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Bombay Bitch Lives In Bandra

Breaking Jambuls Bandra Near Galaxy Building

Bandra Bazar

Bandra Bazar, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

Second Last Roza .. Iftar Ramzan Will Come To An End, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

Marziya Please Let Me Go....I Have 9 Lives But Only One Neck You Know, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

Old Time Bandra Has Lost Its Charm, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

Bhar De Jholi Meri Ya Mohammed ,,Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khali, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 258,473 items / 2,096,151 views

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 Ghamkha…

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

Beggars Of Mahim Dargah, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

The Bawas Of Mahim, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

Kashmiri Bawa, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

The Kids Of Indraji Nagar Slums Bandra West, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

The Kids Of Chinchpokli Road Bandra, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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

The Basket Weavers Of Bandra Reclamation, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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 hard…

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 ...

The Shadow Boxer ..., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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,,

Waiting For The Niyaz At Taragadh,,, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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 ,,

The Niyaz For The Holy Saint Of Taragadh..Syed Meeran Shah Baba ,,, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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 Hand Embroidery Workers Of Taragadh, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 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..