Humayun Season II

From past 4 years .. I have been down and out completely … mentally, physically, socially and even professionally coz of mother’s illness.

During this nightmarish phase, I put on weight (106 kilos to be precise).. because of the immense tension.
Stopped meeting media related people, thus giving them a thought that I am disinterested in the profession I am in.

I am a happy go lucky person, I am known for my smile .. but in this phase of mine, I forgot how to smile.

I lost the will to live, living just for the sake of living and my family.

I agree, all people do face issues in life and they fight back too and take it all in their stride, but somehow, I couldn’t.

I too am a mere mortal, I fear tensions, deaths, illnesses.

At one point of time .. I had thought that coming out of this trap was practically impossible.

And when life was at its bottom, I met a person who was like an oasis in a desert for me. This person, like an angel, changed my way of looking at things, inspired and motivated me to look into my life and now, life takes a new angle, a new perspective and i realized that there is more to me still left and waiting to be explored.

Slowly but steadily, I started picking up/re-joining the loose ends with work outs, diet control, creative and positive thinking, started seeing life as that person wanted me to see and without being too pushy or lecturing me on the dos and dont’s and also without pressurizing. The message came so beautifully that I followed these steps that i was just thinking about in the past 3 to 4 years but hesitating/procrastinating to implement the same.

My Saviour taught me the most important lesson of my life, “there is just one life, one Humayun and one lives life on a day to day basis .. whatever will happen will happen”.

In a couple of months, I have lost 16 kilos, I see myself as a renewed person, full of vigor and positivity, all set to take on the world of modeling and acting once again.

Coming Sunday (26/10/09), I am clicking my new photographic portfolio and hoping to re-enter the world of modeling and acting for which I need all my friends good wishes and blessing, which I am sure I have.

Lastly I thank that friend of mine who showed me that life is nothing but spreading cheers and spreading smiles against all odds.

I am indebted to you my friend for life. I hope that i will tread the path of glory and success once again and make u proud, but don’t forget to inspire and motivate me from time to time.

Hopefully .. Humayun Season II is on the way. Ameen.

Memories of Ramzan 09 .. Ramzanul mubarak rukhsat hua .. Foodie’s Paradise, Ebrahim Mohd Merchant Road, Mumbai – India

Memories of Ramzan 09 .. Ramzanul mubarak rukhsat hua ..

Always wanted to shoot and document on video during the holy month of Ramzan. With Nikon D90 .. that got possible and also my little knowledge of FCP comes handy to me.

If I say ‘Ebrahim Mohd Merchant Road’ happens to be one of the most prominent landmark of world than I wouldn’t be wrong.

Another reason to shoot this video and document the area is that I have been born and brought up in this area so my roots kind of lies over here.
Don’t mean to brag or exaggerate but I am sure and almost certain that “Mohd Ali Road’ has never been shot so extensively especially in the holy month of Ramzan.

So friends – please view and let me know your reactions on the above video through comments. Would really appreciate that.

Please click the ‘Watch in HD’ red icon on the youtube screen panel and view the video in High Definition crystal clear visual.

Happy viewing and Idd mubarak to everyone.

These food lanes/khau gullies at Ebrahim Mohd Merchant Road/Mohd Ali Road, Mumbai – India are probably the only open air eatery area in the whole world where people from all over the world gather in the holy month of Ramzan to eat delicious, mouth watering non vegetarian dishes. These shops are thronged by hungry and happy shoppers. These small joints sprung up only for in the month of Ramzan and vanishes exactly on the last night of the 30th Rozaz or fast.

Just for the information Mohd Ali Road comprises of 4 major junctions and 14 traffic signals.

Sunset at Haji-Ali Dargah, Mumbai, Maharashtra – India – HD

Sunset at Peer Haji-Ali Shah Bukhari’s Dargah. My first try at Time Lapse photography and its editing. 15 minutes of total footage. Nikon D90 allows only 5 minutes of shooting. If one wants a screen ratio of 1280 x 720 (16×9 HD) than thats the 5 minute of shoot it allows. So 15 minutes capsuled in 26 seconds leaving the credit time aside.

Please click the ‘Watch in HD‘ red icon on the youtube screen panel and view the video in High Definition crystal clear visual.

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Peer Haji-Ali Shah Bukhari’s Dargah. My first try at Time Lapse photography and its editing. 5 minutes of total footage. So 5 minutes capsuled in 20 seconds leaving the credit time aside..

Please click the ‘Watch in HD‘ red icon on the youtube screen panel and view the video in High Definition crystal clear visual.

Shot with Nikon D90 & Edited on FCP by Humayunn N A Peerzaada.

Deolali/Devlali, Maharashtra – India

My memories of Deolali:

I have been more of a Deolali man than of Mumbai. Deolali is very dear to me. Most of my childhood holidays and vacations have taken place in Deolali than at my village “Kudachi”.

Fatmabai Sanatorium

Fatma Bai Sanatorium – owner Fatmabai Abdul Rehman Moledina

As I am a half  ‘Kutchi Memon’, we used to stay in this beautiful sanatorium called “Fatmabai Sanatorium” which was built in 1934 by Fatmabai Abdul Rehman Moledina who belonged to Kutchi Memon Jamat. Right now the sanatorium is being taken care of by her father Abdul Razak Saeed sister’s son Abdul Ahad Saaz who also happens to be the trustee of the sanatorium.
The sanatorium has 10 blocks

Main 6 big blocks of Fatmabai Sanatorium

Main 6 big blocks of Fatmabai Sanatorium

6 big blocks and 4 smaller blocks.

