To Give A Daughter Away

To Give A Daughter Away long poem

Uploaded by Dr.Indu Nautiyal

A queer experience it is
A feeling that defies description
An emotion beyond expression
Giving a daughter away , you don’t know how to name it .
Is it a sense of self appreciation at having performed a parental duty gracefully in accordance with the established custom ?
A sense of relief that your beloved daughter is going to enter a new phase of life holding the promises of a rosy future ?
Or is it a belated afterthought troubling you
that you might have entrusted
the life of your loving daughter
to the mercy of a stranger ?
Regret that you consented to send her away rather early while it
Could be done a little later ?
Apprehensions? will or won’t she be granted the same love and care ,she has been brought up with ?
Will she be ensured protection as was done to her right from her birth ?
Or is it the fear of impending loneliness back at home caused by the glaring absence of a darling child ?
The chain of tormenting thoughts keeps the mind confused
leaving it hard to decide
whether it is a time to rejoice or other wise .
But then ,as it always happens , Prudence gets the better of emotions
And rhyme and reason begin to prevail
Asserting the truth that we are merely a small link in the age old chain of tradition and bound to act as our predecessors have been doing since time immemorial.
Hence ,no matter how painful the parting be
How deep the sense of loss,how dreadful the worries about her future
The fact remains that she is born a daughter, an asset that belongs to some other family ,and therefore ,must be parted with .
A loving farewell is all we can bid her
With gifts of blessings and wishes in abundance
for her smooth going in the new household
Tears may be welling up but must not be allowed to roll down
Till she is believed to have entered there
to a cordial welcome
marking the beginning of celebrations
extending to the whole of her lifetime .

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Dr.Indu Nautiyal

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I have been a teacher for about four decades ,but even more than that , a student and learner all along --literature being my favourite subject with special love for poetry , a trait I seem to have inherited from my father,who was a very good poet ,it was he that instilled in me a deep love for poetry early in childhood . Starting as a science student ,I shifted to literature after graduation and and worked on Emily Dickinson's poetry for Doctoral degree. I don't claim to be a poet ,but do admit my inherent love for poetic utterances as and when I find them and sometimes feel inspired to give vent to my own emotions in words that seem to convey them .Honestly it happens quite effortlessly and also leaves me with an immense satisfaction .If it can be termed poetry ,all the more rewarding. .
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Dr. K.S. Bhardwaj

“Tears may be welling up but must not be allowed to roll down
Till she is believed to have entered there
to a cordial welcome
marking the beginning of celebrations
extending to the whole of her lifetime.”
Yes, the parents have to bear all in silence lest their dear departing daughter too may not start feeling their pains.
Really it is very painful but inevitable duty of the parents. You have poured out your heart Dr Nautiyal.


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