Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Carter Road Bandra Will Always Be Carter Road

Carter Road Bandra Will Always Be Carter Road

Whenever I come here to visit my patron Mr Yusuf Lakdawala I bring my camera to take a few shots of beautiful Carter Road ,,Once I walked a lot I shot a lot but than I began walking at MET Grounds Bandra Reclamation..
Walking here you might meet Gulzar Sab , Salman Khan , Anil Dhawan and a lot of celebrities , Page 3 .. I used to meet Mr Tushar Gandhi and I was the only clown among the walkers in my traditional Sufi robes..turban ,jewelry and walked barefeet .
This was in 2007 and than I disappeared completely from Carter Road ,, I used to bring both my granddaughters , in 2013 let them shoot pictures visit Bala at Mr Rajesh Khanas house Ashirwad , now it is the House Of Shettys ..

And I was wondering where his family will celebrate his third death anniversary..

There Is a Lot To Shoot In Bandra ,,, You Need To See It Before You Show It To Your Camera

Man is a Human Crow

the garbage dumps
for food leftovers
hungry stomach
his essence
his core
his fucked
destiny sweeps
another mans
doors ,,he needs
drugs he needs
whores dead
soul of humanity
on his face has
shut all doors
the story of
a bandra drug
addict hardcore
lying half dead
on the floor
his deathly
silence his
morbid snore
a pebble he
will soon be
washed away
to another shore
when it rains heavily
pours the rains will
take him away with
a roar...even god
has turned his back
wont hear him as
he implores a fistful
of coins he begs
for more ..

a fleshy body
rusted ore

Ganesh Workshops Parel 2015

Interview With Mr Surendra Pawar Tennis Coach MET Bandra Reclamatiom

I Am On Twitter


Once Upon A Time With Sanju Baba

This was shot during the elections a long time back.. Mr Sanjay Dutt was canvassing for the Samajwadi Party candidate Mr Rizwan Merchant , the moment Sanju Baba saw me he looked totally zapped , he knew I was a darzi posing as a designer but he was not aware of my photography.
After the meeting he asked me if I had become a photographer I told him I was documenting the Dance of Democracy...I was shooting political rally s , I was shooting the Congress BJP ..and other parties in the election fray.
And this was my set at Flickr that made me see the use of poor Muslims as crowds , the same Muslim woman with a hijab was in one party in the morning and another party in the evening for free biryani and Rs 500 .. some got extra money if they bought kids too and honestly elections is nothing but one big frivolous tamasha ,,the chamchas of the candidates , the leaders ass lickers , and the neta with folded hands .. and Bollywood bigwigs supporting the candidate and one Modi wave .turned the tables on the netas and their Bollywood Brigade .
I do miss Mr Sanjay Dutt what he did was wrong but one thing is sure his parents were hardcore nationalists , and his crime compared to those who sold spurious country hooch killed 105 innocent people ,, and though it is easy to say they must Hang ,, what about the cops at Malvani Police Station ,,what happens to them.do they hang too.
And what happens if in a rich mans bar on a New Years Eve somebody had supplied spurious English liquor and all the guests about 250 died , would the Government send them to Municipal hospitals .. and give them Rs 100000 .. I mean The CM who is also the Home Minster has a lot of answering to do.. He cant just wash his hands like Pontious Pilate ,, This is not progress and Development ..this is not Acche Din or Sab Ka Sath Sab Ka Vikas ..

Monday, June 29, 2015

Benn Bell My Best Friend

Image courtesy his Facebook profile

I would like to introduce you to Benn Bell from Louisville Kentucky ,,I still dont know how we met but , we met cosmically at Buzznet in early 2005 and Buzznet was my earliest baby steps into cyberspace ..and whatever I am today as a indefatigable blogger , prodigiously prolific is because of Buzznet , and friends like Benn Bell, Yorrick Friar Tuck Ayu Sri Mahayani Tom Andrews and a host of people including Xris Taylor..Sierra Whiskey and some who faded away into the twilight zone ..I was posting pictures that were incredibly different , cultural, rituals , bloodletting and the transgender so many added me ,, my world of imagery was hardcore real..with no place for imaginary romantic illusion , my Buzznet timeline was my raw sense of grammar , my poor lexicon of words , but all my friends helped me groomed me to I evolved as a street poet of slam,

I met Bernie Aguirre we started of on a bad note but today almost 10 years down the line this crazy food loving life loving American is also my best friend from Buzznet .

But than this post is not just about Buzznet and my other friends it is about Benn Bell..He stood by me , he supported me , fought my battles against racists who were stuck to my urban brown ass like bees to honey,, I was naive I was stupid foolish those days ,,I was falling in and out of love with American women on Buzznet , Well my Buzznet site got hacked and porn was inserted into my Shia images by some Salafi hacker , there was hell to pay ..With the help of Tom Andrews I deleted 11000 blogs ,, as my my Buzznet site was not accessible to me ,,

Than I came back again to Buzznet as a Shia Thug a new identity Benn and others welcomed me but by than Buzznet was caught in Chemical Romance more music more fun I found I was too old for all this I shut my account and found the shores of Flickr in 2007 .

