Sunday, October 16, 2011
Had I Posted My Pictures at Blogspot Instead of Flickr You Would SeeThem After a Week, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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Simply because Blogspot where I have my blog , and where I post a few blogs has a dreaded tool call Word Verification after 15 posts I have to enter a code to complete my blog that I think is a real pain specially as I type with one finger I have a permanently damaged right hand.. so lately I had stopped posting at Blogspot completely but than I began my blogging at Blogspot I had two old accounts I deleted when my site was hacked at Buzznet.
I had deleted over 11000 blogs from all my accounts and was disillusioned with blogging and getting attacked by rough elements ..
Flickr changed all that I think I believe there is no better platform for a photographer or a blogger like Flickr provided you have a Pro account that allows you to cross blog and post unlimited pictures for US $25..Even my Photographerno 1 .Wordpress site I removed from public view.. I have just my Hijras of India blog at Wordpress .Hijras of India..
2 Blogs at Blogspot Firoze Shakir Poet .I post some blogs here ..
Photographer no 1 that I dont update at all..
My other two new blogs at Blogspot are of my grand daughters Marziya Shakir Youngest Street Photographer and Nerjis Asif Shakir.. I have left them their memories that will live even after I am gone..
But all their pictures , my blogs on culture , occult ,mysticism ritualism , Sufism Shiasm Hinduism, my poems my street photography originates at Flickr.com.
I have over 200000 blogs at Flickr.com all my pictures are in a photo stream and sets and collections on the various subjects I have shot till date in 4 years.
Even the Pro membership has been gifts of people who liked my pictures and my humility as a photographer and as a blogger..
What I hate at Blogspot are the hateful words that condemn me as a Positive Spam..... Blogger says that this blog has been rate-limited. Please try again later.
It turns me off I dont have such punishment or reprimands at Flick.com..and to all new comers bloggers photographers I completely recommend Flickr.com even as an ordinary membership that is Free you get a platform and are visible to the rest of the cyber world.
So now I register Flickr as my homesite my primary site even at Blog forums like Indi Bloggers and Photoblogs.com..
And without trying to sound boastful I have 15000 to 20000 visitors on my Flickr site as my Blog stats show .. and this is only because there are more viewers for my Hijra sets here at Flickr than any other set ..
Only one of my hijra picture that is of a hijra bar dancer doing cabaret at the Hijra Samelan has had over 200000 views ..
1,709,763 views on my Flickr site till date .. Thank You All.
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A person came and asked me why Shia Hindu..
I told him I am a Muslim born in a Shia family follower of Ali and Hussain .. and Hindustan is the country that Imam Hussain wanted to come to during his conflict with Yazid of the Ummayad Caliphate , Yazid was a pompous brutal tyrant despot and was hell bent on seeking the allegiance of Imam Hussain the grand son of the Holy Prophet and son of Imam Ali.. Imam Ali was cousin of the Holy Prophet and his son in law married to his daughter Princess Fatima.
One of the reasons why Imam Hussain liked India or Hindustan , was because of its hospitality , and most important he wanted to avoid bloodshed and killing of Muslims by the Muslims a thought that is of greater importance today where Muslims love killing Muslims.
I love my country its culture my roots I love my Imam and both my Shiasm and my culture are embedded in the soil of my birth..I shoot Hinduism my thread of thought known as Hope and Hindutva a Message of Peace and Humanity..
So I explained this to the person , who later at the end of my discourse confirmed he was a Shia too and had seen me during Moharam processions where I cut my head during Ashura and Chehlum in memory of my beloved Imam..
Brahmins Fought for Imam Hussain in the Battle of Karbala
by Rakesh Sharma
Hindus have a long association with Iraq and Muslims. Please read the article below:
The presence in Arabia of many Hindus. mostly Brahmins. before the rise of Islam, has been recorded by the historian Sisir Kumar Mitra, in his book ‘The Vision of India’. page 183. These people observed Hindu religious customs, including the worship of Shiva and Makresha from which the name of Mecca is said to have been derived. The famous astrologer Yavanacharya was born of one such Brahmin family. It was from these Brahmins that the Arabs learnt the science of Mathematics, Astrology, Algebra and decimal notation which were first developed in India.
