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This was shot on 7 Oct 2009
This is for the furious physician my trusted brother and Marziyas god father Dr Glenn Losack MD ..from Manhattan New York .
Since last few days I had thought of bringing Marziya Shakir my 23 month old grand daughter and Appu my best Friend face to face..Appu is a set on Flickr a very precious set of a person without limbs who walks tall, and made me go barefeet for life..
I normally dont take Marziya very far , mostly in and around Bandra , but I put her in a cab and reached the spot where Appu sits, I did not show Marziya - the form of Appu , I came from the back but Appu saw me and gave me a smile , I gave Marziya Rs 20 and than told her to go give it , without pointing to Appu..
Appu watched all this from a distant .
Marziya was a bit confused looked around , spotted Apu and without hesitation went towards him to give him the money , but Appu has no hands and she kept wondering, but she never looked back at me ,,, this was Marziyas first meeting with life , a life called Appu , her second lesson in Charity after the Umbrella lady of Bandra Reclamation..I called Marziya and told her to place the money in his bowl, while he patted and blessed are with his eyes.
Appu and I are friends since almost 9 years or more I am bad with dates ..his earliest pictures I shot on film.. at Chor Bazar a market I visited every Friday once upon a time..
Shooting Appu creates a crowd and traffic problem as he sits on the road , and the entire area gets unmanageable , today being the St Michael Novena and a weekly market day for the pilgrims and devotees,I took some more shots and making Marziya walk some distance hopped into a cab back home and ended shooting two rallies of Baba Siddiqui Congress I and Rahebar Khan Independent candidate that passed by my shop.
All this while Marziya hung on my waist I had fortified her with Orange juice.. and given her later to my shop help.
Marziya shot the rally to assisted by me ..and I dont know what she sees in the viewfinder but her pictures and mine are almost identical...I help her press the trigger though..
16 April 2011
Has seeing all this made Marziya Shakir a beater photographer than me than the answer is yes..I learnt photography very late in my life I was over 40 and already over the hill..had I not taken the camera or given up the booze bottle to which I was horrendously addicted I think I would be lying in an unmarked Alcoholic Anonymous grave.. the camera saved me and later it was Marziya who resurrected me from Death..
And I dont know where Appu has disappeared but I want Marziya to shoot him and me together the circle of a part of my life would be complete.
And these are the best pictures of Marziya Shakir and Appu..
Today Marziya has come a very long was she is 3 and a half years old ..she began her primary schooling when she was 16 month old..and without boasting or giving in to conceit she can shoot pictures with her eyes in a blindfold.. that is how I taught her shoot the darkness create light..
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Appu and Marziya Tryst With Destiny
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