Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mr Anand Grover Who Made Walking In Pride Possible

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he stands tall
over all
of him
big daddy
article 377
got fucked
for all
now consensual sex
is legal no more
criminal assaults
a guy can walk
the streets like a doll
pride in humility
is what makes it
best of all
a photo blogger poet
no not just a brick
in a rainbow
colored wall
as human
as sensitive
to your pain
total recall

The Right To Dissent Gets Your Head Bashed In India By Crazy Elements

The Queer Prince of Raj Pipla Manvendra Singh Gohil

Hijras Are Flowers That Die Before They Bloom..

The Cosmic Ring of Pain

The Buxom Hijra Beauty

The Buxom Hijra Beauty

The Hijra Has Her Back Against The Wall ..Incomplete Barbie Doll

The Poetic Portrait of a Hijra

a mesmerizing world
she inhabits
her soul in the bottle
of her body does not fit
she is a woman
without a slit
holding on to
her testicular turpitude
to wit
she is sometimes man
sometimes woman
yes a hijda
so be it
macho society
uses her as a punching bag
to hit
breast implants
a missing clit
a hairy story the face
the hollows of her armpit
the world is a stage
she enacts her sad skit
on her fate
her bad luck
loves to spit

Believe Me It Was Never Easy Shooting The Hijras..

Getting their Trust was more important than just befriending them to document their life their angst without commercial gain or was the poet in me that sought them out my pain their pain the pain of living in a world almost half filled to the brim with bigots ..racists and inborn homophobic hate..

My hijra pictures are the product of my poetry my humility and my humanity..I shot them neither for titillation or for ridicule..I shot them as the other integral part of society ..
And Laxmi Narayan Tripathi my hijra Guru and a dear friend Stephe Feldman of Androgyne helped me to attain this position..I am thankful to both of them.

And Ma Madhurima Ma my other Hijra Guru from Park Site Vikhroli.

Woman is a State Of Mind Without Borders ..

Hijra is a complete woman if you see her incomplete it is the fault of your sensitivity..

Shaheen The Naughty One

He Wanted To Be a Woman.. So He Surrendered His Masculinity He Paid a Great Price

The Other Sex...Cosmic Complex

Height Is Smaller Than Humility..

Mona and Gina

The Ladyboys of Mumbai

The Cross Dressers of Mumbai

Nishi is a Muslim cross dresser who has struggled through life seen pain misery persecution and abuse at every stage , his family did not take kindly to his sexual orientation , but he performed on stage did local fashion shows dance programmes wedding parties and made money bought a shop two flats , one he lives with his family the other he gave out on rent.

He came to my house with Ritu Hijra met my wife my daughter and both were surprised as my family treated them with respect and as human beings.

I have not met Nishi since a few years now..I met Ritu at Haji Malang this year and I dont run after them for pictures .. I prefer shooting new hijras and God fills my plate with them as an avid passionate photographer.

I am now in all humility a legend among the hijras.. I have made most of them famous through my photo blogs.

I Want You Photographer ...

Because I Cant Shoot Mountains Golden Sunsets Insects I Shoot Hijras

Because God Could Not Make Hijras He Left The Job Entirely To Men..

