Asit Kumar Sanyal

Gold Star - 16,765 Points (04 Jan 1957 / Lalgola, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.)

Standard - Poem by Asit Kumar Sanyal

In rural India, people say....

Guess the standard of a family
From it's washroom

Guess the standard of a man
From his underwear

And guess the standard of a woman
From the condition of her heels.

First two are acceptable
but the third one not.

It's not a correct saying
A woman never known from her heels
She is always known from her manner.

Heels may show her status, class
But manner shows actual standard.

A woman with clean and nice heels
May belong to a standard family
But manner exposes her.

Sometime it openly says,
'I am the daughter of a bitch.'

Topic(s) of this poem: woman


Comments about Standard by Asit Kumar Sanyal

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (9/6/2015 10:40:00 AM)


    Truly, manners show the standard (Report) Reply

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  • (9/6/2015 1:14:00 AM)


    Very astute observation, Asit! Here in the U.S. the standard is more about her heart, compassion, kindness, etiquette and morals. I had never heard this before about heels, I am curious as to how that came about in your country. Thank you for sharing. RoseAn (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/5/2015 8:00:00 AM)


    It gives me great pleasure to read about something which I had heard a couple of decades back. Such beliefs form the collective consciousness of our society. The closing lines of the poem add to my knowledge about women around us. Thanks. (Report) Reply

    Asit Kumar Sanyal Asit Kumar Sanyal (9/5/2015 9:07:00 AM)

    Thanks for your comment. This belief is very much popular in my home state West Bengal.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 5, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 13, 2016


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