Benn and all my friends were building homes on Flickr but that magic of Buzznet bonhomie was missing , Flickr was straitlaced photography, you show me yours I show you mine ,, I started blogging via my pictures either in words or in muted remorse ,, and Benn and I met more friends Anthony Posey joined us Fred Miller and so many others .. we shared happiness , we fought online battles against tyranny , oppression , what happened in America touched me too , if there was a bomb blast in Mumbai it was Benn worried about me and my family , Benn was overjoyed when I became a grandfather for the first time.. so sometimes you dont need to be staying in the same area to be the best of friends , you dont have to share the same religion .. or same culture ,,

Benn means a lot to me and I wanted to share my friendship with Benn with all of you ..I hope he visits India one day with Anthony Posey and Bernie ..

This was a poem I wrote on Benns Birthday ..he was kind enough to allow me to use his picture without a water mark.. In Mumbai friends shoot your picture and when you ask them for a copy , they stamp it with their most ostentatious ugly water mark...

Thank You Benn

Benn Bell My Best Friend

image courtesy his facebook profile

Benn Bell
is my Buzznet friend
so many storms
in a tea cup
of life our
could not end
Benn Bell
is my Flickr friend
so many ups and downs
black and white
in a single color
of humanity
we blend
our friendship
could not end
is my Facebook friend
on my pictures
my poems
precious time
he spends
om mani padme hoon
tao zen zenitude
a mouse
instead of a pen
a click on the soul
of friendship
a message of peace
on his birthday
i send
over the years
this man from Philly
has been my best friend
the most noble humble
human being
in praise of his love
for me my family
these few lines
i have
on a keyboard
of amity
a tweet i resend
i know heart of heart
come what may
this cybernetic
will continue
till its very end
a dead Indian
the best Indian
even after
i am buried
i shall
make it a point
to visit
him every
week end
blithe spirit
gods end

Dickead Why Did You Write About My Sexual Horniness He Said To Me

I am horny
i screw female
goats why does
it get on your
goat his words
in anger i literally
quote ,,the goats
want it badly i
give it to them
a reply from me
he sought ,i
tried to placate
him as i knew
after this eid
the next eid
he would be
smote .a few
months of
of mastan
bandras only
 wise goat
whispered in
my ears ,
it is deadpan
that destroyed
man by his right
to vote ,,

Mastan The Horny Goat ,,Please Dont Blow Horn

What do I tell you about this Goat with manly desires and indefatigable libido , he is always on heat and though locked up in chains as he sees the female goats on the garbage dumps , with all the force of his animal sexuality he breaks free and starts humping them to the cries of his master .. who runs after him and with few people gets him under control..and Mastan is a term for a spiritual happy man.. amazingly he understands me but because he knows instinctively that I write bad things about him , he loves to butt me so I keep a distance from him..

And there is Mastan in so many of us the uncontrollable desire .. so do we need to be locked up in chains .. lol

Some do , they need to be castrated too those who abuse little kids and this is not desire but a sickness of a corrupt mind .. it kills me when I read those stories ,, this was a blank post but my friend Alok Vats liked it so I added a few words.. this is another aspect of blogging it is called Sone Pe Suhaga .. Alok Vats is inimitable Blog Guru .

Carrom Board Players of Bandra Bazar Road

Every evening and on Sundays they devotedly play carrom..at Bandra Bazar Road Maket ,, in peaceful mindset.. and silently ,,

About Carrom

Carrom (also known as Karrom) is a "strike and pocket" table game of Eastern origin similar to billiards and table shuffleboard. It is found throughout the East under different names though most non-eastern people know it by the East Asian name of Carroms (or Karrom). It is very popular in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and surrounding areas and in the Middle East as well. In South Asia, many clubs and caf├ęs hold regular tournaments. Carrom is very commonly played by families, including the children, and at social functions. Different standards and rules exist in different areas.

