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Mrs Moses My Class Teacher ..Holy Name High School

Mrs Moses My Class Teacher ..Holy Name High School, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

without my erstwhile
respected teachers
i would have gone
adrift ,..my teachers
after my parents
the only best gift
they made me
humble down to
earth in my
tasks swift
today after
several years
simple thrift
saw money
fame but
was never
a spendthrift
respect for
all religion
despite our
differences
between me
the other man
no sectarian rift

Qatl-e-Hussain asl mein murg-e-Yazeed ha Islam zinda hota ha hur Karbala k baad

My Snake Stick And Me - Mahim Dhuni of Makhdhoom Shah Baba

My Snake Stick And Me - Mahim Dhuni of Makhdhoom Shah Baba, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

I have been documenting the rafaees body piercing ascetics of Mahim dargah, most of the Khadims from Ajmer come here ..this was shot when Barsati baba was the Murshad for a short while .. he died recently , most of the Murshads of the Chancawalli Rafaees have died tragically ,,unexpectedly Sikandar Wali Baba and Handi Sai..

The new Murshad is Sarkar Ali Bawa ..

Of late I have not been able to go to the Dhuni..during Urus tme but I have shot this ascetic order of Rafaees extensively ,, now I am documenting the Dam Madar Order of Malangs an order to which I belong too.The main seat is at Makanpur at the Shrine of Zinda Shah Madar .. the order is known as Madariya..


The Madariyya are members of a Sufi order (tariqa) popular in North India, especially in Uttar Pradesh, the Mewat region, Bihar and Bengal, as well as in Nepal and Bangladesh. Known for its syncretic aspects, lack of…

The Malishwalas or Masseur Boys

Bhandari Bawa ...

This Year I Was Not Destined To Shoot The Urus Of Fakhruddin Shah Baba

This Year I Was Not Destined To Shoot The Urus Of Fakhruddin Shah Baba, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

I have been shooting the Urus , almost every year on Mahim main road and strangely I passed the Holy Shrine on the day of the Urus I had work in town and by the time I completed it and came home it was far too late ..

And these are rafaees bawas fakirs beggars street side vendors selling aphrodisiacs herbal medicine beads gemstones who sit across adjacent to the refurbished renovated Dargah..and they are looking at my Asa , a carved wooden metal stick with a swans head.

It is very heavy and I have a good collection , some that were gifted to me by malangs.. this year at Haji Malang I bought a lot of beads and ended giving to my Peer and friends at the Makanpur Urus .

I also bought a fiber beggar bowl..the original ones of coconut shell cost from 15000 to rs 50000 .. I use my on my Urus trip I beg and eat in it with the other Malangs .. it is crushing all ego and a…

Rosh Hashanah Dr Glenn

Rosh Hashanah Dr Glenn, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Says Appu My Best Friend
Rosh Hashanah Dr Glenn
You are the finest
Among all American men
I hear you are coming to Mumbai
But When ?
At Mahim St Michaels Church
I await you
the begging streets my den
I could have written you a nice letter
but you know I cant hold a pen
but I do think of you
now and then
I am learning
the English alphabet
I can count from one to ten
to sell the American Presidentship
Mc Cain certainly needed a woman
a cross between mary magdalene
and a stand up comedienne
Long Live the Vice President
Amen


Rosh Hashanah

from Wikipedia

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה‎, literally "head of the year," Biblical: IPA: [ˈɾoʃ haʃːɔˈnɔh], Israeli: [ˈʁoʃ haʃaˈna], Yiddish: [ˈroʊʃ hɑˈʃɔnə]) is a Jewish holiday commonly referred to as the "Jewish New Year." It is observed on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar,[1] as ordained in the Torah, in Leviticus 23:24. Rosh…

Lage Dam Mite Gham..

The Rafaee Mudra of Dam Maro Dam

The Rafaee Mudra of Dam Madar Dam

Dam Madar Malang and The Rafaee Sandal Mahim ,,Urus Fakhruddin Shah Baba

About Kumbh Mela

About Kumbh Mela, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kumbh Mela (/ˌkʊm ˈmeɪlə/ or /ˌkʊm məˈlɑː/; Devanagari: कुम्भ मेला "kumbh mēlā") is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather at a sacred river for a bath in the river. It is held every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain. Thus the Kumbh Mela is held at each of these four places every twelfth year. Ardh ("Half") Kumbh Mela is held at only two places, Haridwar and Allahabad, every sixth year. The rivers at these four places are: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar, the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad, the Godawari at Nasik, and the Shipra at Ujjain.
Kumbh means a pitcher and Mela means fair in Hindi. The pilgrimage is held for about one and a half months at each of these four places where it is believed in Hinduism that drops of nectar fe…

The Old Monk