To stay a bit longer in this ‘Indian mood’, this time I would like to share another of my older writings about the amazing city Mumbai.
On the the contrary to Varanasi to this city I have been several times.
If you fly from Europe to Mumbai, you mostly come by a flight reaching in the night. It is always a wonderful sight when after flying through darkness for hours suddenly you see the lights of Marine Drive appearing out of the dark. It is like the city offers you some feeling of ‘home coming’.
Mumbai itself could produce so many topics to write about: colonial past, modern India, problems of megacities,… But for now I decided just to share this piece of writing.
Approaching you after crossing the dark ocean
your necklace is shining so bright from far
The roofs of slum dwellings are so close
before crossing the fence and touching your ground
Once been a small fisher village at the coast,
a wedding gift between colonial powers you were
The jewel in the crown of an empire admired by many,
and now the financial heartbeat of a nation in motion
Your artefacts from a foreign ruled past
renamed after events and names of homegrown history
Torn from here to there between past and present,
generations and traditions are clashing on each other
Although as an unspoken protest against liberalized unjustice
an invisible finger is pointing out through the windows of
commuter trains passing over a long distance
the settlements of the homeless seekers of your fortune
Every morning a huge amount of people
is rushing into your maze of streets and buildings
where hope and desillusion goes hand in hand
and many fell in chasms opening at once
The kind elephant is always smiling down at you,
every year being carried into the water of the ocean,
his broken tooth he sacrificed to write a masterwork,
being admired by readers from far over your borders
Seen by many but your many faces not understood at full
Mumbai Devi, you are cruel, elegant, gentle, caring and ugly at once
When worshipping and praising you one really does not know:
Reality, illusion, nightmare, dream or imagination what are you ?