DELHI BELLY

I N S P I R A T I O N


You need to experience the Indian railways to fully appreciate this predicament. We were fortunate not to fall victim to Delhi Belly but there is never going to be anything other than a lot of it about. Since writing the song, I was informed that chicken tikka masala was invented in Glasgow. Having tracked it via wikipedia, this could be correct, however, since then it has travelled the world and is actually served in many parts of India. Click on Soundcloud to listen to the track.


Delhi Belly

I had chicken tikka masala. I do not think that was wise.

For breakfast with lime pickle, bamboo shoots and French fries.

I had a second helping. To that I can be prone.

In the circles which I move, for second helpings I am known.

Now I’m lying in the darkness with a grumble in my belly,

Three bunks up, on the night train out of Delhi.

 

I had mutton rogan josh. It tasted good to me.

I then had biryani, whatever that may be.

Then just because I could, I had Kingfisher beer,

That seems to be the tipple of the men who live round here.

Now I’m lying in the darkness with a grumble in my belly,

Three bunks up, on the night train out of Delhi.

 

I had Navrattan korma. I then had vindaloo,

For dinner with boiled rice, and a poppadom or two.

I then had tea from Darjeeling, just to wash it down;

I got that from a Chai Wallah, on the pavement in the town.

Now I’m lying in the darkness with a grumble in my belly,

Three bunks up, on the night train out of Delhi.

 

After Kadhai Paneer for supper, I am clenching my teeth.

I am on the top bunk. There are two bunks underneath.

In my throat, I have a tickle, but, I would not want to cough.

It is sixteen hours to Mumbai and that’s where I get off.

Now I’m lying in the darkness with a grumble in my belly.

Three bunks up, on the night train out of Delhi.

 

Paul J Openshaw (March 2013)

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