Saturday, January 27, 2018
This is my new set extension of my documentary on Qadri Rafaee Silsila in Mumbai ..
I was invited to the Urus of Holy Saint Bismillah Shah Baba at VT by Nasir Bhai rafaee he asked me to be at the venue by 10 pm.
I decided to take a bus 1 no BEST from LalMitti Bandra reclamation I must have waited for an hour no sign of bus than I checked on the BEST bus timetable it showed the last bus from here to RC Church at 8.30 pm so I thought I might as well take a cab.. just as I was contemplating a white SUV stopped by a person seated next to the driver called me handed me a note saying pray for me and smiled and left . in my hand he had given Rs 500..
So I get alms without begging ...I immediately took a cab to VT Station ..
Now a flashback my father early 50s was going through very hard times and though a devout Shia .he began visiting various Sufi dargahs of Mumbai.. he had lost everything he was totally vanquished in some deal he had lost all his money ..and my dad sought the help of Bismillah Shah Baba VT..we would overhear about his faith in this Holy Saint ..my poor mother was spending most of her time invoking Hazrat Abbas at the dargah at Pala Gully Dongri.
We stayed those days in the rented servants quarters of Later veteran actor Nawab Kashmiri at Khatau Bhuvan Wodehuse Road.Colaba .
The bad days faced by my family did finally go away ...and I was thus visiting the Holy Shrine of Bismillah Shah Baba first time ..respectful to the memory of my dads struggle dduring my childhood days
I met the respected heads of the Qadri Rafaee silsila of Baroda Syed Jamaluddin his brother Syed Kamaluddin and Gaddi Nasheen Nayyar Baba at the Shrine ..members of the Rafaee order had come from Baroda Surat BiliMora Bharuch along with the daf musicians .
I shot the mehfil at the Shrine met the trustees committee members volunteers I was introduced to them as Malang Khalifa of Syed Masoom Ali Baba Asqan Madari Makanpur I was felicitated a garland and shawl placed round my neck.
The event ended past 1 am I decided to take a taxi and also drop a friend at Sewri..I reached home paid the taxi driver Rs 300 ..so the entire Rs 500 I got as alms I paid as my conveyance .
I had not eaten wife was asleep she is not well so I made an omelet and pondered over the benevolence of the Holy Saint who called me as a reminder to the memory of my father at the foot of his Shrine ,
First I will post the mobile photos and later the images shot on my Canon 60 D,
I hope the Holy Saint helps me pay off my debts to a few friends and upgrades my camera almost 6 year old .
“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.”
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi,
My videos on my YouTube Channel
Thursday, January 25, 2018
morning to evening
he drinks ..from head
to toe he stinks
his wife ran away
leaving him memories
into a depth-less abyss
he sinks where will the
next drink come from
he ponderously thinks
his cosmic fate much
before he was born
was jinxed ..
the municipal doctors
have warned him he
will die if he over drinks
his life on the brink
death watches him from
far his name on the roster
has not yet been inked
photography to the soul of
street poetry is linked ..
a picture becomes a poem
like a phoenix from the fire
it rises on imaginary wings
the drunken dilemma of a fallen
man he rises falls and venomously
shouts Fuck you Death where is
thy sting...a moment within a moment
shot by a master of mystical rings
original content on social media is king
poem dedicated to meld ...our hearts
in blissful sync ..a camera a healing tool
who needs a shrink... methinks
was just an excuse
terrorize school buses
arson abuse ..the nation
hardly amused ,
the supreme leader
is silent vote bank
politics sides he cant
choose ..both ways
we lose .around freedom
of creative expression
another noose ..
intolerance gives birth
to right wing goons
as the cow jumps over
the moon... far too soon
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Shah-e-Mardan Sher-e-Yazdan Quwat-e-Parwardigar Lafata Ila Ali La Saif Ila Zulfiqar , originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1 ....
Ek Shahenshah Ne Banake Yeh Haseen Tajmahal Ham Gareebon Ki Mohabbat Ka Udaya Hai Mazak.. , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Fli...