At the time of the war of Karbala (Oct. 680 AD). Rahab Sidh Datt, a potentate of Datt sect, was a highly esteemed figure of Arabia due to his close relations with the family of Prophet Mohammed. In the holy war when no Muslim King came to help Hussain. Rahab fought On his side mld sacrificed his seven sons (named Sahas Rai. Haras Rai, Sher Khan, Rai Pun, Ram Singh, Dharoo and Poroo) in the bloody war.
A Brief Account of the Episode: After the death of Mohammed, he was succeeded by Abu Bakr, Omar and Osman, as the Caliphs: all three were related to him by marriage alliances. Osman was not popular and was assassinated. After his death, Hazrat AlL the son-in-law of Mohammed (he was also his first cousin) who was married to the Prophet’s third daughter and the only surviving issue, Bibi Fatima Zahira, became the 4th Caliph. There was stiff opposition to Ali’s rule from Amir Moavia, a known protege of Osman. He fought with him a bitter war for 5 years and finally got him murdered in a mosque of Koofa, his mausoleum with a golden dome, stands in the nearby town of Najaf (Iraq). After the extermination of Ali, Moavia grabbed the Caliphate and converted the Islamic state into a kingdom, After his death, his notorious son Yazid became the next ruler. However, the rightful claimants of the Caliphate were the descendants of Hazrat Ali, namely, Hassan and Hussain. While Hassan abdicated his claim to the crown and later died of suspected poisoning, his younger brother Imam Hussain who was till then leading a secluded life in Medina, came out and challenged the usurper, Yazid. It was the war of attrition between the two which led to the bloodshed of Karbala (102 km south of Baghdad), on Oct. 10, 680 AD.
The participation of the Mohyals Brahmins and more precisely that of a Dutt family living in Arabia at that time, in the holy war, is a fact of the history. They were a part of the entourage of 200 men and women, including 72 members of Hussain’s family (40 on foot and 32 on horseback), when he left Medina and made an arduous trek to Karbala, where he had a large friendly following. After 18 days, i.e. on the 2nd. day of Mohurrum, the Hussain’s caravan reached Karbala, on the bank of river Euphrates and surrounded by a hostile desert. On the 7th day of Mohurrum, all hell broke out when 30,000 strong army sent by Yazid from Mecca and other places, attacked them. 6,000 soldiers guarded the river bank to ensure that not a drop of water reached the Hussain’s thirsty innocents. By sunset of 10th (Ashoor), a Friday, all were dead including his step brother Abbas (32), his son Ali Akbar (22), daughter Skeena (4) and 6 months old infant Ali Asghar who was killed by an arrow while perched in his lap. Imam Hussain himself was slain with thirty three strokes of lances and swords by Shimr, the hatchet man of ignominious Yazid. The ruffians of Yazid, as they ran carrying the smitten head of Hussain to the castle of Koofa, were chased by Rahab. He retrieved the holy man’s head, washed it reverentially and then carried it to Damascus. According to legend, he was overtaken by Yazid’s men during his ovenight shelter on the way. They demanded Hussain’s head from him: Rahab executed the head of one of his sons and offered to them. They shouted that it was not the Hussain’s head, then he beheaded his second son and they again yelled that it was not his. In this way Rahab executed the heads of his seven sons but did not part with the head of Imam Hussain. Later, after one year, it was buried in Karbala along with rest of his body.
The intrepid Datts rallied round Amir Mukhtar, the chief of the partisans of Imam Hussain, fought with extraordinary heroism and captured and razed the fort of Koofa, seat of Yazid’s governor, Obaidullah, the Butcher. After scoring a resounding victory on the battlefield, they beat the drums and yelled out that they had avenged the innocent blood of Hussain shed at Karbala.
It is also significant to note that even before the Karbala incident, Hazrat Ali had entrusted the public exchequer to the regiment of the valiant Datts, at the time of the Battle of Camels fought near Basra.
The above provides an impeccable evidence about tha pragmatic role played by the Datt Mohyals in the catastrophe of Karbala. There are more than a dozen ballads composed centuries ago which vividly and with great passion describe the scenario of the historic event.
Interestingly, in the Preface of his famous historical novel, titled Karbala, published in 1924 from Lucknow, Munshi Prem Chand has stated that the Hindus who fought and sacrificed their lives in the holy war of Karbala, are believed to be the descendants of Ashvathama.This clearly establishes their link with the Datts who consider Ashvathama as an ancestor of their clan.
