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It is a beautiful poem written by Sarojini Naidu. She has used good language and fluent English which is quite surprising as she is an Indian poetess. She has described the beauty of a traditional Indian market or “bazaar”. She has touched upon all five senses. We can hear the music produced by our traditional Indian musical instruments played by the musicians and the chantings of the magicians. Delicious fruits like citron, pomegranate and plum are being sold by the fruit-men, while the vendors are weighing saffron, lentil and rice (Indian staple food).
The pleasant fragrance of sandalwood an henna can be smelt.
Also, the smell of flowers that are woven into chaplets and garlands is in the air. One can see the richness of wares in the bazaar. The poetess has mentioned colors such as crimson, purple, silver, amber, azure and red. This shows what all goods are sold in an Indian bazaar. Turbans of crimson and silver, tunics of purple brocade, mirrors with panels of amber, daggers with the handle of jade, chessmen, ivor dice, anklets, wristlets, rings, bels for the fet of blue pigeons, girdles of gold, and scabbards for the king are all examples of the expensive wares sold in the bazaars of Hyderabad.
First of all, one must know that this poem was written during the freedom struggle of India, So Sarojini Naidu has been trying to unite the Indians to drive the British out of India. She is trying to encourage the Indians to buy goods from their traditiona bazaars rather than purchasing foreign goods.
She is telling her country men to take part in Gandhiji’s Swadeshi movement and boycott all British goods. At that time the publication of Indian newspapers were banned, so writing a poem was the best way to spread this message.
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