We Worked Here Once Upon A Time ,,, Burlingtons Taj Mahal, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
We Worked Here Once Upon A Time ,,, Burlingtons Taj Mahal, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Once Upon a Time late 70s we all worked at Burlingtons ,,the six of us , and this was a reunion after almost 30 years or more ..because Zeena our colleague had come to Mumbai from Canada and wanted to meet all of us ..
We are from left Veera Dhaval , Jyoti Gandhi her husband Tanuj worked for Burlingtons too but could not make it, Gulshan Khambatta all of 82 years , Mehroo Holmes who has a florist outlet at the Trident ..Zeena and yours truly dressed decently the beggar poet.
Veera Dhaval picked us all up and we assembled at the Taj lobby , and were to lunch at Shamiana but it was buffet day being Saturday so we went up at the Sea Lounge ,,,and relived old memories , our work days remembering our friends who passed away Jose Urmila .. we remembered our boss Mr Andre Kapur , Mrs Munni Gupta .. her kids Anjali and Vanessa and her husband Paul.. we remembered Gaby and Sunita Kapur .. we remembered our old managers Mr Benjamin Caleb Indira Sikka Mrs Veena Virmani .. we remembered Manju Kapur ,,,and we were flooded with anecdotes of our young days .. in the 70s ..We remembered Subash Shahani Mike Kirpani Anita Dubash..and so many others who had passed this great fashion institution Burlingtons of Taj Mahal ,, we certainly did not forget Fateh Singh and Ratan , legendary super salesman who were my sales guru.. I owe a lot to them.We worked at Taj Treasures .. but I had done a stint at Treasures of India under Lorraine Rhubootm and Gaby Kapur ... than I worked under Mr Benjamin Caleb at Burlingtons Taj..I worked at Sheraton Treasures under Veena Virmani and Mike.
Finally I was transferred to Taj Treasures with Subhash as my manager and left Burlingtons in 1080 for Muscat ,, I had worked year at Burlingtons ,, and my fashion guru those days was Mrs Jennifer Kendall Kapoor wife of Mr Shashi Kapoor ,,
Zara mulk ke rehbaron ko bulao,Ye kooche ye galiyaan ye manzar dikhao Jinhe naaz hai hind par unko lao,Jinhe naaz hai Hind par wo kahan hai
Malkhamb Demonstration 65 Republic Day Bandra Bandstand 26 January 2014, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Mallakhamb or Malkhamb (Marathi: मल्लखांब)is a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs feats and poses in concert with a vertical wooden pole or rope. Mallakhamb also refers to the pole used in the sport. Mallakhamb was originated in Maharashtra.
The word "Mallakhamb" is composed of malla which denotes a gymnast or a man of strength and khamb which means a pole. Mallakhamb can therefore be translated to English as pole gymnastics.
The earliest recorded references to Mallakhamb is found in the 12th century classic Manasollasa (1135 AD) by Somesvara Chalukya. Other than Maharashtra, it was also practiced in ancient Hyderabad. However, the sport does not become visible in practice and well recorded until it was revived or invented in the 18th century by Balambhatdada Deodhar, the fitness instructor of Peshwa Baji Rao II during the reign of the Peshwas. Another story is, in 18th century an Arab wresteler came to India and challenged Indian kings that if they have any wresteler who can defeat him.No one was able to defeat him. When he came to Maharashtra to Peshwa(Bajirao II) and challenged him the same way. Mr. Balambhatdada Deodhar accepted the challenge. He was a devotee of Lord Hanumana a god of physical fitness, devotion, celibacy, morality, intelligence and sacrifice.Mr. Deodhar went to jungle and prayed Lord Hanumana for months. Lord Hanumana resurrected in front of him and taught him wresteling to defeat the Arab wresteler and to build the physique, stamina, concentration and quickness of movements, Lord Hanumana taught him the Mallakhamb fitness regime.Then Balambhatdada Deodhar defeated the Arab wresteler and it became famous. It is a famous sport in Maharashtra and other states of India too.
Mallakhamb as a competitive sport
29 states in India participate in mallakhamb competitions at the national level. National Level mallakhamb tournaments were first organized more than 25 years ago. The national level tournament will be organized in four separate groups according to age.They are
Under 17/18 (17 for women and 18 for men)
Types of mallakhamb
Different poses in mallakhamb
Originally mallakhamb was introduced as a supporting exercise for wrestlers. Student of Balambhattdada Deodhar, Damodarguru Moghe realized that only major grips can be developed with a pole and used cane instead of a pole. Subsequently, the unavailability of cane resulted in rope mallakhamb. Almost 25 to 30 types of mallakhamb apparatus were tried and tested over the years.
16 various types are present, but for Sport, only six types are used. Malkhamb is present in the Hind Kesari, Indian Wrestling championship.
