Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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 cutting my head during Moharam .. Ashura Chehlum and took a replacement after paying a difference to Raj Tilak..This is one of the most formidable daggers I have ever bought in my life .
From Pushkar I returned to Ajmer I shot a lot of videos on my mobile this trip, beggars , malangs , hijras .. and Chatti event at my hosts house .
I also shot my beggar friend at Dhai Djinn Ka Jhopda , I beg with him and whatever I get I give it to him , I gave him my lucky beggars bowl too.
I gave my silver bracelet embedded with turquoise to Rafaee Masoom Ali Bawa , he liked it wanted it .. so I let him keep it .
The return journey was bad with the Bandra Aravalli stopping everywhere like a slow train ,no water in the toilets and I feel sorry for the Rail Minister ,,, Indian Railways even God will not be able to improve it ,,
I reached Bandra Terminus instead of taking a rick from there I climbed the Naupada overbridge , took a short cut and a ricksha home to Bandra Reclamation..
All the time I was in Ajmer I was cut off from the Internet , TV and Newspapers ..
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 Motherhood ,,,women empowerment .. has not done her good ,, hidden in black cloth of despair her dying Womanhood,
I arrived from Ajmer this morning by Bandra Aravalli , as usual the train was one hour late , but this time instead of catching a ricksha from Bandra Terminus I took the overbridge to Naupada , and dragging my suitcase took a ricksha from Naupada West to Bandra Reclamation.
I was there from Saturday morning I celebrated Chatti , and before that I went to Pushkar and bough a new dagger to cut my head for Ashura Moharam.. all my daggers are from Pushkar ,I buy them from my friend Raj Tilak ,, I returned him my old dagger that was in bad shape and got the new one in exchange after paying a nominal difference ,,
I shot over 25 videos in Ajmer ..
Friday, April 24, 2015
of a pitfall
i lived in
like a monk
in a cave
of a bored
i was her
a seminal ocean wave after wave
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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 ,,
I think I have had enough shooting stills , I want to add the spirit of mans struggle , and speak to him.. and at the moment I am shooting videos on my mobile phone ,, easy and fast.
I have two good friends here at Nehru Nagar hub of aquarium fish ..Sajjad Bhai and his brother Asif Patel they stock imported tropical fish best quality , flowerhorns original kamfas and arowanas ,, I had come here to clear some outstanding ,,,
Than from here I took a rick home ,, showered slept and than at 6 took my 3 year old granddaughter Zinnia to join Badminton classes by Mr Pawar a dedicated coach at MET Sports ground ,, I left them there and than got busy with some other work.. my legs are still in bad shape and even this morning I walked 5 Km .. As I walk barefeet in the MET Gardens because of the pain ..I manage to walk an average of 6 km daily .. with my friends Prakash Gadiya and Subhash..
Nerjis and Marziya are on a summer vacation with their mother , and Zinnia keeps telling me to teach her photography and she is 3 ..I kept her away from the camera ,,
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 identifications papers are caught by rogue cops who demand money or they are forcibly sent away as suspected Bangal Deshi to Bangla Desh there they are tortured looted by those rogue border cops ,, and it is sad .. specially if the beggar is from W Bengal..
So this is the story of Muslim beggars ,,,
And I shot him from a young age and now the old man begs alone he does not tell me where the blind beggar boy is ..
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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, Mrutika worshiped.
The day is considered auspicious for starting new ventures. The legend is that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya continues to grow and bring prosperity. Hence, new ventures, like starting a business, construction, etc. is performed on Akshaya Tritiya.
As per Hindu electional astrology (Muhurta) three lunar days (tithis) are auspicious. These are called Sade-Teen Muhurtas also. These Tithis are first Tithi of Bright Half of Chaitra (starting of new year), tenth Tithi of Bright Half of Ashvina (Vijay Dashmi), third Tithi of Bright Half of Vaishakha (Akshay Tritiya- Parshu Jyanti) it is also Lingayat religion founder lord Basveshvara Jayanti and first Tithi of Bright Half of Karttika are called “Sade-Teen (3 ½) Muhurt”. The first three tithis are counted as full and the last one as half Tithi and constitute Sade - Teen Muhurt. Sun and moon are astrologically believed to be at their most exalted equal brightness on this day.
Akshaya Tritiya is also called Navanna Parvam. Akshaya Tritiya falling on a Rohini star Monday is considered more auspicious.
In Hinduism, Akshay Tritiya was the day when Vyasa started writing the history of the great Bharat war in the form of an epic Mahabharata. This day is symbolized by god Vishnu, the preserver-god in the Hindu Trinity. According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began and the river Ganges, the most sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the heaven.
It was on this day that Goddess Annapoorna devi was born.
Kubera received his wealth and position as custodian of wealth and property with Goddess Lakshmi on this day, by praying to Lord Shiva at Shivapuram.
It is traditionally observed as the birthday of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of god Vishnu. The Puranic scriptures speak about how he reclaimed the land from the sea.
In Mahabharata, Yudhishtira receives the Akshaya patra, which he uses to serve food for all the needy in his kingdom.
