The City of Tokyo in Poetry

by Lakshmi Kalarikkal The city of Tokyo is structured like a poem, soaring mountains flow into deep valleys, while babbling streams undercut the sounds of trains. A unique beat hums across the metropolis. This rhythm has made the Tokyo in poetry truly lyrical. Some of the poetry that brings me home is transcribed below. TokyoContinue reading “The City of Tokyo in Poetry”

The Manga Cafes of Tokyo and What’s Inside Them

By Khushi Mundhwa With a smile on her face and a manga book in her hand, Mizu was thinking of the last time she had visited a café in Tokyo which had such books stocked up to the roof. It was the 28th day of last year when she stepped into a Mangakissa for theContinue reading “The Manga Cafes of Tokyo and What’s Inside Them”

Visitors from the Past in The City of Seoul

Dedicated to Shyam Hajare Seoul could turn anybody into a tourist, even the most traditional Korean man. People who walked the same street every single day couldn’t predict what happened at a familiar turn. Mizu had spent a good few hours at Hongdae station road, a boba tea in hand, sipping as she glanced fromContinue reading “Visitors from the Past in The City of Seoul”

A Calm Day in Mombasa City, Africa

On the windy south-east expanse of Mombasa Island, lay an old town with flaky white walls and ancient window sills. It lay brooding and distant like a solitary man looking at the vast sea in contemplation, and its inmates spent their lives with a cool calm flair, as if they lived inside its brain. MizuContinue reading “A Calm Day in Mombasa City, Africa”

Noontime Dumplings in Beijing

A city in which everything real existed in the backstreets. Food was wok-tossed into the air and sesame, soy, and mustard hit the brain before making it to the belly.  People weary from their day jobs sat down on rickety stools to have the meal of their lives. Roasted duck: an addiction. Everything seemed likeContinue reading “Noontime Dumplings in Beijing”

The Sea Shell Collector of Baia: a Trip to an Underwater City

– dedicated to Vandana Lohia With her gaze fixed on the swirling shell of Tyrrhenian Sea, Mizu was confounded by the secrets of the old city that had crept into her ears without warning. What began as an underwater tour of a 2000 year old Roman party city, turned into an expose on the privateContinue reading “The Sea Shell Collector of Baia: a Trip to an Underwater City”

La Comida in Mexico City

The one thing Mizu would remember from her stay in Mexico City was the comida. She liked to say the word ever so often to remember how she felt. A comida was an extended lunch in Mexico city that started at 2:00 pm and went on until the end of work hours. Nobody cared muchContinue reading “La Comida in Mexico City”

Barrow, the City of the 1:00 am Sun

– Dedicated to Kimberley Remedios Barrow is America’s northernmost city and also the boon of nature’s misery. Here, the sun doesn’t rise for two months in winter, and in summer, the sun inhabits the sky for 80 long days and nights. It confounds everything known about time, it suspends it into this vast eternity ofContinue reading “Barrow, the City of the 1:00 am Sun”

Wearing a Bamboo Hat around Hanoi, Vietnam

~dedicated to Prerna Mukherjee Mizu was getting used to Hanoi’s streets. It wasn’t long until she realized the lack of street-crossing rules. She had waited for a good fifteen minutes before she took a step, and then another, dodged a big Hanoi cyclo and scurried across the road. She didn’t dare look up to seeContinue reading “Wearing a Bamboo Hat around Hanoi, Vietnam”

Hot coffee in burning city – Centralia, Pennsylvania

Mizu is in the city of Centralia. Only five city dwellers live here because the place is literally on fire. It can perish anytime, even as you read this story. A realization of sorts had dawned upon Mizu. She was sipping on a cup of coffee, with a 77-year-old man, in a wooden cottage inContinue reading “Hot coffee in burning city – Centralia, Pennsylvania”