The game of carrom is believed to have originated from the Indian subcontinent. Although no concrete evidence is available, but it is believed that carrom was invented by the Indian Maharajas. One Carrom Board with its surface made of glass is still available in one of the palaces in Patiala, India.[1] It became very popular among the masses particularly after the World War I. State level competitions were being held in different States of India during early part of the nineteenth century. Serious carrom tournaments may have begun in Sri Lanka in 1935 but by 1958, both India and Sri Lanka had formed official federations of carrom clubs, sponsoring tournaments and awarding prizes.[2]

The International Carrom Federation[3][4] (ICF) was formed in the year 1988 in the city of Chennai, India. The formal rules for the Indian version of the game were published in 1988. In the same year the ICF officially codified the rules. The game has been very popular throughout South Asia, mainly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It has gained some popularity in Europe and the United States where it has been introduced by the Indian diaspora. The United States Carrom Association reports on competitions in the U.S. and Canada and has a player ranking list as of the last tournament.[5]

The board and pieces can be bought in Europe or the U.S. and are usually imported from India. The most expensive boards are made to a high standard with high quality wood and decorations though cheaper boards are available. Some of the largest exporters of carrom boards are in India, e.g. Precise, Surco, Syndicate Sports and Paul Traders.[6][7][8][9][10]

Objective of play[edit]
The objective of play is to use a striker disk with a flick of the finger to make contact with and move lighter object disks called carrom men, which are thus propelled into one of four corner pockets.

The aim of the game is to pot (or pocket) one's nine carrom men and the Queen before your opponent.

The game is usually played on a board made of plywood. The dimensions of the standardised game is a 29 inches (74 cm) square playing surface on a board of lacquered plywood. The edges of the playing surface are bounded by bumpers of wood, and the underside of each pocket is covered by a net which is 10 cm2 or larger.[11]

Carrom men[edit]

Carrom men and two strikers, arranged at the start of a game
Carrom is played using small disks of Wood or Plastic known as carrom men, sometimes abbreviated c/m. The pieces are also known as seed, coin or Pawnpuck. Carrom men are designed to slide when struck and are made with a smooth surface that allows contact with the board when the pieces are laid flat. They are struck by a Striker of standard specification which is larger and heavier. Carrom follows similar "strike and pocket" games, like pool, with its use of rebounds, angles and obstruction of opponent's pieces.

A carrom set contains 19 pieces (striker not included) in three distinct colours. Two colours to represent the player's pieces and one colour for the Queen. The usual colours are white (or unstained) and black for the player's and red for the queen.

ICF approved pieces must have a diameter of no more than 3.18 cm and no less than 3.02 cm. The pieces must be at least 7 mm and at most 9 mm thick. The pieces have a plain, rounded edge. The mass of the pieces is within 5 g and 5.5 g.

Striker pieces are used to push the carrom men and the queen across the board to the pockets.

The Queen[edit]

The queen
The red disk is called the queen. The queen is the most powerful carrom piece. During board setup, it is placed at the centre of the circle. In accordance with the ICF rules, pocketing the queen adds 3 points to the player's total score. The dimensions of the queen must be the same as those of other carrom men.[12]

The player must pocket the queen and subsequently pocket a carrom man of the player's own colour. This is termed covering the queen. If, by mistake, a player puts the carrom man of the opposite team in the pocket after "pocketing" the queen, then the player owes the queen to defending player, or a due is fined. [clarification needed]
If the player fails to pocket a subsequent carrom man, the queen is replaced at the centre of the circle.
If the player pockets his or her opponent's last carrom man before pocketing the queen, the carrom man is placed back on the board
If a player puts the queen and a carrom man of the player's own color in the pocket with one use of the striker, the queen is automatically covered, no matter which went first.
Fine-grained powder is used on the board to enable the pieces to slide easily. Boric acid powder is the most commonly used for this purpose.[13][14] Boric acid has recently been reclassified by the EU as 'Toxic for reproduction'.

In the UK, many players use a version of anti-set-off spray powder from the printing industry which has specific electrostatic properties with particles of 50 micrometres in diameter. The powder is made from pure, food-grade vegetable starch.

Standardised rules and regulations[edit]
Main article: International Carrom Federation
The ICF promulgates International Rules of Carrom (also termed "The Laws of Carrom"). ICF acts as the governing body of carrom. The organisation also ranks players, sanctions tournaments and presents awards. ICF has many national affiliates such as the All-India Carrom Federation, Australian Carrom Federation, and United States Carrom Association.

The toss[edit]
Order of play is determined by the process of "calling the carrom men" or "the toss". Before commencing each match, an umpire hides one black carrom in one hand and one white carrom man in the other hand. The players guess which colour carrom men is being held in each hand. The player who guesses correctly wins the toss.

The winner of the toss strikes first, which is called the opening break. The winner of the toss has the option to change sides from white to black and give up the opening break. The winner of the toss may not pass this decision to the other player. If the winner of the toss chooses to change sides then the loser must strike first.

The player taking the first shot (or break) gets to play white carrom men. The opponent plays black.

The aim of the game is to pot (or pocket) one's nine carrom men and the queen before your opponent does. A successful pot entitles the player to shoot again. This means that, like pool and snooker, a player may pot all his pieces and cover the queen from the start of the game without the opponent being given the chance to shoot.

