Saturday, January 14, 2012

Musalman Patang Banate Hain Asman Main Hindu Unhe Udate Hain

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donon mil julkar
ek sath rehkar
bhai bhai bankar
ekta ka sabak
sikhate hain
bharat desh ko
age badate hain
makar sankranti main
hope humanity
patang ke zariye
ye message
pahunchate hai
ek bargad ka ped
uske branches
aur roots
ban jate hain
idd aur diwali
ek dusre ke
seene se
lag jate hain

sirf neta hain
jo do bhaiyon
ka batwara
karate hain
majhab ki ad
main hame
banate hain
chalwate hain
hame apas
main ladwate hain

I Have Been Invited To Haji Malang By Chairman Yunus Saab and Haji Abdul Bawa of Kalyan.

In humility I accepted their Invitation I hope my boss gives me leave to go to this holistic pilgrimage

I Shoot Hijras ..And The Poetry of Their Life

Haji Malang Baba Has Made Me a Malang Too.. Dam Madar Beda Par

As Grandparents God Gave Us Another Chance To Relive Our Childrens Dreams

Marziya Shakir Makes The Best Rotis in Bandra

The Shooter of Dreams Marziya Shakir

Most of the beggars , the eunuchs of Bandra the fisherwomen , the street sellers know this child as she was part of the dreams I shot, and dreams she shoots too..

She is a friendly congenial child but wont be bullied at all .. she is devoted dedicated , when she finishes her school work she draws pains but it is fathers phone that she uses as a child gamer , she knows the comp, and will tell me to show her website every morning..

She is in Junior KG..but a wise young lady all the same..she is always around her sister Nerjis Asif Shakir or playing with Zaira Saif Shakir..

Marziya Shakir The Street Photographer Has Come a Long Way

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She was sad because her Guru Dr Glenn Losack left for home back to America without meeting her .. and she follows in his footsteps , she shoots with a divine passion , clinically to the core..

I have encouraged her and the Nikon D 80 is her best friend , those who have visited her website are proud that as a 4 year old child she is good with the camera.

Marziya is an artist and a mobile phone gamer , at home in the mornings she rolls kneads parathas or chapatis ..helping her grand ma..

Evevry morning when she wakes up rushes to our room she wishes us both but is deeply attached to her grand mother .. her grand mother is her world and my wife dotes on our first grand child..than comes Zaira Saif Shakir she calls Fatima ..and this to compensate the excess love I shower on Nerjis Asif Shakir a Malang like me..

Nerjis Asif Shakir only 5 month old knows the camera its functions after I shoot her pictures she sees the image on the camera monitor..and I know for a fact undeniably this grand child will be the finest street photographer of Mumbai..she has already begun shooting pictures assisted by me and I have bequeathed both of them the camera as an instrument of peace hope humanity.

Marziya misses Kim and Viola and Viola is in her as she sits lowers herself to shoot pictures just like Viola a thought that amazes me she frames her pictures magically .. but of late due to work I hardly get time to take her out...

Marziya has a great fan following friends call me up to speak to her , and she heals ..she has yet to meet my boss with whom she shares her birthday..Nerjis Asif Shakir her sister shares her birthday with her father.

Fear of Flying ...

Its true I have never flown a kite in my life
but my words on the wings of pictures fly
mingle with the spectral spirits in the sky
through the soul of the manja connected
to the internet i show you the streets
where they live they die broken
down souls on gravestones lie
as the selfish world passes them by

Patang Udane Ke Bahane Aja ..Aja Chat Pe Jind Meriye

Makar Sankranti Kite Flying Festival Mumbai 2012

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I dont fly kites I have never ever flown a kite but I know the feeling the gusto the fervor being a beggar poet who flies on the wings of his poetry and photo blogs..

I have not any kite pictures this Makar Sakranti.. simply because I have lost my maneuverability , earlier I was independent with ample time at my disposable not anymore I work at a high end fashion store and when I finish work and come home I am dog tired I hit the sack..

