Sunday, October 9, 2011
23 July 2011
I am updating this set two years after I shot it ,I have tried to document the hijra angst their struggle and their love for Sufism via their motto All Religion is One -Sarv Dharm Ek..Hindus Muslims hijra come under one category Human.. unfortunately in a homophobic society even health minsters gun for their ass with ignorance and inhumanly hurtful remarks..
Laxmi Narayan my muse my icon and my Hijra Guru no1 took me under her wings to protect me from various hijra groups that dont like nosy photographers like me who post all their pictures publicly on the Internet.
I have been shooting the hijras for about 7 years now, I write positively and because people on the internet are more vicious towards the hijras , seeing them as sex objects I choked my comment box both at Facebook and Flickr..
I thought this was important for all of you to know.
I was a bit confused I thought I would add all the new pictures I shot of the hijras at Haji Malang 2009 in my existing hijra set at Flickr, but to make it easy for the hijras who will Google Haji Malang and Hijras I decided to create a new set..
Once I reached Haji Malang I parked myself completely at Laxmi Narayan Tripathis hotel, Laxmi is my Hijra Guru..and the source of my Hijra pictures and my Hijra poetry.
We know each other since 12 years or more , and we share a unique bond of love and mutual respect..Laxmi is my Muse , I shoot Laxmi differently trying to capture her androgynous charm on the emulsion of my poets soul.
This picture was shot by Atharva , Laxmis confidante, man Friday and close childhood friend.
I am not including the Hijra pictures at my Haji Malang set ..they will all be posted here...
I spent a night and another day shooting the pictures , the senior hijras were not to comfortable , my shooting their Qawwali or their Sandal dance programme , so I shot it without flash at a higher ISO..in low light , Hijra blur too has its charm.
Because I saw that shooting the Hijras was getting me nowhere , just stuff upper lip opposition, I packed my stuff and took the road downhill..
I love shooting Hijras but being defiant does not help my cause, you dont go against the Hijra gurus or the Nayaks of Mumbai.
Had I extended my stay here by a day I could have shot Gopal and Babitas Sandal procession, I am Gopal Hajis blue eyed boy, he is the Nayak of the Hijras from Najafgarh..they are more supportive and know me much better than the Mumbai hijras.. this is a fact.
But I shall avoid making this a issue of my grievance I know I left Haji Malang without saying good bye to Laxmi.
There is no denying she is a unconquerable Hijra Goddess ..I look like a Knave beside her..
So see my Hijra pictures , the Hijra community is my favorite gender subject , I shoot it with a religiosity, with a passion that I may not be able to describe fully.
I shot a child suckling a Hijra breast, this was my only daring picture , I shot it for its aesthetic sense of poetry..
I shot the Lady boys of Mumbai, I call them Candy Floss boys, I shot the Ardh Naris, and one of them from Delhi had literally tried to seduce me..but than she said it was her nature..I told her Hijra sex was not my nature..
I respect Hijras I show this respect through my pictures.
I connected with old Hijra friends, and I am indebted to Simran Dancer for her love and affection.. she is living Diva too,,
There were some new Hijda faces the over buxom Kamini, the ramp model Khushi.. and they dont look like transgenders, the gifted Poonam Guru.
So all I know I shot the most exquisite Hijras here at Haji Malang verily a Hijra Paradise.
I met the Hijda Bawas too..
I shot Mona the Child Eunuch, now almost 9 years old , net savvy with her own lap top.
I shot Naina of Najafgarh too..I shot Mona of Mumbai..
All my Hijra pictures I will post here at Flickr my set called
Hijras of India
So tighten yourself belt for a take off without hitting a IAF helicopter on the Mumbai runway..
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The word "hijab" or "ḥijāb" (Arabic: حجاب hijaab, pronounced [ħiˈdʒæːb] ~ [ħiˈɡæːb]) refers to both the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women and modest Muslim styles of dress in general.
The Arabic word literally means curtain or cover (noun). Most Islamic legal systems define this type of modest dressing as covering everything except the face and hands in public. According to Islamic scholarship, hijab is given the wider meaning of modesty, privacy, and morality; the words for a headscarf or veil used in the Qur'an are khimār (خمار) and jilbaab (جلباب), not hijab. Still another definition is metaphysical, where al-hijab refers to "the veil which separates man or the world from God."
Muslims differ as to whether the hijab should be required on women in public, as it is in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia; whether it should be banned in schools, as it is in France and Turkey; or whether it should be left for the women to decide, as it is in the United States.