Smaller Blocks

4 Smaller Blocks of Fatmabai Sanatorium

The sanatorium also has its own small Mosque as well.

Fatma Sanatorium Mosque

Fatma Sanatorium Mosque

Fatma Sanatarium Mosque

Fatma Sanatarium Mosque

We the kids had a great time playing cricket, local games like Kabaddi pakdam pakdi and cycling. In the evening there were gole walas, ghodewalas and oonthwalas coming over to give us the happiness of our life time.

There was a a very close relative of ours called Hanifa Maa, we all use to call her ‘Ammijan’.

All the mothers and the aunties use to gather in her block and make delicious Paaya or Khichda. I can vouch for this that the best period of Fatmabai Sanatorium was when Ammijan used to come and stay at sanatorium. She unfortunately has expired but the people who has stayed at the sanatorium with her at that point of time would vouch that those were the glorious days of sanatorium when everything was just bubbling with excitement and happiness. We all miss you Ammijan. Allah bless you where ever you are. Amen.

The evenings used be in the famous and popular restaurant of Deolali called “Bharat cold drink house” gulping down faloodas. The Bharat Cold Drink House was estd in 1948 and is owned by Gopal and Deepak.

Bharat Cold Drink House Estd: 1948

Bharat Cold Drink House Estd: 1948 – Owner Gopal and Deepak

We use to stuff ourselves with cakes and pastries from the ‘Empire stores and bakery’ which is just round the corner of ‘Bharat Cold Drink House‘.

Empire Stores and Bakery - Quick Bite

Empire Stores and Bakery – Quick Bite

Occasional evening stroll at the Deolali Railway Station or

Deolali Station

Deolali Railway Station

at the ‘Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple‘ would be best way to end the day.

Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple

Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple

History of Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple
Shri Khandoba Maharaj is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and this temple dedicated to him is reportedly over 500 years (Five hundred) old. As per mythology, the incarnation of Lord Shiva into Shri Khandoba is because two brothers amongst the demons Malla Daitya and Mani Daitya pleased Lord Shiva with their prayers and obtained his blessings that nobody on earth could kill them. Brothers after getting the boon from Lord Shiva however became power drunk and started harassing the common people, saints and sages. This could not be tolerated by Lord Shiva and he himself incarnated as Shri Khandoba and killed both the demons. After killing them, Lord Shiva relaxed on this hill and hence this temple is called ‘Vishramgadh’.

Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple

Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple

There is also an ancient legend centering this hill is that during “Shiv Kaal” ‘Chhatrapati Shri Shivaji Maharaj’ while traveling on his mission towards the north relaxed on this hill.

Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple

Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple

The management of this temple is with the Amale family since its inception.

Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple

Shri Khandoba Maharaj Temple

This religious landmark of Deolali is also known as “Temple Hill”.

Oh those were the days when fun and frolic was the order of the day. As some one put it .. childhood is the best period of one’s life.

That was about my childhood, now I have my own kids and even though I have my small little house in Deolali but still me and my family prefer booking the sanatorium and staying at “Fatmabai Sanatorium”.

There is that same serenity, peace and calmness even now in the sanatorium. The fun and frolic  .. laughter and the smiles are all there intact.

It’s just that the generation has changed. Earlier there were we now there are our own kids. As I remember probably they too will remember all this.

Its been 3 years that I visited this beautiful town ‘Deolali’. Last when I visited I was not into photography. This time though it was quick visit, I didn’t want to miss opportunity to shoot certain landmarks of this town whose memories will always be etched in my mind forever.

Apart from my personal association with this beautiful hill station .. a little brief about Deolali is that it was set up in this hill station as a Military Sanatorium by the British army, about 100 miles northeast of Bombay.

One of its functions was to act as a transit camp for soldiers who had finished their tours of duty and were waiting for troop ships to take them back to Britain. Deolali is what the British used to call Doolally once.
Deolali is a census town in Nashik District in the state of Maharashtra, India.
Deolali is home to the School of Artillery, the premier institution for imparting training to all ranks of the regiment.
Also the great legendary actor Shri Dilip Kumar has his childhood link with this town. Before becoming an actor, his family had a fruit business and he used to come down from Deolali to Mumbai for his business purpose.
Other celebrity actors who are associated with Deolali are Mr. Vinod Khanna, Mr Arshad Warsi, Mr. Arjun Rampal and Ms. Bhumika Chawla. As per my knowledge they all studied in Barnes High School.

Photography: Humayunn N A Peerzaada

Life doesn’t give a second chance

I have been seeing a lot two wheeler riders inserting their cellphone inside their helmet, talking on it through their helmet many a time. Kinda weird I must say.
I have seen at least 2 accidents happen for this very reason. Cellphone in mid-air and man on the ground.
I was wanting to shoot something on those lines and create a public awareness visual. Hope that the visual which I wanted to create is well executed over here and the message reaches where it is targeted.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank my friends Naresh Nagda and Faiyaz Sorathia to have agreed to model and doing up the graphics and making the layout for this public service concept of mine.
Thanks a ton my friends for being a part of my visual and thinking.

No to Cell .. Yes to Helmet

Say No to Cell while driving.. Yes to Helmet

Model: Naresh Nagda – Graphics and Design: Faiyaz Sorathia

Concept and photography: Humayunn N A Peerzaada