It is on this day that poor Sudama, the best friend of Krishna visits Him (Lord Krishna) to greet Him after He became the King. With nothing to offer, Sudama takes with him Poha (puffed rice) and offers it to his friend and never discusses his poverty though he intends to. On his return he finds his hut changed to a palace.
It is on this day that Dushasana, Duryodhana's brother, unveils Draupadi at the royal court where Krishna protects her providing the 'unending' veil...
In more recent history, Adi Shankara recited the Kanaka Dhara Stotr on this day for the sake of the poor couple at whose house he stopped for Bhiksha and was offered their only available gooseberry.
Goa and Kerala regions, even today, are referred to as Parushurama Kshetra. Akshaya Tritiya, the third day of the bright-half of the lunar month of Vaisakha is considered one of the most sacred days of the year.
In Odisha, on Akshay Tritiya day, farmers start ploughing their land and construction of chariots for Rath Yatra begins at Puri.
This day is generally observed by fasting and worship of Lord Vasudeva with rice grains. A dip in the river Ganges on this day is considered to be very auspicious.
The Vedic scriptures[where?] say that knowledge gained or charity done on Akshay Tritiya is very fruitful. It is considered to be a very lucky day to start new business or venture. Many people buy gold or property on this day.
Fasts are kept on this day and pujas are performed. In charity, fan, rice, salt, ghee, sugar, vegetables, tamarind, fruit, clothes, are given. The god Vishnu is worshiped. Tulsi water is sprinkled in the nearby area of the idol while performing aarti.
In Bengal, on the day of the Akshay Tritiya, "HalKhata" - a ceremony to start the new audit book is performed - with the worship of Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi. Bengalis perform many rites and rituals on this day.
This day is most auspicious day for the Jat farming community. Early morning, a male member of a Jat family goes to the field with a shovel. All the animals and birds encountered on the way to the field are omens and predictions for rains and crops. Akshay Tritiiya is an occasion for weddings, which are conducted in mass ceremonies. It is considered an unboojha muhurat.
It is believed that god Kubera, the treasurer of the gods, is the richest deity. Lakshmi Tantram says that even Kubera will pray to goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and consort of Vishnu, on Akshay Tritiya. A day-long Kubera Lakshmi Puja is performed in which an image of Lakshmi is worshiped with Sudarsana Kubera Yantra, symbolising Kubera.
On Akshay Trutiya, a king or those who have the responsibility of taking care of the subjects, should perform ‘puja’, with gratitude and devotion, of the picture of ‘Vaibhav-Lakshmi’ with Sree Vishnu as it helps to make the subjects happy and prosperous. "We are not graced by ‘Goddess Lakshmi’ as she is the divine energy (shakti) of Sree Vishnu. How can His ‘divine energy’ come here and bless us if Sree Vishnu is not invited? Therefore, before worshiping Sree Lakshmi in any of her forms, first invite Sree Vishnu and then invite Sree Lakshmi as the worshiper gets maximum benefit of Lakshmi-tattva" (principle).
Jains celebrate Tirthankara Rishabha's first 'ahara'
Followers of Jainism consider Akshaya Tritiiya to be a holy and supremely auspicious day. It is associated with Lord Adinatha, also known as Rishabhadeva, first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras. On this day people who observe the year-long alternative day fasting known as Varshi-tap finish their Tapasya by doing parana by drinking sugarcane juice.
The day of Akshaya Tritiya is worshiped and said to be auspicious in Jainism because it is said to have established the very first "ahara charya": a methodology to prepare and serve food to Jain monks. Lord Rishabhadeva denounced the worldly pleasures after dividing his vast kingdom amongst his 101 sons, prominent of whom are Gommateshvara Bahubali (whose world's tallest monolithic statue stands at Shravanbelgola and Chakravarti Bharata; it is known today as "Bharat").
Lord Rishabhadeva meditated without any food and water for six months and after that set out to accept food (ahara). He was the first monk of this era. Jain monks do not own anything. They do not even cook food for themselves. When hungry or thirsty, (maximum once in a day), they set out to accept ahara. They do not ask for it and accept where it is offered. Tīrthankara Rishabhadeva went to people to accept food. However, the people of that time did not know anything about the lives and disciplines of monks, as he was the first monk of Avsarpinī. The people of Ayodhya offered him gold, jewellery, gemstones, elephants, horses, expensive garments and even their daughters to honour their beloved king.
But Rishabhadeva was not in search of these things. He sought only a morsel of food, but nobody offered it to him. Nobody understood that their king was looking for food to ensure that the monks who would come after him get food and water in the purest form needed to lead an ascetic life. As there was no choice, he had to fast for one year until King Shreyansa understood his need due to his "purva-bhava-smarana" (previous life). Shreyansa Kumar offered him sugarcane juice and thus Rishabhadeva ended his fast. This was on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Hence, sugarcane juice is considered by Jains to be one of the best offerings. On this day, Jains observe a fast to commemorate their first Tirthankara Rishabhadeva and end their fast with sugarcane juice.