Hijras Are More Sexy More Mystical Than Women

Ritu Goddess Androgyne

Ritu Goddess Androgyne

The Most Beautiful Hijra In The World Kishori

The Most Beautiful Hijra In The World

The Most Sensational Hijra Beauty of India

The Most Sensational Hijra Beauty of India

The Most Sensational Hijra Beauty of India

The Moods of a Hijda

For other uses, see Henna (disambiguation).Henna

Lawsonia inermis
Scientific classification
Species:L. inermis

Binomial name
Lawsonia inermis

Henna or Hina (Lawsonia inermis, syn. L. alba) is a flowering plant, the sole species in the genus Lawsonia in the family Lythraceae. It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, and northern Australasia in semi-arid zones. Henna is a tall shrub or small tree, 2–6 m high. It is glabrous, multibranched with spine tipped branchlets. Leaves are opposite, entire, glabrous, sub-sessile, elliptical, and broadly lanceolate (1.5–5.0 cm x 0.5–2 cm), acuminate, having depressed veins on the dorsal surface. During the onset of precipitation intervals, the plant grows rapidly; putting out new shoots, then growth slows. The leaves gradually yellow and fall during prolonged dry or cool intervals. Henna flowers have four sepals and a 2 mm calyx tube with 3 mm spread lobes. Petals are obvate, white or red stamens inserted in pairs on the rim of the calyx tube. Ovary is four celled, style up to 5 mm long and erect. Fruits are small, brownish capsules, 4–8 mm in diameter, with 32–49 seeds per fruit, and open irregularly into four splits.[1] Lawsone content in leaves is negatively associated with the number of seeds in the fruits.[2]Contents [hide]
1 Cultivation and uses
2 Preparation and application of paste
3 Traditions of henna as body art
4 Health effects
5 Black henna
6 References
7 See also
8 External links

Cultivation and uses

Small Henna plant

Henna, Lawsonia inermis, produces a red-orange dye molecule, lawsone. This molecule has an affinity for bonding with protein, and thus has been used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool. Henna's indigenous zone is the tropical savannah and tropical arid zone, in latitudes between 15° and 25° N and S from Africa to the western Pacific rim, and produces highest dye content in temperatures between 35°C and 45°C. It does not thrive where minimum temperatures are below 11°C. Temperatures below 5°C will kill the henna plant. The dye molecule, lawsone, is primarily concentrated in the leaves, and is in the highest levels in the petioles of the leaf. Products sold as "black henna" or "neutral henna" are not made from henna, but may be derived from indigo (in the plant Indigofera tinctoria) or Cassia obovata, and may contain unlisted dyes and chemicals.[3]

Henna is commercially cultivated in western India, Pakistan, Morocco, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Presently the Pali district of Rajasthan is the most heavily cultivated henna production area in India, with over 100 henna processors operating in Sojat City.

Though henna has been used for body art and hair dye since the Bronze Age, henna has had a recent renaissance in body art due to improvements in cultivation, processing, and the diasporas of people from traditional henna using regions. [4]

The word "henna" comes from the Arabic name for Lawsonia inermis, pronounced /ħinnaːʔ/ or colloquially /ħinna/.

In the Bible's Song of Songs and Song of Solomon, henna is referred to as Camphire.

Henna for sale at the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul

In the Indian subcontinent, there are many variant words such as Mehndi in North India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In Telugu (India, Malaysia, USA), it is known as Gorintaaku. In Tamil (South India, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka) it is called "Marudhaani" and is used as ground fresh leaves rather than as dried powder. It is used in various festivals and celebrations and used by women and children. It is left on overnight and will last one month or more depending on the plant and how well it was ground and how long it is left on.

Henna has many traditional and commercial uses, the most common being as a dye for hair, skin and fingernails, as a dye and preservative for leather and cloth, and as an anti-fungal.[5] Henna was used as a hair dye in Indian court records around 400 CE,[6] in Rome during the Roman Empire, and in Spain during Convivienca.[7] It was listed in the medical texts of the Ebers Papyrus (16th c BCE Egypt)[8] and by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (14th c CE (Syria and Egypt) as a medicinal herb.[9] In Morocco, wool is dyed and ornamented with henna, as are drumheads and other leather goods. Henna will repel some insect pests and mildew.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has not approved henna for direct application to the skin. It is unconditionally approved as a hair dye, and can only be imported for that purpose.[10] Henna imported into the USA which appears to be for use as body art is subject to seizure, and at present it is illegal to use henna for body art in the U.S.,[11] though prosecution is rare. The fast black stains of “black henna” are not made with henna, but are from p-phenylenediamine. This can cause severe allergic reactions and permanent scarring. No henna can make a black stain on a torso in ½ hour. P-phenylenediamine can stain skin black quickly, but the FDA specifically forbids PPD to be used for that purpose.

