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Marine Drive out of bounds this Sunday evening as Dawoodi Bohras celebrate the 100th Birthday of their Spiritual Head Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin

The Spiritual Leader of the Million Strong Dawoodi Bohra Community,Sydena Mohammad Burhanuddin being honoured on his 100th Birthday in a Procession down Marine Drive in South Mumbai this Sunday evening,March 27,2011….A Sea of atleast a lakh of Dawoodi Bohra men and Women and Children…the Men resplendent in their traditional three piece White outfits with a white and gold topi  while the Women in their decorative rida that distinguishes them from the traditional and simple black burkha clad Muslim Women

These are mobile shots taken by my son,who was practicing with his Rock band at a band member’s residence right in the middle of Marine Drive…he had reached early at 5pm unaware of this later evening procession and Marine Drive being closed for it

My wife too was unaware and  was stuck in a horrendous traffic jam because of this Procession…the whole of Marine Drive was out of Bounds and vehicles were being diverted through Marine Lines…she returned in a foul mood cursing that there was no forewarning ,either in the Press or on TV Channels or even through Notice Boards at leading road arteries and the big junctions that lead to Marine Drive,that  Marine Drive was  closed for vehicular traffic this evening for this Procession & Celebration…and it’s been a hot day in Mumbai today…so the Heat adds to the Heat of the Moment !

….I have warned her that tomorrow,Monday,March 28,2011, and it has been announced,the same Marine Drive is going to witness a security drill ahead of the World Cup Cricket Finals at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday,April 2,2011

….and tomorrow and dayafter too the Garware Clubhouse at Wankhede Stadium will also begin distribution of the Tickets for the Finals for those who booked and paid for them earlier in the month

Come Saturday,April 2,2011…Come the Finals…… and all roads will lead to the Wankhede Stadium on Marine Drive in South Mumbai….quicker to walk to the stadium…advisable to begin the walk early morning for the day/night game so as to be early in the Q waiting to get in …so you don’t miss the toss or atleast the first ball that will be bowled at 2.30 pm….am taking it that India is making it…….

Cheers !    


17 thoughts on “Marine Drive out of bounds this Sunday evening as Dawoodi Bohras celebrate the 100th Birthday of their Spiritual Head Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin”

  1. Mr Gaurav , let me appologise for the inconvenience casued to your wife & son . this being one of the most astonishing moments for bohra community and this kind of jam is rarely caused by our community people. on the other end let me also thank ur son for posting these photos as they were the first photos to be published by u on web before any news channel or website could display. hope u would be looking forward to one more great moment India Pak Match … hope u enjoy and have a nice time .

  2. You are too kind Khozaima…there is no need for any apology…son enjoyed witnessing and clicking the celebrations….all of us fully understand and appreciate the significance of this momentous celebration of the 100th Birthday of your Spiritual Leader…it was indeed a splendid and proud procession as is evident from the photos…My Wife,Son and Daughter and I extend heartiest congratulations to your Community

  3. You’re welcome Huzefa and Hussain…. and Congratulations…yesterday turned out to be a Minorities day for me !…late morning till early afternoon I was addressing the Catholics (see blog)…and evening I was relaying a few mobile clicks taken by my son of the Dawoodi Bohra Procession on Marine Drive to honour your Spiritual Leader on his 100th Birthday

  4. I think this procession I witnessed is just amazing. Just goes to proves, we can come together, for peaceful purposes. We can bring a chnage to the country by following and accepting examples from all religions. For a crowd this size, there was not all that much disorderly behavious, nor were there any security cheques. A good human being can be rest assured he does not have to fear. Thank you for the pictures.

  5. We are really sorry for the trouble caused to your family.. its nice to see that u are amazingly well aware of our community..the pics are nice!

  6. Fatema Dahodwala

    wowwww…. it was really very nice picture….Thank you so much Mr. Gaurav…. to share this picture on your blog….

  7. Mr. Gaurav thx 4 cliking and posting these pics. these r really very good 1 thx 1c agn i was not there 2 witness this great Procession of our community. thx 4 ur pics 1c agn

  8. Shabbir Khambhati

    Dear Mr. Gaurav , You don’t know how much happy you would make all dawoodi bohra with your posting of procession pics. Indeed I was searching the web for media coverage and to my surpirse yours is the only blog which reported such a mamoth disciplined gathering of one of the important community of this great nation. ITS A MEDIA’s LOST not ours

  9. Hello Mr. Gaurav, truly amazing pics and thanx a lot for posting them. I very much appreciate your effort and it would be kind of you if you keep on posting Dawoodi Bohra events that regularly keeps on happening in and around Mumbai…Cheers..Good Day !!!

  10. Hasan Riyaz Magar

    Dear Mr. Gaurav, truly amazing pics and I very much appreciate your effort Thanx
    May Aqa Mola Give Live Blessing As Soon As possible

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