Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Magic Eye The Gift of a Blog With a Camera Eye

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the soul
of silence
lows and high
the human cry
the painted walls
hopes put up to dry
feasts festivals
that he espies
an indi blogger
mera pyara bhai
where on the streets
makeshift fires
bangda fry
bombay duck
big fat lady
thunder thighs
double deckers ply
death of a sparrow
we all cry
a bird of our childhood
who taught us to fly
on the wings of dreams
as time passed by
reliance energy
fattening its soul
the poor consumer
unable to pay his bill
silently dies
tata power
the new stand by
mumbai is mumbai
who wants shanghai
have money
the world you can buy
jai maharashtra
amchi mumbai
through a magic eye
on cycles
the bhaiyya guy
everyone happy
love and sigh
dont be sorry
dont say goodbye

to deepak amembal from firoze of psi...sitting on a mound swatting the house fly

Thank you Jeff Lamb

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Jeff Lamb
Jeff LambJanuary 7, 2011 at 5:48pm
Subject: hello
somehow i miss your face book posts on my fb home page, but i do check in, here or on the flickr. and am always glad to see your work and the place that you live. best to you
reminds me that photography is love. thnks

life is a river that flows
what we are through
our pictures it shows
like crosswinds
through our world
it blows a candle
flickering in the wilderness
it glows thank you
jeff lamb from
a barefeet street blogger
time froze so far
up close a house
images as windows
open doors
one day with
open arms
i shall welcome you
on my shores

Fucked Asunder

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Meri to gand mein gardish - e dauraan ka lauda hai
Sitaro tum to so jao tumhari kis ne mari hai..?

This couplet was sent to me by a dear friend in bad times.. his times are as bad as my own...

bad times are bad
you need not wonder
like a huge monstrous dick
my multi colored ass plunder
lightning and thunder
from asshole to eternity
fucked asunder
by the banks
by the money lender
a bounced cheque
returned back to sender
a posterior brutalized
by bad times
now gone sore and tender
without massacring
the last remaining
vestiges of my gender
neither a buyer
nor a vendor
lost illusions
lost hopes
lost splendor

Lalbagh Chya Raja Calls Me Every Year Without Fail

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on the day
of his visarjan
from lalbaugh
to girgaum chowpatty
a path i trail
his hospitality
his humility
his blessings
i avail
his love for me as
a mumbaikar at all
time prevails
as a photographer
i shoot him in
poetic detail
to his lovers
his followers
fortune fame
peace prosperity
he unveils
holistically healing
our tortured souls
our travails giving
us hope full scale
with tears from
the shore
they watch him
as he set sails
purcha varshi
laokar ya
they shout
they cry
they wail

The Never Changing Life of The Marathi Manoos

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under the tree
of progress
he sits
martyred hopes
doomed aspirations
bad luck on the loose
his vote has not
made a difference
to his life its true
he is where he was
since the time
from a child
to an adult
he grew
the same corner
the same thikana
the same venue
with his surroundings
he has no issue
governments come
governments go
so many promises
all broken after
the elections
only lord ganesha
to his rescue
for peace hope
lord brahma vishnu
standing in queue
at the temple
of hope and democracy
this devoted hindu

Jesus The Silent Sacrificial Lamb of Bandra

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in the name
of progress
in the name
of widening
the roads
they made
the churches their
walls forgo and soon
came the hawkers
to occupy
the empty spaces
we all know now they
want crosses to go
with cudgels ready
blow after blow
in amchi mumbai
has become
an eyesore
i speak of jesus
because i studied
in a catholic school
what i am to them
i owe
they made
me a good
human being
a good muslim
a good mumbaikar
all the more
different religions
different paths
a single destination
a single door
a lyrical thought
a poetic score

The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai Shot By Mr Loke Senior

A Bloggers Hand Google Searching For Peace

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When the time comes for youth to lead
from the slavery of sycophancy we
will finally be freed hopefully
no corruption no greed
...just good thoughts good deeds
like you my heart too bleeds

too see the poison
that prematurely kills
the seeds penny wise
pound foolish wisdom
gives birth to dying weeds
games on the soul
of a nation the poor
running the marathon
with a beggar bowl in hand
in full speed festered wounds
maggots breed humanity
has gone to the dogs
our children brainwashed
by dogmas of hate
the words on the walls
we misread
on the hallowed
grounds of the human heart
a mandir masjid
politically decreed
dividing the soul
of the nation
a necklace
of broken beads

Enter The Raja of Lalbagh

I Give You a Darshan of Lalbagh Chya Raja On The Wings of My Blog

The Moment In The Life of Man - Lalbagh Chya Raja

We Only Shoot Those Pictures That We Were Destined To Shoot

The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Pune

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This was shot by my very dear friend Pratik Koli and he has sent me this picture on request as I have never been able to go to Pune to shoot this and so on his behalf I share it with all of you.