In Hastinapur, there is a fair held on Akshaya Tritiya. Jains arrive from all over India in large numbers to end their fasts. The ritual ending of a fast by Jains is called parana (पारणा).
Works recommended and prohibited during Akshay Tritiya
Being Yugadi Tithi, it is most beneficial for performing meritorious (Punya Karma) deeds such as recitations (Japa), penance (Tapa), donations (Dana) ritual bathing (Snaana), sacrifices (Havan), burnt oblations to fire (Hooma). But initiation / conducting of activities like wearing sacred thread (Upnayana), ending of fast, house construction and entering thereof, traveling and plantation is prohibited in certain communities, while most look forward to start/restart relationships, purchases and commitments on this auspicious day. To some, it is beneficial for spiritual and not worldly activities.
Worldly activities can be initiated during currency of this Tithi, however, aspirants must ensure that duration is not sullied by concurrence of malefic times observed according to the Hindu electional principles, and the moments are favourable to the doer by transits of the planets and the like. Aspirants are cautioned against using this Tithi blindly for initiating and conducting all types of life activities. Auspiciousness of the Tithis for specific activity depends upon simultaneous presence of Panchangam Shuddhi, Muhurt Yogas and host of other elements of Hindu electional astrology.
Starting a new activity or buying valuables on Akshaya Tritiya is considered to bring luck and success. The religious merit that is acquired by giving gifts on this day is considered inexhaustible. Many buy new gold jewelry on Akshaya Tritiya.
Most jewelry stores stock in new models for this occasion with "Lakshmi-inscribed" gold coins, diamond jewelry and golden dollars with the pictures of many gods and goddesses. There are vigorous campaign conducted by banks, jewelry shops and financial institutions, thus Akshay Tritiya has gained prominence. Although modern retailers are exploiting the materialistic urge in people, there is today a very high awareness regarding Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej.
On Akshaya Tritiya, Big Yatra at Shirwal (Khandal, Satara) start one day from Shivjayanti.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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.
And Sundar had bought me to the new Temple Of Goddess Marriammen off Madras Wadi touching the Sea ,, I shot the temple and I was telling Sundar I wish I could speak Tamil as the Tamils of Madrad Wadi women men children consider me one of their own..I shoot them and their Goddess and as they pierce their cheeks with rods pull a tourist bus with hooks in their backs ,, Yes this is the magic of India I shoot when I am not shooting beggars despair remorse and garbage ,,
Happy Morning this is my first blog of the day as I set out for my walk with my old Motorola G instead of the lousy Xiaomi Note ,,
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.
The Xiaomi Phone order details
Order Date: 28 March, 2015 6:50 PM
Monday, April 20, 2015
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
About Garbage ,, As India Enters A New Age
the anger seeing garbage spilling on the roads
the inner rage ..litter bugs should be publicly
flogged caned caged ..on Facebook and Google +
like our page .leave a comment nice polite dont
take umbrage ,,our staff voluntary are paid daily wage
Gandagi Hatao Desh Ko Bachao ,,,No Garbage ..
promoted sponsored by
Garbage Tours And Travels
No Branches Yet
Sunday, April 19, 2015
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 thrown on the road and is being used as an alternative garbage site .
I hope my erstwhile MLA Advocate Ashish Shelar brings this and the abusive municipal staff to the notice of Bandra Municipality .
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
driving miss daisy crazy.
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 ..
Saturday, April 18, 2015
views till date
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. Water buffaloes were traded from the Indus Valley Civilisation, in modern Pakistan, to Mesopotamia, in modern Iraq, 2500 BC by the Meluhhas. The seal of a scribe employed by an Akkadian king shows the sacrifice of water buffaloes.
Water buffaloes are especially suitable for tilling rice fields, and their milk is richer in fat and protein than that of dairy cattle. The large feral population of northern Australia became established in the late 19th century, and smaller feral herds are in New Guinea, Tunisia, and northeastern Argentina. There are at least 130 million domestic water buffalo, and more human beings depend on them than on any other domestic animal.
The skin of river buffaloes is black, but some specimens may have dark slate-coloured skin. Swamp buffaloes have a grey skin at birth, but become slate blue later. Albinoids are present in some populations. River buffaloes have comparatively longer faces, smaller girths, and bigger limbs than swamp buffaloes. Their dorsal ridges extend further back and taper off more gradually. Their horns grow downward and backward, then curve upward in a spiral. Swamp buffaloes are heavy-bodied and stockily built; the body is short and the belly large. The forehead is flat, the eyes prominent, the face short, and the muzzle wide. The neck is comparatively long, and the withers and croup are prominent. A dorsal ridge extends backward and ends abruptly just before the end of the chest. Their horns grow outward, and curve in a semicircle, but always remain more or less on the plane of the forehead. The tail is short, reaching only to the hocks. Height at withers is 129–133 cm (51–52 in) for males, and 120–127 cm (47–50 in) for females. They range in weight from 300–550 kg (660–1,210 lb), but weights of over 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) have also been observed.
Tedong bonga is a black pied buffalo featuring a unique black and white colouration that is favoured by the Toraja of Sulawesi.
