaane hain jo
shamma ka dam bharte hain

husn ki aag mein khaamosh
jala karte hain
aah bhi nikle to
pyar ki ruswaayi hai
phir koi chot muhabbat ki
ubhar aayi hai
dil ne phir yaad kiya
bark is leharaayi hai
dil ne phir yaad kiya

This is a title number from the film Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya. The film…

Parde Main Rehne Do Parda Na Uthao Parda Jo Uth Gaya Toh Bhes Khul Jayega

Children Love Hijras Too

Children Love Hijras Too, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,478 items / 1,330,179 views

Hijras are the closest to kids as they bless them during their birth in a ritual called Bhadai and strangely the hijra is cursed by society for having transgressed the human laws of nature by becoming a woman though biologically born as a male.


The hijra is known as Chakkas a derogatory term insulting the soul of the hijra..

And this child reads the hijra ethos and angst better than me or society.

Hijras at Haji Malang 2011 Thank You Eric Saab

Hijras at Haji Malang 2011 Thank You Eric Saab, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,473 items / 1,330,152 views

From my dear friend Eric Parker of Toronto Canada a new comment


Hijra set


Firoze
as always a fabulous series of shots
some of these "ladies" are just stunning and very thoughtfully, gently shot - well done.

Nisha From Delhi Calls Me Firoze Bhai

Nisha From Delhi Calls Me Firoze Bhai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,467 items / 1,330,113 views

I know her since many years , the most human kind courteous hijra in the world, she mantains her dignity and stays at a house of a family at Haji Malang..

Nisha is the HIjra mother I shot breast feeding a child the only daring picture at my photo stream, and it was to show you the pangs of misplaced motherhood, the cravings to produce a child.

Hijras still make good mothers I know hijras who have adopted eunuch or normal children given them a god decent life and changed the destiny that the biological parent could never have done.

Nisha is the first hijra I spoke to she has been a hijra since 20 years , what drove her to become a hijra .. it was pain her feminine nature and domestic problems.

She ran away joined the hijras but lives on her own terms.
And she calls me her brother dotes on me and rebukes me for walking barefeet , as she is aware of my diabetes.

Nisha wo…

Preeti Hijra From Najafgarh

Preeti Hijra From Najafgarh, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
170,465 items / 1,330,102 views

Preeti originally hails from Kolkatta and belongs to the hijra gharana of Gopa Haji Najafgarh Delhi.

We first met at Ajmer last year and Preeti has done her Masters in Sociology.. and is in the forefront of Hijra welfare and Hijra human rights.

She loves to dress well, grooms herself and can talk her way through your heart.

Their sandal touted as the best was last night paying tribute to the Holy Saint Sultan Shah Baba close associate and earliest companion of Haji Malang Baba.

I skipped this memorable event due to personal reasons and as a photographer I was happy with all that I had shot, I am not at all greedy for pictures they come my way anyway, without effort or struggle.

I was destined to shoot hijras so I shoot hijras and show you their humanity through my images.

I dont sell distribute my pictures ..though from Flickr I cross blog these pictures only a few of them to …

Mona and Nandini Eunuch Children of India

Mona The Child Eunuch is a Hijra Guru Too

Rashid Bawa Hijra Holy Man and Gemstone Seller

Rashid Bawa Hijra Holy Man and Gemstone Seller

Rashid Bawa Hijra Holy Man and Gemstone Seller, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. He has taught dance to the earlier top heroines of yester years in Bollywood..

I AM A BEGGAR TOO

I AM A BEGGAR TOO, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,444 items / 1,329,755 views

that i am human
its true
why do you categorize me
as a dalit christian muslim
or hindu
i am a accident of birth
born in my mothers womb
now in public view
my pictures are poem
you read them 'i humbly
thank you
my camera shoots
reality
gives mankind its due
man a morsel of despair
in humanity's stew
the rabid racists
will eat swallow or chew
on his soul hate
they will spew
a blogger shooting
men of all caste color and hue
showing you a canvas
of moving talking images
sometimes old sometimes new

The Proud Arrogant Raveena Hijra of Najafgarh

The Proud Arrogant Raveena Hijra of Najafgarh, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,444 items / 1,329,743 views


She is impetuous , moody kind and nice but at times she gets carried away by her beauty and she changes into human envy pride and arrogance.. she forgets the gift that God has given will not last for too long..

I shot her grooming , changing from a hijra to a woman and that part of pictures I shot for myself as a poet and I will not display to public.. sometimes a poet shoots not to share.

My hijra pictures of Haji Malang will remain at Flickr only a few I shall cross blog at my Hijda Eunuch blogs or my other sites on the internet.

Seeing them at my new Hijra set at Flickr is a better option..

Kumar and Abhijit Ketkar Hindu Khadims of Haji Malang Dargah

Kumar and Abhijit Ketkar Hindu Khadims of Haji Malang Dargah, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,444 items / 1,329,742 views

Haji Malang is a symbol of hope and humanity, and a point where Hindu Muslim amity is at its zenith..Haji Malang is lesson for disgruntled Hindu Muslims who are at war with each other most of the time.. Haji Malang is a place not just of spirituality but national integration , that I walk barefeet to shoot this unique sangam of humanity.

I do this on my own as a blogger and without any agenda, I have no sponsor, I come on my own, but yes these two khadims and my friend Sakib help me and take care of me as extended member of their family..

I am as much an Hindu as as much as I am Muslim.. I am an Indian first and last, if you think I am a heretic I am that too, anything to appease your body mind and the vision of your narrow mindedness..

And it is 4.30in the morning and I am uploading the secular spirit of my beloved nation you see them as pictu…

Aum Saha Naavavatu

Aum Saha Naavavatu, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. AUM saha naavavatu . saha naubhunaktu .
saha viirya.n karavaavahai .
tejasvi naavadhiitamastu . maa vidvishhaavahai .

Om, May Lord protect us, May He cause us to enjoy,
May we exert together,
May our studies be thorough and faithful,
May we never quarrel with each other.
Om Peace Peace Peace!

Police Men Are Human Too

The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai And The Silence of His Soul

The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai And The Silence of His Soul, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,326 items / 1,329,206 views

There are guys that from the foothills reach the top of Haji Malang Shrine in one hour, but for me 58 years old, diabetic asthmatic , it was pretty tough it took me close to three hours to reach the top and I trekked the mountain barefeet.

I dont take my diabetic medicines at all when I undertake such a photographic pilgrimage. I had bare minimum clothes a single camera body two lenses and my SB 800 flash.


At the mountain top the first day I bathed in chilly waters the next day I paid Rs 15 for a small pail of hot water in a community public washroom..cum bath called Hamam.

Haji Malang is a life time experience and Indian Sufism and Sunnism is a very thin demarcation line..I have no issue with any stream of thought I shoot humanity, and the spirit of my nation and Haji Malang is shore of a bank that touches everyone beyond caste color or creed.…

Naga Sadhu Baba and The Hindu Shia of Mumbai

Naga Sadhu Baba and The Hindu Shia of Mumbai

Gopal Hajis Hijras and Me

Naga Sadhus at Malangad Mountain Foothills

Naga Sadhus at Malangad Mountain Foothills, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 170,302 items / 1,329,053 views

This Naga Baba is from Juna Akhada and close associate of my Naga Guru Shri Vijay Giri Maharaj Shanti Ashram Film City,