she was cute
but time robbed
her of her beauty
leaving her wise
astute , watching
the world go by
in oxymoron haste
her last stand her
last salute ,, through
the the third of shiva
lurking in my camera
consciousness i pay
her my humble tribute
Thanks to Peersab Fakhru Miya Hujra No 6 his erswhile sons Syed Farid Chishty Sabri sab and Qambar Miya and Gaddi Nashin Ali Ahmed .. I had a great Urus ..they took care of me and I am treated as one of their Family ,, Thanks to Peersab Fakhru Miya I have found a Mentor a great Guide and a holistic figure ..It was Persab Fakhru Miya who deciphered my dream that I had in his house 10 years back.. He told me Pushkar was calling me ,, so every year I come to Ajmer I pay my humble offerings to Jai Brahma Ji pray for my Hindu friends and offer flowers on their behalf ,,and here at Pushkar is my friend Raj Tilak who keeps the best dagger for me to cut my head during Moharam Ashura Chehlum.. I use two daggers for my Kamazani both from Raj Tilak..Raj Tilak comes from a family of ancient iron smiths ,,and is a Bollywood struggler too .. lol
This is my new set of the 803 Urus of Khwajah Garib Nawaz .. Moinuddin Chishty greatest Sufi Saint of India ,,
I have been documenting this pilgrimage of peace since 2005 and participating in the Chatti festivities ,,.of the Holy Saint.
This begins with my train journey ,and at Ajmer I document the streets , the Rafaees Malangs and beggars .. The hijras I shoot I have disabled fro public view completely ,
My host mentor Peersab Fakhru Miya of Hujra No 6 his sons Farid Bhai, Qambar Bhai and his grandson Ali Ahmed ..are my host and I also document the eve of Chatti Jashn at their house and the function at their Hujra on Chatti in the daytime ,
Most of the time I spent with the Dam Madar Malangs at Sola Khamba ,,I shot the Rafaees and the Beggars .
I arrived on 25 April at Ajmer ar 5 am but after resting left for Pushkar to place my offerings at Brahma Temple and to meet my friend Raj Tilak , it was here we felt the tremors of the Earthquake ,,I also returned my dagger that I use for c…
These are pictures shot before I left for Ajmer and Pushkar ,,I have known this Muslim beggar lady who begs in my lane for several years .. I have shot her and my grandchildren have shot her too.. She used to beg with her small son..
I gave her some money and first time spoke to her , she told me she has 3 kids both they go to a Municipal school.. her husband is a heart patient and is laid up in bed ,, so she she runs the house begging on the streets , she has been begging for 5 years now and has no family support ,, she stays in the distant suburb and comes to Bandra to beg, as she gets alms and people know her and is a regular hijab covered face .. she hides her shame of begging too , I asked her why she did not contact some folks at the local Mosque , she says it has not been fruitful at all.. and than I cut short my talk with her but will shoot her on video one day.. so that you guys out there can understand a Beggar Mothers pain...and Mothers Day in her case is Misplaced Motherh…
of a pitfall
i lived in
like a monk
in a cave
of a bored
i was her
He was a kid when he began selling hankies at this iconic Kurla Station and he has been selling hankies for over 60 years , and I shoot him each time I come to Kurla Eat .. I take this foot over bridge that connects Kurla West to Kurla East ,, I was coming to Nehru Nagar after almost 3 months ,, The hanky seller was very happy to see me , inquired about my health diabetes , and it is these kind of people I like to shoot .. I am now shooting such people on video .. their humility simplicity and hospitality too.. they will offer me tea ..even the chaiwala the tea men I shot recently offered me tea ,, And this is the magical charm of India .
I am learning to talk to these guys , and there is so much to learn..how many hankies he has to sell to get some money to take back home and he is an elderly soul.. but he told me he could never think of sitting at home he needs to work.. I try never to ask personal questions strangely I have never asked his name ,,
He is the guardian of blind boy I used to shoot many years back and I made a separate set at Flickr documenting this blind beggar boy , both this old man and the blind boy begged at Boran road or sometimes at the Pali Road signal..
The blind boy was operated several times but the operations failed and it has been several years I have not seen the blind beggar boy I asked this old man he is evasive and says the boy is recuperating as he is allergic to light .
