Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pitru Paksh 2011

Pitru Paksh 2011

Cleaning The Banganga Pitru Paksh 2011

Pitru Paksh 2011

Pitru Paksh 2011

Pitru Paksh 2011

Pitru Paksh 2011

The Hindu Brahmin Pitru Paksh 2011

Beggars of Banganga Pitru Paksh 2011

About Banganga Walkeshwar


History[edit source | editbeta]

See also: History of Mumbai
Tank was built in the 1127 AD, by Lakshman Prabhu, a minister in the court of Silhara dynasty kings of Thane.[2][3]
The tank was rebuilt in 1715 AD, out of a donation for the Walkeshwar Temple by Rama Kamath.[4] The main temple, has been reconstructed since then and is at present a reinforced concrete structure of recent construction.

Banganga in Mythology[edit source | editbeta]

Banganga Temple shikhara
According to local legend, it sprang forth when the Hindu god Ram, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana, stopped at the spot five thousand years ago in search of his kidnapped wife Sita.
As the legend goes, overcome with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brother Lakshmana to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges, which flows over a thousand miles away, hence its name, Banganga, the Ganga created on a baan (arrow).[5]
The Banganga also houses the 'Shri Kashi Math' and 'Shri Kaivalya or Kawle Math' of the Goud Saraswat Brahmins at its banks and samadhis of their various past heads of the Math.[6]
The area also has a Hindu cremation ground[7] which after 2003, received a makeover to house a Gas crematorium.[8]
The area still has an old Hindu cemetery consisting of samadhi shrines of various Advaita gurus, such as Sri Ranjit Maharaj (1913–2000) and his guru Sri Siddarameshwar Maharaj (1888–1936).[9][10]
Today[edit source | editbeta]

The tank today is a rectangular pool structure surrounded by steps on all four sides. At the entrance are two pillars in which oil lamps called diyas were lit in ancient times.
The tank, as well as the main Walkeshwar Temple and the Parshuram Temple belong to the Goud Saraswat Temple Trust, which once owned most of the property in the complex. Many Goud Saraswat Brahmin families (Rege, Anaokar, Mulgaonkar, Kenkre, Sakhardande, Sukthankar, Keni, Marudkar, Naik, Warti, Warerkar, Bidikar, Bhende, Prabhawalkar, Pagnis) used to reside / still reside in the Temple Trust buildings in the complex.
The tank is spring fed and so its water remains sweet, despite being located only a few dozen meters away from the sea. Apart from being a cultural hub, the place over the years has provided inspiration to many artists, be it on film or on canvas.

Street Barbers of Banganga Pitru Paksh 2011

Pitru Paksh 2011

I Learnt Photography Shooting Another Mans Faith..

Pitru Paksh 2011

Pitru Paksh 2011

Pitru Paksh 2011

Barbers of Banganga Pitru Paksh 2011

Beggars of Banganga 2011

Street Barbers of Banganga Pitru Paksh

Street Barbers of Banganga Pitru Paksh 2011

Beggars at Banganga 2011

The Leper Child Banganga 2011

The Untouchables Of Banganga 2011

Beggars of Banganga 2011

Street Barbers of Banganga Pitru Paksh

Street Barbers of Banganga Pitru Paksh 2011

Armpit Shave..Pitru Paksh 2011

Playing Music On The Scalp.. Scissor Hands 2011

Removing The Nostril Hair - Pitru Paksh 2011

Street Barbers of Banganga Pitru Paksh 2011

Street Barbers of Banganga

The Barbers Of Maha Kumbh Allahabad 2013

I Pay Homage To The Street Barbers Of Mumbai On Pitru Paksh..


I Have Documented Street Barbers Integral Part Of Hair Hating Society..

Jab Chikna Banna Chahta Hai .. Toh Hajjam Ke Pas Ata Hai..

The Hajjam Grown In India ..Indigenous Not For Export

charge less
than what
you pay for
waiting for
a customer
eagerly he
prays to
god to
his way..

ap ko azadi diwas
mubarak ho bharat
ma ki jai..jinhone
mar ke azadi dilawayi
ham sab unko bhul gaye
jo nayi pidi ayi woh sab
desh ki kamai chara
kha gaye ..sar par
safed gandhi top
safed khadi kurta
pajama narebazi
se murde bhi
ghabra gaye ..
i con
i con
laga gaye
mera desh mahan
bharat mata ki jai

Piddling on the Soul of Corruption And Scam..

