A Place Called Home

Home is one of those places where you can be your uninhibited self, where maps don’t make sense and you are never truly lost. No matter how many changes happen, it will always be your haven. That said, it is very easy to take this comfort zone for granted. When I had the liberty to…

Shimmering Offerings!

If you ever take time off to visit the Haji Ali Dargah, apart from the manat ka dhaga, you can offer a chaddar too. A chaddar is noting but a shinning piece of cloth that covers the tomb inside the main dargah. While it is not a customary practice, some people also offer ikhtar or…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration 2

What good is a celebration without the savouries and desserts? Back here, every occasion and festival calls for special sweets that adds to the traditional value. I captured this shot on my way to the Haji Ali Darga, this is a sweet made of semolina (also known as rava or suji here). While the plain white…

Piya Haji Ali (Movie: Fiza)

Instead of telling you a story today, let me share this wonderful song from a Hindi movie about the shrine that fell in love with. The translation follows after every line. I have also added the youtube video link if you want to know what the melody goes like, or if you want to sing along. May his…

Haji Ali Dargah

One of the most widely visited spots in Mumbai, the Haji Ali dargah has the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The tomb sees people from every religion and fate visit to pray to the saint to fulfill their wishes. As the tomb is in the middle of the Arabian Sea, tide govern…