This guy lives at the Bandra Reclamation transit camp near the MET Cricket grounds I called him and took this shot .
Both these beggars are from Murshidabad W Bengal .
Most of the Muslim beggar ladies are from Murshidabad W Bengal and Poriborton has not really helped them in any way ,,imagine coming all the way thousands of miles away to beg in the bye lanes of slums in Bandra .
The steady influx is seen more during Ramzan when they come to the city of Mumbai with great hope and dreams , and most of them as they dont have identi…
Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej, is a holy day for Hindus and Jains. It falls on the third Tithi (lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) of the pan-Indian month of Vaishakha and one of the four most important days for Hindus. It is an auspicious day of the birthday of Lord Parasurama who is the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. On this day Veda Vyas and Lord Ganesha began to write Mahabharata. Jains celebrate this day to commemorate Tirthankara Rishabha's ending of one-year fast by consuming sugarcane juice poured into his cupped hands.
In Jain and Hindu calendars, some days of the month are absent in counting and some days (tithi in lunar calendars) come extra, but Akshay tritiya is one day which is never "absent" from the lunar calendar.
The word "Akshaya" means the never diminishing in Sanskrit and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. It is believed that if you do charity on this day you will be blessed. On Akshay Tritiya, M…
they forgot to
mark our old
in the controversial
our stables will be
sold by the milkmen
for towers skyscrapers
politicians are now
our hardcore fans
politicizing our destiny
as fast as they can
we have been slaughtered
butchered eaten since
this crazy world began..
now our hides luckily
on the banks of river
Ganges they wont tan
tears on the soles of
the leather man..
the beef ban hits the
poor muslim butchers
the poorest dalit poorest
muslim man ..no more
from the butchers into
the frying pan.. thank you
for adding a few years
extra to our bovine span
to my friend Alex ,,awaited eagerly at Bandra Talao by Nabi the ear cleaning Man
And I met him at Madraswadi , he is new to Mumbai, had some domestic problems he left Chennai to try his luck in Mumbai the only city of Dreams in India and Big Beautiful Dreams .
He has saved some money , he speaks fluent English, he has worked as a light man with a cameraman and he knows the essence of Light and Shadows .. He is a big dreamer an he was talking about his love for the cosmic camera photography and moving pictures ..And I was not in my usual attire I was dressed normal as I had come to meet a client at the posh Worli Seaface the meeting had been delayed I had time to kill so and I was shooting the Madraswadi Slums with a mobile phone in hand and Sundar my friend from Madras Wadi Worli told him about my passion for photography thus he opened himself up to me .
He is devout disciple of Lord Murugan and he was impressed that I was a devotee of Goddess Marriammen and shot her feast and people every year here at Madras Wadi.
offer the deity
garbage ..he will
fulfill all your dreams
whatever be your age
a temple of garbage god
lover of cats dogs crows
goats rats who come here
to rampage in long talks
with each other they engage
living mutually on this mound
home home on the range
they also have a Facebook page
wide fool and sage may sound strange
sweet nothings google chat in exchange
My son Asif Shakir gave this to me as a gift for my wedding anniversary and I thought it was really nice and cool.. so I began shooting videos on Sunday I lost all three videos the files ended up as TMPO files ,,
The biggest problem was once I started to shoot on the video I could not stop it as the red button was non responsive ,, the phone would hang most of the time ,, I have informed Flipkart Support and they are looking into but this one is one bad defective piece ,,
I told my son not to bother I will go back to using my first generation Motorola G.
This is one of the arterial bylanes connecting Bandra Bazar Road To Bandra Hill Road commercial shopping hub.. and here there is no garbage bin , but the residents use the wall to dump the garbage .. This is one of the major dumps I dont know how I missed it , this is close to the old playschool of Nerjis my grand daughter .
Here the best shot gets you a trip to Delhi and a handshake with the new CM.. and a Delhi city tour free .. trip food accommodation thanks to Swach Bharat More Gyan Yojna Chit Fund.
Later there will be more roadshows in Bandra
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I was shocked that he began shouting at me for taking this picture of the garbage bin on the road obstructing traffic and he was drunk , grumbling about the Municipality making him work long hours and I think he had hurt himself pushing this garbage bin so he was taking out his anger on me ,,
Strangely I have shot his pictures earlier and shown their hardship working without safety shoes no masks no gloves .and the outsourcing of the BMC is totally misplaced .. they have drunks in their service .. but most of the people I have shot barring a few are humble and nice .
