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Sarojinidevi was a great patriot, politician, orator and
administrator, of all the famous women of India, Mrs.
Sarojinidevi Naidu's name is at the top. Not only that, but she
was truly one of the jewels of the world. Being one of the most
famous heroines of the 20th century, her birthday is celebrated
as "Women's Day"
She was born on February 13, 1879 in Hyderabad. Her father, Dr.
Aghornath Chattopadhyaya, was the founder of Nizam College of
Hyderabad and a scientist. Her mother, Mrs. Varasundari, was a
Bengali poetess. Sarojinidevi inherited qualities from both her
father and mother.
Her major contribution was also in the field of poetry. Her
poetry had beautiful words that could also be sung. Soon she got
recognition as the "Bul Bule Hind" when her collection of poems
was published in 1905 under the title Golden Threshold. After
that, she published two other collections of poems--The Bird of
Time and The Broken Wings. In 1918, Feast of Youth was
published. Later, The Magic Tree, The Wizard Mask and A Treasury
of Poems were published. Mahashree Arvind, Rabindranath Tagore
and Jawaharlal Nehru were among the thousands of admirers of her
work. Her poems had English words, but an Indian soul.
One day she met Shree Gopal Krishna Gokhale. He said to her to
use her poetry and her beautiful words to rejuvenate the spirit
of Independence in the hearts of villagers. He asked her to use
her talent to free Mother India.
Then in 1916, she met Mahatma Gandhi, and she totally directed
her energy to the fight for freedom. She would roam around the
country like a general of the army and pour enthusiasm among the
hearts of Indians. The independence of India became the heart
and soul of her work.
She was responsible for awakening the women of India. She
brought them out of the kitchen. She traveled from state to
state, city after city and asked for the rights of the women.
She re-established self-esteem within the women of India.
A Love Song from the North
Tell me no more of thy love,
Wouldst thou recall to my heart, papeeha,
Dreams of delight that are gone,
When swift to my side came the feet of my lover
With stars of the dusk and the dawn?
I see the soft wings of the clouds on the river,
And jewelled with raindrops the mango-leaves quiver,
And tender boughs flower on the plain.....
But what is their beauty to me, papeeha,
Beauty of blossom and shower, papeeha,
That brings not my lover again?
Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha,
Wouldst thou revive in my heart, papeeha
Grief for the joy that is gone?
I hear the bright peacock in glimmering woodlands
Cry to its mate in the dawn;
I hear the black koel's slow, tremulous wooing,
And sweet in the gardens the calling and cooing
Of passionate bulbul and dove....
But what is their music to me, papeeha
Songs of their laughter and love, papeeha,
To me, forsaken of love?
Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow,
The sunset hangs on a cloud;
A golden storm of glittering sheaves,
Of fair and frail and fluttering leaves,
The wild wind blows in a cloud.
Hark to a voice that is calling
To my heart in the voice of the wind:
My heart is weary and sad and alone,
For its dreams like the fluttering leaves have gone,
And why should I stay behind?
EYES ravished with rapture, celestially panting, what passionate
bosoms aflaming with fire
Drink deep of the hush of the hyacinth heavens that glimmer
around them in fountains of light;
O wild and entrancing the strain of keen music that cleaveth the
stars like a wail of desire,
And beautiful dancers with houri-like faces bewitch the
voluptuous watches of night.
The scents of red roses and sandalwood flutter and die in the
maze of their gem-tangled hair,
And smiles are entwining like magical serpents the poppies of
lips that are opiate-sweet;
Their glittering garments of purple are burning like tremulous
dawns in the quivering air,
And exquisite, subtle and slow are the tinkle and tread of their
rhythmical, slumber-soft feet.
Now silent, now singing and swaying and swinging, like blossoms
that bend to the breezes or showers,
Now wantonly winding, they flash, now they falter, and,
lingering, languish in radiant choir;
Their jewel-girt arms and warm, wavering, lily-long fingers
enchant through melodious hours,
Eyes ravished with rapture, celestially panting, what passionate
bosoms aflaming with fire!
THE serpents are asleep among the poppies,
The fireflies light the soundless panther's way
To tangled paths where shy gazelles are straying,
And parrot-plumes outshine the dying day.
O soft! the lotus-buds upon the stream
Are stirring like sweet maidens when they dream.
A caste-mark on the azure brows of Heaven,
The golden moon burns sacred, solemn, bright
The winds are dancing in the forest-temple,
And swooning at the holy feet of Night.
Hush! in the silence mystic voices sing
And make the gods their incense-offering.
CHILDREN, ye have not lived, to you it seems
Life is a lovely stalactite of dreams,
Or carnival of careless joys that leap
About your hearts like billows on the deep
In flames of amber and of amethyst.
Children, ye have not lived, ye but exist
Till some resistless hour shall rise and move
Your hearts to wake and hunger after love,
And thirst with passionate longing for the things
That burn your brows with blood-red sufferings.
Till ye have battled with great grief and fears,
And borne the conflict of dream-shattering years,
Wounded with fierce desire and worn with strife,
Children, ye have not lived: for this is life.
Nightfall In The City Of Hyderabad
SEE how the speckled sky burns like a pigeon's throat,
Jewelled with embers of opal and peridote.
See the white river that flashes and scintillates,
Curved like a tusk from the mouth of the city-gates.
Hark, from the minaret, how the muezzin's call
Floats like a battle-flag over the city wall.
From trellised balconies, languid and luminous
Faces gleam, veiled in a splendour voluminous.
Leisurely elephants wind through the winding lanes,
Swinging their silver bells hung from their silver chains.
Round the high Char Minar sounds of gay cavalcades
Blend with the music of cymbals and serenades.
Over the city bridge Night comes majestical,
Borne like a queen to a sumptuous festival.