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Woman 1 - What Can I Do For Chandini?

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What can I do for Chandini?
What can I do
To bring a chirpy gleam into the tired sunken eyes?
What can I do
To bring a smile on her dried up parched lips?
What can I do
To ease the crease that has become a design on her forehead?
What can I do
To brighten up Chandini's countenance with a hearty laugh?

When the birds sing in chorus in the early hours of dawn,
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Woman 1 - What Can I Do For Chandini?
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: woman,womanhood
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
This poem is related to Indian women who live in the rural areas of India.For these women who live in the remote villages or tribal areas, International day for women is of no significance. For them every day of their life is of similar routine.
Chandini is the name of an Indian tribal woman and this is the theme of her daily life.
This is the picture of a Kerala woman who has to work in the fields from dawn to dusk to feed and educate her children. A hard working rural woman.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM

To one who keeps this question- what can I do for her- in mind will definitely strike a solution. The will to help the helpless is great

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Rajnish Manga 18 January 2021

This is my third visit to this poem and I've the same feelings of appreciation for a rural woman's hectic routine captured so truthfully.

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Luo Zhihai 09 January 2021

Everyone has his own destiny!

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Suresh Kumar EK 06 January 2021

The fate of our village women is artisically painted.my favourite

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 26 December 2020

Revisiting this wonderful poem. A powerful and thoughtful write. Government must introduce schemes or programs to uplift the condition of Chandini

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Dr Dillip K Swain 13 November 2020

How can she aspire for a little time/Just to sit, relax, or stretch her aching legs/To stare at the trees and admire their leaves/She has to sweep, swab, dust her house/Wash clothes and utensils....but she leads a life of happiness and peace despite her poverty! I examine this poem from this angle this time! A great poem.

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Dr Antony Theodore 02 November 2020

When the birds sing in chorus in the early hours of dawn, Chandini has no time to listen to the sweet twitter tee, She walks swiftly with pots on her head, For water! She must fetch from a far off well. What can i do for chandini. this question should reverberate in the hearts and ears of all those rich people.......... thank you for this dear poem. my heart cries with the poor. tony

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Savita Tyagi 08 October 2020

I saw the picture accompanying your compassionate poem and all of a sudden another picture came to my mind.....a new age woman holding a child by hand and keeping an eye on other one sitting in the grocery cart.....trying to get her shopping done. This is only one of her chore while million others wait for her from dawn to night. With out being judge mental an exchange of time, place and circumstances taking place in my mind.

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bri edwards 20 August 2020

Well, being an American male, i can suggest these solutions to Chandini: " For a little time, Just to sit, relax, or stretch her aching legs, " ....WORK FASTER! ! AND if she wishes " to stare at the trees and admire their leaves" , she can work either FASTER..or she can " stare" and " admire" as she is picking fruit in the forest. (i'm [sort of] joking) (cont.)

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Bri Edwards 20 August 2020

Well, being an American male, i can suggest these solutions to Chandini: " For a little time, Just to sit, relax, or stretch her aching legs, " ....WORK FASTER! ! AND if she wishes " to stare at the trees and admire their leaves" , she can work either FASTER..or she can " stare" and " admire" as she is picking fruit in the forest. (i'm [sort of] joking) (cont.)

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