I joined the Dam Madar Malang in 2011 ..and it was more as a photographer to be able to document their Order life style from within I was happy with my Faith and whatever I was bequeathed by my mother's Shia womb.
And yet as subjects of my photography the Malang both Masoom Baba and Rafiq baba knew me since 2005 and had my Belgian friend not shown a desire to becoming a Malang I would have carried on as usual .
So my first pilgrimage was to Makhanpur in 2013 at the Urus of Zinda Shah Madar I shot extensively .
And the Malang respected me most of all Rafiq baba who never called me by my name but as Maulaiee ...he knew I cut my head during Moharam Ashura and Chehlum.
I always wore black clothes ..it was my personal dress code I wore saffron when I came to the Kumbh or like the recent Ambubachi Mela .
My second Malang pilgrimage was when a Malang called me from Delhi and said Masoom Baba had invited me to the 40 day memorial service of his nephew and his spiritual heir at Panihar Gw…