Any player pocketing the queen is required to cover it by immediately pocketing one of their carrom man on the entitlement shot. If after potting the queen the player fails to cover it then the queen is returned to the center of the table. It is illegal to pot the Queen after the last piece since the queen must always be covered.

Thumbing is allowed by International Carrom Federation which allows the player to shoot with any finger including the thumb (known as "thumbing" or a "thumb shot" or a "thumb hit").

Crossing the diagonal lines on the board by coming in touch with it, or pocketing the striker is a foul. A player needs to ensure that his striking hand does not infringe/cross the diagonal lines aerially/physically. A player committing a foul must return one carrom man that was already pocketed.

If a player pockets his striker, he has to pay a penalty. This penalty is usually 10 points.

Family-Point Carrom[edit]
Simple-Point Carrom (Family-Point Carrom) is a variant that is very popular with the young and old, or when playing with an odd number of players.[citation needed] Players are allowed to pocket carrom men of any colour. A majority of people play by the following simple rules:

The objective of play is to use a striker disk with a flick of the finger to make contact with and move a carrom man (or coin) into one of four corner pockets.
Typically a Black carrom man (coin) gives 5 points, white/khaki color (or non-black) gives 10 points and Red color (queen) gives 25 points to the player.
Pocketing the queen must be followed by pocketing another carrom man (coin) on the same strike. To get Red color (queen) points, one needs to put a carrom man of any color in the pocket after the queen. If the player fails to cover the queen in this fashion, the queen is put back in the center of the board.
The player or team will win if they have the most points.
Sets of 1, 3 or 5 are common.
With the points system, if one team/player gets queen points early in the game, the opponent still has a good chance to win by earning more points.
This style of play is widely accepted in many areas of South Asia and quite popular with housewives.[citation needed]
Point Carrom[edit]
Point Carrom is a variant that is popular with children or an odd number of players. Game play is as described above with a variation. Players are allowed to pocket carrom men of any colour.

Carrom men of black colour are assigned 1 point and white colour are also assigned 1 points.
The red queen is assigned 3 points.
Pocketing the queen must be followed by pocketing another carrom man on the same or subsequent strike.
The first player to reach 21 points is declared the winner.
If no player reaches 21 points, the player with the highest points is declared the winner. If the scores are tied, a tie-breaker must be played. Players who are tied (in points) select a colour. They are allowed to pocket carrom men of an alternate colour only on rebound.
This style of play is common in some areas of East Asia.
Total-Point Carrom[edit]
Total point carrom is a variant of point carrom, in which the black carrom men are worth 5 points and the white ones are worth 10 points.
The red queen is assigned 50 points and must have a subsequent carrom man pocketed after it.
To win, a player must receive all the carrom men on the board.
After the first round the player or team with the lowest score puts all their carrom men in the center.
The others must match this score in the center and the players play for the carrom men in the center.
They repeat this until one team or player has all the carrom men.
This style of play is widely accepted in many areas of India and Pakistan.
Professional Carrom[edit]
Each Team or player is assigned a color coin and can only pocket that color coin.
Pocketing the queen must be followed by pocketing another coin on the same strike.
The red 'queen,' can be pocketed at any time after sinking your first piece but must be sunk before your last one. After pocketing the queen, you must sink one of your carrommen, thereby 'covering' it, into any pocket in the next shot, or she is returned to the center spot.
Once the queen is covered, whoever clears all their carrom men first wins the 'board'.
Queen & cover can't be on same pocket.
The winner of a board collects one point for each of the opponent's carrom men left at the finish and three points for the queen if covered by the winner (if covered by the loser, no-one gets those points). No more points are collected for the queen after your score reaches 21.
A game consists of 29 points.
When placing the striker on the board to shoot, it must touch both 'base lines', either covering the end circle completely, or not touching it at all. The striker may not touch the diagonal arrow line.
Shooting styles are very personal - whichever 'grip' works for you is fine as long as you 'flick' the striker and don't push it. Generally, it's best to orient your body in order to see the line of your aim while shooting comfortably; you may not move or leave your chair.
For forward shots, you can use your index finger, middle finger, or even the 'scissors' shot. Before shooting, try touching the striker with your fingernail, to be sure that its really on line. This will improve your accuracy and prevent you from hurting your finger.
Carrom men can be struck directly only if they are not touching the player’s baseline or situated behind the base line. If the carrom man is behind the baseline, the player must hit the carrom man by rebounding the carrom striker off any side of the carrom board or any other carrom piece on the board
Sinking the striker costs you one piece and your turn. But, if you sink a piece in the same shot, then two come up and you do not shoot again.
After sinking the striker, your opponent places the due piece(s) within the center circle. If you haven't sunk one yet, you owe one.
If while shooting for the queen you also sink one of your carrom men in the same shot, the queen is automatically covered, no matter which went first.
If a piece jumps off the board, it is placed on the center spot. If pieces land on end or are overlapping, they are left that way.
If the center spot is partially covered when replacing the queen or a jumped piece, the piece should cover as much red as possible. If totally covered, the piece is placed opposite the next player behind the red spot.
If you touch your last piece directly before the queen, you have to pay a penalty.
If you sink your opponent's piece, you lose your turn. If you sink their last piece, you lose the board and three points.
If you sink your last piece before the queen, you lose the board, three points and one point for each of your opponent's pieces left.[15]
If the striker does not leave both lines, go again. You get three tries to break before losing your turn.[15]
These rules are mostly played in UK and India.
A popular variant of the game called Duboo is played mostly in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan. In dubbo the size of the board is bigger than carrom, and instead of flicking the striker people usually slide it.

