Every 17 December, the night of Mevlana Jalal ad Din Rumi's death, thousands of people from all around the world gather to celebrate Seb-i Arus, his 'Wedding Day', his reunion with his Beloved, with the Divine.
ليلة الزفاف. الاحتفالات الصوفية احياءاً لذكرى وفاة مولانا جلال الدين الرومي في قونيا تركيا
Located at the heart of Stone Town's maze like alleyways you will find this small coffee corner where most of the elderly Zanzibari men meetup daily for coffee, chat and laughter!
I visited Zanzibar in August 2012 during Eid Alfiter holidays and I was amazed by the similarities of the Zanzibaris and Arabs. In fact I met a lot of people in Zanzibar who are Arabs or originally Arab (mostly from Oman or Yemen). Even though Zanzibar gained its independence since 1963 from Sultanate Oman but the Omani influence is still dominant. I couldn't differentiate between Omanis and Zanzibaris even the attire looked exactly the same to me. Even though the official language in Zanzibar is Kiswahili but most Zanzibaris speak Arabic as Islam is the dominant religion in the Island.
I spoke to the men sitting at Jaws corner in Arabic and they were really delightful to chat with. They are the warmest and kindest people. When I asked them on their daily routine they said: " We go to Jaws Corner we drink coffee then pray at the masjid and come back for more coffee we sit, chat, make fun of people passing by and we laugh! This is life in Zanzibar! ".
I made this video from still photos and I combined it with audio recorded at Jaws corner with a huge smile from me!
Ps. The coffee in Jaws Corner is really good so make sure to stop by Jaws corner if you plan to visit Zanzibar any time soon!
Sleeper class is the budget class in Indian Railways and described as 'Best value for money' class. It is not air-conditioned and mostly used by locals. I spent some time photographing Sleeper Class windows and waiting areas at Ajmer Railway Station in Rajasthan India.
The photographs were taken with Canon 60D, audio recorded with Sony recorder and edited with Audacity. Slides done with Fotomagico4.
A Prayer “We came for Peace” is a multimedia story of Namreen and her mother. I met them in the women’s section at a Sufi mosque in Srinagar Kashmir. I was touched by the mother’s sincere prayers and I approached her and asked if she could say a prayer for me. Then I asked her daughter Namreen to translate the prayer. When I asked Namreen why did you come here, she answered passionately “We came for Peace”.
Namreen has a Master’s degree in Chemistry and her mother is a Govt teacher. She also has a sister living in the United States.