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Question & Answer
Q.1: Do you like travelling? The writer, Vikram Seth, enjoys it very much. In his book, Heaven Lake, he describes a long journey from China to India, via Tibet and Nepal.
Ans : Yes, I like travelling as it gives an insight into the unknown world.
Q.2: Have you heard of places like Ajmer Sharif, Madurai, Sanchi, Varanasi, Sarnath, or Halebid? Can you name some other places like these?
Ans : Yes, have heard of the holy places like Ajmer Sharif, Madurai. Sanchi, Varanasi, Sarnath, or Halebid. Some Other such places are Amarnath, Vaishno Devi, Handwar, Ujjain and Shirdi.
Q.3: What do the surroundings of a holy place in your city look like? Think about it as you read Vikram Seth’s description of Kathmandu.
Ans : In my city. usually the surroundings of the holy places are cluttered, noisy and overcrowded. Shops selling flowers for offering, idols of different Gods, prasad etc. line the nearby streets. These places are visited by hundreds Of devotees daily.
Q.4: Answer these questions in one or two words or in short phrases. 1. Name the two temples the author visited in Kathmandu. 2. The writer says, “All this I wash down with Coca Cola.” What does ‘all this’ refer to? 3. What does Vikram Seth compare to the quills of a porcupine? 4. Name five kinds of flutes.
Ans : 1. The two temples the author visited in Kathmandu were thePashupatinath temple and the Boudhanath stupa. 2. 'All this' refers to a bar of marzipan, a corn-on-the-cob roasted in a charcoal stove (rubbed with salt, chilli powder and lemon), a couple of love story comics, and a Reader's Digest. 3. Vikram Seth compares the fifty or sixty bansuris protruding in all directions from the bamboo-made pole to the quills of a porcupine. 4. The five kinds of flutes are the reed neh, the Japaneseshakuhachi, the deep bansuri of Hindustani classical music, the clear or breathy flutes of South America, and the high-pitched Chineseflutes.
Q.5: Answer each question in a short paragraph. 1. What difference does the author note between the flute seller and the other hawkers? 2. What is the belief at Pashupatinath about the end of Kaliyug? 3. The author has drawn powerful images and pictures. Pick out three examples each of (i) the atmosphere of ‘febrile confusion’ outside the temple of Pashupatinath (for example: some people trying to get the priest’s attention are elbowed aside...) (ii) the things he sees (iii) the sounds he hears
Ans : 1. The author notes that the flute seller selected a flute from time to time and played it for a few minutes. The sound rose clearly above the noise of the traffic and the hawkers' cries. While the flute seller played slowly, meditatively, and without excessive display, the hawkers shouted out their wares. 2. At Pashupatinath, there is a small shrine that protrudes from the stone platform on the riverbank. The belief is that when it emerges fully, the goddess inside will escape, and the evil period of Kaliyuga will end on earth. 3. (i) The author has drawn powerful images and pictures of the atmosphere of 'febrile confusion outside the temple of Pashupatinath. Many worshippers trying to get the priest's attention were elbowed aside by others pushing their way to the front. On the main gate, a party of saffron-clad Westerners struggled for permission to enter as only Hindus were allowed to enter the temple. A Fight broke out between two monkeys. One was chasing the other, who jumped onto a shivalinga,then ran screaming around the temples and down to the river, the holy Bagmati. (ii) He saw that the Boudhanath Stupa had an immense white dome, which was ringed by a road.Small shops were there on the outer edge where felt bags, Tibetan prints and silver jewellery could be bought. There were no crowds there. On the busiest streets of Kathmandu, he saw fruitsellers, flute sellers, hawkers of postcards, shops selling Western cosmetics, film rolls, chocolate,copper utensils and Nepalese antiques. (iii) The sounds he heard were film songs that were blaring out from the radios, car horns, bicycle bells, vendors shouting out their wares. He also listened to flute music, calling it the most universaland most particular of sounds.
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