So I am using an old picture to tell my story...and the story of Makar Sakranti 2012


Makar Sankranti (Sanskrit: मकर संक्रान्ति, Assamese: মকৰ সংক্রান্তি, Malayalam: മകര സാന്‍ക്രാന്തി, Oriya: ମକର ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତି, Tamil: தைப்பொங்கல், Telugu: మకర సంక్రాంతి, Marathi: मकर संक्रान्ति, Kannada: ಮಕರ ಸಂಕ್ರಾಂತಿ) or Sankranti or Sankranthi marks the transition of the Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. Traditionally, this has been one of many harvest days in India.

Owing to the vast geography and diversity of culture in India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons and in innumerable ways depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and location.

Sankranti is the Sanskrit word in Indian Astrology which refers to the transmigration of the Sun from one Rāshi (sign of the zodiac) to another. Hence there are 12 such sankrantis in all. However, the Sankranti festival usually refers to Makara Sankaranti, or the transition of the Sun from Dhanu rashi (Sagittarius) to Makara rashi (Capricorn).

For this purpose, the signs and houses of the zodiac are calculated using sidereal time, not tropical. As such it does not account for the Earth's precession. The festival therefore takes place around 21 days after the winter solstice (between December 20 and 23) that marks the starting of the phenomenon of 'northward apparent migration of the sun' or Uttarayana, literally meaning northward journey of Sun.

Considering the winter solstice marks the beginning of the gradual increase of the duration of the day. Scientifically, the shortest day of the year is around December 21–22 after which the days begin to get longer, hence actual Winter Solstice begins on December 21 or December 22 when the tropical sun enters Makara rashi. Hence actual Uttarayana is December 21. This was the actual date of Makar Sakranti too. But because of the Earth's tilt of 23.45 degrees and sliding of equinoxes, Ayanamsa occurs. This has caused Makara Sankranti to slide further over the ages. A thousand years ago, Makar Sankranti was on December 31 and is now on January 14. Five thousand years later, it shall be by the end of February, while in 9,000 years it shall come in June.[citation needed]

While the traditional Indian Calendar is based on lunar positions, Sankranti is a solar event. So while dates of all Hindu festivals keep changing as per the Gregorian calendar, the date of Makar Sankranti remains constant over a long term, 14 January. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the Hindu Calendar month of Magha.

Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. According to the lunar calendar, when the sun moves from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Tropic of Cancer or from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana, in the month of Pausha in mid-January, it commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon in South India. The movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makar in Hindi, this occasion is named as Makar Sankranti in the Indian context. It is one of the few Hindu Indian festivals which are celebrated on a fixed date i.e. 14 January every year.

Makar Sankranti, apart from a harvest festival is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture. It is said as the 'holy phase of transition'. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Hindu family, this day onwards. Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.

All over the country, Makar Sankranti is observed with great fanfare. However, it is celebrated with distinct names and rituals in different parts of the country. In the states of northern and western India, the festival is celebrated as the Sankranti day with special zeal and fervor. The importance of this day has been signified in the ancient epics like Mahabharata also. So, apart from socio-geographical importance, this day also holds a historical and religious significance. As it is the festival of Sun God and he is regarded as the symbol divinity and wisdom, the festival also holds an eternal meaning to it.
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Sankranti is celebrated all over South Asia with some regional variations. It is known by different names and celebrated with different customs in different parts of the country.

In India it is known by different regional names

Makar Sankranti or Sankranti - Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Orissa, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and West Bengal.
Uttarayan- Gujarat and Rajasthan
Maghi - Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab
Pongal - Tamil Nadu
Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu - Assam Valley
Shishur Saenkraat - Kashmir Valley
Makara Vilakku Festival - Sabarimala Temple (Kerala)

In other countries too the day is celebrated but under different names and in different ways

In Nepal,
Tharu people - Maghi
Other people - Maghe Sankranti or Maghe Sakrati
In Thailand - สงกรานต์ Songkran
In Laos - Pi Ma Lao
In Myanmar - Thingyan
In Cambodia - Moha Sangkran

