Showing posts from June 23, 2015

The Jesuit Who Changed My Life ,, Fr Jaun St Peter Churc

Once many years back I saw Fr Jaun he had come to Kamla Bai sadan where we stayed he had come to bless the House of Trevor Feuz.. I had met the good father through my dear long lost friend Darryl Luke Loyola so Father was surprised to see me ..he had finished his spiritual work and was on his way out at De Monte Street . I asked Fr Jaun whether he blessed only Christian homes and not Muslim homes , Father gave me a smile came to my humble abode blessed it with his presence and had a nice hot cup of tea made by my wife ,, And thus we have been cosmically connected this fluent Marathi speaking Spanish priest ,once two backpackers from Croatia happened to be in Mumbai homeless I called him he gave them shelter in the Church. He loves both my granddaughters Marziya and Nerjis and every Easter Sunday one of them comes with me to greet him..foreign photographers who come to meet me I bring them to St Peter Church and introduce them to this kind priest .. I have shot Fr Jaun on his birthday…

Jesus Ploughing The Earth With His Feet

not just loaves and fish
they have vegetables
 fresh fruits to eat
rice lentils wheat
with his tears he
adds nourishing
peat .from the fields
to heal the sick
cure the leper
he is back on
the unpaved
streets ..

jesus the healer
barefeet ..drenched
in the rains ,,you will
meet silence with
a gratifying smile he
will greet ,,touching
your inner being
holistically i repeat

Maria ,, Christian Leper Lady Hates The Mumbai Rains

Once she sat at Bandra Broan Road , begging for alms , with her socketless eyes , her begging tin tied to the stump of her leg as drug addicts would snatch it and run away ,,within the tin is another tin to hide the notes from people who pretend to put in a few coins and deftly remove the notes ,,, even beggars are not safe from Bandra crooks .

I have been documenting Maria a Catholic convert , for many years now .she had left for her hometown last rains .. but she returned for Easter Christmas sitting outside the wall of St Peter Church than she left again before the onset of the Rains .

The rains cause her a lot of grief her leprous body part start falling ,,thats what her daughter Mary told me now Mary sits at Boran Road wear a headscarf and tries to appease the Muslims of Bandra , she sits outside the wall of a Madrsa ,, and I always felt that the Church of Bandra hd let them down terribly ,, I never once saw Sister Cristobal ever enter this lane , I never saw a priest or even a …

Death of the East Indian Ethos

by lanes of bandra bazar road 
through my camera lens i spy
young relatives eagerly waiting for 
old relatives to die 
grab the property sell 
it to the builder 
who will make a tower 
kissing the feet of god 
in the sky 
this is the case 
of gaothan 
fishing villages 
from bandra bazar
to chimbai 
a lost heritage 
of the east indians 
a stray tear in the eye 
politicians builders 
favors money 
can buy 
their suitcases 
moving to uttan nalla sopara 
the last east Indian 
to bandra bids good bye 
miyas marwaris bohras 
gujratis punjabis 
south indians 
will take their place 
big bucks so imply 
on the other hand 
the roman catholic 
church of Jesus
to the east indian ethos 
has forever 
shut its eye Render to Caesar what belong to Caesar and to Christ what belongs to Christ 
is their biblical diplomatic apolitical reply ...Silence searching for another fall guy ..

Chimbai ... Tears On The Soul Of The East Indian Gaothan

Chimbai ... Tears On The Soul Of The East Indian Gaothan Sometimes I wonder I am a friend of the Christians my pictures are testimony of my Faith ..but if the Voice of the Christian Church was strong .. if the padres and clergy had changed with the times and stood up against the political satraps strongly I think the wheels would move faster .. I shot the protest for the Demolition of the Cross the clergy came forward and the Mobai Goathan leaders , Catholic Sabha and people from diverse faith including me the only Muslim photographer documenting a event ,,and this is what is required not only when the Lord is threatened but when the common Christian is threatened too.. there should be a unified call. I was witness to how a powerful lobby of builders that had encroached Ranwar tried to bully my landlady and without support from her neighbor , without support from the Church she fought a battle , this valiant lady did not get scared , this East Indian braveheart had Jesus as her Might…

In The Beginning Was The Word

Photo shot by my French Friend Jean Marc Gargantiel at Chimbai..

I stay at Bandra  and this is the ugliest part of a fishing  waterfront called Chimbai that it connects at one end to Salman Khans house and the other end to Joggers  Park hardly matters to my pedestrian tale posturing as a blog.

And as an update Salman Khan has a spacious house on the Chimbai waterfront too mired in controversy...

Many years back  when we were searching for an independent home we were shown a place over 900 sq feet , cheap and within our budget 25 years back actually , but there was a hitch, it was a shed that had been demolished made into a building , and Advocate Saldhana our mentor advised us not to take it art all, and accidentally bought a place in another fishing village Danpada ,, tha we had to leave because of the 93 riots we sold this pugree house for peanuts as Hindus Muslims were totally polarized bu this politically generated hate .. and sectarian divide.

I bought Jean Marc my Fr…

I Delete a Lot Of Friends Request..

I am also happy that a lot of people delete me after adding me ,, I delete requests from young girls ..I dont know and dont wish to know , I delete requests from young kids I see their profile and they are on Facebook to promote their Religion as a cult I am not interested..I delete friends who unnecessarily tag me on their religious posts ..what are you trying to prove . that your tagging will make me as superfluously religious like you I am not interested ,, I am added by people because I am a Shia , fine I add them back but than they get a bit heavy for me my Shiasm is not to attack anyone if someone does provoke or ridicules my customs beliefs I block him. I am added by people as I promote the Peace Hope and Harmony of Sufism.. I am a Malang but those are my personal attributes ..My Sufism as a Malang is my path not my Destination .. I know my Destination.. So I am confused at times .. earlier the hijras transgender others added me as I was documenting the Hijra Ethos of India , …