And I hope the Bandra Municipality takes all this into account .. and I mean because they are overworked they let the garbage lying on the roads and Modijis Swach Bharat will be a failure because of the Municipal staff attitude ..I dont get a kick shooting garbage but it is there in open display overflowing the bins .
And if this Transit Camp at Gen Kumar Vaidya Marg has garbage bins inside the camp why is garbage being …
life is a circle of confusion
on wings of hope faith astride
time and tide wait for no
man the fool replied but
holding his calm with god
by his side ..life is nothing
but a roller coaster ride
sometimes up sometimes
down a pain inside some
do reveal some do hide
without humility hospitality
a split open wide ..to be
human or to be unevenly
filled with pride ..the spirit
was willing as the soul cried
what god could not put
together mortally died
moments lost forgotten
mortified to rebel fight
or mutually abide
lost illusions alas
for all the wrong reasons my ass got skewered than barbecued .. served olive oil fried
pain taken for
jolly good ride
for being nice
racy a big press
card round his
he has to do
but he is
will be lunatic like mad to ever drive miss daisy
man woman birth death infinity ...nothing more dramatically american as ben casey..
every face has a facade please be on your guard friends foes countrymen best regards ..
The water buffalo or domestic Asian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is a large bovid originating in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China. Today, it is also found in Europe, Australia, and some American countries. The wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee) native to Southeast Asia is considered a different species, but most likely represents the ancestor of the domestic water buffalo.
Two extant types of water buffalo are recognized based on morphological and behavioural criteria – the river buffalo of South Asia and further west to the Balkans, Egypt, and Italy, and the swamp buffalo, found from Assam in the west through Southeast Asia to the Yangtze valley of China in the east. The origins of the domestic water buffalo types are debated, although results of a phylogenetic study indicate that the swamp type may have originated in China and was domesticated about 4,000 years ago, while the river type may have originated from India and was domesticated about 5,000 years ago.[4…
I was going for my walk at MET Cricket grounds and I spoke to a few butchers , they were unhappy that business is drastically low,today being a Saturday normally a busy day for shoppers there was just one customer buying buffalo meat ..
The butcher I talked to said that people in Uttar Pradesh mostly ate buffalo meat , but here in Mumbai after eating beef for several years ..it will take take a lot of time for them to cultivate the taste of buffalo meat .. even hoteliers restaurants were not ordering buffalo meat .
This has hit the beef butchers very hard ,,most of them are suffering large scale losses they told me..Even the Christians who love beef and use it in many of their favorite dishes are avoiding buffalo meat ..He seemed disturbed perplexed even the beef butchers that did roaring business in the Slaughter House Bandra Compound have given their beef shops on rent to Mutton sellers ,, they could not bear the losses ..
And this is not about politicizing the beef ban but it is…
The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), also known as jack tree, jakfruit, or sometimes simply jack or jak) is a species of tree in the Artocarpus genus of the mulberry family (Moraceae). It is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia, and is believed to have originated in the southwestern rain forests of India, in present-day Goa, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, and Maharashtra. The jackfruit tree is well suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching as much as 35 kg (80 lb) in weight, 90 cm (35 in) in length, and 50 cm (20 in) in diameter.
The jackfruit tree is a widely cultivated and popular food item in tropical regions of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Jackfruit is also found across Africa (e.g., in Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, São Tomé and Príncipe, Ethiopia, and Mauritius), as well as throughout Brazil, west-central Mexico, and in Caribbean…
Unless the beggar robs steals he will always be a beggar ..and there are people who pose as beggars rob and cheat foreigners at tourist sites like Gateway of India they work as a well tuned gang and many a times get away with their scams .
Most of the cops no beggar thieves but it is all controlled by a remote and yes there are beggar mafias kids are kidnapped beaten brainwashed pushed into begging ,,even parents force their kids to beg,, and you can see this at the Bandra Reclamation signal close to the Bandra Fire Brigade .
At Mahim Mori signal and the St Michael Signal its the basket weavers kids that beg and make more money than their parents that weave baskets .