waqt ki raftar
peshab ki dhar
marne se majboor
jeene se bezar
ki mohabat
mashuka ke
mashukh ne
lagaye jute
hazar ..unke
ghar bheja
rishte se
kar diya
pada nali
main ab
woh bana
chahti hain
azadi manane
ka avsar
sajan chale
us par,,
roadside romeo
kehti hain mujkho
woh bar bar
kismet ki
ma bahen
ho chuki hai
khali pakit
na ghar na
bungla na
motor car
main sadd
rahoon unki
chaukat par
woh producer
ke sath ho gayi
khudkushi karna
chaha ..pankha sar
par gira tuti kamar
aur chath aur diwar
once upon a time
in mumbai dekhne
jaunga dobara
jab tabiyat ho
jaeygi sahi ..aur
main chalne ke
chennai express
ko maro goli
main akshay ji
ka hoon meherban

Barber-ism My Set On Barbers Hajjams And Religious Tonsure

I have been shooting street barbers known as hajjams for a long time in Mumbai and the few cities I visited during religious pilgrimage ,I have shot village barbers too , in the city and village it is the hajjam who does Mundan of Hindu child or Akika of a Muslim child , religious tonsure .

The hajjam also does male circumcision ,, known as Khatna , my Khatna was done at Shuklaji street by our family doctor late Dr S P Bhomisa when I was 13 or 14 year old ,, and Keith Kanga my childhood friend used to tease me a lot.. Chidiya Ud Gayi ,,

Now the khatna is done in hospitals ..I think,

The guy who is shaving me was about 12 year old and most of the young barbers come from Uttar Pradesh, Bareilly ...get apprenticed and start their own small shops which they take on rent..

The largest number of barbers I shoot at one place one time are the barbers at Banganga on Pitru Paksh,,, I have not met any female roadside barber as yet..


A barber (from the Latin barba, "beard") is a person whose occupation is mainly to cut, dress, groom, style and shave males' hair. A barber's place of work is known as a "barber shop" or a "barber's". Barber shops are also places of social interaction and public discourse. In some instances, barbershops are also public forums. They are the locations of open debates, voicing public concerns, and engaging citizens in discussions about contemporary issues. They were also influential in helping shape male identity.
In previous times, barbers (known as barber surgeons) also performed surgery and dentistry. With the development of safety razors and the decreasing prevalence of beards, in American and Commonwealth cultures, most barbers specialize in cutting men's hair. Many barbers may still deal with facial hair if requested.

In modern times, the term "barber" is used both as a professional title and to refer to hairdressers who specialize in men's hair. Historically, all hairdressers were considered barbers. In the 20th century, the profession of cosmetology branched off from barbering, and today hairdressers may be licensed as either barbers or cosmetologists. Barbers differ with respect to where they work, which services they are licensed to provide, and what name they use to refer to themselves. Part of this terminology difference depends on the regulations in a given location.
Different states in the US vary on their labor and licensing laws. For example, in Maryland, a cosmetologist cannot use a straight razor, strictly reserved for barbers. In contrast, in New Jersey both are regulated by the State Board of Cosmetology and there is no longer a legal difference in barbers and cosmetologists, as they are issued the same license and can practice both the art of straight razor shaving, colouring, other chemical work and haircutting if they choose.
In Australia, the official term for a barber is hairdresser; barber is only a popular title for men's hairdressers, although not as popular now as it was in the middle of the 20th century. Most would work in a hairdressing salon.

The barber's trade has a long history; razors have been found among relics of the Bronze Age (circa 3500 BC) in Egypt. In ancient Egyptian culture, barbers were highly respected individuals. Priests and men of medicine are the earliest recorded examples of barbers. In early tribes, a barber was one of the most important members, as it was believed that certain evil spirits were able to enter a person's body through their hair, and that cutting it was a way to drive them out. Due to their spiritual and religious beliefs, barbers even performed religious ceremonies, such as marriages and baptizing children. During these ceremonies, they would leave the person/people's hair hanging down until after dancing; they would then cut the hair and tie it back tightly so that no evil spirits could enter and no good spirits could escape.
Men in Ancient Greece would have their beards, hair, and fingernails trimmed and styled by the κουρεύς (cureus), in an agora, which also served as a social gathering for debates and gossip.

Barbering was introduced to Rome by the Greek colonies in Sicily in 296 B.C., and barber shops quickly became very popular centres for daily news and gossip. A morning visit to the tonsor became a part of the daily routine, as important as the visit to the public baths, and a young man's first shave (tonsura) was considered an essential part of his coming of age ceremony.
A few Roman tonsores became wealthy and influential, running shops that were favourite public locations of high society; however, most were simple tradesmen, who owned small storefronts or worked in the streets for low prices.

