Britannia is my life, it is my second home. My first home was Persia that my father brought me from | Humans of Mumbai


I am senior partner of Britannia & Co, Ballard Estate.

My father brought me here when I was only 8 / 9 years old and I grew up in this Ballard Estate locality all along.

I am now 92 years old and i find a lot of change during all these years.

In the previous years in olden times when the British people were here life was very slow but now everything has changed .. life has become very fast .. population has increased .. traffic has increased and everything has changed.

Even the nature and the conduct of people have changed.

When i read the newspapers rapes are being committed .. crimes are being committed I fee very very depressed.

I wish Narendra Govt will do something about all this and will make it a happier place to live.

Now I grew up here in Mumbai .. did my schooling and college and after my father departed for his heavenly abode I took care of this restaurant.

Britannia is my life, it is my second home. My first home was Persia that my father brought me from.

I meet various people from all over the world .. tourists come here .. scholars come here and I am very happy with my life and I am always at the service of my customers.

When I am gone my two sons will continue my business.


Indian Mouth & Foot painting artist Nadeem Shaikh (without limbs) | Humans of Mumbai


Aapke saamne maine Ganpatiji ki painting banai hai .. actually isliye banai hai kyonki unka tyohaar aa raha hai aur unke bhakto ko pasand aaye .. isliye maine ye painting banai hai.

(Had the privilege and the opportunity to meet Indian Mouth & Foot painting artists Nadeem Shaikh , Bandenawaaz Nadaf & Narayan RamKrishnan who were performing live foot painting demonstration at Hotel SOFITEL today.
I must say they are handicapped in body but not in spirit).

Thanks to Senior Manager Institutional Sales (Indian Mouth & Foot painting artists)
– Mr. Paresh Padia and Mr. Salil Desai, director of humans resources, Sofitel Mumbai BKC.

Don’t just love your parents .. express your love .. pata nahi kal woh ya hum ho na ho | Niaz Ahmed Mohmuddin Peerzaada – my Papa

my papa Niaz Ahmed Mohmuddin Peerzaada | don't just love your parents .. express your love .. pata nahi kal woh ya hum ho na ho ..

my papa Niaz Ahmed Mohmuddin Peerzaada left me . his wife .. his daughters .. his grand daughters .. his family .. his innumerable well wishers .. his dear friends, his Tapasyasociety Prabhadevi which he loved so much, his hometown Kudachi Kudchi, his city Mumbai and this world on 9th sept 2013 .. exactly 44 days back ..

As a student he was the most popular student of his college (being Mr. Ismail Yusuf College) was a sportsman (hockey) .. Scholar and an artist (played Sitar) .. he matriculated from the Anglo Urdu High school Belgaum. He won the Sir Kasam Moosa Gold Medal and Sir Frank Santer’s Scholarship for the getting the highest marks in Persian in the whole of university. He always maintained a brilliant academic record in his college and a moving spirit behind many college activities.

my father and i shared a very silent relationship .. was not a very strict father but in terms of sharing love and emotions he held himself back never letting his emotions rule him .. in his 86 years of life we hardly interacted .. but from past couple of we actually got down to talking while watching Arnab Goswami’s News hour … probably it was Arnab’s magic and my fathers interest in news | politics …

thus in between Arnab’s news hour .. we had one hour of chatting away on various issues and problems not only of our own house but of our city and of our country ..

thus dooriyan nazdikiyan bani and we became very close ..

feb 22nd 2003 is the day i will never forget .. he use to make his own tea and warm water .. was carrying both in his hands and suddenly his legs gave away and just went down with the hot tea and water ..

from that days onwards it was innumerable trips to doctors .. scans and what not ..

i wont go into all the details .. his health deteriorated and my family and i just could not see this fit and healthy man not able to walk and on bed constantly ..

till the age of 84 he drove scooter .. a super confident man .. there was nothing in this world that my father could not do .. he took many difficult projects in his life and he never failed .. never failed …

a man who never went to a doctor till 86 years of his age .. never knew what and how a clinic looks …

but he took ill from feb 03 onwards and was besieged with many ailments and he fought with all the ailments smilingly .. never complained of pain whatsoever …

in these months father and his son developed LOVE which they both never felt existed between them for each of them .. i could feel his love .. his wanting to me that he loved and he loved me and his family so much … but probably the fear of losing .. the fear of parting and the emotions which goes with it did not allow him to be expressive all his life and till his death … never letting his love and emotions get naked in front of his dear and near once …

but i m a very expressive person and though i feared him all my life but in the last 8 months i loved him .. loved him and loved him .. i shaved his beard almost every 3 days .. took him in my arms and kissed his cheeks and forehead innumerable times .. i developed this habit of making him recite 6 Kalimas every night before he retired to bed ..

8th september and the morning of 9th Sept 2003 was a normal night for all us .. though he was ill but we never thought anything could wrong as he was doing well with the treatment and was perfectly fine .. he had his dinner .. recited Kalimas .. uneasiness started from 1.20 am at 3.20 am he left this world peacefully .. no sign of any pain .. he just closed his eyes ..

love you Papa ..

don’t just love your parents .. express your love … pata nahi kal woh ya hum ho na ho ..