I know of migrant laborers working on roads construction that force their children to beg , there are beggar tribes they live in clusters marry among themselves and most of the kids are born out of wedlock and incest.
There are so many types of beggars ,..and soon all the beggars from all over India will be moving towar…
The Maharashtra Region and Town Planning Act specify that every municipal corporation must prepare a development plan to be implemented over 20 years. The last time the development plan was prepared for Mumbai was in 1981 and it was adopted only thirteen years later, in 1994. Thus a new plan, which is valid for 20 years, will need to be prepared and ratified by 2014 and will be in force till 2034.
The current development plan defines land reservations- (that is land that is set aside for a specific public purpose) amenities, transportation networks and services through a coloured land-use map of the entire city. In order to prepare this plan, Mumbai’s municipal corporation has selected an international consultant through a tendering process and it will be expected to collate and compile all of the data available on the city before making such a plan.
The Urban Design Research Institute is currently engaged in looking at how a public participation planning process can be created to in…
dreaming of all the bottles
but he had no money so
simply window shop ..his
dreams of booze more booze
like a film running in his head
non stop.. unaware of this god
sent photo op to a figurative
street photographer prolific who
shoots garbage beggars street
barber shops ..women in hijab
at bus stops ..when bad days came
he gave away all his silver jewelry
at the sleazy silver pawn shops
empty pockets waiting for hope
some monsoonal raindrops ..no
he wont shoot mountains flowers
insects chubby cheeks table tops
using the camera as the text book
of life thanks to dickens balzac
dostovesky ,,..masters of his
his heartfelt tribute to the fiddler
on the roof top..if i were a rich man
i would certainly be the craziest
loony bastard ,, not this fucked flop
dedicated to a very dear friend Alex.. On Whats Up
for 15 years it was under
the hands of the congress
now in utter mess
ricksha drivers hate
to come here the
moment they hear
our address ..
having voted for
a congress free
bandra we stood
by modijis call for
but still even now
the dirtiest filthiest
ugliest market ..
is here in bandra west
open gutters garbage
dumps .eyesore hard
pressed .. we hope
you will beautify this
heritage site once
a queen of the suburbs
now an ugly nest
a painful poem of
my chest sab ka
sath sab ka vikas
a thought that needs
to be blessed
I asked him why
he said deepak
animals is very
sweet and nice
outside jade gardens
he feeds stray dogs
cats even mice
good food not leftovers
despite the steep price rise
magic eye he said turning
coy is a saint in disguise
on his bike like a bison
with wings he flies ,,
a good photographer
he shoots pleasing
pictures that hold us in
a vice ,,photoblog
award of the year
to me wont be a
surprise ,,,so went
on this friendly
neighborly goat of
bandra talao.. his
words of praise or
loaded dice ,,,
jesus h christ
I normally met her in the mornings while going for my walks , but I passed her tea shop in the afternoon and first thing she offered me a cup of tea I politely refused and gave my diabetic condition as the only excuse .
She is one of the finest tea makers in Bandra and do taste her tea off Lal Mitti at Bandra Reclamation, it is wellmade and has a mothers touch and all the rickshawallas of Bandra drop in here for her tea .. She comes to work at 6 am.. and works till late evening ,,, will the Media interview a person like her .. no they only interview chaiwalas who made it big in the political arena .
Wah Re Hindustan.. Garib Bhi Karte Hain Balidan ,,
I have never seen such pain all my life shooting the streets , this guy was lying in a predominantly Muslim area of Bandra that is not a slum but a cluster of buildings close to a few shops that sell buffalo meat .. I dare not say Beef,,
I shot several frames as two Muslim youth saw me attentively but said nothing ,, I was shooting all this on my Xiaomi ,,, a phone that gets hot much faster than me and hangs ,, luckily I hang by the end of the pictures I shoot ,,
And God above directs me to such situations he creates them for me and I hardly come to this area I used to once upon a time to pay my internet charges to MTNL .. now my son does it online , he pays for one provider and I pay for the second one that is Brian Internet .I pay Brian quarterly Rs 3600 for 4 MB unlimited .
So its my time my internet money my photography , shot with my camera or mobile phone and my vision as fucked as it might be .. so I dont understand why trolls get unhappy with what I shoot , here at Flickr I…
Who is he , what is his name , he is not originally from Bandra but since a long time he sits close to my house begs .. and he is in a bad state of human deterioration..
