6. SINDHI WOMAN (Jan Stallworthy)

6. SINDHI WOMAN (Jan Stallworthy)

CONTEXT: This poem is a tribute to the glory and grace of work. A Sindhi woman having a burden on her head passes through a slum area. She is a paragon of beauty. The poet finds himself less energetic as compared to her undaunted courage. He wants to say that work keeps a man strong and vigilant.

EXPLANATION: LINES 1 TO 6: In these lines, the poet portrays a Sindhi woman before us. She is passing through a bazaar. He tells that she is barefooted. She has a great rhythm in her movement. She is carrying a stone jar on her head. Even then, she is walking smoothly with the same undulant grace. The wind has pushed the cloth from her face. It reveals her hidden beauty. She is hard-working and courageous.

EXPLANATION: LINES 7 TO 12: In these lines, the poet says that a Sindhi Woman goes through stones, garbage, and pieces of broken glass. This is the scene of Karachi slum. But to carry a jar on her head without showing any ripple in gait and to walk on the stones and garbage compel him to meditate and see his own body that is bent by time. He thinks about why this difference between them is. But he concludes that those who bear the burden of life and carry its hardships through life are strong and straight.

Short Questions

Q.NO.1: Who is the writer of the poem?

Answer: This poem has been written by Jan Stallworthy. He is a poet, a critic, an editor, and a biographer. However, his fame lies in writing biographies.

Q.No.2: What is the theme of the poem? OR What is the central idea of the poem? OR Write a critical appreciation of the poem. OR What did the poet reflect when he saw the woman? OR Why does the feel impressed by Sindhi woman? (MN, BP-08, LHR, GW-09, MUL, BP-07, SG-10, DGK, MN—12, BP-12, )

Answer: This poem is a tribute to work. The poet sees a woman carrying a stone jar on her head and passing through rubbish, excrement, and crumbs but she does not lose her rhythm in walk. The poet, with his bent body, is reflecting that those who bear the burden of life are straight and strong.

Q.NO.3: What kind of picture of the Karachi slums do we get after reading the poem? (MN-08, FB-09, GW-09, BP-10, MN-10, FB-10, MN, BP, LR-11, MN-12)

Answer: In the slums of Karachi, the streets and bazaars are narrow and dirty. There are garbage, crumbs, stones and broken glasses in the streets.

Q.No.4: How does a Sindhi woman walk in the streets and bazaars? (MUl-07, SAR-12)

Answer: Sindhi woman is carrying a stone jar on her head but there is no ripple in her movement even though she has to pass through the stones, garbage, excrement, and crumbs.