The barbershop in Fluvanna, Texas, has been restored as part of a pioneer village in Snyder in Scurry County in West Texas.

Interior of a barber's shop, circa 1920
Starting from the Middle Ages, barbers often served as surgeons and dentists. In addition to haircutting, hairdressing, and shaving, barbers performed surgery, bloodletting and leeching, fire cupping, enemas, and the extraction of teeth; earning them the name "barber surgeons". The barber pole, featuring red and white spiralling stripes, indicated the two crafts (surgery in red and barbering in white). Barbers received higher pay than surgeons until surgeons were entered into British war ships during naval wars. Some of the duties of the barber included neck manipulation, cleansing of ears and scalp, draining of boils, fistula and lancing of cysts with wicks.

Barbershops were influential at the turn of the 18th century in helping to develop African American culture and economy. According to Trudier Harris, "In addition to its status as a gathering place, the black barbershop also functioned as a complicated and often contradictory microcosm of the larger world. It is an environment that can bolster egos and be supportive as well as a place where phony men can be destroyed, or at least highly shamed, from participation in verbal contests and other contests of skill. It is a retreat, a haven, an escape from nagging wives and the cares of the world. It is a place where men can be men. It is a place, in contrast to Gordone's bar, to be somebody." [1]
Late in the nineteenth century there were several noteworthy events in the barber profession that gave it an upward trend, and the effects are still carrying onward and upward.[2] In 1893, A. B. Moler of Chicago, established a school for barbers. This was the first institution of its kind in the world, and its success was apparent from its very start. It stood for higher education in the ranks, and the parent school was rapidly followed by branches in nearly every principal city of the United States. In the beginning of schools, simply the practical work of shaving, hair-cutting, facial treatments, etc., was taught as neither the public nor the profession were ready to accept scientific treatments of hair, skin and scalp. Not until about 1920 was much effort made to professionalize the work.
In the early 1900s an alternative word for barber, "chirotonsor", came into use.
The barber Sam Mature, whose interview with Studs Terkel was published in Terkel's 1974 book Working, says "A man used to get a haircut every couple weeks. Now he waits a month or two, some of ‘em even longer than that. A lot of people would get manicured and fixed up every week. Most of these people retired, moved away, or passed away. It’s all on account of long hair. You take old-timers, they wanted to look neat, to be presentable. Now people don't seem to care too much."
Despite the economic recession in 2008, the barber shop industry has seen continued positive growth. In the United States, the market is mainly concentrated in Texas, with a market size in excess of $100 million.[3]

A modern barber shop in Seattle, Washington
Training[edit source | editbeta]

Training to be a Barber is achieved through various means around the world. In the USA, Barber training is carried at "Barber Schools"—
Cost—Many states require a barber license in order to practice barbering professionally. The cost of barber school varies from state to state, and also from metro area to metro area. Schools in larger metropolitan areas tend to cost more than those located in more rural towns. Brand name can also affect the cost of barber school. Most barber schools cost between $6,500 and $10,000 to complete. Because each state has different minimums for training hours, the length and cost of the program can vary accordingly. Some schools tuition includes supplies and textbooks, whereas others do not. Barber license exam fees typically range from $50 to $150.[4]
Length—Most states require the same amount of training hours for barbers as they do for cosmetologists. The number of hours required ranges from 800 to 2,000 training hours, depending on the state's licensing requirements. Most programs can be completed in 15 months or fewer.[5]
Curriculum—The barber school curriculum consists of hair cutting, coloring and styling for men's hair and women's short hair. Chemical processes such as bleaching, dyeing, lightening and relaxing hair may also be taught. All cosmetology disciplines learn safety and sanitation best practices. Barber students can expect to learn some elements of anatomy, physiology, bacteriology and some small elements of pharmacology. It also teaches facial hair techniques, including traditional and modern shaves. Generally barber programs touch on scalp massage and treatments. Advanced barber training may include custom shave designs. It is more common in barbering schools than other cosmetology disciplines to get some business and ethics education, since entrepreneurship is especially common in the barbering trade with many professionals choosing to open their own barbershops. All the skills learned in barber school will be tested at the board exams, which typically feature a written and practical exam.[6]
Equipment[edit source | editbeta]
Barber chair
Hair clipper
Barber cloth
Barber powder (Talcum powder or baby powder)
Barber neck paper/tape
Barber mirror
Barber tissue
Hair brilliantine
Hair cream
Hair dryer
Hair gel
Hair pomade
Hair scissors
Hair spray
Hair tonic
Hair wax
Shave brush
Shaving cream, foam and gel
Shaving oil
Shaving razor

I Have Lost The Urge The Passion To Shoot Pictures ...Completely

Normally I took my grand kids to Carter Road and Bandra backlanes , to shoot the flag selling urchins and I taught them the wisdom of the street.

