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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bombay, My Mumbai

Here is a poem on Bombay/Mumbai that I simply love (especially the last four lines). It's by Jane Bhandari, who has made Mumbai her home for more than two decades. It originally appeared in The Daily Star on Sat. February 26, 2005.


Bombay, My Mumbai

I posted a parcel from England.
Said the clerk at the post office,
Where is Mumbai?
What is the nearest big city?
It's my home, I said, it's Bombay.
Mumbai is Bombay.
Sounds fatter to me, he said,
Laughing, and I thought,
Well, second marriage,
They usually are fatter,
Shapely young Bombay
Became matronly Mumbai,
Sprawling on the beach
With her feet in the sea.

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