happiness comes to me with the rain in Bangalore
tandava drums to me with the rain in Bangalore
I arrived intending to leave in a few days' time
juggle the sums for me with the rain in Bangalore
I smoke a 2-rupee cheroot in a 3-wheel auto
maya soft-numbs to me with the rain in Bangalore
perchance my film will at last emerge from gestation?
polish wry plums for me with the rain in Bangalore
Ardeo went south amid summer and toured Byramangala
handful of chums to me with the rain in Bangalore
21 June postscript:
. . . and special happiness that (the morning after having dashed off the above poem in a little 15-rupee-per-hour upstairs internet cafe, a block from where I'm staying now in the Maleshwaram neighborhood), my little always-should-be-with-me pocket notebook (including train tickets) was still present & accounted for . . . I having absent-mindedly left said item after having typed out (here) the initial 3-4 lines from said volume. Jai sri raam . . .
tandava is the drum of Siva, or perhaps it's the name of what he plays on that drum; (scholars can sort this out) :-)
2-rupee cheroot: it's not easy to find a cigar in Bangalore. After many cigarless days, I opted for a Ganesh beedee. Another morning, I dutifully asked a shopkeeper if he had any cigars. No, he allowed. But his quiet assistant quietly handed him a long-lost-from-memory jar of ancient, folkstyle cigars (hence, "cheroot"), which he offered me for the noted reasonable price (equal to $0.12).
3-wheel auto: the ubiquitous mode of affordable taxi in India, in some regions called "auto" in others called "riksha" in yet others called "auto riksha". Akin to Bangkok's slightly more stylish tuk tuk. The auto riksha is a motoscooter with cabin, and can comfortably seat 2 or 3 (plus driver in front).