In the Bazaars of Hyderabad Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share In the Bazaars of Hyderabad Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by Sarojini Naidu. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of Unfolding Bud, Darjeeling and A Night To Forget so, you can check these posts as well.

In the Bazaars of Hyderabad Questions & Answers

Question 1: Where are the merchants? What are they doing?

Answer: The merchants were in the Bazaars of Hyderabad and were selling costly goods by displaying them in an attractive manner.

Question 2: The speaker sees and speaks to different sets of people in the bazaar. They include merchants, vendors, maidens and pedlars. Who else do they include?

Answer: They also include goldsmiths, fruit men, musicians, magicians and flower-girls.

Question 3: Name the goods on sell in the first stanza. Describe their colourful appearance.

Answer: The goods on sale were turban, tunics, mirrors and daggers. The turbans were red and silver colour, tunics were made of shining purple brocade, mirrors were framed with yellow amber and the daggers had handles of jade.

Question 4: What do vendors weigh? What do the maidens grind? Who sells expensive board games? What indicates they are expensive?

Answer: Vendors weigh saffron, lentil and rice. The maidens grind sandalwood, henna and rice. The pedlars sell expensive board games. We know they are expensive because the dice are made of ivory.

Question 5: Explain the meaning of mirrors with panels of amber.

Answer: It means that the mirrors sold by the merchants in the bazaar were framed with a yellow colour stone which is known as jade.

Question 6: Who are likely to buy the tunics of purple brocade and daggers with handles of jade?

Answer: Rich men of Hyderabad like the Nizams and the noble were likely to buy these costly items.

Question 7: The goldsmiths are busy making what?

Answer: The goldsmiths are busy making wristlets, anklets and rings for women. They are also busy making bells for pigeon feet, girdles of gold for dancers and scabbard for the king’s sword.

Question 8: Who makes ornaments not only for humans but for their pets as well? What ornaments for what pets?

Answer: Goldsmiths make ornaments for humans and pets. They make bells for the feet of blue pigeons.

In the Bazaars of Hyderabad Questions & Answers

Question 9: Read and answer the questions:
What do you call, O’ ye pedlars?

(a) What does call mean here – talk, shout or name?

Answer: Call here means shout.

(b) Why do the pedlars have to call?

Answer: The pedlars have to call to sell things.

(c) What do they sell?

Answer: They sell chess pieces and dice.

Question 10: Describe what the flower girls weave.

Answer: The flower girls weave brightly coloured tassles for the womenfolk, crowns for bridegroom and beautiful garland for decorating the bridal bed. They also weave sheets of fresh white blossoms for the coffin.

Question 11: Read and answer the questions:
Bells for the feet of blue pigeons/Frail as a dragon-fly’s wing.

 (a) Who makes the bells?

Answer: Goldsmith makes the bells.

(b) For whom do they make the bells?

Answer: They make the bells for the feet of blue pigeons.

(c) Why are the bells compared to a dragonfly’s wings?

Answer: The bells are compared to a dragonfly’s wings to show the lightweight of the bells as bells are in the shape of wings.

Question 12: Read and answer the questions:
Crowns for the brow of a bridegroom?

(a) Who makes these crowns?

Answer: Flower-girls make these crowns.

(b) What are they made of?

Answer: They are made of tassels of azure and red.

(c) How are they different from the crown of a king or queen?

Answer: These crowns ae made of tassels which are decorative clothes strings while crowns of king or queen are made of gold and silver embedded with diamonds or other precious stones.

Question 13: How do magicians announce themselves? What do they claim for the thing they sell?

Answer: The magicians announce themselves with chants. They sell spells that will last for aeons to come.

Question 14: Who weaves things both for young people about to get married and for people about to die?

Answer: The flower girls weave things both for young people about to get married and for people about to die.

Question 15: Do you think this bazaar is for people who want to buy things for their daily needs or for people to shop for luxuries? What makes you say so?

Answer: I think the bazaar is for everyone. People can buy everyday necessities like spices and lentils, and also buy expensive items like jewellery.

Question 16: Why do you think the poem ends with a mention of people who have died?

Answer: The Poet ends with a line about people who have died to show that there is something in the bazaar for everyone, even the dead.

In the Bazaars of Hyderabad Questions & Answers

Question 17: Read and answer the questions:

What do you play, O musicians?
Sitar, sarangi and drum.
What do you chant, O magicians?
Spells for the eons to come.

(a) How are the musicians and magicians different from the other vendors in the bazaars?

Answer: The musicians and the magicians are different from the other vendors in the bazaar because they do not have actual wares to sell to the people.

(b) What do they offer to the buyer?

Answer: They offer entertainment to the buyers with their talents and skills.

(c) Explain the line: ‘Spells for eons to come.’

Answer: The above line refers to the wonder of the magic spell which will remain for many ages.

Question 18: Explain the meaning of the words ‘crowns’ and ‘chaplets’ in this context.

Answer: Here ‘crown’ means a string of flowers tied around the bridegroom’s forehead and ‘chaplet’ refers to the strings of flowers which are used to decorate the bed of the newly-weds.

Question 19: What is made for the dead?

Answer: White blossoms are strung together to look like sheets to cover the bodies of the bodies of the dead.

Question 20: The poet addresses each of the sellers in the bazaar with ‘O, ye’ or simply ‘O’. What effect does this have?

Answer: Each line of the poem contains a rhythm and a beat and the repetition of ‘O, ye’ marks the rhyme scheme of the poem. A musical effect is created which emphasizes a point and lends unity to the poem.

Question 21: What image do you get of bazaar from the poem?

Answer: The images that we get of the bazaar are old, traditional, lively noisy, busy, cheerful, colourful and full of bustle bazaar.

Question 22: The poet sets out to describe the richness, variety and liveliness of a traditional bazaar. Do you think she succeeds in doing so? Give reasons to support your answer.

Answer: The poem is full of rich imagery that seems to transport the readers to the bazaar with its scenes, sounds and smells. It gives a detailed description of the sellers and their wares as well as the artists who are present in the bazaars.

So, these were In the Bazaars of Hyderabad Questions & Answers.

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