To Quill the Mocking World

Oh Bombay!

Shruti Parija
(3 min read)

There have been several odes to the city of Bombay( that’s how I like to call it, as opposed to the detached ‘Mumbai’ ) – all so beautiful and heartfelt. This is mine – To the city which loved me back like I loved her!


Unsettling and defiant
Bombay kicks you in your guts
To wake up and be the best version of yourself
Every single moment
Every single day

As much as she loves you
She willfully moulds you
To dance, to cry
To breathe, to love
To be unabashedly yourself
To be dreamy
To be grounded
To be a fighter
Every single moment
Every single day

Spirited and lively
Dark and blighted
Beautiful and gutted

The gritty bylanes of Dharavi
The beautiful churches in Bandra
The gastronomic haunts of Khao Galli
The ornate treasure troves of Chor Bazaar
The song and the sea
The beauty called Marine Drive
The melting pot of local trains
The majestic Fort, the pompous Gateway

Wizened beyond its years
Unsullied and brazen
Bombay embodies the spirit of life
Like no city can

For that
And a million such memories and life lessons
A part of my heart
Lives on in the beautiful maximum city
Oh Bombay – You will forever be missed!

Picture Credits

Shruti Parija is a Guest Author at Soulgasm
(Click here to read our first book “Mirrored Spaces” : A poetry and art anthology in English and Hindi with contributions from 22 artists)

One comment on “Oh Bombay!

  1. Shantanu Jain
    December 23, 2016

    sweet. 🙂


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