According to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, the meaning of hijab has evolved over time:
The term hijab or veil is not used in the Qur'an to refer to an article of clothing for women or men, rather it refers to a spatial curtain that divides or provides privacy. The Qur'an instructs the male believers (Muslims) to talk to wives of Prophet Muhammad behind a hijab. This hijab was the responsibility of the men and not the wives of Prophet Muhammad. However, in later Muslim societies this instruction, specific to the wives of Prophet Muhammad, was generalized, leading to the segregation of the Muslim men and women. The modesty in Qur'an concerns both men's and women's gaze, gait, garments, and genitalia. The clothing for women involves khumūr over the necklines and jilbab (cloaks) in public so that they may be identified and not harmed. Guidelines for covering of the entire body except for the hands, the feet and the face, are found in texts of fiqh and hadith that are developed later.
 In Islamic texts
The Qur'an instructs both Muslim men and women to dress in a modest way.
The clearest verse on the requirement of the hijab is surah 24:30–31, asking women to draw their khimār over their bosoms.
And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimār over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to [...] (Quran 24:31)
In the following verse, Muslim women are asked to draw their jilbab over them (when they go out), as a measure to distinguish themselves from others, so that they are not harassed. Surah 33:59 reads:
Those who harass believing men and believing women undeservedly, bear (on themselves) a calumny and a grievous sin. O Prophet! Enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of true believers that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): That is most convenient, that they may be distinguished and not be harassed. [...] (Quran 33:58–59)
The Arabic word jilbab is translated as "cloak" in the following passage. Contemporary salafis insist that the jilbab (which is worn over the Kimaar and covers from the head to the toe) worn today is the same garment mentioned in the Qur'an and the hadith; other translators have chosen to use less specific terms:
Narrated Anas ibn Malik: "I know (about) the Hijab (the order of veiling of women) more than anybody else. Ubay ibn Ka'b used to ask me about it. Allah's Apostle became the bridegroom of Zaynab bint Jahsh whom he married at Medina. After the sun had risen high in the sky, the Prophet invited the people to a meal. Allah's Apostle remained sitting and some people remained sitting with him after the other guests had left. Then Allah's Apostle got up and went away, and I too, followed him till he reached the door of 'Aisha's room. Then he thought that the people must have left the place by then, so he returned and I also returned with him. Behold, the people were still sitting at their places. So he went back again for the second time, and I went along with him too. When we reached the door of 'Aisha's room, he returned and I also returned with him to see that the people had left. Thereupon the Prophet hung a curtain between me and him and the Verse regarding the order for (veiling of women) Hijab was revealed." Sahih al-Bukhari, 7:65:375, Sahih Muslim, 8:3334
Narrated Umm Salama Hind bint Abi Umayya, Ummul Mu'minin: "When the verse 'That they should cast their outer garments over their persons' was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows hanging down over their heads by wearing outer garments." 32:4090. Abū Dawud classed this hadith as authentic.
 Dress code required by hijab
Traditionally, Muslims have recognized many different forms of clothing as satisfying the demands of hijab. Debate focused on how much of the male or female body should be covered. Different scholars adopted different interpretations of the original texts.
WOW ...you are amazing
Thank you Randall
just stupid trying to be smart
delirious demented caught
between street life culture
some art i am the bullock
i am the cart i am the beauty
spot of humility i am a wart
each time i breakdown
i restart unwholesome part
deleted doomed thoughts
i thwart words soliloquized
solitary pain i impart
a journey before i depart
i re chart ..beneath
another veil of silence
lies my stony sweet heart
my cosmic fate trampled
beneath her feet
i could not outsmart
strains of mozart
I document the humility austerity poetry of the hijab.. silhouette of the hijab.. and Randall is a friend to whom I dedicated this poem..
Last night I joined Photoblogs.com and listed my Flickr photo stream there , I chanced on this site while browsing Indiblogger member Joshi Daniels profile he is a member of Photoblogs.com and I highly recommend Photoblogs.com to all of you..
in the rain
burnt out by
nails as my
blood rust brown
in the gutter drains
dam madar malang
follower of hussain
bam bam bholenath
jai shiv shankar
drum beats in my brain
of weeping chains
dam madar beda par
the husk and the grain
what was not mine
how could i ever attain
she came she touched me
ran over me all over again
beneath the wheels of her
chariot a poet half dead
half alive half mad half sane
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