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Shooting Ganesh Visarjan at Chinchpokli ... 2012

Shooting Ganesh Visarjan at Chinchpokli ... 2012, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. One of the reasons I stayed behind for Lalbagh Chya Raja at Chinchpokli , it is convenient to shoot here I had marked a standing place and the guys around me saw that no one usurped it and they were richly rewarded because when the guys on board the the Lalbagh Chya Raja float saw me threw me a couple of garlands a coconut I gave to these people that guarded me and my bag fiercely.

All the volunteers on the float know me as I have been shooting Lalbagh Chya Raja barefeet walking with them till Kumbharwada ..

And there are other Muslims too I have met who come to see Raja and it is not his religiosity but his over all contribution to peace hope harmony among all the denizens of Amchi Mumbai.

I have some fabulous memories of nice people I met on this journey and at Byculla slums the Wagri community recognized me as I was a Friday regular at Kamatipura flea market and Chor Bazar.

But my f…

Waiting For Lalbagh Chya Raja at Chinchpokli ..

The Bag That Let Me Down ..The Fate of a Painted Clown

The Bag That Let Me Down ..The Fate of a Painted Clown, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
feet burnt
black and brown
a turban as a crown
searching for a memory
card that turned my
world upside down
a cosmic circle of
pain going round
round silently
without sound
oxymoron oscillations
beat my head and pound
nostalgic neurosis
on the rebound
chained manacled
a beggar poet
Prometheus bound

Like Me She Too Cannot Do Without The Mouse

The Beggar Poet of Bollywood Shot By Pratik Koli

Ganesh Gully Mumbai Chya Raja Visarjan 2012

Ganesh Gully Mumbai Chya Raja Visarjan 2012

Tekjukaya And Chintamani Cha Raja Face To Face

Tekjukaya And Chintamani Cha Raja Face To Face, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
This is the place standing on a small garden platform I shot all the three main Ganpatis of Lalagh , Mumbai Cha Ganesh Gully Raja Tejukaya and the most famous one Lalbagh Chya Raja , it was here the volunteers on the flat who knew thew me flowers I gave to the public and coconuts I gave to the guy who was minding my stuff here ,which was near my feet..

This is the Chinhcpokli cross road a little ahead is Vijay Khatus Ganesha workshop....

Tejukaya Chya Raja Visarjan 2012

Tejukaya Cha Raja ..Purcha Varshi Laokar Ya

Hindu - Muslim Two Eyes Of The Soul of Mother India

Jai Maharashtra Shot By Venay Parelkar

Amchi Mumbai Shot By Venay Parelkar

Two Muslims .. Who Participate In The Ganesh Visarjan

Tejukaya Cha Raja Visarjan Lalbagh 2012

Tejukaya Cha Raja Visarjan Lalbagh 2012, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
The name “Tejukaya” brings to light a great personality from the British times named “Rao Bahadur Seth Shri Tejukaya J. P.”, a civil constructor by profession. He has very efficiently and responsibly constructed several constructions since 1890.
Description
Tejukaya Mansion Ganeshotsav Mandal is one of the biggest and famous Ganesh mandals in Lalbaug, Mumbai.

Since 43 years, it has been diligently and actively treading the path led by Lokmanya Tilak, taking every step towards social wellbeing and awareness while also being famous for its fabulous sets and huge Ganesh idols created by its very own sculptor Rajan Zhad.

The mandal is very grateful to people who have consistently helped them in all these years, including respected Shri. Pramodkumar and Kantilal Tejukaya, sculptor Shri. Rajan Zhad and the founder Shri. Aba Tawde and all the people who give their wholehearted love in the form of donation…

This Man Is A Well...He Will Quench Your Thirst With His Knowledge of Photography

The Only Person Who Knows My Tryst With Photography Is Venay Parelkar

The Only Person Who Knows My Tryst With Photography Is Venay Parelkar, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

I met Venay by chance many years back, I was a student of Mr Shreekanth Malushte and we were called to an outing at National Park and Venay was there ,, and I could not get my cut BW roll to adjust to my camera , and I knew nothing about cameras I hate camera manuals , they are never consumer reading friendly .. we became friends and than I joined the Photographic Society of India as life member .. and here I learnt a lot under late Prof BW Jatkar Saab my second Guru and finally met my third final guru Mr KG Maheshwari.

Anyway as this is a blog all I can tell you Venay also teaches photography, he is inimitable , he will put the soul of photography in your sub consciousness ..he is versatile , very street savvy and sees pictures before the camera sees them.

I am lucky to have his guidance his wisdom and his friendship that I treasure with all my heart...he is shy r…

My Lalbagh Chya Raja Visarjan Journey Barefeet From Lalbagh To Nagpada 2012

My Lalbagh Chya Raja Visarjan Journey Barefeet From Lalbagh To Nagpada 2012, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Whether it was my pre intuition or a warning from cosmic forces of my impending loss I dont know but at Chinchpokli the bastion of Chintamani Chya Raja I switched cameras and began shooting on the much heavier Canon EOS 7D with vertical grip,,

Instead of following the Raja pushing through crowds , I did not have the strength , I walked towards Chinchpokli and decided to wait for Raja and shoot him from here and I met my dear friend mentor Venay Parelkar , he was waiting for eminent photographer Shivji who had come to shoot the Ganesh Visarjan from Jodhpur.

He was going to Girgaum Chowpatty and told me to come along with him , but for several years I have been shooting the journey of Raja so I was tempted to join him but at the same time reluctant and my new bag was heavy.. I shoot with a single camera and I had bought two cameras I had come and shot the Lalba…

I Quit A Job To Be a Grandfather Full Time

Marziya Shakir 5 Year Old

Marziya Shakir 5 Year Old, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Marziya Shakir is my first grandchild .

Born at Holy Family Hospital Bandra on 24 Nov 2007.

She is the first born of my eldest son Asif Shakir web designer .

As there were complications when she was born I could only see her the next day 25 Nov 2007 and from that day religiously baptized her with my camera ..letting the soul of my camera seep into her soul forever

I carried her all around hung on my waist she saw me shoot political rallies beggars and hijras too,,, and I took her to Salman Khans house and she was a regular visitor to Mr Rajesh Khannas house .. I let her reach out to my camera and assisted her as much as I could by the age of 2 Marziya was shooting pictures ,,,I documented important days of her life , Moharam her sickness her birthdays , and took her showed her places of worship the Church the Temples ..

She shot Moharam zanjir matam, she shot the interiors of Churches , she shot Durga workshops…

daddy dear they respect and fear

daddy dear they respect and fear, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
to the people
in his area
a savior
messiah
he protects
from political
pitfalls gives
them an ear
with his love
blessings
all their
problems clear
their faith
in him
his efforts
sincere ..

Micchami Dukkadam

Micchami Dukkadam, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. ‎"Micchami Dukkadam". Say this to one - say this to all. A beautiful tradition in the Jain religion. The Jains, a small religious denomination, present residing mostly in India, follow this beautiful tradition of saying "Michhami Dukkadam" to all their brothers in humanity.
"Michhami Dukkadam" means - please forgive me. Isn't it lovely to ask for forgiveness from all your family, relatives, and friends ? How important it is to mend all fragile relationships and keep our human relationships barometer clean of the baggage of negativity, and hatred !!! Indeed, "Michhami Dukkadam" is the formalization of individual forgiveness to a community setting. It has far greater effects of increasing human compassion than individual forgiveness. It encompasses a whole community, a whole society.
Forgiveness is indeed a most important human value. It allows the human race to mend their pas…