Thursday, 10 August 2017

Poetry Reads: On A Mythical Mumbai Weekend by Snehith Kumbla


On A Mythical Mumbai Weekend
by Snehith Kumbla 

On a mythical Mumbai weekend, 
of no serene start or dubious end, 
with imaginary beauties, invisible friends,

I stepped out of a puffing train, 
my long unkempt hair a lion's mane, 
getting used to my twitching tail,

Posing on the Gateway of India, 
the extraordinary explorer pose, 
took a boat to Elephanta (sans the hose),

and when my shivering co-passengers
had finished feverishly taking pictures
and started screaming holy mothers and sisters, 

I took off from the starboard end, 
and became the first man-lion to 
cross the polluted Indian channel, 

surviving to make the news channels,
my scientific name listed as a brand new mammal, 
my mating call recognized as a gushing gargle, 

On a mythical Mumbai weekend, 
of no serene start or dubious end, 
with imaginary beauties, invisible friends,

I devoured deep-kissing lovers for lunch 
at Bandstand's low-tide on a hunch,
to the delicious sound of munch! munch!

even as Shah Rukh Khan watched disgusted 
from his big big bungalow by the sea, 
and as the city sharpshooters came after me,    

and later when they brought me down, 
from Nariman Point building, like KING KONG,
I tuned a dusty guitar and sang a melancholy song,

on the death of adventure, love and reality, 
dangers of delusions, lethargy and self-pity,
repression, horniness and too much TV,

down in a shower of bullets when I went, 
sky like the coming of rain, godspeed, godsend, 
in a mythical city, where nothing is really meant, 

On a mythical Mumbai weekend, 
of no serene start or dubious end, 
with imaginary beauties, invisible friends...

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Mingling fantasy, boredom (epic ennui), love for the movies and alleged diary entries, On a Mythical Mumbai Weekend, is also my call out to meeting childhood, college, journalism and travel friends, visiting Elephanta Caves, browsing books at Flora Fountain, walking down Marine Drive, discovering Prithvi Theatre and many other South Mumbai memories.  




(Article by Snehith Kumbla)