Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bombay Bitch Lives In Bandra

Breaking Jambuls Bandra Near Galaxy Building

Bandra Bazar


kachre
ki kundiyan
gandagi ka
internationally
famous mazar
iski lash par
keede makode
hazar , ruki hui
zindagi ki raftar
yahan ke zinda
murda wasi
vote deke
pareshan
na pan na dali
khali pandan
charon taraf
ghan hi ghan

God Comes To Bandra To Celebrate Eid ,..

Sach Puchiye Toh Eid Bacchon Ki Hoti Hai,..

Bhai Parso Eid Hai .Iddi Milne Ke Chances Kam Umeed Hai

Second Last Roza .. Iftar Ramzan Will Come To An End


peace piety
feeding the
beggars
will be
forgotten
back to
the dead
end now
wait for
bakra
eid round
the bend
the bakra
the butchers
only best
friend ..
till the end
his neck
the butchers
knife on each
other depend
the rich
ostentatious
flashy muslims
millions they
will spend
for a dumba
Allah inscribed
goat but for
the orphans
widows .no
bakras they
will send
travesty
of misplaced
faith...some
things in life
you cant mend

De Monte Street Bandra Bazar Road

Marziya Please Let Me Go....I Have 9 Lives But Only One Neck You Know


if you squeeze
it to hard one
of my lives out
of me will flow
so sweetheart
please go slow
hold me timidly
as your grandpa
who loves two
legged felines
will show
bambai ki
billiyon ki
jai ho ..
99 we
ya sau
ham janwaron
ki sadgi dekhar
kam se kam
ache insan
bano ,,jo hamare
jawano ko border
par behamdardi se
mare unki ma
bahen karo

The Famous Jack Fruit Seller Of Bandra Bazar Road

Bandra Bazar Road...Raste Pe Sab Se Jyada Tod Mod

The Tanduri Roti Maker of Bandra Lucky Hotel Lane

Old Time Bandra Has Lost Its Charm


corrosive
explosive
repulsive
no love
no warmth
no healing
balm ..
demoralizing
doomed ..
an animal
farm..
heritage lost
illusions lost
has lost its
peace has
lost its
calm ...

Chancawalli Rafaees Mahim

Gunhegar Baba ...

Bhar De Jholi Meri Ya Mohammed ,,Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khali