Sometimes I see him when I go for my walk. he gives a very funny smile and he knows that I know what is going on in his head ..there are times he sits close to a mound near our areas only country hooch outlet , and now there are many like him at Bandra Bazar Road and they are drinking themselves to death..and than we ban everything but we the government dont have the guts to ban hooch country liquor or chewing tobacco.. because everyone has a stake and so instead the ban is placed on bulls and bullocks and consumption of beef , 5 years in jail Rs 10000 fine , but hooch and chewing tobacco is here to stay including drugs ,, In Bandra where I stay there are a lot of drugaddicts and most of them are ragpickers .
So at times I am really confused ..when I am depressed I go to the Bandra Talao and shoot videos today I sh…
The left side of the Talao is being renovated and was accessible from the reading stand on , but on 14 April tin sheets were placed at this entrance barring entry to the ear cleaners or people that fed the pigeons ,, I shot this from the Bandra skywalk..
The pace of work like most Municipality work is like seeing an action film in super slow motion.. I was very tired and did not get down or cross the road to check further .
But the water this reading stand end is badly polluted , and on the side leading to the Bandra Station end you can see young boys with fishing lines surreptitiously catching fish .. there never was any security person so people used to fish and ironically there were people feeding bread to the fishes at the same point on the Talao..
And as you moved towards the further end on the right side of my picture and than turned left , there is an area encroached and used by ragpickers .. this is the dirtiest unkempt part of the Bandra Talao..and here too there is no sec…
This morning I made a solemn promise to myself I will not shoot garbage and a few steps I floundered and decided to take one shot and break my vow of not shooting garbage , but I did not shoot garbage as I moved ahead towards the MET Cricket Grounds for my morning walk at 7 15 am.. the garbage at the Transit Camp close to the MET Gardens was tempting but I let it go.
I walked 4.58 km.. and my leg still hurts ..and will Bandra ever be Clean and Green .. the Bandra where I stay which compared to Bandstand Carter Road and Pali Hill is the other side of Midnight ,, Bandra Bazar Road .
The residents of our area are not vociferous , they have been emasculated completely sadly we have no Mr Rishi Kapoor to fight our Hill that is going downhill,,We dont have a Mr Prem Chopra or a Mr Vishal Dadlani or Manish Malhotra .. we have a bunch of shadowless residents who have their own problems that are greater than passing by this eyesore of a garbage site .. thanks to chicken shops mutton shops fis…
This is an old post shot in 2010 that I am bringing forward ,, in memory of this Sunni Beggar Lover Of Imam Hussain..
I had posted this at Facebook. .. deleted my Facebook account too
I posted the original picture at Flickr and than cross blogged it here at Facebook , my pictures are street documentary of the people I shoot .
Normally I try to to keep text minimal on my pictures, I am adding text here now.
A Muslim cross dresser posted a comment here on this picture at Facebook..I removed her from my friends list
Her comment was that the Rasul our Holy Prophet has not said to do all this and dont show such things... scourging bloodletting etc that the Shias do, here a Sunni adherent was doing it on Moharam.
Now for me to add my response will not help or change her mindset ..I have no agenda of promoting Shiasm, but I do look forward to amity between all sects who believe in Allah His Holy Prophet and Ahle Bayt..
The person in the picture is a Sunni beggar who one would see at Makh…
This was shot on a rainy day ,,a beggar lady begging at Pydhonie ,, none are bothered about her , they are more bothered about not getting wet , catching a cold ,,pneumonia ,,
And as a photographer it was my own prerogative to shoot her or move away like the rest ,, I did giver give her some money..when I met her again after finishing my work..
Behind every beggar there is a back story of pain but none are interested , throw a few coins and the beggar forgotten..
Its all about misplaced compassion misplaced charity ,,and our government that is going to build several thousand homes for aged abandoned bulls cows bullocks has no time to build hope for beggars and the homeless .
The beggars homes that they built I believe are worse than prisons so the beggars run away , I mean if there was a facility to train young beggars to work, join the armed forces rehabilitate them make them useful as cogs of a human machinery to make our country proud ,, but our leaders are not interested in such …