Inspired by Brown Girl, Bluegrass
Capital of West Bengal
Colonial Capital of British india
Also known as Kolkata or Kalikata, for ease of Anglican tongues
The City of Joy, Food, History And Music
Home of College Street
And Victoria Memorial, a large marble dedication to the usurper, or better known as Queen Victoria
The Indian Museum
The birthplace of artists like Tagore
Martyrs like Teresa
And girls, like me.
Where my grandparents spent their entire lives, raising their two daughters
Where my parents met during their masters program.
The place where they got married.
Where I was born,
On a cold, January Sunday in the hospital furthest from my mom’s home.
Currently, the city where my grandparents still live
Where my grandma spends her weekends in the Calcutta Club, playing poker with her friends and enjoying the luxuries of colonial practices the Brits forgot to take back with them
Like well dressed butlers
And being called “ma’am”
And being proud patrons of an elusive “gentleman’s club”
The city where I spent my early childhood
The city where my best friend lives as his father serves in the Army.
I haven’t visited my home in over three years.
Calcutta, the City of Joy