Friday, January 24, 2014

Masoom Ali Baba The Greatest Rafaee From Mumbai

I have known Masoom Ali Baba for several years almost from the time I started documenting the Rafaee Chancawalli Order of Mumbai..however his greatness , his power I came to know at Makhanpur at the Holy Shrine of Zinda Madar Shah Baba the head of the Madariya Order ..of Dam Madar monks or Malangs..

Masoom Ali Baba is a Rafaee but is affiliated to the Malangs and Qalandaris , he is a great exponent of Zarb or acts of sword piercing and body can see his prowess his display at my Dam Madar Set of ZindaMadar Shah Urus ..

Masoom Ali Baba and his band of Rafaees Qalandaris Malangs carry the Standard from Kalliar Sharif Hardwar by foot to Delhi Nizamuddin Shah Dargah and from there again by foot till Ajmer Sharif to the Urus of Khwajah MOinuddin Chishty or fondly called Khwajah Garib Nawaz.

My friend Marc has walked with them from Delhi to Ajmer ,, I have not done this grueling spiritual trek.

Masoom Ali Baba is in the picture with his sons of whom he is very proud.. and I shot this last year at Char Yar Jalali Chowk Ajmer Urus.

This year I dont know whether I will make it .. He Calls I Go..
Yeh Toh Khwajah Karam Hai..

The Seeker Of Truth

He lives with the rafaees
but calls himself bhandari
of strangers photographers
over cautiously wary..
when he looks at me
neither a saint nor
a sinner he feels sorry
my sartorial serendipity
my freedom of movement
he envies ..because i
shoot pictures of his
order he wonders if
i sell them make money
most of the time
he keeps away from me
he thinks overtly
that he is sane
but i am crazy
we are both branches
roots of two different
soul shattering trees
his prosaic hold
on my street poetry

The Sufi Ascetic

he is a rafaee
a path he has
picked ..
a monk a mendicant
piercing his body
he does unusual
tricks ..cuts his
tongue with a
sword his
eyeball he pushes
a pointed stick
all over his
frail body
needle pricks
over the years
his pictures
i clicked
be it mahim
ajmer haji
malang.. he
was there
sick.. but
his presence
among the
rafaees ..
as the Sais
hidden in
the orbs of
his eye
of his life

I Have Put My Camera To Sleep

it needed rest
tired it was
over stressed
over worked
by this
crazy man
over dressed
now at ease
in silence
is self satisfaction
not a quest
an inner voice
says sell the
camera in some
other form of
happiness invest
so many such
thoughts manifest
all self addressed

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Dear Sir,

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United Nations Development Programme
United Nations House
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Central Area District, Garki,
Abuja, Nigeria

Dear Mrs.Grace Olwuole
thank you from the
deepest crevice
of my heart i say
i was dead meat
but you gave me
back my life today
i will always be
grateful for this
gesture will one day
repay ..a beggar
poet to his dismay
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cc to Antonio Ramirez

I Was Born A Beggar Poet

my thoughts
on the net
on hold
i had kept
i try not
to forget
the contorted
beggar with
root like legs
who begs
his children
trying to
clear of
his debts
he gives
he gets
we meet
once a year
we both
need this
to release
our angst
the call
of the
our dreams
in a
net ..