The text I copy from the official website of Shrimant Dagduseth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati.

The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust, based in Pune was established in he year 1893 and has thus been in the service of devotees since 108 years.

It was in 1893 when Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak gave a public form to the celebration of the festival of Ganpati and made it a genuinely people's festival. The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust exists from the year of the inception of the sarvajanik (public) Ganpati festival and is the fulcrum of all sarvajanik(public) celebrations in Maharashtra.

The festivities of Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati festival attract people from all over India and now in this age of liberalization and globalization, from all round the world.

The goal of the trust is to make the celebration of Ganeshotsav based on the principles set out by Tilak and the path of devotion shown by saints Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram. To make it a celebration of morality and humanity and nationalism.

India is following the path of economic liberalization, which is bringing in many changes in Indian society, opening up many opportunities for those who are ready to learn and work hard. It is even more important in these times of change to sustain the humanity of human beings, the homeliness of our homes and the godliness of our gods.

In the last few decades, the celebration of this festival left a lot to be desired. The intelligentsia began pointing out to the malpractices that had entered the celebrations. The rituals and the sense of social participation was giving way to commercialization. It was felt that the direction of the festival needed to be changed. It was felt by many that it was only the shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust that could show the way.

The trust took up this responsibility and organized many seminars and camps and workshops to discuss and guide people about how the festival could be made more participatory and at the same time contribute to society. Various mandals from all round Maharashtra started coming to seek advice on topics like how to maintain a temple, how to use the contributions gained during festivities for public welfare etc. Based on the principles propounded by Bal Gangadhar Tilak the trust has guided hundreds of Ganeshotsav mandals.

Sometimes I Shoot Myself To Stay Alive As A Photo Blog

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the camera
a holistically
healing tool
of perception
you constructive
cost effective
modest humble
passion pathos
live and fuck
for once let
others live
leaving aside
a scum
called yazid
your worst
you forgive
be more
a barefeet
to the soul
of a blog
held captive
street life
as it evolves
an Indian born

The Divine Moment Master Chef India 2 Vikas Khanna

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When I met Master Chef Viikas Khanna at the Master Chef India 2 Indi Blogger Meet I told him he should join Bollywood , because Vikas has screen presence and lights up the set with just his smile , and most of all his humility , he is humble down to earth and totally unassuming, no airs no pride , he was an instant hit with all the Indi bloggers , foodies and food bloggers ..

His anecdote on his grand mother his childhood memories that he shared with all of us endeared him instantly , we all love our grand parents who pampered us and made us what we are today , the love of grand parents is what keeps humanity alive..gran parents are the beacon of our lives our hope and our humility ..I believe when parents due to the rigors of life could not give time to their children , work commitments life's struggle etc God being human gave them another chance as grand parents to relive their children's childhood through the grand child.

I was not a very good father being an alcoholic for many years when my children were growing , so now reformed recreated I am living my children's childhood through my grand children not one but three .. so Vikas when he talked about his grand mother I remembered my own grand mother too, two grand mothers actually both unique and I am a product of there love and upbringing..
Thank You Vikas Khanna

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vikas Khanna (Hindi: विकास खन्ना; born November 14, 1971) is an award winning Michelin Starred Indian chef, restaurateur, food writer, filmmaker, humanitarian and the host of the TV Show MasterChef India [1]. He is based in New York City.

Born in Amritsar, India to Davinder and Bindu Khanna, Vikas Khanna began his culinary experience as a helper in his grandmother's kitchen, and learned the art of cooking and the use of spices from her. At the age of 12, he was supplying kitchenware to Amritsar Club.

He began developing recipes at a very young age and opened Lawrence Gardens Banquets to host weddings and family functions when he was 16. He graduated from the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration in 1994, and established SAANCH, a cultural festival gala, to bring together various foods and traditions from different parts of India. This festival has been an important event in the college's calendar. He also learned the art of sculpting stone and wood in Jaipur, Mysore, Udipi, and Sagar (Karnataka). He has worked for the Taj, Oberoi, Welcomgroup, and Leela Group of Hotels, with some of the most influential chefs of India.

Khanna moved to New York in December 2000. He worked his way up and soon became the Executive Chef of Salaam Bombay Restaurant in New York. He is a consultant to many restaurants in the United States.

He has studied at Cornell University, Culinary Institute of America, and New York University. He frequently lectures at many universities around the country.
[edit] Sakiv

Vikas Khanna launched the foundation SAKIV to focus on worldwide issues that demand urgent action. In collaboration with charitable institutions, the foundation has hosted many events worldwide - from The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt to the Taj Mahal in India.

Vision of Palate is his award winning workshop developed to educate people with visual disabilities about the sense of taste, flavor and aromas.