Competitively there are three main variations of mallakhamb.
Pole or fixed mallakhamb
In this variation, a vertical wooden pole is fixed in the ground and the participant performs various acrobatic feats and poses while hanging on the pole.
The mallakhamb pole used in competitions is a straight pole made of teak or sheesham wood, standing 2.6 metres (8.5 ft) in height with a circumference of 55 centimetres (22 in) at the base. It gradually tapers to a circumference of 35 centimetres (14 in) at the top.
Similar to the pole mallakhamb, the hanging mallakhamb is a wooden pole that is shorter in length than the standard Pole Mallakhamb and is hung from chain and hooks, leaving a gap between the ground and the bottom of the mallakhamb.
In this variation, the participant performs exercises while hanging from a rope suspended from a support.
65 Republic Day Bandra Bandra And Two Street Photographers, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
This morning I took my two year old grandaughter Nerjis Asif Shakir .. to Bandra Bandstand and we both shot the 65 Republic Day.. ,,Nerjis has Internet Press Card Too,,
eyes are the most
deceiving windows of the soul
on a parchment of the flesh
simply two holes
like orbs of
with his angels
out for a
this poem was inspired by sarah my good friend
The Shadow Of Distrust On The Soul Of The Republic Day, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
the girl child
come and go
she is out there
hanging by a
of a thread
as thin as
In India, Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.
The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 but was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition toward becoming an independent republic. 26 January was selected for this purpose because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.
India achieved independence from British rule on 15 August 1947 following the Indian independence movement noted for largely peaceful nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress. The independence came through the Indian Independence Act 1947 (10 & 11 Geo 6 c. 30), an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that partitioned British India into the two new independent Dominions of the British Commonwealth (later Commonwealth of Nations): India and Pakistan. India obtained its independence on 15 August 1947 as a constitutional monarchy with George VI as head of state and the Earl Mountbatten as governor-general. The country, though, did not yet have a permanent constitution; instead its laws were based on the modified colonial Government of India Act 1935. On 28 August 1947, the Drafting Committee was appointed to draft a permanent constitution, with Dr.B. R. Ambedkar as chairman. While India's Independence Day celebrates its freedom from British Rule, the Republic Day celebrates the coming into force of its constitution.
A draft constitution was prepared by the committee and submitted to the Assembly on 4 November 1947. The Assembly met, in sessions open to public, for 166 days, spread over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 18 days before adopting the Constitution. After many deliberations and some modifications, the 308 members of the Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the document (one each in Hindi and English) on 24 January 1950. Two days later, it came into effect throughout the nation.
The main Republic Day celebration is held in the national capital, New Delhi, at the Rajpath before the President of India. On this day, ceremonious parades take place at the Rajpath, which are performed as a tribute to India.
Delhi Republic Day parade
Main article: Delhi Republic Day parade
To mark the importance of the occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, New Delhi, from the Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President's residence), along the Rajpath, past India Gate. Prior to its commencement, the Prime Minister lays a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial to unknown soldiers at the India Gate at one end of Rajpath, which is followed by two minutes silence in the memory of unknown soldiers. It is a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defence of sovereignty of their country. Thereafter he/she reaches the main dais at Rajpath to join other dignitaries, subsequently the President arrives along with the chief guest of the occasion. They are escorted on horseback by the President's Bodyguard.
Main article: Beating Retreat
The Beating Retreat ceremony officially denotes the end of Republic Day festivities. It is conducted on the evening of 29 January, the third day after the Republic Day. It is performed by the bands of the three wings of the military, the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The venue is Raisina Hills and an adjacent square, Vijay Chowk, flanked by the north and south block of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace) towards the end of Rajpath.
The Chief Guest of the function is the President of India who arrives escorted by the (PBG), a cavalry unit. When the President arrives, the PBG commander asks the unit to give the National Salute, which is followed by the playing of the Indian National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana, by the Army developed the ceremony of display by the massed bands in which Military Bands, Pipe and Drum Bands, Buglers and Trumpeters from various Army Regiments besides bands from the Navy and Air Force take part which play popular tunes like Abide With Me, Mahatma Gandhi's favourite hymn, and Saare Jahan Se Achcha at the end.
with the tricolor
in their hands
on the street
law and order
a call to unseat
by the British
dead and obsolete
there was some
hope for the aam
admi but now
from the dead
The Malangs Open Out Their Long Hair At The Holy Shrine of Zinda Shah Madar, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
The Malangs are dread heads ..long hair almost 18 feet to 20 feet or more , their dreads are never exposed to public , and this is the only time they let down their hair on the main urus day 30 March , than they do the kaif to the beat of the drums .
This was a tough event to shoot and I was lucky ,,,as the entire area is cordoned off and completely crowded ,,,