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Shah E Madina Suno, Iltija Khuda K Liyeah
Karam Ho Mujh Pe Habibi E Khuda Khuda K Liyeah
Huzoor Uncha E Ummed Ub To Khil Ja\’ay
Tumharay Der Ka Gada Hoon To Bhi Tum He Ja\’ay?
Bhar Do Jholi, Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad
Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad
Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad
Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khali
Bhar Do Jholi, Bhar Do Jholi, Bhar Do Jholi Hum Sub Ki
Bhar Do Jholi, Bhar Do Jholi, Bhar Do Jholi Mohammad
Bhar Do Jholi Ata Ki Bhar Do Jholi
Bhar Do Jholi, Bhar Do Jholi, Bhar Do Jholi
Tumhare Aastanay Say Zamana Kya Nahi Paata
Koi Bhi Dar Say Khaali Mangnay Wala Nahi Jata
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Sirkar-e-madina
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Tajdar-e-madina
Tum Zamanay K Mukhtar Ho Ya Nabi
Bekasoon K Madadgaar Ho Ya Nabi
Sub Ki Suntay Ho Apne Ho Ya Ghair Ho
Tum Ghareebon K Ghamkhaar Ho Ya Nabi
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Sirkar-e-madina
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Tajdar-e-madina
Hum Hein Ranj-o-musibat K Maray Hoay
Sakht Muskhil Say Hein Gham Say Haray Hoay
Ya Nabi Kuch Khudara Hamein Bheek Do
Dar Pay Aain Hein Jholi Pasaray Hoay
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Sirkar-e-madina
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Tajdar-e-madina
Hein Mukhalif Zamana Kidhar Ja\’ay Hum
Halat-e-bekasi Kiss Ko Dikhla\’ay Hum
Hum Tumhare Bhikari Hein Ya Mustafa
Kiss K Aagay Bhala Haath Phailaein Hum
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Sirkar-e-madina
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Tajdar-e-madina
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad
Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khaali
Aaa… (chants)
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad
Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khaali
Kuch Nawasoon Ka Sadqa Ata Hoo
Dar Pay Aaya Hoon Bun Ker Sawali
Aaa…
Haq Say Paayi Wo Shaan-e-karimi
Marhaba! Dono Aalam K Waali
Us Ki Qismat Ka Chamka Sitara
Jiss Pe Nazr-e-karam Tum Ne Daali
Aaa…
Zindagi Bakhsh Di Bandagi Ko
Aabro Deen-e-haq Ki Bacha Li
Wo Muhammad Ka Pyara Nawasa
Jiss Ne Sajday Mein Gardan Kata Li
Zindagi Bakhsh Di Bandagi Ko
Aabro Deen E Haq Ki Bacha Li
Jo Ibn-e-murtaza Ne Kia Kaam Khoob Hai
Qurbani-e-hussain Ka Anjaan Khoob Hai
Qurbaan Ho Ke Fatima Zehra K Chain Ne
Deen-e-khuda Ki Shaan Barhai Hussain Ne
Bakhshi Hai Jiss Ne Mazhab-e-islam Ko Hayaat
Kitni Azeen Hazrat-e-shabbir Ki Hai Zaat
Maidaan-e-karbala Mein Shah-e-khush Khisaal Nai
Sajday Mein Sir Kata K Muhammad K Laal Nai
To Zindagi Bakhsh Di Bandagi Ko
Aabro Deen-e-haq Ki Bacha Li
Woh Muhammad Ka Pyara Nawasa
Jiss Ne Sajde Mein Gardan Kata Li
Woh Muhammad Ka Pyara Nawasa
Jiss Ne Sajde Mein Gardan Kata Li
Aaa…
Hashr Mein Un Ko Daikhein Gay Jiss Dam
Ummati Yeh Kahein Gay Khushi Say
Aa Rahay Hein Wo Daikho Muhammad
Jin K Kandhay Pay Kamli Hai Kaali
Mehshar K Rooz Paish-e-khuda Hoon Gay Jiss Ghari
Hogi Gunaah Gaaron Mein Kiss Darja Bekali
Aatay Hoay Nabi Ko Jo Daikhein Gay Ummati
Ik Dosre Say Sub Yeh Kahein Gay Khushi Khushi
Aa Rahay Hein Wo Daikho Muhammad
Aa Rahay Hein Wo Daikho Muhammad
Aa Rahay Hein Wo Daikho Muhammad
Aa Rahay Hein Wo Daikho Muhammad
Aaa…
Sir-e-mehshar Gunaah Gaaron Say Pursish Jiss Khari Hogi
Yaqeenan Her Bashar Ko Apni Bakshish Ki Pari Hogi
Sub He Ko Aas Us Dam Kamli Walay Say Lagi Hogi
K Aisay Mein Muhammad Ki Sawari Aa Rahi Hogi
Pukaray Ga Zamana Us Ghari Dukh Dard K Maaro
Na Ghabrao Gunaahgaaro! Na Ghabrao Gunaahgaaro!
Aa Rahay Hein Wo Daikho Muhammad
Jin K Kaandhay Pay Kamli Hai Kaali
Aaa…
Aashiq-e-mustafa Ki Azaan Mei
Allah Allah Kitna Asar Tha
Sacha Yeh Waqia Hai Azaan-e-bilal Ka
Ik Din Rasool-e-paak Say Logo Ne Yoon Kaha
Ya Mustafa Azaan Ghalat Daitay Hein Bilal
Kahiyeh Huzoor Aap Ka Is Mei Hai Kya Khayal
Farmaya Mustafa Nai Yeh Such Hai To Daikhe
Tapte Sehr Ki Aaj Azaan Koi Aur Day
Hazrat Bilal Nai Jo Azaan-e-sehr Na Di
Qudrat Khuda Ki Daikho Na Mutlak Sehr Howi
Aaa…
Hazrat Bilal Nai Jo Azaan-e-sehr Na Di
Qudrat Khuda Ki Daikho Na Mutlak Sehr Howi
Aaye Nabi K Paas Phir Ashaab-e-ba-safa
Ki Arz Mustafa Say K Ya Shah-e-ambiya
Hai Kya Sabab Sehr Na Howi Aaj Mustafa
Gibreal Laaye Aisay Mein Paighaam-e-kibriya
Pehlay To Mustafa Ko Adab Say Kia Salaam
Baad-as-salaam Un Ko Khuda Ka Dia Payaam
Yoon Gibreal Ne Kaha Khair-ul-anaam Say
K Allah Ko Hai Pyaar Tumhare Ghulaam Say
Yoon Gibreal Ne Kaha Khair-ul-anaam Say
Allah Ko Hai Pyaar Tumhare Ghulaam Say
Yoon Gibreal Ne Kaha Khair-ul-anaam Say
Allah Ko Hai Pyaar Tumhare Ghulaam Say
Farma Raha Hai Aaj Say Yeh Rub-be-zuljallal
K Hogi Na Subah Dein Gay Na Jab Tak Azaan Bilal
Aashiq-e-mustafa Ki Azaan Mein
Allah Allah Kitna Asar Tha
Arsh Walay Bhi Sunn\’tay Thay Jiss Ko
Kya Azaan Thi Azaaan-e-bilali
Aaa…
Kaash Purnam Dayyar-e-nabi Mein
Jeetay Ji Ho Bulawa Kisi Din
Haal-e-gham Mustafa Ko Sunaaon
Thaam Ker Un K Rozay Ki Jaali
Aaa…
Haal-e-gham Mustafa Ko Sunaaon
Thaam Ker Un K Rozay Ki Jaali
Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad
Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khaali.

