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The Sewing Machine Of Time ,,

The Sewing Machine Of Time ,,, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
It is easy to get a gents tailor in Mumbai , but finding a ladies tailor who delivers on time and copes of with the women of Mumbai is one very difficult task.. at Bandra Bazar there was a Gujrati tailor who left behind a couple of ladies shops to his many sons ,,,they specialize in cholis and other simple sartorial fare and serve the middle class Hindus Jains and Muslim .. I have hardly seen any Christian lady at their shops.

One of the sons was telling me that their father used to sleep at the waterfront at Gateway of India and saw terrible times , finally he worked hard bought a small hut in a shanty at Santa Cruz ,, today they are all well settled .

One of the oldest Bandra tailors was Advocate Tailors Dhirubhai Parmar , his father started Advocate and today Dhirubhai caters to the third generation , and he has been serving them for over 45 years , I like him , he reminds me of my fathers time ,,My fat…

The Street Side Tailors Of Latur

The Street Side Tailors Of Latur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Through this picture I will tell you a story of another tailor in my area , he has a rented cubicle , and does roaring business ,but he works exclusively for the jean sellers of Bandra Hill Road ..the roadside jean sellers give him old second hand branded jeans , he alters them narrows tapers them ..the kind of jeans you see Miya kids Salman clones wearing them , some of the ladies jeans are altered as shorts and sell like hot pants as hotcakes.

He also alters large size shirts narrowing the sleeves and the bodies that go with the narrow stiletto jeans ,, he in is incapable of altering any other stuff , he refuses work from the locals..

Even on Hill road near the old defunct Bata shop you have a tailor operating from the bakda but our guy beats them all. he has no help...

The jeans sell for Rs 500 onwards , young Muslim boys are employed by the Jean seller on commission , and the Jeans are washed and ir…

The LetterBox And The Muslims Of Latur

The LetterBox And The Muslims Of Latur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I was the guest of Mr Madhusudan Bhutada of Latur and was here on official work, I visited Latur twice ..It was my friend Suren Gurbuxani who introduced me to the Bhutada family ,, a highly respected business family with great credentials ,,and the occasion was the wedding of Mr Madhusudan Bhutadas daughter .. and this opportunity related to my work gave me time to shoot a bit of Latur , thanks to Jaydev Bhutada who took me around ,.. but mostly I shot on my own.

I liked Latur a city of a mix of Muslims Hindus and Jains living in peace and mutual coexistence , I shot a few temples and spent most of my time chatting shooting the Muslim panwalas of Latur.

And I was mostly barefeet , and I shot all this in 2010 31 October ,,, memories still very fresh , I have not erased them from my camera consciousness.

And I have not seen my home state Maharashtra just a few places ,simply because there is no time…

The Goddess Mahalaxmi Of Latur

The Goddess Mahalaxmi Of Latur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Mahalakshmi is the presiding goddess of the Middle episode of Devi Mahatmya. Here, she is depicted as Devi in her universal form as Shakti. The manifestation of the Devi to kill Mahishasura is by the effulgences of all the gods. The goddess is described as eighteen-armed, bearing a string of beads, battle axe, mace, arrow, thunderbolt, lotus, bow, water pot, cudgel, lance, sword, shield, conch, bell, wine cup, trident, noose and the discus sudarsana'"'. She has a complexion of coral and is seated on a lotus.[6] She is known as Ashta Dasa Bhuja Mahalakshmi.
She is seen in two forms, Bhudevi and Sridevi, both either side of Sri Venkateshwara or Vishnu. Bhudevi is the representation and totality of the material world or energy, called the aparam Prakriti, in which she is called Mother Earth. Sridevi is the spiritual world or energy, called the Prakriti. Most people are mistaken that they are se…

Once Upon A Time In Latur ..

The Hindu Niqab In Latur

The Hindu Niqab In Latur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
i shot
the Hindu niqab
on the other
side ..in a
Hindu temple
of Shivas bride

demystifying
a dilemma
to hide or
not to hide
the face
in a veil
a woman's
chaste
pride
but here
a fashion
statement
in its stride
an element
of her
mystique
a thought
open wide

Coral On My Hand

Coral On My Hand, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. mystically
charging
my mind
poetically
a thought
i understand
politically
galvanized
on one end
polarized
on the other
end the pangs
of this fairyland
where angels
weep on the soul
of my beloved
motherland
divided we fall
united we stand
those that instill
fear make us
strangers in
our homeland
satyamave jayate
truth will prevail
be it the lotus
or the hand
the destiny
of hope
a beacon
lighting
the path
converging
away from
mindless
wastelands

The Poetry Of Life

The Poetry Of Life, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

the mysticism
as it magically
opens up
page after
page life
a moving
going round
round revolving
stage ..from
one moment
to another age
people wingless
birds in a rusty
cage .. collusion
of diverse emotions
being human
taking umbrage
street anger
street rage
urban brown
faded beige