Board variations[edit]
Carrom boards are available in various board sizes and corner pocket sizes. There are smaller boards and boards with larger pockets. Boards with larger pockets are used by beginners for easier game play. On traditional carrom boards, the corner pockets are only slightly larger than the carrom men, but smaller than the striker. On boards with larger pockets, it is possible to pocket the striker, resulting in a "scratch shot" as in Pool. This results in a "due." On a "due", the player has to replace one previously pocketed carrom man on the board. When the scores are tied at a point in the carrom game, a tie-breaker is played. The team which has pocketed the "queen" does not gain any advantage. The Standardised Association and Federation size is 29" x 29" Play Surface with borders between 2" each to 4" each. Other play areas are not used in Tournaments and Competitions.

A relatively rare series of makes among Western Carrom boards contains a variant referred to colloquially as a "Carrom maze" on the reverse, in which an entirely different game is played. The oblique side of the board is fashioned into a labyrinth via the addition of small plywood "walls" that restrict the carrom to defined paths; the objective becomes to traverse the maze with a single carrom and reach a region designated as the end of the maze successfully in the least amount of strokes (similarly to golf), or to be the first to finish the maze among competitors. Various regions within the maze, often found in "traps" or sharp corners and differently colored or designated via artwork, contain regions in which the player's carrom must not be caught when coming to rest, at risk of penalty of extra strokes or forced relocation of the player's carrom to an earlier position. Positive or bonus regions, usually small and hard to target, may offer "shortcuts" relocating to a region nearer the goal, or stroke count reduction. In solo play, course records may be kept for public tables.

Japanese carrom[edit]
Carrom was introduced to Japan in the early 20th century. Carrom became popular as tokyu-ban ("fight ball board" or "throw ball board") and it fell in popularity in the Showa period. However, carrom is still popular in Hikone, Shiga.

In popular culture[edit]
In 2010 a Hindi "Bollywood" film titled Striker was released. The movie focuses on carrom hustlers in Mumbai in the 1980s.
The Hindi film Ankush showed the ability of carrom to help four unemployed youths escape the painful realities of life.
A Tamil film called Vilayaada Vaa released in 2012 was also focussed on carrom board.
Indian movies Munnabhai MBBS and its Telugu remake - Shankar Dada MBBS, Tamil remake - Vasool Raja MBBS, Kannada remake - Uppi Dada M.B.B.S. also features a movie scene with Munnabhai playing carrom to heal an elderly friend with his friends and an Orange Juice[16]

Actors Factor An Interview With Eminent Director Ikram Akhtar


Mumbai's infectious. Once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai, I don't think you can live anywhere else.
Yash Chopra

Life Is Junk...Says This Old Monk

Only from the heart Can you touch the sky. rumi

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Day In The Life Of Bandra Municipal Conservancy Staff

One of the richest corporations with huge money resources funds is the stingiest agency bent on breaking the back of Mumbai , it does not supply gloves , masks or safety shoes to its employees or their contract workers ..I have shot their videos working in the muck , prone to diseases , but even our laidback municipal local representatives are not bothered ,, and those who fight any election in Mumbai or elsewhere the main criteria is to make money gain wealth assets in their spouses name or benami.. public welfare is never the main option, empty hollow rhetoric masterful oratory and than the skeletons start falling out from the termite infested cupboard.. I have seen nobody really cares for the public , the only one time they do is when they come with a rubber stamp smile and folded hands ,,
Once they win the seat , it is trying hard to get a position in the cabinet or head some lucrative position ..you all know the whole story ..Mumbai is dying because of the apathy of leaders who come hick tons and are hell bent on making Mumbai a hick town too.. The Congress NCP or The BJP Shivsena combine , nobody really really cares for Mumbai.. Mumbai is well for drawing out wealth and than leave it high and dry till the next government comes ,,
I say bu id temples build Statues in the Sea , build a Memorial forHon Bala Saheb Thackeray he deserves it his followers and everyone wants his memory to live on but also at the same time along with the coastal road , build better roads more ladies toilets and at Bandra Reclamation the hub of migrants people shit every morning on a Mound off Rang Sharda ,, I am not a journalistic pro.. but I shoot pictures the only testimony of my pain seeing my beloved city going to the dogs because of the insensitivity of our silent leaders ,, one thing that our last PM bequeathed to the ruling Junta is More Silence ,,
Thank Man Moun Singh jI
ps ..the gloves and the masks they are using is bought by their own money ..lol

