This my literary blog for helping students. It’s purely free. Education needs to improve us. So what can we do except educating us. I am still student ; on one hand I am pursuing my career , on the other hand I need to improve my knowledge. So that’s why my endeavour goes to this blog. Here we can just learn about English Literature and it’s significance. Apart from it, I am providing my quality based materials for VII – XII for both WBCHSE and CBSE boards. So let’s communicate with me and you may ask questions and give suggestions too. Education is all about learning.
Q.1. ” I was becoming quite daring, but it was a safe remark” – Who is the speaker? Why was the speaker becoming quite daring? What made the remark safe? [1+3+2=6]
Ans : The speaker is the narrator of the story “The Eyes Have It”.
◼️ The speaker was becoming quite daring to know about the looks of the girl. The narrator was quite impressed with the girl’s voice which was likened to the sparkling of a mountainous stream. As the narrator was blind his eyes were sensitive only to light and darkness. There was no way to discover her appearance. At this point dejection haunts the narrator. Besides to praise an unknown girl openly might be considered daring.
◼️ What made the remark safe could be analysed in two ways.
Firstly, the remark was safe because few girls could resist from being flattered.
Secondly, the narrator called it a safe remark as he thought that she would not ask further questions that would reveal his blindness.
Q.1. “She would forget our brief encounter” – Who said this and about whom? What is the ‘brief encounter’ referred to here? Why did the speaker think this?
Ans: The sightless narrator in Ruskin Bond’s marvellous short story “The Eyes Have It” said this about the blind girl who had been his co-passenger during the train journey from Rohana to Saharanpur.
◼️ The ‘brief encounter’ referred to here is the short meeting between the blind narrator and the girl passenger from Rohana to Saharanpur. Though both of them were travelling in the same compartment, their destination is different. While narrator was going to Mussoorie, the blind girl had to alight at Saharanpur. During this short journey, the narrator talked with her about so many things for a while and became inquisitive about her looks, especially her hair whether it was in bun or plaited.
◼️ The narrator thought this because he had probably conjectured that such ordinary meeting with strangers during journeys didn’t leave much impressionable impact on people’s minds.
Q. 1. “Oh, how lucky you are” – Who said this? Who was considered lucky and why? How did the person react to the above remark?
Or, How did the narrator and the girl reminisce about the scenic beauty of Mussoorie?
Or, Describe the landscape of Mussorie in October.
Ans: The girl whom the narrator of Ruskin Bond’s short story “The Eyes Have It” met on the train said it.
◼️ The girl considered the narrator to be ‘lucky’. She liked Mussoorie, especially in october. She came to know that the narrator was going to Dehra and then to Mussoorie, her favourite place. More than that it was then October, the right time for one to have a ball (enjoy greatly) at the charming, panoramic setting of the hilly resort.(ভ্রমণ/বিনোদন এর জায়গা).
◼️The girl’s remark stirred the narrator’s imagination. Calling on his memories the narrator agreed that October was the best time to visit the hills. At that time the hills are adorned with wild dahlias and the warmth of the sun turns both congenial and enjoyable.Sipping or quaffing brandy in front of a logfire at night is also quite relaxing. The roads are tranquil and lonely as by that time most of the tourists have already left. Memories of this scenic beauty probably made both of them nostalgic and reflective.
Q.1.Bring out the appropriateness of the title of the poem “On Killing a Tree”.
Ans: To the world of human conscience, Gieve Patel’s poem“On Killing a Tree”extracted from the poet’s original work Poems does convey to us a sense irony that has been echoed through splendid piece of poetic exuberance. It feels like that cutting down a tree almost becomes a ceremonial task. At the surface level the readers are exposed to the time-consuming task of killing a tree and on a deeper level the perversity and tragedy of the action is implied as the tree stands as the symbol of the flame of life invariably implicating the sense of murder by the human beings. As a simple jab of the knife or hacking and chopping can’t not kill a tree, cruel man uses a number of ruthless methods to kill a tree. So in order to Kill a tree,its life-supporting root is to be removed from the earth. It has to roped, tied and pulled out or snapped out entirely from the ‘earth-cave’.Then as the process of uprooting is completed, the tree has to be browned, hardened, twisted and withered and choked in the air and the scorching sunlight. And finally the tree gets killed in the process, awakening our sense of spiritual values and reminding us as how brutally we treat the trees which, in reality, are our best friends.Thus,the title with an elegiac note points out the utter callousness and savagery of man towards trees and it brilliantly captures the mood of the poem. So the title is an excellent choice.
Message to my inner self after reading this poem is to plant more and more trees and saplings. So let’s not forget to give your opinion down below in the comment section.
1. How can a tree be killed in ‘On Killing a Tree’. Or, How does the poet describe the methods of killing a tree in the poem ‘On Killing a Tree’?
Or, “And then it is done” – How is a tree completely killed?
Or, Write a note on the substance of the poem.
Or, Describe the growth, struggle and ultimate death of a tree as depicted in the poem “On Killing a Tree”.
Ans: “On Killing A Tree” by Gieve Patel, is a graphic presentation of man’s barbaric cruelty towards Nature which is symbolised by the tree. The poet gives a vivid description of the total annihilation of a tree. The poet points out that the entire act of killing needs meticulous (সতর্ক)planning and chainwork of strategic activities that have to be well planned and executed with a degree of precision. Neither a simple jab of the knife nor hacking and chopping can kill a tree that has grown steadily consuming the earth’s nutrients, feeding upon the crust of the earth, absorbing years of sunlight, air, and water. Withstanding certain strokes and blows, the ‘bleeding bark’ heals itself in accord with the time.From the wounded trunk (বৃক্ষকাণ্ড) close to the ground curly ‘green twigs’ and tiny branches will sprout. Gradually, if not stunted, it grows to its original form. The tree is firmly fixed with its roots anchored in the soil.So in order to Kill a tree, its life-supporting root is to be removed from the earth. It has to roped, tied and pulled out or snapped out entirely from the ‘earth-cave’.Then as the process of uprooting is completed, the tree has to be browned, hardened, twisted and withered and choked in the air and the scorching sunlight. And finally the tree gets killed in the process, awakening our sense of spiritual values and reminding us as how brutally we treat the trees which, in reality, are our best friends.
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We sometimes hang onto old memories. Harking back the past will make our future turbulent . We need to learn how to let go of the good, the bad and the ugly. Only when we accept us being content with what is now, we can make sure that our future has a chance to write our fate.
I have seen a lot of movies but recently the movie that appealed most is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is a 2005 British-American high fantasy film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published and second chronological novel in C. S. Lewis’s children’s epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Well, the film actually tells the story of Pevensie offsprings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy,who are evacuated from a London environs to Professor Digory Kirke’s country home. One day, while playing hide and seek, Lucy, the youngest of the children, finds a wardrobe which leads to a magical land called Narnia. However Narnia is being ruled by the evil, White Witch who has made it snow for 100 years and according to an old prophecy, Edmund, Lucy, Peter and Susan are the “chosen ones” who will defeat the Witch. They are assisted by the true ruler of Narnia, the lion, Aslan. With the good Narnians on their side all 4 children must now defeat the witch using all their strength and fulfill their destinies to become the new kings and queens of Narnia.The picturesque scenario of the land with snowfalls and visual graphics are highly praiseworthy in this movie.The characters like Lucy and Aslan attracted the most to me .The film reminds me of humankind’s redemption from the satanic enclosures. So I enjoyed a lot seeing this movie with my friends and family at home and I will remember this movie forever as one of my favourite children’s classics.
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