The swamp buffalo has 48 chromosomes; the river buffalo has 50 chromosomes. The two types do not readily interbreed, but fertile offspring can occur. Buffalo-cattle hybrids have not been observed to occur, and the embryos of such hybrids do not reach maturity in laboratory experiments.
The rumen of the water buffalo has important differences from that of other ruminants. It contains a larger population of bacteria, particularly the cellulolytic bacteria, lower protozoa, and higher fungi zoospores. In addition, higher rumen ammonia nitrogen (NH4-N) and higher pH have been found as compared to those in cattle.
Ecology and behavior
Water buffalo enjoy being in water.
Water buffalo wallowing in mud
River buffaloes prefer deep water. Swamp buffaloes prefer to wallow in mudholes which they make with their horns. During wallowing, they acquire a thick coating of mud. Both are well adapted to a hot and humid climate with temperatures ranging from 0 °C (32 °F) in the winter to 30 °C (86 °F) and greater in the summer. Water availability is important in hot climates since they need wallows, rivers, or splashing water to assist in thermoregulation. Some breeds are adapted to saline seaside shores and saline sandy terrain.
Water buffaloes thrive on many aquatic plants and during floods, will graze submerged, raising their heads above the water and carrying quantities of edible plants. They eat reeds (quassab), a giant reed (birdi), a kind of bulrush (kaulan), water hyacinth, and marsh grasses. Some of these plants are of great value to local peoples. Others, such as water hyacinth, are a major problem in some tropical valleys, and water buffaloes may help to keep waterways clear.
Green fodders are used widely for intensive milk production and for fattening. Many fodder crops are conserved as hay, chaffed, or pulped. Fodders include alfalfa, berseem and bancheri, the leaves, stems or trimmings of banana, cassava, fodder beet, halfa, ipil-ipil and kenaf, maize, oats, pandarus, peanut, sorghum, soybean, sugarcane, bagasse, and turnips. Citrus pulp and pineapple wastes have been fed safely to buffaloes. In Egypt, whole sun-dried dates are fed to milk-buffaloes up to 25% of the standard feed mixture.
A water buffalo calf in India
Swamp buffaloes generally become reproductive at an older age than river breeds. Young males in Egypt, India, and Pakistan are first mated at about 3.0–3.5 years of age, but in Italy they may be used as early as 2 years of age. Successful mating behaviour may continue until the animal is 12 years or even older. A good river male can impregnate 100 females in a year. A strong seasonal influence on mating occurs. Heat stress reduces libido.
Although buffaloes are polyoestrous, their reproductive efficiency shows wide variation throughout the year. Buffalo cows exhibit a distinct seasonal change in displaying oestrus, conception rate, and calving rate. The age at first oestrus of heifers varies between breeds from 13–33 months, but mating at the first oestrus is often infertile and usually deferred until they are 3 years old. Gestation lasts from 281–334 days, but most reports give a range between 300 and 320 days. Swamp buffaloes carry their calves for one or two weeks longer than river buffaloes. It is not rare to find buffaloes that continue to work well at the age of 30, and instances of a working life of 40 years are recorded.
Carl Linnaeus first described the genus Bos and the water buffalo under the binomial Bubalis bubalus in 1758; the latter was known to occur in Asia and as a domestic form in Italy. Ellerman and Morrison-Scott treated the wild and domestic forms of the water buffalo as conspecifics whereas others treated them as different species. The nomenclatorial treatment of wild and domestic forms has been inconsistent and varies between authors and even within the works of single authors.
In March 2003, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature achieved consistency in the naming of wild and domestic water buffaloes by ruling that the scientific name Bubalus arnee is valid for the wild form. Bubalus bubalis continues to be valid for the domestic form and applies also to feral populations.
Domestication and breeding
Murrah buffaloes at the Philippine Carabao Center
Water buffaloes were domesticated in India about 5000 years ago, and in China about 4000 years ago. Two types are recognized, based on morphological and behavioural criteria – the river buffalo of the Indian subcontinent and further west to the Balkans 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 present day river buffalo is the result of complex domestication processes involving more than one maternal lineage and a significant maternal gene flow from wild populations after the initial domestication events. Twenty-two breeds of the river type water buffalo are known, including Murrah, Nili-Ravi, Surti, Jafarabadi, Anatolian, Mediterranean, and Egyptian buffalo. China has a huge variety of buffalo genetic resources, comprising 16 local swamp buffalo breeds in various regions.
Results of mitochondrial DNA analyses indicate that the two types were domesticated independently. Sequencing of cytochrome b genes of Bubalus species implies that the domestic buffalo originated from at least two populations, and that the river and the swamp types have differentiated at the full species level. The genetic distance between the two types is so large that a divergence time of about 1.7 million years has been suggested. The swamp type was noticed to have the closest relationship with the tamaraw.
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 about the livelihood of these butchers and shop keepers ..Buffalo Meat finds no takers in Bandra ..
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 nations such as Jamaica. Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh.