Nargis Dutt Nagar Ramzan Time

Perhaps the most filthiest ugliest slums in Bandra mostly populated with Muslims and once a Congress Party vote bank , and an insult to the memory of actor Nargis Dutt is the Nargis Dutt Nagar slums and if Ms Priya Dutt wanted she could have made this slum memorable and a role model but it has gone from bad to worse ... known for all the wrong reasons .. there maybe good people in this sprawling Muslim vote bank slums but , it is haven for those on the wrong side of the law too.. and it extends from one end towards the encroached Bandra Reclamation grounds known as the Lal Mitti sllums even the pavements have been encroached with makeshift shanties ..
This is the worst slum human dwellings in Bandra West ,, the slumdwellers have built additional floors and the rents are steep over Rs 10000 a month most of the tenants are the migrant rickshawalas living 15 in a room..there is no public toilet here so the Grounds ahead are used for defecation ,,, and further ahead is a mound facing Rang Sharda where all the poor folks shit their remorse .
No political party worth its salt has done anything to improve the sanitaion or social conditions of this slum.. political sycophants have been gifted rooms in these slums for their support to the party .
Media Press come here only when there is a Fire otherwise nobody would even write an obituary to this slum,
As a street photographer I shoot this slums when I pass by in a bus ,, I have never gone in these slums but it disheartens me once it was called Chota Bhendi Bazar now it is worse than the poorest slums of Mumbra .
Even in Ramzan the holiest month in the Muslim calendar , there is no cleanliness , there is no public will among the Muslims of this area to get it cleaned all busy with their Rozas and Tarabis ,,
Now that the BJP is in power the demolition bulldozers are seen regularly illegal floors extensions knocked out , but after the lull they are back again , and the Muslims here who may have voted the Congress out of power are now caught between the deep sea and the Devil. Muslims are totally alienated polarized ..more than before ,, and these are my evaluations I maybe wrong I dont know the ground reality but this is prime real estate if all the slums are removed , relocated this place would be the most expensive place in Bandra , so the politician builder nexus wait for the CRZ to be scrapped and make loads of money... most of the politicians have real estate benami companies ,,,finger in ever lucrative pie .. even the main social activists that once had a common plank have now joined political parties that sponsor or patronize them I was told this by an ex corporator and vast chunks of public property balwadis have been gifted to lackeys as I am not a political blog , I hardly delve on subjects beyond the scope of my photography, I document Mumbai Slumbai.
Bandra will soon be only for the rich super rich , as all the slums will disappear , towers are already coming up in slum lands , at Bandra Reclamation .. and Pereira Wadi is still lying in limbo neither here neither there ,,
And on every birthday of Ms Nargis Duttt I wonder if the Nargis Dutt Nagar slum dwellers remember her or try make her birthday memorable with well cleaned streets and surroundings .
And for once I hope Ms Priya Dutt reads this in her luxury room in her Ivory Tower and it is this negligence , this apathy , this lack of humanity sensitivity that decimated the Congress from Bandra ,, and the loss of her seat.
I hope Ms Poonan Mahajan reads this too I have yet to see her pat the head of a slum dweller ,,,or even make a special appearance in our area ...,,the Muslims thank their stars that Advocate Ashish Shelar our MLA is approachable how else would the poor contact Ms Poonam Mahajan who lives at Worli...and her standing from our constituency was merely a formality and the surge of a soon to be forgotten Modi Wave.. parachutes to have to come down to earth sometime or other...
I dont belong to any political party and do not have benami rooms in the slums of Bandra ... but I live in a building that is worse than the calamitous conditions of a slum..
Happy Morning Happy Sunday

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Beggar Lady With Two Faces Ajmer Sharif