Later on, when Sunnis let loose an orgy of vendetta on Shias and Datts, Datts returned to their motherland around 700 AD and settled at Dina Nagar, District Sialkot (vide Bandobast Report of Gujarat by Mirza Azam Beg page 422 and folk songs) and some drifted to as far as the holy Pushkar in Rajasthan. Starting from Harya Bandar (modern Basra on the bank of river Tigris) with swords in hand and beating durms, they forced their way through Syria and Asia Minor and marching onwards captured Ghazni, Balkh and Bukhara. After annexing Kandhar, they converged on Sind and crossing the Sind at Attock they entered the Punjab.
An ancestor of Rahab named Sidh Viyog Datt assumed the title of Sultan and made Arabia (old name Iraq) his home. He was a tough and tenacious fighter. He was also known as Mir Sidhani. He was a worshipper of Brahma. He was the son of the stalwart Sidh Jhoja (Vaj) who was a savant and saint and lived in Arabia (Iraq) around 600 AD.
The supporters of Hassan and Hussain honoured the Datts with the htle of ‘Hussaini Brahmin’ and treated them with great reverence in grateful recognition of the supreme sacrifices made by them in the war of Karbala. According to Jang Nama, written by Ahmed Punjabi, pages 175-176, it was ordained on the Shias to recite the name of Rahab in their daily prayer. At the time to the Karbala, fourteen hundred Hussaini Brahmins lived in Baghdad alone
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Now Renie You Know Why I Hate Blogspot and all my blogs originate at Flickr.com even after 200000 blogs I am not considered a Positive Spam..at Flickr.com
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Photographerno1..is a Shia mystic..they don't make like this any more.. he walks on fire,self flagellates,cuts his forehead each Moharam.. he is sane as sane as you or the guy next door,..
HE WALKS BARE FEET..MOCKING AND KISSING THE GROUND WITH HIS FEAT.. THEY SHED TEARS TOO..SOAKED IN BLOOD OF PAIN
He is Dam Madar Malang too.
I feel the winds as they blow
the golden sunset glow
like a little paper boat
into the waters of an ocean
not yet ready to kiss
I am happy shooting
my bare feet
my diabetic sores
my camera like vision
to a deaf and dumb god
when it rains it really pours
man two legged animal
crawling on all fours
open windows of my mind
my future stares at me
a shut door
a whimper held
to this leopards roar
a chant of my faith
blood sweat tears and gore
dam madar beda par
a malang and more
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Barefeet Blogger, present
Beggar poet, present
Street Photographer, present
The Barefeet Blogger at Master Chef India 2 RK Studios, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Dear Firoze Shakir,
We hope you've registered for the IndiBlogger meet at Mumbai on Saturday - it’s going to be very special!
IndiBus (First-come, first served)
Please email email@example.com or call to request for a pick-up point. You will be dropped back at the same location after the meet.
Pick-up point Time
Borivali West: Gokul Hotel 10:30 AM, Saturday
Highway National Park Gate 10:40 AM, Saturday
Kandivali, Grow well 10:55 AM, Saturday
Malad, Oberoi Mall 11:05AM, Saturday
Jogeshwari, Bindisar Nagar Enterance 11:30 AM, Saturday
Andheri, Bisleri 11:50 AM, Saturday
Airport, Santacruz 12:20 PM, Saturday
Bandra, BKC Signal 12:35 PM, Saturday
Opp. Ashray Hotel, Man Mandir Travels , Sion 12:55 PM, Saturday
Saturday, 15th October 2011 from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM (High tea will be served)
Chembur, Sion-Trombay Road
Mumbai, 400 071
Is it free?
For more information, please call Karthik
See you soon, and keep blogging!
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We met at KBC Kala Nagar Signal..he is a famous Indiblogger Sorcerer he came up to me seeing me barefeet dressed like a sorcerer sartorially he asked me if I was a Indiblogger I said yes I was waiting for the bus and Vineet .
He introduced himself as the Sorcerer , his real name is Roshan and I knew his dad almost 20 years back, I bought books from his dads famous book store on Linking Road a very famous land mark in a lot of peoples life..when people read books .
I had never met him but I did tell him he was from National College and he had studied at St Theresa High School Bandra to both my statements as a clairvoyant he answered in the affirmative..so in a way we both are Sorcerers ..
Both my kids had studied at St Theresa too , I was of course a Colaba boy once upon a time I studied at Holy Name High School made famous by First Lady Michelle Obamas Koli dance..
