In the poem In the bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu, is the bazaar for satisfying basic needs or for people who shop for luxuries?
The bazaar that Sarojini Naidu presents in her poem ‘In the Bazaars of Hyderabad’ can cater for basic needs as well as for luxuries.
As we can see, the things of basic needs like ‘saffron and lentil and rice’, ‘sandalwood, henna and spice’, ‘citron, pomegranate and plum’, ‘tassels or azure and red’ and the chaplets to garland the groom’s bed or to ‘perfume the sleep of the dead’ are all available in this bazaar.
Again, the ‘turbans of crimson and silver’ ,’tunics of purple brocade’, ‘mirrors with panels of amber’, ‘daggers with handles of jade’, ‘chessmen and ivory dice’, ‘wristlet and anklet and ring’, ‘bells for the feet of blue pigeons’, ‘girdles of gold for dancers’, ‘scabbards of gold for the king’, – all these are available for luxuries.
There are also the means of merriment like magicians and musicians. So, it’s fair enough to say that this bazaar is not only for things of basic needs, but also for them who shop for luxuries and enjoyment.