Perhaps I like sitting at home because our lift has broken down so climbing up down five floors is a pain with my diabetic disposition , and carrying Nerjis is a bigger pain.. so I only go down if I have too..or else sit at home ..twiddle my laptop..

I go to buy bloodworms for Marziyas fish everyday, havent gone to Kurla East..

Life is a bore .. but Aviary  editing tool , keeps me creatively occupied ,, I rejoined Google+ because of good friend Magic Eye ...Deepak Amembal , finest Mumbai metro blogger , biker enthusiast ..we keep in touch and we have been Internet friends since 2005 .

Both these kids are from Bandra Bazar Road and our area is pin drop silent for once there was a BJP drum beating Miya procession I saw from my balcony , I did not go down , decided not to shoot political pimping pictures .. only story based documentaries for the time being.

And today is actually a sad mournful day for those dependents of the sailors officers who died tragically in INS Sindhurakshak... it is painful for all of us ..they were our protectors and  the guardians of our seas ..May their souls RIP.. Om Shanti Om..

The Barbers Of Bandra .. And The Beggar Poet

Barbers Are Actually Holistic Healers ..

Among Strangers Only Barbers Are Allowed To Touch My Cosmic Face

I Love India - Mera Bharat Mahan- Yes We Can

jai bharat
jai hindustan
bech di hamari
desh ki sanskriti
kuch desh ke
rehbar jo ban gaye
shaitan..kha gaye
desh ka paisa
yeh darinde haivan
lanat ho in par
khuda ki.. yeh kaise
insan.. aj desh main
bhar diye bin bulaye
mehman.. ..charon tarf
bhrastachar atyachar
makari daggabazi
public pareshan..
kuch nahi hota hai
sirf yeh kehne se

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai On Independence Day Dobara ..

ek taraf neta
lagate hain nara
dusri traf kuch neta
kha jate hain desh
ka mal sara ,..
hamara desh bechara
besharm behaya
mohal hamara ..
independence day
ka bad mitti main
kuchlenge gutter
main phekenge
yeh hamri ankhon ka
nur tiranga desh ka tara
sitam is par no karo dher
sara .. nahi hota hai
hamare dil ko gawara
isi tirange ko asman
main udane ke liye
desh bhakton ko
angrezon ne lathi se
goliyon se mara
aj ham khud karte
hain atyachar sara

I once used to rush out with my camera my grand kids to shoot the flag selling kids , now I have given it up, I have enough pictures on my Flickr photo stream and with Aviary editing tool I shoot pictures sitting at home in pristine Black and White ..

Happy 67 Independence Day From a Beggar Poet

The Tiranga Weeps On Independence Day .. Every Year

the roadside beggars
sell our beloved flag
our achievements
scams corruption
encounter killings
rising prices of all
food essentials
is there anything
else to brag...
sand stealing
destroying nature
police atrocities
lathi charging
shooting kids
on bikes
killing children
with midday meals
rapes a second
murder acid throwing
on women ,,brutalized
girl child dowry deaths
our progress we do not lag
after independence day
on streets gutters beneath
our feet we murder our
country's flag,,,treat it
worse than a house rag..

our countrys wealth
in the hands of corrupt
politicians bookies crooks
criminals godmen moneybags
yet as a beggarly poor nation
by the rich powers we are tagged

Happy 67 Independence Day...
not the beggar kids but those
in high places have sold out
our country our national flag

We Are Two Branches Of A Peaceful Tree

with hope
our religion
but shares
the lyrics
of equality
of peace
the truth
of our
i am as
a hindu
my cultural
my indianness
my one and only
true natural identity
cosmic karmic
cause effect
reality ...

Shaving The Indian Armpit ..

of the
indian man
sits ,,a powerful
force in worse
a source of
kinetic energy
emits ...dropping
a man dead if
it hits the nostrils
a diabolical blow
transmits.. the
indian armpit
lives in crowded
suburban trains
at kumbh melas
holistic benefit
of the common man
for the common man
by the common man
a democratic ..criteria
with a personality split

Holistically Healing The Banganga By Cleaning The Tank

removing the
palm leaves
the puja items
from the waters
is the main
on the soul
of the banganga
diyas burn
the locals
the debris
turn by

The Old Monk

He said Be Happy Live Long
At the end of the journey
all your belongings you
wont be able to take along
alone you came ..alone
you will go..keep your
spirit is
music.. you are the song