Virgin: Amrita Pritam

Today, we bring to you one of the most beautiful works of the renowned Punjabi poet, Amrita Pritam. Considered to be the first prominent Punjabi female poet, she was the recipient of awards like Bharatiya Jnanpith, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan

In her poem, “Kuwari” (Virgin), she talks about the independence of a woman from the shackles of physical slavery imposed on her by the society. The beautiful part of the poem is that it was written in the times when the topic of women independence was almost negligible. It’s not a poem from today’s era when we are all in the feminism. Here is the poem’s English translation:

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