The word "jackfruit" comes from Portuguese jaca, which in turn, is derived from the Malayalam language term, chakka (Malayalam chakka pazham : ചക്കപ്പഴം). When the Portuguese arrived in India at Kozhikode (Calicut) on the Malabar Coast (Kerala) in 1498, the Malayalam name chakka was recorded by Hendrik van Rheede (1678–1703) in the Hortus Malabaricus, vol. iii in Latin. Henry Yule translated the book in Jordanus Catalani's (f. 1321–1330) Mirabilia descripta: the wonders of the East.
The common English name "jackfruit" was used by the physician and naturalist Garcia de Orta in his 1563 book Colóquios dos simples e drogas da India. Centuries later, botanist Ralph Randles Stewart suggested it was named after William Jack (1795–1822), a Scottish botanist who worked for the East India Company in Bengal, Sumatra, and Malaysia. "Langka" in the Philippines
Artocarpus integer (Thunb.) Merr. is currently accepted name, whereas Artocarpus integrifolius L.f. is synonym. However in Flora of British India, Volume 5 (Page 541), J.D. Hooker mentions it as Artocarpus integrifolia L.f. Moreover, Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam. is a different species.
Cultivation and ecology
Jackfruit garden in Bangladesh
The jackfruit has played a significant role in Indian agriculture for centuries. Archeological findings in India have revealed that jackfruit was cultivated in India 3000 to 6000 years[clarification needed] ago. It is also widely cultivated in southeast Asia.
Thailand and Vietnam are major producers of jackfruit, which are often cut, prepared, and canned in a sugary syrup (or frozen in bags/boxes without syrup), and exported overseas, frequently to North America and Europe.
In other areas, the jackfruit is considered an invasive species as in Brazil's Tijuca Forest National Park in Rio de Janeiro. The Tijuca is mostly an artificial secondary forest, whose planting began during the mid-19th century, and jackfruit trees have been a part of the park's flora since its founding. Recently, the species has expanded excessively; its fruits, which naturally fall to the ground and open, are eagerly eaten by small mammals such as the common marmoset and coati. The seeds are dispersed by these animals, which allows the jackfruit to compete for space with native tree species. Additionally, as the marmoset and coati also prey opportunistically on bird's eggs and nestlings, the supply of jackfruit as a ready source of food has allowed them to expand their populations, to the detriment of the local bird populations. Between 2002 and 2007, 55,662 jackfruit saplings were destroyed in the Tijuca Forest area in a deliberate culling effort by the park's management.
Jackfruit are known for having a distinct aroma. In a study using five jackfruit cultivars, the main jackfruit volatile compounds that were detected are: ethyl isovalerate, 3-methylbutyl acetate, 1-butanol, propyl isovalerate, isobutyl isovalerate, 2-methylbutanol, and butyl isovalerate. These compounds were consistently present in all the five cultivars studied, suggesting these esters and alcohols contributed to the sweet and fruity aroma of jackfruit.
The flesh of the jackfruit is starchy and fibrous and is a source of dietary fiber. The flavor is comparable to a combination of apple, pineapple, mango, and banana. Varieties are distinguished according to characteristics of the fruit's flesh. In Brazil, three varieties are recognized: jaca-dura, or the "hard" variety, which has a firm flesh and the largest fruits that can weigh between 15 and 40 kg each, jaca-mole, or the "soft" variety, which bears smaller fruits with a softer and sweeter flesh, and jaca-manteiga, or the "butter" variety, which bears sweet fruits whose flesh has a consistency intermediate between the "hard" and "soft" varieties. In Indochina, the two varieties are the "hard" version (more crunchy, drier and less sweet but fleshier), and the "soft" version (more soft, moister, much sweeter with a darker gold-color flesh than the hard variety).
In Kerala, two varieties of jackfruit predominate: varikka (വരിക്ക) and koozha (കൂഴ). Varikka has a slightly hard inner flesh when ripe, while the inner flesh of the ripe koozha fruit is very soft and almost dissolving. A sweet preparation called chakka varattiyathu (jackfruit jam) is made by seasoning pieces of varikka fruit flesh in jaggery, which can be preserved and used for many months. Huge jackfruits up to four feet in length with a corresponding girth are sometimes seen in Kerala.
In West Bengal, the two varieties are called khaja kathal and moja kathal. The fruits are either eaten alone or as a side to rice, roti, chira, or muri. Sometimes, the juice is extracted and either drunk straight or as a side with muri. The extract is sometimes condensed into rubbery delectables and eaten as candies. The seeds are either boiled or roasted and eaten with salt and hot chillies. They are also used to make spicy side-dishes with rice or roti.
In Mangalore, Karnataka, the varieties are called bakke and imba. The pulp of the imba jackfruit is ground and made into a paste, then spread over a mat and allowed to dry in the sun to create a natural chewy candy.
In Maharashtra, the hard variety is called kaapa and the soft variety is called barka. The juice of the barka is extracted and spread on greased metal dishes which are then kept for sun-drying. Within 2-3 days, a tasty dried pancake-like dried jackfruit juice called as phansacha saath or phanas poli results. The young fruit is called polos in Sri Lanka and idichakka or idianchakka in Kerala.