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The Dhuni Mahim Dargah

Makhdhoom Shah Baba Dargah Mahim

Shahensha Baba Rafaee And The Malang Of Mumbai

Qawwali At The Holy Shrine Of Makhdhoom Shah Baba Mahim

Beggars Of Mahim Dargah


The Dargah lane leading to Mahim Dargah from the main road has a strange assortment of beggars , drug induced beggars , crippled deformed beggar and the very poor who have no option but to beg to make ends meet ..

Where there is God there is Hope for beggars ..

The Bawas Of Mahim


Shooting the Bawas Rafaees or Malangs is a great help in study of faces and Sufi portraiture , but the problem is some dont like their pictures being taken , they call it haram or a taboo against their faith religious beliefs ,, I shoot them first and if they object I dont shoot them ..there have been moments when the person I shot got wild bit I managed to control the situation and avoided shooting the person next time .

Of late I dont have much problem as most of them know I dont mean them harm..

Kashmiri Bawa


I have known Kashmiri Bawa a Rafaee since many years , as I have been documenting the Chancawali or Chand Shah Wali Rafaees close to 10 years , they gather once a year at Makhdhoom Shah Baba Urus at the Dhuni and than after the Urus move to the main road Mahim dargah of Baba Fakhruddin.

Kashmiri Bawa is a very silent mute person , you wont ever hear his voice , he does oddjobs with the Rafaees and is a peaceful guy , I love shooting him , and there are times I wonder why have not asked him more about his life , I never do I just shoot them move on..

I meet him at Haji Malang and Ajmer too... is he a Kashmiri .. I dont know but he is addressed as Kasjmiri bawa , he is very diminutive small built man..

The Kids Of Indraji Nagar Slums Bandra West


Like Gonsalves Wadi this too is a high end slum in Bandra West, and some of the residents well off well settled , the Indraji Nagar slum exits near Galaxy close to Transit Camp and gives way to Rajiv Nagar slums ..very strategically spaced ..earlier I was told this was the sea area and the Dhobi Ghats all reclaimed ,,,close to Bandra Reclamation.

The kids will all come out in flashy clothes and finery on Eid looking forward to Eidi as the Indraji Nagar slums has a large Muslim population with a few Hindu families ..

This is another peaceful slum area of Bandra ..

