An Ode to Mumbai City

Received a prompt today to write ‘An ode to a city’
Here’s mine – to the city in which I took my first breath but left soon after, to return after four decades. To Mumbai, where come July 2nd,2019 I will complete a year. And what a year it’s been but more about that in a later post. To all Mumbaikars reading this, let me know if the poem does justice. I know how much the city means to you and truth be told, it has rubbed off on me too.:)

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MUMBAI CITY
There’s something in the city
that ticks,
that clicks and makes it different
from all the rest-
‘It’s the pulse,’ they say
Throbbing relentlessly
In the dabbawalas
their tentacles serving
day after day, not stopping
In the local trains
spitting and regurgitating millions
never slowing
There’s a rhythm here, a beat
Never falters
And does not pause
E’en in the dark
It’s the ‘Mumbai magic,’ they say
Touches lastingly
Giving birth to dreams
That enter open windows
unclipped, undeterred
And soar like birds with wings
in the gullies of sprawling slums
and in tall, concrete towers that touch the sky
There’s something in the city
that ticks,
that clicks, makes it different
from all the rest-
‘It’s the air,’ they say
Playful, young and bold
Unfettered by the nitty-gritty
Doesn’t question
Doesn’t interfere
Allows one to be
But comes together as one
When need be

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16 responses to “An Ode to Mumbai City”

  1. Abirbhav Avatar

    Nice poem Madam.. I have a Polar Opposite view though for Mumbai..

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I’ll get there, the longer I stay here. LOL

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      1. Abirbhav Avatar

        Haha.. I had that feeling since day 1 itself.. 😛

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  2. Anushka Avatar

    It’s beautiful.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Anushka. So glad you liked it.😊

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  3. maximcartography Avatar

    “It’s the air,’ they say

    Playful, young and bold

    Unfettered by the nitty-gritty

    I fully agree with you about this.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Am happy you agree. Thank you so much for reading and sharing how you feel. Does that mean you have visited Mumbai?

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      1. maximcartography Avatar

        Not yet. Only in the north, delhi, jaipur and agra. But have read a lot about Mumbai.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          I hope you feel just like this when you visit here😊

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          1. maximcartography Avatar

            Yes. Looking forward to visiting Mumbai

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  4. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    This is such a great poem, Smitha. I really enjoyed it. Maybe one day I will visit Mumbai.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Robbie. You know I hoped you would want to visit it once you read the poem. Now I’m so glad you do.😊❤

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  5. radhikasreflection Avatar

    Nostalgic….lived in Mumbai for a decade….brings back fond memories 💕

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  6. balroop2013 Avatar

    Wow! Mumbai comes alive here. Well done Smitha.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much. Am so happy to read your comment.

      Liked by 1 person

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