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Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Salute to You

Vaishali Haldankar
This poem is a tribute to one strong woman in Maharastra, India, and to millions of brave women all over the world, who are forced by circumstances to take up the world’s oldest profession. The woman I am talking about is Vaishali Haldankar who wrote her story in a book in Marathi. She is a good singer and now earns a living singing with an orchestra after the Government enforced a ban on dance bars.


You can read the poem 
on the blog of my little friend, 
Parth Dave, The Indian World 
who invited me to be a guest writer on his blog.

by Nalini Hebbar

You may also be interested in reading more about Vaishali Haldankar....

7 COMMENTS:

Tavish Chadha said...

That was such a touching poem. A salute from my side too... although this is a profession is not something our society can give a certificate to... i feel the people who have been forced into it need to be respected for what they are... a very nice post indeed

P.S. I want able to comment on the other blog where the poem was because there was something wrong with the comment section...

Cheers!
Tavish

Parth J Dave said...

Thank You for backlinking to your guest post, Mrs. Nalini!

I really liked your description of 'little friend' for me!

@Tavish - Sorry for inconveniencing you.. I've rectified the problem and the commenting system on my blog is up again!

Lazy Pineapple said...

hey Nalini....this was such a heart rendering poem. I have put up a comment on Parth's Blog as well...

Nalini Hebbar said...

@Tavish I like it a lot that young Indians such as you are so inclusive and understanding...smiling at you

Nalini Hebbar said...

@ LPine...I am so happy to see you everyday reading and commenting...thanks dear
The topic of women's status is a topic very close to my heart...you will find many more in the future

Tarun Mitra said...

Hmm..nice one...I won't go much into it..An honest effort but I think you can do it much better...

Sorry I am a bad poet, but it is how I felt..

But my salute to the lady for enduring the shits and vices of the world and giving it back

Nalini Hebbar said...

@Tarun...one of my earlier efforts at poetry...thanks for an honest opinion...appreciated