Marziya Shakir Photographer No1 And Appu My Best Friend, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
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Marziya and Appu My Best Friend
Marziya is in a dilemma seeing a limbless person first time in her life, she does not know how Appu will take the Rs 20 from her hand , but she does not look back to me for help, I tell her to put in his bowl.. which she does dutifully..
Normally Appu wears a skull cap, which was missing today, actually before I met Appu , I met the Hijras of this area who have the say in this area , they demand money from all the vendors here , they met me while I was searching for Appu and informed me that he was at his usual place, the Hijras were known to me from Haji Malang Urus I shot a lot of pictures after I left Appu..
I dont have time to ask Appu about his family, his sister used to hang around in the shadows keeping an eye , Appu was normally attacked by stray dogs and goats at Chor Bazar..he needs someone to guard him.. but yes Appu is street smart no pun intended.. he can handle himself.. he does a lot of antics on his trolley.
There were times I shot him at our Shia cemetery on Shabbarat drenched to the bone , and it was really sad state of affairs.
Appu is from Assam , he told me the last time I shot him at the same place.
But Appu wont tell me how he survived the cloud burst and the deluge that hit Mumbai a few years back... he mostly disappears , and than resurfaces from time to time..
Unlike other beggas , Appu does not ask for money or plead for money , but yes he demand respect , and Dr Glenn Losack MD my American friend who shot him , will never forget him for a very long time..
And I was going to give him the copy of his pictures with the American doctor, but I completely forgot ..
I showed these pictures to Marziya and she was 23 months when I shot these series at Mahim , but now 3 and a half year old she sees them differently , she asked me why did the car cut of his hands and legs ...