I shoot a lot of street stories , I shoot them as pictures , I try not to add words but than a circle of overseas Flickr friends ,,,would be deprived of the richness and the wonderful fabric of Indias dreamers ,, so I add my few bits as prose or poetry ,,
I have been mostly shooting street barbers , hajams moving about with their tin box of tools and most of this segment of barbers in Bandra know me very well.. simply because I shoot them , some get annoyed while I shoot them working but others are more forgiving ,,
My minds eye spots barbers faster than my mythical cosmic camera , and without hesitation I shoot a few frames .
As you all know the largest gathering of barbers in Mumbai happens during the Pitru Paksha festival at Banganga ,, I never miss it ,,
The next place I liked shooting barbers was Allahabad on the banks of the Ganges during Maha Kumbh..religious tonsure is what I really like to shoot ..
There is a lot of religious tonsure at some Sufi dargahs that are visited by …
Mudakaraatha Modakam Sada Vimukti Saadhakam
Kalaadharaavatamsakam Vilasiloka Rakshakam
Anaaya Kaika Naayakam Vinasitebha Daityakam
Nataasubhasu Naashakam Namaami Tham Vinaayakam.
I salute that remover of obstacles,
Who has modakas in his hand
Who always bestows salvation
Who wears a part of moon on his head
Who protects this world which is varied,
Who is the leader of those who cannot be lead,
Who is the cause of destruction of asuras,
And who destroys all things which are not good.
I bow before that great Lord permanently,
Who creates fear in the enemies of his devotees,
Who sparkles like the just risen Sun,
Who is saluted by Gods and Asuras
Who destroys obstacles of his devotees,
Who is the God of all devas,
Who is the God of all wealth,
Who is the God of all elephants,
And who is the leader of the…