AustLit logo
Apartment of a Bombay Millionaire single work   poetry   "Sir, you have wide windows, facing West"
Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Apartment of a Bombay Millionaire
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , Fitzroy North Singapore : Black Pepper Red Wheelbarrow Books , 2011 Z1809501 2011 selected work poetry

    Australian Chris Mooney-Singh is comfortable in North India, where The Bearded Chameleon is set. This is a colourful life canvas seen through the rare insight of a foreigner who has absorbed the cultural nuances of India over two decades - urban and pastoral, personal and societal. These are not 'travel poems.' Rooted within Punjabi Indian villages and the excitement of big cities like Delhi and Mumbai they reveal a poet sensitive to the sometimes sadly ludicrous nature of the sub-continent's human stories. A convert to Sikhism who has worn a beard and turban since 1989, Mooney-Singh has an ear finely-tuned for Indian speech.

    The first part of The Bearded Chameleon opens with personal lyric poems depicting the poet's love for and the death of his Australian wife. "...why have I been detained among / the iron gods? / I drink milk and sorrow / from tumblers of steel..." Part two depicts intimate family portraits, business people, sketches of the rich and the poor and interior monologues of characters such as the tragic Mrs Pritima Devi. [From the publisher]

    Fitzroy North Singapore : Black Pepper Red Wheelbarrow Books , 2011
    pg. 29-30
Last amended 26 Sep 2011 15:43:23
  • Mumbai,
    South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
    Powered by Trove