360º Panorama of Imambara, Hooghly – India @ shot with 10 feet boom pole


In my study of 360 degree panorama .. i was and am so impressed with the body of work photographer Roger Berry possess .. the day i saw his panoramas .. i was completely zapped and amazed by his creativity .. he shoots all his panorama from on a 18feet pole ..

so i too wanted to try out the same … the query i asked myself was .. if he can why not i? though i was into 360 degree panorama shooting but shooting from a 18 feel gives a different point of view to the visual or the landmark one is shooting of the city …

I spoke to Paras Mehta (camera equipment shop)

had a lengthy discussion on how and where to buy this custom made pole/boompole .. called up Rahmat bhai of Rational Photographic (camera equipment shop)

called him up in Kolkata and discussed with him as well … but no success …

with the support of Shabir bhai .. i got hold of one such pole in the most famous lane where one can buy almost all camera accessories ie Central Camera Lane from the only hitch was tht it was 10 feet and not 18 ..

Manfrotto it seems makes 17feet or something but thn i had no money to invest in such costly pole so settled for this cheap boompole of 10 feet ..

the kind of panoramas i shoot requires a full frame camera with a shaved Tokina fisheye .. i had both .. but what i did not hv was the guts to attach this costly camera atop a cheap boom pole i am brave enough but not as to risk my camera .. nevertheless ..

i live on this belief that jo hai aaj hai .. aaj hi karna hai .. there is no tomorow aur meri dictionary mein IMPOSSIBLE naam ki koi jagah nahi hai .. jo thaan liya so thaan liya .. karna hai to karna hai … dil kiya hai to bas ab to karna hi hai .. no pros and cons .. Just have to do it …

so attached the Nikon D3X 10 on a 10 feet pole .. did a test shot at my bldg terrace and was successful .. here is the pic:

the equirectangular photograph can be viewed seen here:

the 360 degree panorama of the same can be viewed here:

the real test was to shoot outdoor on location .. and beautiful Kolkata trip gave me that opportunity ..

I shot Imambada .. Hanseswari Mandir .. College street and Coffee house interior with the 10 feet pole .

when i saw Imambada from this POV .. even i was zapped seeing it … the cars .. the icecream trolleys .. cycle rickshaw walas looking up .. all conjure up to give a very beautiful perspective  … kabhi kuch aisa kaam karna chahiye jisses hum khud rashk kar sake … hahahahahahaha

So here i proudly present the amazingly beautiful Imambada of Hooghly probably for the first time shot from a 10feet pole …

the 360 degree panorama can be viewed here:

the equirectangular photograph can be viewed here:

37th of India - 7th of West Bengal/Kolkata -Imambara, Hooghly, West Bengal - India @ Humayunn Peerzaada
66th of India - 35th of West Bengal/Kolkata  - Imambara, Hooghly, West Bengal - India Humayunn Peerzaada

i hope you all like it ..

Shot with Nikon D3X @ Tokina fisheye shaved @ D3X attached on 10feet pole …

thanks so much Sir Roger Berry to introduce me to this kind of amazing photography …

this panorama would not have been possible without the support of Photographer Paul Nilot from Kolkata.

and like always lastly don’t know how to thnk this brother of mine Shabirali Patel ..

i literally make him mad with so much discussions on so many genres .. but he is always very very inspiring and very supportive .. shukriya Shabir bhai for all u do to make me a better photographer each passing day ..

360º Virtual Panorama of Howrah Bridge/Rabindra Setu, Kolkata, West Bengal – India (shot from Mullick Ghat)

Howrah Bridge/Rabindra Setu, Kolkata, West Bengal – India (shot from Mullick Ghat)

The Howrah Bridge is a Suspension type Balanced Cantilever bridge that spans the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. Commissioned in 1943, the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it links the city of Howrah to its twin city, Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate. However it is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge. Apart from bearing the stormy weather of the Bay of Bengal region, it successfully bears the weight of a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The third longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, it is currently the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world. Mullick Ghat is known for being Asia’s largest wholesale flower market.

Shot with Nikon D90 @ Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye lens @ f/11 mounted on the Manfrotto 360º 303SPH 8 shots on tripod @ (60º steps for the rotation).

The equirectangular output was thn tonemapped (single exposure) in Photomatix Pro thn Photoshop (Ninja Noise plugin for noise reduction and high-pass filtering) to obtain this 360 degree virtual panorama.

Panorama stitching was done in PTGui. Removing of the tripod and VR Head from the bottom face was tedious and was done manually on PS to process the equirectangular panoramic.

Smoking Kills

Smoking Kills

Inspired by a time lapsed short I had seen, I thought it would be nice if i can try making a time lapsed film on anti-smoking myself.
Made my room into a small studio by setting up black acrylic .. bought some cigarette packs .. readied my sturdy Nikon D90 .. lits by home purpose handy tubelight.
A non smoker, I puffed some 6 packs of cigarette to film this anti-smoking short.
Curious .. why 6 packs???
Firstly I shot 2 versions .. one against white background and one against black also I wasn’t getting the fall in the direction I wanted.
I wont discuss the after effects of smoking on me over here .. thats for some other time.
A raw cigarette takes roughly 17 minutes to turn to ash .. the one in the film took 11 minutes .. time lapsed 11 minutes into 25 seconds.
I hope the message comes across.
And please please please quit smoking.

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