Preparation and application of paste

Henna powder

Henna body art is made by applying henna paste to the skin: the lawsone in the paste migrates into the outermost layer of the skin and makes a red-brown stain.

Whole, unbroken henna leaves will not stain the skin. Henna will not stain skin until the lawsone molecules are made available (released) from the henna leaf. Fresh henna leaves will stain the skin if they are smashed with a mildly acidic liquid. This will stain skin within moments, but it is difficult to form intricate patterns from coarse crushed leaves. Dried ground, sifted henna leaves are easily worked into a paste that can be used to make intricate body art. Commercially available henna powder is made by drying the henna leaves and milling them to powder, then the powder is sifted. This powder is mixed with lemon juice, strong tea, or other mildly acidic liquids. Essential oils with high levels of "terps", monoterpene alcohols such as tea tree, eucalyptus, cajeput, or lavender will improve skin stain characteristics. The henna mix must rest for 6 to 12 hours so the leaf cellulose is dissolved, making the lawsone available to stain the skin. This is mixed to a toothpaste consistency and applied with a one of many traditional tools, including resist techniques, shading techniques, and thicker paste techniques, or the modern cellowrap cone.

Once applied to the skin, lawsone molecules gradually migrate from the henna paste into the outer layer of the skin. Though henna's lawsone will stain the skin within minutes, the longer the paste is left on the skin, the more lawsone will migrate. Henna paste will yield as much dye as the skin can easily absorb in less than eight hours. Henna tends to crack and fall off the skin during these hours, so it is often sealed down by dabbing a sugar/lemon mix over the dried paste, or simply adding some form of sugar to the paste. This also adds to the colour of the end result, increasing the intensity of the shade.

When the paste has fallen off the skin or been removed by scraping, the stain will be orange, but should darken over the following three days to a reddish brown. Soles and palms have the thickest layer of skin and so take up the most lawsone, and take it to the greatest depth, so that hands and feet will have the darkest and most long-lasting stains. Steaming or warming the henna pattern will darken the stain, either during the time the paste is still on the skin, or after the paste has been removed. Chlorinated water and soaps may spoil the darkening process: alkaline may hasten the darkening process. After the stain reaches its peak color it will appear to fade. The henna stain is not actually fading, the skin is exfoliating: the lower, less stained cells, rise to the surface, until all stained cells are shed.

Traditions of henna as body art

Mehndi on a hand

An intricate Mehandi pattern

The different words for henna in ancient languages imply that henna had more than one point of discovery and origin, and different pathways of daily and ceremonial use.

Henna has been used to adorn young women’s bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean. The earliest text mentioning henna in the context of marriage and fertility celebrations comes from the Ugaritic legend of Baal and Anath [12], which has references to women marking themselves with henna in preparation to meet their husbands, and Anath adorning herself with henna to celebrate a victory over the enemies of Baal. Wall paintings excavated at Akrotiri (dating prior to the eruption of Thera in 1680 BCE) show women with markings consistent with henna on their nails, palms and soles, in a tableau consistent with the henna bridal description from Ugarit [13] Many statuettes of young women dating between 1500 and 500 BCE along the Mediterranean coastline have raised hands with markings consistent with henna. This early connection between young, fertile women and henna seems to be the origin of the Night of the Henna, which is now celebrated world-wide.

The Night of the Henna was celebrated by most groups in the areas where henna grew naturally: Jews, [14], Muslims[15], Hindus, Christians and Zoroastrians, among others, all celebrated marriages by adorning the bride, and often the groom, with henna.