In Indochina, jackfruit is a frequent ingredient in sweets and desserts. In Vietnam, jackfruit is used to make jackfruit chè (chè is a sweet dessert soup, similar to the Chinese derivative, bubur chacha). The Vietnamese also use jackfruit puree as part of pastry fillings, or as a topping on xôi ngọt (sweet version of sticky rice portions).
Jackfruit is commonly used in South and Southeast Asian cuisines.
Culinary uses for ripe fruit
Extracting the jackfruit arils and separating the seeds from the sweet flesh.
Kripik nangka, Indonesian jackfruit chips.
Es teler, Indonesian dessert made from shaved ice, condensed milk, coconut, avocado, and jackfruit.
Halo-halo, an ice dessert from the Philippines with different fruits and toppings.
Ripe jackfruit is naturally sweet with subtle flavoring. It can be used to make a variety of dishes, including custards, cakes, or mixed with shaved ice as es teler in Indonesia or halo-halo in the Philippines. In India, when the jackfruit is in season, an ice cream chain store called "Naturals" carries jackfruit flavored ice cream.
Ripe jackfruit arils are sometimes seeded, fried, or freeze-dried and sold as jackfruit chips.
The seeds from ripe fruits are edible, are said to have a milky, sweet taste, and may be boiled, baked, or roasted. When roasted, the flavor of the seeds is comparable to chestnuts. Seeds are used as snacks either by boiling or fire roasting, or to make desserts. For making the traditional breakfast dish in southern India: idlis, the fruit is used with rice as an ingredient and jackfruit leaves are used as a wrapping for steaming. Jackfruit dosas can be prepared by grinding jackfruit flesh along with the batter.
The cuisines of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam use cooked young jackfruit. In Indonesia, young jackfruit is cooked with coconut milk as gudeg. In many cultures, jackfruit is boiled and used in curries as a staple food. In northern Thailand, the boiled young jackfruit is used in the Thai salad called tam kanun. In West Bengal, the unripe green jackfruit called aechor or ichor is used as a vegetable to make various spicy curries and side dishes, and as fillings for cutlets and chops. It is especially sought after by vegetarians who substitute this for meat, hence is nicknamed as gacch-patha (tree-mutton). In the Philippines, it is cooked with coconut milk (ginataang langka). In Réunion Island, it is cooked either alone or with meat, such as shrimp or smoked pork. In southern India, unripe jackfruit slices are deep fried to make chips. In Udipi cuisine, jackfruit is used make appa and addae.
Because unripe jackfruit has a meat-like taste, it is used in curry dishes with spices, in Bihar, Jharkhand, Sri Lankan, Andhran, eastern Indian (Bengali) and (Odisha) and Keralan cuisines. The skin of unripe jackfruit must be peeled first, then the remaining whole jackfruit can be chopped into edible portions and cooked before serving. Young jackfruit has a mild flavor and distinctive meat-like texture and is compared to poultry. Meatless sandwiches have been suggested and are popular with both vegetarian and nonvegetarian populations. Unripe jackfruit is widely known as panasa katha in Odisha.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy397 kJ (95 kcal)
Dietary fibre1.5 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(1%) 5 μg
(1%) 61 μg
Thiamine (B1)(9%) 0.105 mg
Riboflavin (B2)(5%) 0.055 mg
Niacin (B3)(6%) 0.92 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.235 mg
Vitamin B6(25%) 0.329 mg
Folate (B9)(6%) 24 μg
Vitamin C(17%) 13.8 mg
Vitamin E(2%) 0.34 mg
Calcium(2%) 24 mg
Iron(2%) 0.23 mg
Magnesium(8%) 29 mg
Manganese(2%) 0.043 mg
Phosphorus(3%) 21 mg
Potassium(10%) 448 mg
Sodium(0%) 2 mg
Zinc(1%) 0.13 mg
Link to USDA Database entry
μg = micrograms • mg = milligrams
IU = International units
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
The edible jackfruit is made of easily digestible flesh (bulbs); a 100-g portion of edible raw jackfruit provides about 95 calories and is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, providing about 13.7 mg. Jackfruit seeds are rich in protein. The fruit is also rich in vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, and iron.
In general, the seeds are gathered from the ripe fruit, sun-dried, then stored for use in rainy season in many parts of South Indian states. They are extracted from fully matured fruits and washed in water to remove the slimy part. Seeds should be stored immediately in closed polythene bags for one or two days to prevent them from drying out. Germination is improved by soaking seeds in clean water for 24 hours. During transplanting, sow seeds in line, 30 cm apart, in a nursery bed filled with 70% soil mixed with 30% organic matter. The seedbed should be shaded partially from direct sunlight to protect emerging seedlings.
Boiled jackfruit seed is also edible. Seasoned with nothing more than salt, this snack is very popular in Java.
The wood of the tree is used for the production of musical instruments. In Indonesia, hardwood from the trunk is carved out to form the barrels of drums used in the gamelan, and in the Philippines, its soft wood is made into the body of the kutiyapi, a type of boat lute. It is also used to make the body of the Indian string instrument veena and the drums mridangam, thimila, and kanjira; the golden, yellow timber with good grain is used for building furniture and house construction in India. The ornate wooden plank called avani palaka made of the wood of jackfruit tree is used as the priest's seat during Hindu ceremonies in Kerala. In Vietnam, jackfruit wood is prized for the making of Buddhist statuaries in temples.
