men acquire talents over the years by their dedicated
practice while very few are gifted with an inborn
talent. One such man who falls under later category
is Jaweed. God has bestowed upon him a rare
talent of carving vegetables into mind-boggling structures.
Whether animals, plants, human forms or monuments,
Jaweed carves vegetables into different shapes with
terrific speed. The beautiful creations of Jaweed
are not only eye-catching but also symbolize the situation.
carves vegetables according to the occasion. If it
is a marriage function you will find the vegetables
in the form of a bride and bridegroom going on in
a procession. If it is a birthday party then the carving
changes to suit the occasion. Jaweed's fingers can
create magic out of simple vegetables. He takes every
care to see that the minutest details are not left
out while carving. For example, one of his carving
consists of a bridegroom sitting on an elephant and
a bride sitting in a palki. Apart from these, you
will also find shehnai players and drum beaters following
the couple in the marriage procession.
who entered into this rare field just 7 years ago,
says that he took up vegetable carving due to compulsions
and unemployment. Says Jaweed "I was working
as a salesman in one of the stalls put up during the
All India industrial exhibition in 1994. One
day my boss told me that I would be paid only 100
rupees for my work. Then I felt very disappointed
and left the job. After that, there was nothing for
me to work. I did not had money and I use to simply
sit in home. And during that period, I use to pick
up the vegetables and convert them into beautiful
shapes. My mother use to tell me to do some useful
work but I use to carve like a mad man with full passion."
began his voyage with vegetable carving. He made the
parties and marriage functions come alive with his
creative art. Appreciation came pouring in for his
outstanding work. When Jaweed presented one of his
creations to former Chief Minister N.T Rama Rao
on his birthday, the matinee idol could not control
his emotions and hugged him in delight. Chief Minister
N Chandrababu Naidu too complimented his work.
But the biggest compliment of all came from the American
embassy. When Jawed presented a Whitehouse
carved out of an ash gourd to the American embassy
in Mumbai. The embassy people felt so happy
with his work that they granted him a ten-year visa
to go to USA. "I wanted to present
the Whitehouse to Bill Clinton when he visited Hyderabad
last year but due to security reasons I could not
do that. But I will definitely present a Whitehouse
to American President Junior Bush when I go
to USA in May,"says 38 year old Jaweed.
takes less than three hours to convert the vegetables
into unbelievable shapes. Bitter gourd, carrot, radish
and ash gourd are some of the common vegetables, which
Jawed uses in his work. Crocodiles, camels, elephants,
birds, Buckingham palace, Whitehouse, men playing
cricket, flower bouquets are some of the notable works
of Jaweed. He was featured in BBC, Zee TV and 'Surabhi'
Programme on Doordarshan. His ambition is to get into
Guinness book of World Records.
"Inshallah.... I will achieve that feat one day"
says Jaweed looking towards god.
Address: SM Jaweed, House # 22-4-526,
Etebar Chowk, Mufeed-ul-Anam Girls School Lane,
Kotla Alijah Road, Hyderabad-500 002.
Phone: 457 8421