The Kids Of Chinchpokli Road Bandra


Gonsalves wadi belongs to the Gonsalves family and is a private property with high end slums , off De Monte Road , and a marshy ground where kids play basketball ,..my early years in Bandra were spent passing this road that leads out to Bandra Hill Road ..it is an access road to Bandra Bazar Road and De Monte Street ..

This is a very narrow road always congested with unnecessary traffic vehicles human and goats.

The kids here love to be photographed , and this was shot a long way back so most of them may have grown but they are hope for a better tomorrow,,, all school going kids ,, and here all communities live in peace ..giving space respect to each others religion rituals and culture.

The Basket Weavers Of Bandra Reclamation


Nomadic tribal the women men children of this quintessential community are evenly scattered between Bandra Reclamation ,,a few under the bridge on SV Road on a traffic island near the Mithi River , further near Mahim causeway .. the rest predominantly at Mori Road Mahim close to Mahim station.

They live on the roads pavements illegally , perhaps paying hafta to the local goons and the authority rogues ..their temporary dwellings are well grounded , and they proliferate , bringing in relatives and new kids , to meet the demand of baskets in Mumbai.

I have only shot them when I pass them either through a bus window or through a cab.. they dont mix mingle with the locals having their own intrinsic dialect and tribal uniqueness individuality..they are not photogenic , shabbily dressed , but the work they do has photographic symmetry ..

They are mostly found in the Western suburbs..the women work harder , with the men weaving these baskets the kids do odd jobs or beg at the traffic signals bringing in good added income.. the kids dont go to schools and this tribal people are very backward to say the least.

Sufism Is Freedom From Spiritual Racism And Tyranny

“You cannot be a great writer in a shop where words are sold in tens and twenties.” ― Rick Aster

The Long Tie Beggar of Bandra Is Dying Slowly At Bhabha Hospital Bus Stop

The Beggar Poet From Bandra ..

`Bharat ke liye bhagwan ka ek vardaan hai ganga

Women Of India - Maha Kumbh

Maha Kumbh ... A World Away From Home

The Beggars At Maha Kumbh Allahabad

Beggar Poet Blessed By The Naga Babas At The Maha Kumbh

For Me The Maha Kumbh Was An Experience Of A Life Time

My Naga Sadhu Maha Kumbh Set Is Restricted - Only Flickr Members Can See Them

Going For The Shahi Snan On Basant Panchami With The Naga Sadhus - Maha Kumbh

The Naga Sadhus At Maha Kumbh Allahabad

The Maha Kumbh And The Naga Babas Up Close

Shooting The Maha Kumbh Allahabad 2013

The Naga Babas Of Maha Kumbh.. Allahabad

Walking Barefeet To Taragadh ,, Occupational Hazards of A Beggar Poet

The Shadow Boxer ...


dancing on
the soul of
mother earth
fighting the
'demons of
lost illusions
since birth
austerity
path to
salvation
sans mirth
humility
the essence
of hope
death
rekindling
another
rebirth

The Taragadh Photographers Studio In The Mountains

Waiting For The Niyaz At Taragadh,,


This is a entire series of hijras feeding the pilgrims , the poor the devotees of The Holy Saint Meeran Sab,,

This series is private and is not for public view ..it shows the ardent devotion of Hijras and their contribution to the poor and the influence of the Holy Saint both at Taragadh and Ajmer Sharif.. I have documented this relationship from 2005 onward ,,,

The Humble Khadims Of Taragadh..

Imambada at Taragadh

The Niyaz For The Holy Saint Of Taragadh..Syed Meeran Shah Baba ,,


Mostly the hijra community have their langar here feed the poor and the devotees of Syed Meeran Shah Baba ,,The Holy Saint of Taragarh,,,

The Hand Embroidery Workers Of Taragadh

The main work is embroidering the chaddars that are placed on the Tombs of the Holy Saints, works on Chistiya caps ,.. this is a indigenous cottage industry..

I Shut my Facebook Account ,, Targeted Shia Harassment

27 May 2018 As a Shia I am targeted even  by  Sufis Sufism that  I promoted vigorously as a Malang .. I have renounced my Malang...