Vikas was awarded a Michelin Star for his restaurant Junoon by Michelin Guide[3]

In 2011, Vikas was honored with the Rising Star Chef Award by Star Chefs for his role in shaping the future of American Cuisine.[4]

On March 29, 2011, Vikas received a raving review from Sam Sifton in The New York Times.[5]

Vikas was voted "New York's Hottest Chef"[6] in a poll conducted by Eater.

On July 29, 2011, Vikas hosted dinner for the Hindu American Seva Charities Conference held at the White House organized by Anju Bhargava, who is a member of President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership.

Vikas was featured in the Top Sexy and Successful list of Anokhi Magazine in their 5th Anniversary Issue. Metro New York featured Khanna as Hottest Chef Around.[7]

Khanna has received acclaim for his cooking style from the James Beard Foundation, and received several awards, including the "Access to Freedom Award"[8] in 2005 from SATH, previously awarded to George W. Bush and HRH Prince Charles, and The Shining Star Award from [2] Just One Break, Inc. previously received by Christopher Reeve and Ray Charles.

He has also received a proclamation from the Council of the City of New York[9] for his outstanding contribution to the city, and was chosen New Yorker of the Week by NY1.

Vikas Khanna's Holy Kitchens film series explores the food sharing traditions in a spiritual context. The first film in the series True Business, is based on the Sikh community kitchens, known as Langars, with introduction by Deepak Chopra. The film premiered at the Sikh International Film Festival in October 2010. Other films in the Holy Kitchens series are based upon the food traditions of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. Karma to Nirvana,[1] the second installment in the Holy Kitchens documentary series premiered at the prestigious New York Indian Film Festival,[2] in the US, on May 7, 2011.

Media appearances

In 2011, Vikas will host the TV Show MasterChef India,[10] an Indian competitive cooking game show based on the original British version of MasterChef, to be telecast on Star Plus.

In September 2007, Vikas Khanna was featured as the consultant chef on the Gordon Ramsay TV show Kitchen Nightmares on Fox. On October 13, 2009, Khanna appeared as a judge and Indian-cuisine specialist on the two-part season finale of Hell's Kitchen. On June 23, 2010, Khanna appeared on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay as a judge. Vikas Khanna was guest chef in the episode "The India Show" on The Martha Stewart Show telecast on March 4, 2011.[11]
[edit] Personal life

Vikas was born with misaligned legs and feet and wasn't able to run until he was 13. He was inspired by his grandmother who loved to cook, and her kitchen became a part of his foundational training.[12]. Khanna has never been married and staunchly protects his private life. He has mentioned that it is a decision he made a long time ago, before he ever even knew anyone would be interested in his personal life. In a interview with Hindustan Times he said that he looks forward to having a family one day, but nothing as of now. [13]. He is contributor to Deepak Chopra's Intent and The Huffington Post. Khanna is a Democrat and a supporter of former US President Bill Clinton and US President Barrack Obama. In September 2009 Khanna bought a house across the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.]]

Broken Wings of a Hijra

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heena hijra
raw beauty
broken wings
a gilded cage
silently she
held captive
against her will
in a cosmic ring
neither man
nor woman
simply nothing
queen of pain
flowing tears
of her lost
more pain
all things
no sign
of spring

The Birth of a Hijra

the life of a hijra
is pain
sadness remorse
the system
rides her
like a horse
by the homophobic
by force
a pain
that lasts forever
no recourse
her fucked fate
closed doors
misplaced genesis
her source
anal anomaly

Women is Flesh Sold On The Streets of Despair..

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Fuck who cares
a picture
shot from
a retired
whores house
across the street
a thought bares
living in hell
only pain
they share
wash and wear
reusable condoms
no money for spare
who cares if they tear
while they
are bedded
by drunks
who swear
to the devils lair
women who
as young
girls kidnapped
the government
knows it
society knows it
the police knows it
a living nightmare
what is love
a delusion
a lost paradise
when you
poisonous air
toxic pain
hollow eyes
that stare
a broken fence
no time to repair
fools enter
where angels
fear to dare

God is One Divided into Two

muslims love killing muslims
sectarian hate
sectarian violence
a shia god
a sunni god
but god is one
divided into two
of his supreme knowledge
of his omnipresence
of his omniscience
we make fun
we the Islamic truth
of mutual existence shun
into the hands of the devil we run
yes we live by the sword and die by the gun
jehad misplaced martyrdom
no instant paradise we earn
in the fires of hell we burn
a lesson we are taught by rogue mullahs
who themselves dont learn manipulating
the minds of children women and men
using them as scapegoats
a path of no return
tears of the unborn
in the womb of an urn
the americans
the europeans
the israelis
our dead bodies govern
our genetic hate
vitriolic venomous
life we have to unlearn
for as Muslims
all of us
it does concern
a hand of peace and brother hood
we malevolently spurn

The Hot Shot Hijra

The Jain Sadhvi

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she renounced
wealth home
to follow the path
of lord mahaveera
the path of truth
of hope humanity
sacrifice charity
on a mission
of peace
the jain sadhvi