What role do the vendors, pedlars and maidens play in Sarojini Naidu’s poem ‘In the Bazaars of Hyderabad’?
The vendors, pedlars and maidens play an important role in the poem to present an outstanding picture of an Indian market. The poet’s motive was to show the diversity and self-sufficiency of an Indian market in British India. The native Indian culture and tradition are glorified and showcased in the poem. And these people like pedlars and vendors are an inseparable part of that picture. Not only the vendors, pedlars and maidens, but also the magician, the musicians, the goldsmiths, the flower girls – all play the same role in the poem ‘In the Bazaars of Hyderabad’.
The vendors weigh and sell goods like saffron, pulses and rice. The maidens (young girls) grind sandalwood, henna and spice. The travelling traders or pedlars sell small things which are toys like chessman and ivory dice.