Across the henna-growing region, Purim [14], Eid[16], Diwali[17], Karva Chauth, Passover, Nawruwz, Mawlid, and most saints’ days were celebrated with some henna. Favorite horses, donkeys, and salukis had their hooves, paws, and tails hennaed. Battle victories, births, circumcision, birthdays, Zar, as well as weddings, usually included some henna as part of the celebration. When there was joy, there was henna, as long as henna was available. [18]

Henna was regarded as having “Barakah”, blessings, and was applied for luck as well as joy and beauty.[15] Brides typically had the most henna, and the most complex patterns, to support their greatest joy, and wishes for luck. Some bridal traditions were very complex, such as those in Yemen, where the Jewish bridal henna process took four or five days to complete, with multiple applications and resist work.

The fashion of "Bridal Mehndi" in Northern Libya and in North Indian diasporas is currently growing in complexity and elaboration, with new innovations in glitter, gilding, and fine-line work. Recent technological innovations in grinding, sifting, temperature control, and packaging henna, as well as government encouragement for henna cultivation, have improved dye content and artistic potential for henna.

Though traditional henna artists were Nai caste in India, and barbering castes in other countries (lower social classes), talented contemporary henna artists can command high fees for their work. Women in countries where women are discouraged from working outside the home can find socially acceptable, lucrative work doing henna. Morocco, Mauritania[19], Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, as well as India and many other countries have thriving women’s henna businesses. These businesses are often open all night for Eids, Diwali and Karva Chauth, and many women may work as a team for a large wedding where hundreds of guests will be hennaed as well as the bride and groom.

Health effects

Though user accounts cite few, if any, negative effects of natural henna paste, pre-mixed henna body art pastes may have ingredients added to darken stain, or to alter stain color. The health risks involved in pre-mixed paste can be signficant. The FDA considers these to be adulterants and therefore illegal for use on skin.[20] Some pastes have been found to include: silver nitrate, carmine, pyrogallol, disperse orange dye, and chromium. These have been found to cause allergic reactions, chronic inflammatory reactions, or late-onset allergic reactions to hairdressing products and textile dyes.
Medical report of heavy metals such as nickel, cobalt, chromium, lead and mercury found in henna tattoos [21]
Allergies Associated with Body Piercing and Tattoos[22]
OSHA on silver nitrate[23]
CDC on silver nitrate[24]

Black henna

“Black Henna” is a misnomer arising from imports of plant-based hair dyes into the West in the late 19th century. Partly fermented, dried indigo was called “black henna” because it could be used in combination with henna to dye hair black. This gave rise to the belief that there was such a thing as “black henna” which could dye skin black. Indigo will not dye skin black. Pictures of indigenous people with black body art (either alkalized henna or from some other source) also fed the belief that there was such a thing as “black henna.”

In the 1990s, henna artists in Africa, India, the Arabian Peninsula and the West began to experiment with para-phenylenediamine (PPD) based black hair dye, applying it as a thick paste as they would apply henna, in an effort to find something that would quickly make jet black temporary body art. PPD can cause severe allergic reactions, with blistering, intense itching, permanent scarring, and permanent chemical sensitivities[25] [26]. Estimates of allergic reactions range between 3% and 15%. Henna does not cause these injuries[27]. Henna boosted with PPD can cause lifelong health damage. [28]

Para-phenylenediamine is illegal for use on skin in western countries, though enforcement is lax. When used in hair dye, the PPD amount must be below 6%, and application instructions warn that the dye not touch the scalp and the dye must be quickly rinsed away. “Black henna” pastes have PPD percentages from 10% to 60%, and are left on the skin for half an hour.

Para-phenylenediamine “black henna” use is widespread, particularly in tourist areas. Because the blistering reaction appears 3 to 12 days after the application, most tourists have left and do not return to show how much damage the artist has done. This permits the artists to continue injuring others, unaware they are causing severe injuries. The high profit margins of ‘black henna” and the demand for body art that emulates “tribal tattoos” further encourage artists to ignore the dangers. It is not difficult to recognize and avoid para-phenylenediamine “black henna”:
if a paste stains torso skin black in less than ½ hour, it has PPD in it, and little or no henna.
if the paste is mixed with peroxide, or if peroxide is wiped over the design to bring out the color, it has PPD in it, and little or no henna.

