Thursday, August 22, 2013

And I met a transgender on street!

I remember my old days when I was a 4th standard kid and me along with my parents used to travel in sleeper coaches in train from Ajmer to Mumbai. Trans-genders (or hijra locally) were very common in those routes. Maybe they are common in most train routes across India, but my experience is limited to that train route only. They used to come in Sleeper Coaches and maybe general coaches but not is AC coaches. Far from my train seat I was able to hear them coming. They'll come clapping and making loud noises mostly praising people and asking for something in return.

My dad was very afraid of them. So whenever they'll come, he used to offer them whatever comes first out of his pocket, be it 10, 50 or 500. They usually don't take money from women or children so sometimes my dad used to go away for toilet - just to get rid of such situation. In most cases I've never saw them creating a scene, unless somebody disrespects. And once they get the money, they'll praise you like anything. As a kid I used to get terrorised seeing them and then my dad, but soon my mom cleared whatever doubts I had. "It's not a bad community but you should be careful dealing with them", thats what I got. Later we stopped traveling in sleeper class coaches and those memories got faded.

Now coming back to my present... I recently met a transgender on Bangalore Streets. But this time that fear didn't come. She started with her praises and at first I asked her to wait a minute and stop shouting. I knew, I had to pay her something anyways. So I showed her my camera and asked her if I can take her picture, and then I'll pay him 10. I showed her some street pictures that I took that day on my camera and he agreed. At first she stood still and gave me a sick pose [1st pic]. Next I asked her to smile a little got this [2nd pic]. And finally I told her, "smile like you are the prime-minister" and got the 3rd pic. Then I showed him her pics and told her, how gorgeous she is looking in third pic, so keep smiling! And at last I offered him 10 Rs. and moved on.


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[Update on 25th Nov 13] - Apologies. I unknowingly addressed her as male/"he" in my last paragraph that was incorrect as somebody pointed out. I've corrected it. The right way to address is the gender they adopt in public appearance, which is female in this case. My apologies for lack on knowledge. Thanks.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Indian Woman - Banana leaves seller

Portrait of a woman who sells banana leaves on the street market located in Bangalore.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

[Photo] At Rakhi Shop

The shot was taken in a busy market of Bangalore, where this Rakhi Shop was congested by women from all sides, yet the seller was calmly addressing everyone.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rabbi: Zero Dubidha - Lyrics with Translation and Meaning



[I came across this new song by Rabbi, few days back and I was mesmerized. I searched for lyrics and its translation. In few sites I found the lyrics but couldn't find any perfect translation. So I thought of writing it down here after discussing it with few friends. Still working on to get the lyrics and translation right. I'll keep on updating this as I get more inputs.]


Aye mere vasson bahar hai, Sigaa
This thing is beyond the limit of my efforts, it always was

Edaan si suraj nu, jiven ugan o rokana
It is like stopping the sun from rising

Tu paya si rang basant da
You got colors of spring

Dil mere shook da si seyya
My heart shivers like its winter

Tu rakh rahi si ek bag train vich
You were keeping your bag inside train

Mein rakh reha si, tera khyal jeb vich
I was keeping your memories on my pocket (meaning: safe somewhere)

Te eh hun sakde ke na miliye fer kabi
It is possible that we may never meet again

Asi jayinye roley goley vich gwatch
And we will be lost forever in crowd

Sun sajna arz nimaani
Listen dear about my plea

Eh na jhoothi koi kahani
It isn't some false story

Ous vailey mainu si ni manoosi
During that moment I had a thought (meaning: feeling of restlessness)

Zero dubidha...
Zero confusion


Aye mere vasson bahar hai, Sigaa
This thing is beyond the limit of my efforts, it always was

Rutaan jaan pareetan uteh zor kisda
Who can control the change in seasons

Mein ditan si rang, tufaan daa
I gave it the color to this storm

Maneya sada tu jenu, waah boleda
You accepted and appreciated it like always

Labhda si chotu tera samsere nishaan
I kept searching for your little signs all over the world

Labdhi si tu vi kise sawal da jawaab
You too were looking for an answer to some question

Te eh hun sakde ke na miliye fer kabi
It is possible that we may never meet again

Asi jayinye roley goley vich gwatch
And we will be lost forever in crowd

Sun sajna arz nimaani
Listen dear about my plea

Eh na jhoothi koi kahani
It isn't some false story

Ous vailey mainu si ni manoosi
During that moment I had a thought (feeling of restlessness)

Sun sajna arz nimaani
Listen dear about my plea

Eh na jhoothi koi kahani
It isn't some false story

Ous vailey mainu si ni manoosi
During that moment I had a thought (feeling of restlessness)

Zero dubidha...
Zero dubidha...

Hai pura sahi, tera har gila
And your every charge is entirely correct

Hai mera halaf, sirf sach da
My expression is only about the truth

Je hoven judi, khal hashte darah
As if pain and happiness are connected to each other

Te ki ye mera, gunah
Then what’s my offence

Te eh hun sakde ke na miliye fer kabi
It is possible that we may never meet again

Asi jayinye roley goley vich gwatch
And we will be lost forever in crowd

Sun sajna arz nimaani
Listen dear about my plea

Eh na jhoothi koi kahani
It isn't some false story

Ous vailey mainu si ni manoosi
During that moment I had a thought (feeling of restlessness)

Sun sajna arz nimaani
Listen dear about my plea

Eh na jhoothi koi kahani
It isn't some false story

Ous vailey mainu si ni manoosi
During that moment I had a thought (feeling of restlessness)

Zero dubidha... 
Zero dubidha...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

[Photo] "Your daily life is your temple"

A Pujari (priest) sitting on doorstep of a temple, calling his family. In the back you can see the dark temple room with small glowing light.

Monday, August 5, 2013

I want to see through your eyes, Grandma!

On my way to market in Bangalore, I came across this very cute incident between a Grandma and his Grandson. She sells small plastic items on the footpath. Luckily I managed to capture it in the form of images and I am sharing it here.












Yay! I can to see through your eyes, Grandma!



Thursday, August 1, 2013

[Photo] Lil Steps


Lil Steps! by Nitesh Bhatia on 500px.com



Lil Steps! by Nitesh Bhatia
A sweet little kid learning to walk!

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