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The Life Of An Old Muslim Hawker

The Life Of An Old Muslim Hawker, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
he is an
illegal hawker
selling his wares
on the stairs
2 rupee discount
if you buy a pair
he is not a burden
to his family or
to society seems
unfair ..but he
is not begging
cheating robbing
a thought to share
what appeasement
you talk of ..what
have you given him
a thought to spare
even so called muslim
leaders using the
community as a vote bank
ultimately do nothing
for their welfare ..so many
unemployed muslim youth
taking to crime robbery
murder rape a thought
that scares ..something
must be done to save
humanity all caste color
creed community ,,
but our politics has no time
to change the broken cosmic
wheel or repair....

ham sab ek na koie hindu
na koie muslim na koie gair
sudar lane main phir kyon
lag rahi hai itni dair .....
shabba khair ..

He Sells Apples On A Cycle

He Sells Apples On A Cycle, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
so when
the municipality
van comes ,,
to catch illegal
hawkers
confiscate
their goods
by the handful
he will have
the last say
indian shrewd
mind very
calm careful
with new ideas
to beat the system
completely full
man earns by
the sweat
of his brow
for the municipality
it is not a matter
to be thoughtful
if he is caught
they take away
his apples
his cycle
till he pays
the fine in full
he will get
back the cycle
all the apples gul
corruption bribes
our system
totally bull

gul means disappeared ..in hindi

Kurla West Bazar Is A Sea Of Burkhas

Kurla West Bazar Is A Sea Of Burkhas, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I come here very often to go to Kurla East Fish Aquarium product whole seller market I cross the No 9 public overhead bridge from the station and reach the east.. I come to Kurla West by ricksha.

And I often wonder why Muslim ladies with children in tow just love to shop and window shop.. the market is horrendous for humongous traffic snarls no traffic cops and Muslim areas are basically untouched by Municipality everywhere in Mumbai go to Null Bazar or Madanpura and you know what I am saying.. I talk through expreience and having seen Mumbai when it was Bombay.. more peaceful more comfortable and everyone was Bambaiya.. Politics changed it all.. we are now more regional than Indian we are now more Hindu Muslim than Indian..

And so I wonder the Muslim man breaking his soul to make ends meet and his wife splurging it on knick knack cheap stuff on the roadside at Kurla West .

From BKC coming to Kurl…

The Great Actor Mr Prem Chopra Of Bandra Pali Hill

Mr Prem Chopra ..The Great Actor And Humble Human Being

Mr Prem Chopra ..The Great Actor And Humble Human Being, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Prem Chopra (Devanagari: प्रेम चोपड़ा) (born September 23, 1935)is an Indian actor in Hindi and Punjabi films. He has acted in 320 films. He has a soft spoken diction despite being a villain in most films.

Prem Chopra was born in a Punjabi Hindu family in Lahore on 23 September 1935 to Ranbirlal and Rooprani Chopra.[1] He graduated from Punjab University[disambiguation needed].[1] Chopra is married to Raj Kapoor's wife's sister Uma, and they have three daughters.[2]


The Hindi Cinema world is proud to have as one of its most luminous icons’, the enigmatic and legendary Prem Chopra. During his illustrious career, he has left an indelible mark that has been difficult to supersede or even emulate… and the journey continues with fervor.

Prem Chopra was the third of six children born to Ranbirlal and Rooprani Chopra in Lahore. After the partition, the family moved to Simla where…

Mr Prem Chopra ..My Mentor And Guide

Mr Prem Chopra ..My Mentor And Guide, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Many years back I am sure Mr Prem Chopra must have forgotten too, lived at Usha Sadan Colaba early 60s , and would pass our house at Khatau Bhuvan Wodehouse Road.. his neighbor those struggling days of yore was Mr Jeetendra.

Mr Prem Chopras house those days was bang opposite my old school Private European School and we would admire him , and watch him from far at Victory Wafers.

Than time bought me in touch with Prem Saab in the 80s and till date it has been a very long association , I have watched his children grow ,and I have the highest regards for these well bought up highly cultured polished ladies now all happily married ..and they have always respected me too, and today one of my grand daughter Zinnia Fatima goes to Mr Prem Chopras daughter's play school, one of the best in Bandra.

I served Pran Sab and Prem Sab.. both original get up masters ..Mr Prem Chopra loved working on the look of h…

Shaving The Indian Armpit

Barbers At Banganga

The Barbers Of Banganga - Shamat Aur Hajamat

The Barbers Of Banganga - Shamat Aur Hajamat, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Dont think they have it easy, I mean the street barbers on Pitru Paksh day and this feast is going on for several years but no makeshift stall for them , just for the religious tonsure feast, even no litter bins for the shaved hair, so they litter on the road , the municipal lady and the beat marshalls were extorting money from them , and this is India corruption is part of our religious affairs there is no escaping it ..

I see so much and will my pictures do anything .. the garbage outside my backyard is still where it was shooting it for so many years , and we talk of preventing dengue and other mosquito related diseases.. we are basically spineless part of our ethos and genetics,,,we have great personalities they take up a cause to fight and than succumb to it like the priest and the prostitute in Somersets Rain.

The Am Admi is a figment of our mind he does not exist.. politically polari…