Discuss Naidu’s poem The Bangle Sellers as Indian in thought and spirit.
Sarojini Naidu’s poetry is known for its Indianness — being Indian in thought and spirit. In its Indianness, her poem The Bangle Sellers is comparable to her another poem In the Bazaars of Hyderabad.
Through this poem she presents the role of bangles and bangle sellers in the vibrant cultural tradition in an Indian society. The bangle sellers going to the temple fair to sell those objects are typically an Indian scene. Bangles are worn by Indian girls and women especially in occasions to express their joy and delight. This is also related to the well-being of a family. The poet expresses this theme very well in two lines:
Lustrous tokens of radiant lives,
For happy daughters and happy wives.
Further, the poem deals with various colours of bangles to relate them to various stages of woman life. Those colourful bangles well represent the feelings and emotions attached with various events in a girl or woman’s life. All these are typically Indian. The flushing and dreaming of a maiden, ‘bridal laughter and bridal tear‘, cradling of ‘fair sons on her faithful breast’, serving ‘her household in fruitful pride’ and worshiping ‘the gods at her husband’s side’ — all these represent a woman’s life in an Indian society. Naidu’s liking for the rich Indian tradition is conveyed throughout the poem.
Bangle sellers show the Indianness in the poem because the bangles are worn by Indians and it’s the Indian culture to wear the bangles on special occasions which relate them to various stages of woman’s life.