Both of us had a lot to talk and share and later when we reached RK Studios I found that Roshan aka Sorcerer is very famous with the blogger community , everyone approached him and connected with him including God of Blogs Renie Ranvin and Anwin too..
The Sorcerer is highly knowledgeable guy young of age but a Master in his filed of cybernetics..it was fun mixing with all these young guys , there were many others and it was great meeting ground this Indi Bloggers meet ..
For most of these kids it was their first Indi Blogger meet and they were really excited even the girls too.
There were a few seniors like me but they too were roaring full speed in top gear..the break time was much needed respite for the hungry craving gnawing stomach, the snacks from Mayfair Gardens were far too sustaining and appetizing including the tea and coffee..
I have fond memories of RK Studios as I was very close to the Kapoor Family , specially Mr Rishi Kapoor and Mr Chimpu Kapoor being connected to Bollywood myself..
At the end of the meet I was given a lift by Mr Mukhi a cyber security wiz kid and he dropped us at Sion from there I got a lift through Fatema Mahimwala in her car that dropped me to Lilavati Hospital.
And this was my second Indiblogger meet after Sea Princess ..
Behind Every Great Man Lies Mona Lisa The Woman of His Dreams, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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the first step
from his dreams
like a lonely river
running down stream
an eligible dream walker
poetry pathos pipe dream
widgets template a new theme
on cyber couch of
he day dreams
Master Chef India 2 Indibloggers Meet Mumbai RK Studios 2011, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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This morning I registered for the Master Chef India India Bloggers Meet at RK Studios , I am not a food blog nor am I a foodie but I came here to meet the God of Blogs Renie Ranvin of IndiBlogger whose hard core fan I am..He is a self driven man who has promoted blogging bloggers and I am a member of Indi Blogger along with Marziya Shakir worlds youngest photographer only 3 and a half year old and the youngest Indiblogger baby Nerjis Asif Shakir only 2 months old..both are my grand daughters.
I am a photo blog my narration is a story board of pictures I shot of this event at RK studios..I chronicled all this barefeet .,..The three Master Chefs were hospitable , humble and down to earth.. and the large crowd of bloggers had some prime time experience to take back home.. including the gift of an apron and a coffee mug..the luckier ones took home hefty cash vouchers ...
Chef Vikas Khanna, who is all set to make his TV debut as a judge on MasterChef India 2, has been awarded a Star by Michelin Guide, the world’s most famous food manual, for his restaurant ‘Junoon’ in New York.
The other two judges were Kunal Kapoor and Ajay Chopra.. both friendly and I told them all three should be acting as mega stars for Bollywood in the Hindi remake of 3 Musketeers ..called Khana Pakana Band Bajana ...Anjana Deewana Mastana
They had great regard for the IndiBloggers posed with the bloggers gave autographs on the aprons and gave interviews too including tips on cutting dicing cooking a job that even our politicians do thoroughly well in total scam corruption like culinary ingenuity..
So this as a long series my humble tribute to those who could not make it my best friend Deepak Magic Eye and Mohan Nellore and other Indibloggers from other cities of India..their turn will come too Inshallah..
This series was shot with their eyes too...
Picture of Renie Ranvin dressed as me .. like the barefeet blogger of Mumbai...one and only..
And I am re posting the poem I wrote before I came to this event ..
Indi Blogger Master Chef Renie Ranvin Wants Me To Be a Cook
a beggar poet
the god of
me an ultimatum
happy married life
you need to become
a cook the phone
went off the hook
so at home under
the watchful eyes
of wife no1
i am learning
to unblog uncook
cut the veggies
wash the dishes pans
i am playing
by the recipe book
the steaming cauldron
my perspiring poetry
my alcove my nook
no ulterior designs
no measure tape
for this walking
online sinker and hook
my tryst with
at RK studios
my fate on a platter
I am perhaps the only Muslim shooting Lalbaugh Chya Raja for over 20 years or more ,,thanks to Mr Sudhir Salvi head honcho of the Mandal.....
Shah-e-Mardan Sher-e-Yazdan Quwat-e-Parwardigar Lafata Ila Ali La Saif Ila Zulfiqar , originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1 ....
Ek Shahenshah Ne Banake Yeh Haseen Tajmahal Ham Gareebon Ki Mohabbat Ka Udaya Hai Mazak.. , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Fli...