Jackfruit wood is widely used in the manufacture of furniture, doors and windows, and in roof construction. The heartwood is used by Buddhist forest monastics in Southeast Asia as a dye, giving the robes of the monks in those traditions their distinctive light-brown color.
Outside of its countries of origin, fresh jackfruit can be found at Asian food markets, especially in the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. It is also extensively cultivated in the Brazilian coastal region, where it is sold in local markets. It is available canned in sugary syrup, or frozen, already prepared and cut. Dried jackfruit chips are produced by various manufacturers. In northern Australia, particularly in Darwin, jackfruit can be found on the outdoor produce markets during the dry season. Outside of countries where it is grown, jackfruit can be obtained year-round both canned or dried. It has a ripening season in Asia of late spring to late summer.
Jackfruit industries are established in Sri Lanka and Vietnam, where the fruit is processed into products such as flour, noodles, papad, and ice cream. It is also canned and sold as a vegetable for export.
Production and marketing
The marketing of jackfruit involved three groups: producers, traders (middlemen) including wholesalers, and retailers. The marketing channels are rather complex. Large farms sell immature fruits to wholesalers which help cash flow and reduce risk, whereas medium-sized farms sell fruits directly to local markets or retailers.
In Kerala, a large amount of jackfruit production occurs naturally, but around 97% of its production is wasted due to lack of processing units and marketing.
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 towards Ajmer Sharif to beg at the Urus of Khwajah Garib Nawaz ..Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti the Protector Savior of Beggars , Homeless and the Muslim Untouchables ...
I am not sure this time I will go to Ajmer it seems dark and bleak...perhaps it is in Mumbai what I seek.. blessed are the meek.. the poor and the weak.. miraculously I may just reach there ..main bhi mangta hoon bheek..
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 inform the making of this development plan. The Institute has initiated a public participatory process to support the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai in its preparation of the new development plan. We feel it is necessary to reach out to the entire cross section of the city and build stronger networks that can be part of a public participation process for informing the Development Plan of the MCGM.
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
Friday, April 17, 2015
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 ,,
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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 allow comments only to those I follow or my followers ..I like it that way ..and I blog my posts from Flickr to Tumblt pimp it on Blogspot Google + Ello and a link with photo on Twitter .
I stopped posting my stuff on Indivine at Indiblogger ,, I took a permanent sabbatical.. away from competitive photography and blogging ,, and sadly bloggers still dont know that blogging is original content not duplicating stuff from the net with web images ,,I would give up blogging the day I have to use pictures from the web instead of my own.
And there is so much to shoot and more than the camera you need that gifted cosmic eye to see it .. and a bit of Gods instructing hand pointing to the picture you must shoot and honestly I shot a lot today ,, first time my memory card on my mobile phone was full .
There is a hell of a lot of stuff eagerly dying to be shot , and be it beggars, garbage ,earcleaners , Bandra skywalk, Bandra Talao there is no shortage of Original Content ..
I saw a family sitting at the Bandra Talao passionately shooting , both father with a red body camera long telly lens and his son with a smaller camera . I added them to my video.. without they being aware that I am a photographer too..
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 shot two videos of Bandra Skywalk.. I am an amateur and trying to get the hang of video shooting but my videos are a corollary to the stills I shoot ..
The entrance to the Bandra Talao from the pigeon feed sellers end was shut by tin sheets a few days back but somebody bought it down and I shot the renovation work going on at the pond .
The ear cleaners are now sitting near the reading stand on two stones and I ended shooting the videos of Nabi and Raju.. they are both from the same village Hindu and Muslim living in peace and harmony ,, and Nabi has his own house at Gynaeshwar Nagar Bandra East..though they all hail from Gulbarga Karnataka ,, they are actually farmers ,, in the ear cleaning service ,, and Kassim is Nabis brother today I asked them a lot of questions inspired by @yourdailybread at Ello..
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 security , the work is going on this end too.
A family with dogs pups uses this place as their home ,, and life goes by ,,
I dont know how the Bandra Talao will look once it is renovated..but that it is finally being renovated beautified is no doubt a very big achievement ,,the Congress during its 15 year tenure did nothing and were hell bent on reclaiming it as their efforts and achievement ,,though it is now officially being done by the BJP Party in Bandra ..and much of this is thanks to Advocate Mr Ashish Shelar and MP Ms Poonam Mahajan,
This unlike the Bandra Bandstand is the poor mans recreational space .. with adjoining slums and this serves as an eye pleasing water body,..
