The sexagenarian tosses her
Open hair in a whirl
Round and Round
Eyes rolling
Pretending to be
In a frenzy
Possessed by the spirit
Of the Devi!
It’s Navratri:
The nine-day fest of the
Nine goddesses
A jamboree of like-minded
Fasting homemakers
In full swing
Chanting devotional songs
Accompanied with cymbals and drums
Dance to pay obeisance
To the Devis:
The invincible ones,
Symbol of empowerment
Courage and resoluteness
For Indian women.
A subtle effort
To evoke awe and respect for themselves:
The illiterate and the unwaged
From the unmanageable, demanding elders.
Being possessed by the holy spirits
Transform them into revered figures
To be dreaded by one and all.

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About sangeeta sharma

Dr Sangeeta Sharma is head of the department of English at Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Kalyan, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, India. She is widely published as a critic and poet. Besides that, she is a regular freelance for Mumbai-based national newspapers. Recently, she published a book In the Shadows: Women in Arthur Miller's Plays and co-edited Delightful Dickens: Some tributes with Sunil Sharma published by YKing Books, Jaipur. Many of her literary and critical articles have been anthologized. Currently, she is engaged in a UGC-sponsored Minor Research Project on the Structural, phonological, orthographical, grammatical and lexical differences in British and American English. Under Faculty Exchange Programme, she visited the University Department of English, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA, in March-April 2012.

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