Bangles are not mere ornaments or accessories for women; they are a part of their identity. Discuss the statement in the light of the poem “The Bangle Sellers” by Sarojini Naidu.
Sarojini Naidu’s poem “The Bangle Sellers” doesn’t present the bangles as mere ornaments of accessories worn by the women to adorn themselves, but those are a part of their identity. Bangle are one of those few things that reflect their happiness. Again, different colours of bangles reflect different stages of woman’s life. For example, the silver and blue coloured bangles reflect the chastity and modesty of a maiden girl. The yellow bangles like ‘fields of sunlit corn’ represent the happiness, peace and prosperity of a bridal morning, while the red bangles like ‘the flame of her marriage fire’ represent the passion of a newly made relation. The ‘purple and gold flecked grey’ bangles convey a middle-aged woman’s love and care for her children and the concern for her family. So, through the song of the bangle sellers, the poet emphasizes how bangles are “tokens of radiant lives” of girls and women in a typical Indian society.