Summary of In The Bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu, the poet, freedom fighter and a patriot was also known by the sobriquet The Nightingale of India. She was a sensitive poet and wrote poetry based on the beauty of simple joys and sorrows of life. Her poetry included children’s poems, nature poems, poems on love and death etc. We have divided the explanation of the poem in two parts. The first part is what you are currently reading (summary of in the bazaars of Hyderabad)  and the second part is (analysis of in the bazaars of Hyderabad) which will help you understand the poem in detail and frame best answers for your exam!

In The Bazaars of Hyderabad is a vibrant, colorful poem describing the bazaars of Hyderabad. This poem was written during the British Rule when Indians were asked to boycott foreign products and buy goods from traditional Indian bazaars. During this time, publication of Indian newspapers was banned so she might have thought the best way to spread the message to people was through her poems.

In The Bazaars of Hyderabad begins with a question from the poet to the merchants in the bazaar about what they are selling. The merchants reply that they are selling silver and crimson colored turbans, purple brocade tunics, mirrors framed in amber and daggers with handles made of jade. The first stanza ends there.

The next stanza is about another stall and the same question is asked by the poet to the vendors about what they are weighing and selling. Saffron, lentils and rice are being sold by the vendors. The poet asks the maidens what they are grinding and she gets a reply that they are grinding henna, sandalwood and spices. The poet then questions the pedlars about what they are selling and they say chessmen dice made from ivory.

The third stanza takes us to a jewelry store where the poet asks the goldsmith what ornaments they make. Wristlets, anklets and rings are made is the reply. Moreover, they say they manufacture bells for blue pigeons to be tied to their feet. The bells are as delicate as a dragonfly’s wing. Simultaneously they make gold girdles for dancers and sheaths for kings to keep their swords.

The poet visits a fruit shop in the fourth stanza of the poem In The Bazaars of Hyderabad. There she enquires about what they are selling. They tell her they sell lemon, pomegranate and plum. Then the musicians are asked what they play and they say sitar, sarangi and drums are played. She even comes across magicians and asks them what they are chanting and they say that they are chanting magical spells to charm thousand ages to come.

The final stanza is about the flower girls who are asked what they are weaving with strands of red and blue flowers. The girls reply that they making garlands for bride and groom to decorate their bed for their wedding night. They are also weaving sheets of white flowers which are placed on graves for fragrance purposes.

In The Bazaars of Hyderabad is lucid and vivid in language. It creates beautifully a colorful picture of the bazaar in the minds of its readers.

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Facts about Sarojini Naidu:

*She was the first female President of the Indian National Congress.

*She was also the first woman to become the Governor of Uttar Pradesh

*Her birthday is celebrated as Women’s Day in India.

*She was proficient in Urdu, Telugu, Bengali, Persian and English.

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  1. sarojini naidu

    September 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    my poem omg

    • GHJ

      September 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm


    • brittany rose

      February 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      that one was a big lol..

  2. brittany rose

    February 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    seriouslly??? omg….. thats hilarious???!!?!?!

    • Trisha


      February 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      what is hilarious, may I know?

  3. ritzz

    November 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

    can any one give ,me the link whr i can get “indian tradition reflect on the poem bazars of hydrabad”

  4. Aksa fatima

    January 24, 2015 at 4:39 am

    I like this poem


    May 26, 2015 at 2:10 pm


  6. nisamalik

    June 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    very nice poem

  7. Avishek

    July 31, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Nix poem lovly

    i like it very much

    beautiful ….

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