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According to the Puranas, on this day Surya(Sun) visits the house of his son Shani(Saturn), who is the lord of the Makar rashi(Zodiac Capricorn). Though the father and son duo did not get along well, the Surya made it a point to meet his son on this day. He, in fact, comes to his son’s house, for a month. This day thus symbolizes the importance of the special relationship between father and son.[1]
From Makar Sankranti starts the ‘day’ of devatas(Gods), while dakshinayana (southward movement of the sun) is said to be the ‘night’ of devatas, so most of the auspicious things are done during this time. Uttarayana is also called as Devayana, and the dakshinayana' is called Pitrayana.[citation needed]
It was on this day when Lord Vishnu ended the ever increasing terror of the Asuras(Demons) by finishing them off and burying their heads under the Mandara Parvata. So this occasion also represents the end of 'negativities' and beginning of an era of righteous living.[citation needed]
Maharaja Bhagiratha, performed great penance to bring Ganga down to the earth for the redemption of 60,000 sons of Maharaj Sagar, who were burnt to ashes at the Kapil Muni Ashram, near the present day Ganga Sagar. It was on this day that Bhagirath finally did tarpan[clarification needed] with the Ganges water for his unfortunate ancestors and thereby liberated them from the curse. After visiting the Pataala(underworld) for the redemption of the curse of Bhagirath’s ancestors the Ganges finally merged into the sea. A very big Ganga Sagar Mela is organized every year on this day at the confluence of River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal. Thousands of Hindus take a dip in the water and perform tarpan for their ancestors.[2]
Another well-known reference of this day came when the great grand-sire of Mahabharata fame, Bhishma, declared his intent to leave his mortal coil on this day. He had the boon of Ichha-Mrityu(death at his will) from his father, so he kept lying on the bed of arrows till this day and then left his mortal coil on Makar Sankranti day. It is believed that the person, who dies during the period of Uttarayana, becomes free from transmigration(rebirth). So this day was seen as a definite auspicious day to start a journey or endeavours to the higher realms beyond.[citation needed]
Sikhs celebrate it as Maghi. The tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh tore the Beydaava written by 40 Sikhs and gave them Mukhti on this day. These 40 Sikhs later came to be known as 40 Mukhtas.[citation needed]
After giving seven days of speeches before 500 Hindu scholars, Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj was named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher) on Makar Sankranti Day 1957.[3][4][5]

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus and is celebrated in almost all parts of India in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion. Millions of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar (the point where the river Ganges meets the Bay of Bengal) and Prayag and pray to the Sun God (Surya). It is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of India as Pongal, and in Punjab as Maghi.

In the western Indian state of Gujarat, the celebrations are even bigger. People offer thousands of their colorful oblations to the Sun in the form of beautiful kites. The act stands as a metaphor for reaching to their beloved God, the one who represents the best. In the rural and coastal areas, cock fights are held and is a prominent event of the festival. Makara Sankranti is also to honour, worship and to pay respect to Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge). At the start of this significant event, there is also worship for the departed ancestors.

Makara Sankranti identifies a period of enlightenment, peace, prosperity and happiness followed by a period of darkness, ignorance and viciousness with immense sorrow. The six months of northern movement of the sun is followed by six months of southern movement.

Since the festival is celebrated in mid winter, food prepared for this festival is such that it keeps the body warm and gives high energy. Laddu of til made with Jaggery is a specialty of the festival. In the western Indian state of Maharashtra it is called 'Tilgul'. In Karnataka it is called 'Yellu-Bella'. In some states cattle are decorated with various colours and are made to jump over a bon-fire.

It is celebrated differently in different regions of India.

In Maharashtra on the Makar Sankranti (मकर संक्रान्ति) day people exchange multi-colored halwa (sugar granules coated in sugar syrup) and til-gul ladoos (sweetmeats made from sesame seeds and jaggery). Gul-polis (flat bread stuffed with jaggery) are offered for lunch. While exchanging tilguls as tokens of goodwill people greet each other with the words, "Til-gul ghya, god god bola" meaning ‘Accept these tilguls and speak sweet words’. The under-lying thought in the exchange of tilguls is to forget the past ill-feelings and hostilities and resolve to speak sweetly and remain friends.

This is a special day for the women in Maharashtra when married women are invited for a get-together called ‘Haldi-Kunku’ (literally meaning turmeric and vermillion) and given gifts such as utensil, clothes etc. Typically, women wear black sarees or black coloured outfits on this occasion. The significance of wearing black is that Sankranti comes at the peak of the winter season and black colour retains and absorbs heat, helping keep warm.[citation need