Anyone who has an itching and blistering reaction to a black body stain should go to a doctor, and report that they have had an application of para-phenylenediamine to their skin.

PPD sensitivity is lifelong, and once sensitized, the use of synthetic hair dye can be life-threatening [29]. These injuries are not caused by henna, and a person can use henna as hair dye.

MTNL Broadband is a EunuchNightmare at 8 pm and 8 am My Net Goes Dead

This has been going on since three months innumerable complaints to Mr Shyam Sundarji Mr Jony of MTNL Broadband St Martin Road has not helped either .. firstly they dont why this is happening , and it sickens me to see MTNL Broadband pipming their products to new subscribers but cant offer better service to their old exiting one , nor have they deducted my bill for this continuous outage.

MTNL Broadband Service sucks and is totally insensitive to the subscribers needs

First my net used to stop at 10 pm .. now the timings have changed I have a WIFI Connection and I am connected to Bandra Reclamation MTNL exchange.

I hope their General Manager reads this while Google searching for the results of his new promotional ad campaign..

I have no other grouse with MTNL Broadband I pay my bills on time so why do they treat me like this I fail to understand.

Firoze Shakir

From Kashmir with Love and Peace

Every Land is Karbala Every Day is Ashura

holding the safety of her fathers hand
from the valley of Kashmir to a distant land
blood flowing on the carpet of Karbalas sand
yazid the butcher of Islam you must understand
to destroy the tenets of Faith his evil planned
hussain did not give into his demand
72 brave warriors against the power of 30000
he took command defense of honor
his final stand ..sword held high
holy scriptures in his other hand
though yazid had the upper hand
a message of peace and brotherhood
part of a holy stand
every land is karbala
everyday is ashura
we will withstand

Fragrance of Kashmiryat

she comes from a land of a million smiles
a land of sorrow and snow ..
robbed of its heritage
by marauders they need to overthrow
the fragrance of heavenly
kashmiryat lives for ever
even in mumbai
as it glows
on her face
the tragedy of karbala clearly show
the waters of the river Euphrates
from shia eyes on to the hanky
of bibi fatima flow
mashke sakina
weeping with abbas s
blood although
parchame abbas
billowing in the winds
to and fro
unfulfilled desire
at sham
to bibi zainab
a chaddar
he could not bestow

The Iranian Hamam

The Iranian bathing house or Iranian Hamam is situated next to Moghul Masjid at Imamwada.

The owner does not allow photographers at all, but one of his relatives a dear friend of mine allowed me access .

The bathing house is centuries old and has remained the way it is though the world outside has changed completely.

Their are masseurs from North India who give you a massage before you take the bath,,

I have not explored it completely and shot it from one angle..

The Iranian Hamam

The Iranian Hamam

The Iranian Hamam

Malcolm Rozario RIP

This is a very old picture that has lived with me since almost 35 to 40 years, I recently had it scanned , but could not restore it to to its early originality.

I saved it on my comp as a 10MB file , my eyes fell on it just now so here it is .

Malcolm Rozario stayed at Colaba Strand ..Grants building with his mother father aunt and a sister Linda.

We were childhood friends and Malcolm and I played at Garden Road ..with Ramesh Mulchandani Ram Parsani..and others.

Malcolm was of robust health , but had a crush on beautiful girl that stayed at Garden Road , too , in order to impress her he did a marathon from Garden Road to Electric House and back several rounds..

We were all impressed with his achievement , but he drank a lot of cold water after the feat.
The following day he fell seriously ill .pneumonia that went from bad to worse , we visited his house daily, looking into the light fading from his eyes ...
And one day he gave up his soul...

This was one sad tragedy I never forgot and it has been a very long time ..
This picture bought up those memories all over again.

I lost in touch with Linda and they don't stay anymore at that old house.

Perhaps she will see this one day...