In my short life as a photographer , I have shot hordes of beggars , but this lady killed my insides the first time I saw her while climbing the mountains barefeet to meet Malang Baba Wahid ,, I took a hasty shot of her , she was in a group that lives in makeshift tents at the mountain foothills ,,
And this was in the dargah lane ,here at Ajmer I think in humility I am the only one shooting the captive souls in wicker baskets , because I cannot afford to buy these souls I shoot them ..I can not sit compose my shots of beggars ,, with the crowds moving in it would be a stampede .and till date no Rajasthani cop has ever provoked me dressed as I am they think I am some crazy Sufi Bawa ,,and than being barefeet I look like a beggar with a stolen camera round my neck.. In Mumbai they would have locked me up as a suspect ,, beaten the shit out of me to tell them where I stole the camera from ,so I wear a press card ,, Internet Photographer No1 and as I dont have a car the cops cant catch me and give me breath inhaler test...
Well back to my beggar lady with two faces , after I shot her a few years back I never saw her again..the only beggar and Ibeg with him at Dhai Djinn Ka Jhopda , waits for me eagerly if I sit next to him , people give us both about 700 to 1000 bucks all crumpled Rs 100 notes .. this time I gave him my only beggars bowl too, he said it was lucky and he added he could never afford a beggars bowl, this beggars bowl, was given to me by a bawa ..I carried on my shoulders for a short distance at Haji Malang ,, I did not want to take it , but he said Keep it we are beggars ,,,under the shut eyes of the Lord..
So life has been a great adventure without going to the Niagara Falls , or Ladakh and all those tempting places in Switzerland ,, but I would die of thirst of life if was to shoot a landscape without beggars ,,I Co exist with beggars , I maybe a slight notch above the beggar on the street , but the day I die I will be looking worse than a beggar with nothing on me ,, just a jute gunnybag.. and the road leading to a Hospital to rest my bodyparts to be given to beggars I shot to inherit their humility and their simplicity .
And this is a blank post at Flickr I realize I blog better on Facebook .. because I know the faces of those who read me , and even those who read me with their eyes closed ,, yes my picture tells the rest of my untold story.

Ramzan Aya Musalman Bhikariyon Ke Dil Main Arman Laya

For those of my Friends who dont understand the description of my title in Urdu ..it simply means succinctly that when Ramzan comes it brings hope in the hearts of Beggars .. and here in Mumbai a Muslim beggar is a Muslim beggar , we certainly dont ask them are you Shia or are you Sunni.. this is the beauty of culture etiquette in Indian Islam which we call Adab Tehzeeb.
..Islam is certainly not the same from one continent to the other ..
I will explain that later , and it has nothing to do with my being a Shia I am proud to be an Indian and I am humble as a Shia the Shia was born with Humility inherited from Hussain and Pride was the only essence that crushed Yazid ,, we remember him always but only as accursed , when hear of Shia s killed during Ramazan.
And you cant blame Saudi Arabia for getting ivolved with the Yemen conflict , they had to enter the arena simply to use their American bought weapons that would be obsolete , and honestly , Saudi dont have the balls to fight Israel,, so this was the best opportunity to kill Shias .. and this is the Imperialistic Hegemony backed by America or any other world power I am not into politics and this is not a political blog this is just my assumption..the ISIS monster was created by the Saudis and one day soon it will land in their backyard too.. having used most of the weapons in Yemen.. they will have nothing to fight the ISIS .. and than America will send them ground troops and help the Salafis ,,.
I am ashamed of being called a Muslim , simply because the Muslims today are not the Muslims of yore ,, Imagine killing persecuting Shias and other minorities foreigners in the Holy Month Of Ramzan .. Yes Muslims love killing Muslims during Ramzan like gluttons , bloodthirsty animals ,,I call myself an Indian and India is my Karma and my Dharma ,,
I identify with the Shias only through Hussain..and my Shiasm is my personal prerogative ,we may be Shias but than if you are from Pakistan our mindset will certainly not be the same at all.. my roots my branches and fruits are all purely Indian..Even my Karbala is Indian.. so this is what I wanted to say ,, we condemn oppressors , we condemn Terrorism , Oppression , but those who strongly support Salafi Islam are happy seeing us killed murdered ,,this is the way of the World and everyday is Karbala it still bleeds in every Shias heart .. and he celebrates Ashura each time you plant a bomb in his Mosque and bleed the pages of the Holy Koran..
A poem would be too frivolous way of remembering an act of dastardly cowardice ,,

