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Sometimes she’s being called a deity or sometimes being compared to priceless substances. But, a woman is always considered as an ‘object of desire’ and is expected to sacrifice for the sake of her family and society. She has to pay the price to be called ‘priceless‘. This poem portrays the complexities and paradoxes of a woman’s life.


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आँखों की चकाचौंध,
वैभव का प्रतीक, स्वर्ण |
शायद अलग-अलग परिस्थितियों में
अलग-अलग नियति झेलने को विवश |
एक दक्ष जौहरी के हाथों पड़कर
सौंदर्य-वृद्धि का साधन,
आभूषण बन जाता है
या, एक धनाढ्य की तिज़ोरी में
बंद स्वर्णमुद्राओं की नियति भी पाता है |
या फिर वही सोना
वैद्य के हाथों ‘स्वर्ण-भस्म’ बनकर
असाध्य रोगों को मुक्त भी कर जाता है |
मेरी नियति भी है यहीं कहीं —
जौहरी और मात्र एक अलंकृता का जीवन
अन्यथा किसी धनाढ्य की तिज़ोरी में बंद
चंद स्वर्णमुद्राओं की नियति,
या शायद किसी वैद्य के हाथों
अस्तित्वहीन होकर
समाज को रोगमुक्त कर सकूँ |
क्या मैं इतनी मूल्यवान हूँ ?

– संगीता मिश्रा


Published in Hindustan (Hindi)

  • Sarthak Sagar

    Beautiful words

  • beautiful poem 🙂

  • आपका बहुत- बहुत धन्यवाद | TSS पर आपका स्वागत है | 🙂

  • Thank you so much Mr. Dasari. Very well said. This poem is kind of an insider’s view to the condition of women in our society. Thanks for your insight. Your presence on TSS means a lot to us. 🙂

  • Anjali Sengar

    Awesome poem 🙂

  • A very well written poem Sangeetaji! Congrats on being published.

    • Thank you so much Indrani. Your presence on TSS. means a lot. 🙂

  • So nice

  • Purba Chakraborty

    I am speechless. Brilliant poem. The paradox that persists in the society about the value of a woman is so well captured and weaved into this poem. A great read, Ma’am 🙂

    • Thank you so much dear. As always your comment is a beautiful addition to my poem and you mean a gem reader to me. Thanks for being. 🙂

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