POEM: Flower Market

Taken in September of 2013 in Bangalore at K.R. Market

Garland coils in saffron and yellow.
Burlap bags of loose blooms in many hues.
Free petals strewn across the floor.

Vendors sit like stamen, still amid the chaos.
Customers waft around like pollen on the wind.
And workers flit about like industrious bees.

POEM: Until You See the Flower Floor

It’s a post-apocalyptic scene.

Until you see the flower floor.

Concrete walls, bare but for paan stains.

Looking like a fresh massacre.

A murderous rampage

written in shotgun spatters.

A pack sits, rhythmically rocking,

hands mindlessly at work.

But with their backs to you,

you can’t see they’re stringing garlands.

Looks like the junky fidgets

of a Zombie horde at rest.

The impulse to tip-toe past, rationally quieted.

Then you peer over the rail to the flower floor.

The flower floor is brightness.

The visual gravity of oranges and yellows

exerts such an aesthetic pull on the eyes

that one can’t see any sign

of dystopian dreariness.

[National Poetry Month: Poem #12]

DAILY PHOTO: The Colors of Holi

Taken in October of 2013 in KR (City) Market in Bangalore.

Taken in October of 2013 in KR (City) Market in Bangalore.

As I skipped posting Daily Photos over the weekend, I’m posting two today–in honor of a Western and an Indian holiday respectively.  Holi is the festival of colors, and today one can see plenty of people with faces and clothing powdered in vivid colors. In the markets one sees these conical piles of color defying gravity in a most stubborn fashion. FYI- Today isn’t the day to wear your finest, pristine white dress shirt.

DAILY PHOTO: Jama Masjid in Bangalore

Taken on February 26, 2014 in Bangalore

Taken on February 26, 2014 in Bangalore

This is the Jama Masjid in Bangalore (not to be confused with the massive Jama Masjid near the Red Fort in Old Delhi.) It’s indicative of Bangalore’s rapid growth that the mosque sits right up against the highway flyover that frames it herein. It’d be a nicer looking picture from on top of the flyover, but a.) that would be terrifying and b.) it wouldn’t give the impression of how hemmed in it is.

The mosque is located right next to the K.R. (City) Market, and is considered the most impressive of Bangalore’s mosques by many. This area is a crazy hive of market activity at all times of day.

DAILY PHOTO: KR Market Flower Floor

Taken September 14, 2013 in Bangalore

Taken September 14, 2013 in Bangalore

In the City Market (a.k.a. the K.R. Market) flower garlands are sold from massive rolls bursting with color. One can look down from above, and get some great shots.

DAILY PHOTO: Tipu Sultan’s Palace

Taken September 5, 2013 in Bangalore.

Taken September 5, 2013 in Bangalore.

This summer palace in Bangalore is held up by 160 columns, each of which is a single teak tree trunk. This section is what remains and is where the Sultan held audience with citizens. It’s located just south of the City Market (KR Market.)