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Its A Mad Mad World

I was going for my walk.. it was raining it was first of Ramzan, she came out towards me and began shouting at me I looked at her straight in the face she was drenched very angry, I shot her..I knew she would not take it lightly.. but like little kids a few photographers have a Sulaimani keeda too..I moved away after the shot and she followed me ..her words were something like this ..you took my photo shithead ..I avoid confrontations ,, but I cant resist shooting mad people , the madness in me succumbs to the madness in others..and according to my dear departed mother there is a lot of madness in my family..madness can be a form of mundane melancholia or purely creative madness .
I still dont know why I began documenting mad people and I met a lot of them , they came with the rains left their footprints on the emulsion of my soul and they left leaving nothing behind save the pictures I bravely took..
In Hyderabad a madman during Moharam had caught me from the back and would have strangled me if my friends had not noticed , his hold on my throat was such I could not even raise my voice .. perhaps it is my tribute to this man ,..my second life I decided to shoot madman..Idiot was merely a book I read several time , but shooting idiocy was my first time .
The few I shot have disappeared ,..and when I pass those dark dinghy lanes I think of them..what happened , what triggered their vacuous mind to flee..and mind you as a madman in India you are pelted with stones , the more sane crazier than thou throw hot water on them .. there is a fear a deathly fear he will kidnap the kids and the irony even our cops stay away from madmen and drugaddicts ..they also stay away from those who give them hafta or protection money is just a passing thought .
This is a blank post at Flickr I will copy this text once I complete my evaluation of madpeople I have encountered but those days I did not have the courage to shoot them .perhaps I did not have a camera I lost out on a lot of wild memories.
Mental health ,,or loss of mental health here in Mumbai is tragic .. earlier it was electric shocks but I missed being locked up by a whisker during my heavily drinking days .
And those who can shoot lunatic asylums mental homes ,,it is sad.. .treatment without compassion , just misplaced clinical aid and till date hard as I tried I could never get over One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest .. In India watching mad movies the older ones was torture slapstick comedy and insult to madpeople .
What is madness and perhaps Indian madness cannot be isolated with the great minds of Freud Jung Adler ,, but Indian madness is unique in its own share of Godliness .When a poor man becomes mad even Gods forsake him..and there were stories of crooked people in order to usurp a persons property with the collusion of rogue mental doctors got a sane person locked up for the wrong reasons ,, Is there any minister that represents Madpeople ,,and this world is cruel heartless you could stage manage a sting , getting an old lonely man caught for molesting a child and than have someone eat up his property too with collusion of rogue cops ,, and I am not defending a genuine child molester .I have three granddaughters.
But than this blog is about madpeople in mad mad world ,, and in my case the world is my backyard ,,have you not seen mad people removing fleas from the under fold of his tattered dirty filthy trouser ..a mad woman hitting her head against a wall,,
But than the madness you see at Dargahs I have shot that extensively known as Hazri is very different from the mundane madness on the streets ..I have shot hardcore Hazri at Hussain Tekri Jaorah, Mira Datar, and other Sufi Shrines including the Holy Shrine of Makanpur.
I am not much learned on the subject of madness ,,,even we sane people go mad from time to time but to be totally completely mad living out your time in a dreamless world is absolutely crazy..
Perhaps I am going mad not having gone for my morning walks since 4 days ,,but seriously think about madpeople ,we are so vociferous about dogs being killed at Yulin but we are sadly so quiet and silent about madpeople ,, even the poor people drenched seeking alms in Ramzan.. we as Indians smash statues , go berserk.. at Azad Maidan.. during Ramzan .. and than those fucked kids rot in jails and those who engineer such street side riots with political patronage are laughing all the way to the bank.. they may have been Muslims but in the eyes of God and the Law they are still Indians misguided Indians rushing to Iraq to fight with the ISIS ,, will they go and fight for our country ..Fuck No.. they lost the right to be Indians these are the real madfucked people ,, led by madfucked Mullahs .. and they need to be locked and the keys thrown in the Arabian Sea .
Happy Morning I am now going for my walk.

Shooting The Back lanes Of Rustic Bandra

Bandra has great back lanes Nagrana lane Somnath lane and the rainy ambiance the fresh fragrance of rainy soil add to nostalgia ,,the crosses crucifixes all add the East Indian Ethos , the love of their forefathers that believed in the holistic power of Jesus Christ , he helped them when they went to fish in stormy water , he gave them abundance of fish.. he gave them joy happiness he gave them loaves .
He saved them from cholera , plague and if the Lord heard their prayers the humble East Indian built a Cross and this was his simple life over 150 years back.. the paddy fields , the smiling faces , the chirpy kids , those lazy Sunday siestas ,, those gatherings during baptism , Holy Communion , the clinking of home made tangy wine , those drunken steps of new love ,,,there was no hate , no animosity , no ill will this was the East Indian Gaothan.. a house several houses that became Home ..
And as the century turned , times changed , the Gaothan was invaded by a stream of migrants , and change sudden change tore the heart soul of the Gaothan..
In the graves the forefathers of the East Indians wept ,, every landmark uprooted , and change was like a ferocious wind , you know the rest ,,, as a photographer I shot the soul of a slowly painfully dying Gaothan.. The Church did not realize that the heads were diminishing .. empty vacant spaces at Mass..pushed forcibly to Uttan Vasai Nalla Sopara .. their heritage gone and than that one day taking the Virar fast to visit their beloved Mount Mary , and here Aunty May on weak legs picked up a candle shaped like a house hoping against hope to come back and live at Ranwar again..and she thought of her friend Agnes her children Bosco Brian Basil than hiding her tears with her veil she began to move towards the Altar of Mother Mary...
Such is the will of God that we should have everything through Mary.”
~Saint Alphonsus Liguori~