The Spiritual Beauty of The Goat, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. serenity dignity to which he is bound ready for the butcher when he comes around the definition of his life is death without defiance he will be slaughtered a sacrifice profound their heads bowed in prayers be it mumbai or karbala of old a thought in the foreground tears on the soul of humanity a thought home bound he gave his head but not his hand he stood his ground
This was shot may years back at Battis Shirala the Snake Town of Maharashtra once upon a time, the festival that bought hordes of foreigners to this sleepy town off Islampur near Ichalkaranji in Sangli district ..this feast during Nag Panchami was famous all over , I had come to shoot it without realizing the rituals of Snake puja had been banned.
I was lucky I got to shoot a few frames a few kilometers away from Battis Shiral in a village called Suryagaon..but folklore goes the Damin or rat snake was caught by unscrupulous poachers and placed as a trophy around necks of visiting tourists , the rat snake or Damin being a sensitive non poisonous snake died due to this horrible treatment..
Huge piles of dead Damin were thrown on the outskirts of the town and this came to the notice of the animal activists and the famous Battis Shirala snake festival ca…
Marziyas mom made all the Iftar stuff but I took my grand children and bought some mixed chicken delicacies from Afzal Bhai of Islami caterers.. and I miss the old man who stood outside Kalpana chemists and made chana and alu chat.
He disappeared others took his place but none could match the magic of his chana mixing fingers , he would request me to take his pictures which I did year after year till his disappearance.
This is actually Nerjis Asif Shakirs second Ramzan she was born last year on 15 Shaban..