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 ..
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