What Bandra youth from the poorer and middle class section of society really need in Bandra West is a good swimming pool and I am sure both our BJP leaders should try to implement it ,, It is one contribution they will earnestly be remembered for ,,
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 fish market and the rest ,, and our area has not been ear marked as a hawker zone ,, our Bandra Bazar Market is pitiable , roads have to be reclaimed from road side shops , and people selling vegetables fruits on the wayside , the traffic here is really traffucked , and the filthiest dirtiest ugliest and smelliest market of Bandra is the Bandra Bazar Fish Market .. but our Koli fisherwomen to have given up the fight ,, this is a heritage market with two marble slabs giving the history of this Market in real bad shape .
For 15 years this place was under the stranglehold of Congress that let it go to seed , there is a lone Congress Corporator his irony to fame is putting paverblocks and sharing the credit with the ex Congress representatives ,, and this is how he spends his funds ,, but I doubt if he has even seen the state of this Bandra Bazar Dump.. will he put paver tiles here ..I dont think so.
So I hope to stop shooting garbage once the new BJP local representatives wake up to Swach Bandra before they move to Modijis Swach Bharat call.. and get their act together .. I have no other agenda , I have no ulterior motive and I am unlearning photography shooting Garbage ,,
AndI one good thing people are now liking my You Tube videos ,, and a journalist from London sent me a message they would like to shoot Intezar Bhai Qureishi of the Bandra Bazar Beef Market ,,they liked my video on him..
And most Chinese folks have begun to subscribe my Bandra Talao ear cleaner video,and I hope to join video editing classes soon as my luck changes for the better .
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 Makhdoom Shah Babas Shrine at Mahim.
I saw him, got to know him and he is a kindly person , than I began seeing him outside Kaiser Bagh scourging his burnt body with blades.
People gave him alms generously , and I never question a persons faith , I am a street photographer , I shoot and share a cosmic reality of pain.
I have till date never seen this Sunni beggar since the time I last saw him perhaps 5 years back or more.
Some say he died a tragic death ..but nobody knows the truth and I wish him a long life wherever he is.
Now to the Muslim cross dressers remarks on my picture that I give a public response , she finds fault with what I have shot and according to her goes against the Holy Prophets beliefs.
Had I written Lover of Hussain perhaps it would have not provoked her I wrote Sunni and I shot a Sunni doing a ritual that is predominantly done by Shias during Moharam..
Although I have shot Sunni boys cutting up themselves during Ashura in Hyderabad Bibi Ka Alam procession .
What made me remove her from my friends list at Facebook is her short sightedness , she gets upset seeing a guy cut himself up for Hussain and she or her kind dont get upset when Muslims kill Muslims lustfully in the name of Allah and Jihad .
And they maintain a eunuch silence like the rest of the Muslim world it is this blasphemous silence that promoted this war on Humanity.. it is this silence that has destroyed the ethos of Brotherhood and Peace loving Islam.
Here I am happy to be an Indian born Muslim I have no issue with any Muslim sect save the one that promotes sectarian strife under the guise of petro powered apostasy of Hate for all religions save their own kind of Islam..Islam that they have hijacked in the name of Allah Ho Akbar as a war cry instead of a call for prayers
I reiterate I will remove any person from my friends list if he or she ridicules the person I have shot or shows disrespect to the ritual or custom of a person I have shot .I am not forcing you to like what I shoot , I dont shoot porn , I dont ridicule your religion custom or belief so why target me or my picture because you dont like it..
I did not shoot my picture to flatter your bigotry in the first place I shoot what I am destined to shoot it is part of my karma.
I shoot Hinduism Sufism Christianitry you hardly find fault only my Shias pictures of blood letting get on your goat .It hurts me humanly, I follow Facebook Flickr Twitter terms and guidelines and you are not a moderator or web master see my pictures as pictures only and move along.
And knowing the kind of pictures I shoot and public on Facebook you should not add me at all.
Yes I will Remove and Block friends if they attack my integrity as a human being.
I cannot become a Wahabbi or adhere to your beliefs , I am a born Shia I shall die one too .
Stop proselytizing your hate for me through adverse comments.
A simple request and a disclaimer too.
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 noble acts of humanity .
So shooting beggars is to show you that the beggars 100% Indian are treated as outsiders aliens and marginalized .
There is a beggar lady like her at Bandra Station , you give her money she returns some back to you ,, mystically ..and blesses you too.. there are beggars that read your thoughts your mind and there are gifted beggars but whatever their gift the are still beggars .
I knew a Sunni beggar his body hands were burnt , and his hands were like stumps , but during Moharam he would cut himself with blades attached to a rope chanting Ya Hussain Ya Hussain..and I was really touched by his act beyond our sectarian differences during the Urus of Makhdhoom Shah Baba of Mahim I would see him begging near the Dargah .. but now several years he just disappeared .. he is alive through my pictures .
First Day of Urus Photo...
Shah-e-Mardan Sher-e-Yazdan Quwat-e-Parwardigar Lafata Ila Ali La Saif Ila Zulfiqar , originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1 ....
Ek Shahenshah Ne Banake Yeh Haseen Tajmahal Ham Gareebon Ki Mohabbat Ka Udaya Hai Mazak.. , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Fli...
Dargah of Hazrat Syed Ali Mira Datar Unava Gujrat , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. HAZRAT SYED ALI MIRA DATAR'S G...