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    I was neither born nor bred here.

    But I know this city

    of casuarina and tart mango slices,
    gritty with salt and chilli
    and the truant sands of the Marina,

    the powdered grey jowls of film heroes,

    my mother’s sari, hectic with moonlight,
    still crackling with the voltage
    of an MD Ramanathan concert,

    the flickering spice route of tamarind and onion
    from Mylapore homes on summer evenings,

    the vast opera of the Bay of Bengal,
    flambéed with sun,

    and a language as intimate as the taste
    of sarsaparilla pickle, the recipe lost,
    the sour cadences as comforting
    as home.

    It’s no use.
    Cities ratify
    their connections with you
    when you’re looking the other way,

    annexing you
    through summer holidays,
    through osmotic memories
    of your father’s glib
    lie to a kindergarten teacher
    (‘My mother is the fair one’),

    and the taste of coffee one day in Lucca
    suddenly awakening an old prescription –
    Peabury, Plantation A
    and fifty grams of chicory
    from the fragrant shop near the Kapaleeshwara temple.

    City that creeps up on me
    just when I’m about to affirm
    world citizenship.

    ~Arundhathi Subramaniam~

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