This middle aged women is clad in loose pleated pure white silk sari with the pallu that covers her head, picturing her as being a conformist of her traditions and that light green contrasting blouse that allows us to have an idea of her simplicity and sober taste.
She carries this beautiful lighted lamp of a three layered circular base that decreases in size as it ascends; by protecting the flame of the lamp she is remembering her husband who is no more in this world and this bright flame comforts her inner self that her husband’s soul rests in peace. The tender red watery eyes that look up to the one up in heaven and that painful smile depicts her excruciating loss that she is sharing with god through her emotions and acts.
The gold chain and silver earrings represent her fondness of these small trinkets, but it seems she doesn’t have anymore other than these mismatched ones. Painter has very skilfully painted his thoughts in extensive realism by focussing even on the shadowy background of the lady and minor light flashes on her arms and sari caused due to the lamp that spreads its light only in three directions as one is covered by her hand.