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The Lost Spring | Question Solutions

The Lost Spring

The Lost Spring Question Solutions

The Lost Spring Question Solutions

(HS 2nd Yr English)

-Anees Jung

The Lost Spring Question Solutions

TEXTUAL QUESTION SOLUTIONS

Think as You Read-I

Q.1. What is Saheb looking for in the garbage dumps? Where is he and where has he come from?

Ans: Saheb is looking for stray coins in the garbage dumps.

He is now in Seemapuri near Delhi. He has come from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Q.2. What explanation does the author offer for the children not wearing footwear?

Ans: The explanation that the author offers is that the children walk barefooted because of their perpetual state of poverty.

Q.3. Is Saheb happy working at the tea stall? Explain.

Ans: Saheb is not happy working at the tea stall because there he has lost his freedom. Moreover, he has to carry a canister which is heavier than the plastic bags that he used to carry while he worked as a rag-picker.

Think as You Read-II

Q.1. What makes the city of Firozabad famous?

Ans: Firozabad is famous for its bangle-making industries. From generation to generation the people of Firozabad are engaged in making bangles for Indian women.

Q.2. Mention the hazards in the glass bangle industries.

Ans: Glass bangle industries are full of hazards. The people of Firozabad have to work all day long in the confined dark dingy cell of their house making bangles. Consequently, they lose their eyesight before they are old.

Q.3. How is Mukesh’s attitude to his situation different from that of his family?

Ans: Mukesh belongs to a family of bangle makers. But he has no fascination for the work of bangle-making. He wishes to be a motor mechanic.

ADDITIONAL QUE SOLUTIONS

Q.1. Where is the original home of Saheb?

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Where does Saheb originally hail from?

Ans: The original home of Saheb is in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Q.2. Who is the author of the essay ‘Lost Spring’?

Ans: The author of the essay ‘Lost Spring’ is Anees Jung.

Q.3. Who is Saheb? What is the meaning of his name?

Ans: Saheb is a rag-picker belonging to a bangle-making family living in Firozabad.

The full name of Saheb is ‘Saheb-e-Alom’ which means ‘Lord of the Universe’.

Q.4. Why do the young inhabitants of Firozabad end up losing their eyesight?

Ans: The people of Firozabad have to work all day long in the confined dark dingy cell of their house making bangles. Consequently, they lose their eyesight before they are old.

Q.5. What does garbage mean for the elders of Seemapuri?

Ans: For the elders, garbage is a means of survival. It is their daily bread.

Q.6. Where does Mukesh live?

Ans: Mukesh live in Firozabad, near Seemapuri.

Q.7. Garbage to them is gold’. Why does the author say so about the rag-pickers?

Ans: The author says metaphorically that the garbage is gold for the rag-pickers. Because they find some silver coins in the heaps of garbage.  For the elders, the garbage is a means of their survival. They earn their daily bread by picking the garbage and selling them in the market.

Q.8. Whom does Saheb observe standing at the fenced gate of the neighbourhood club?

Ans: One morning, standing at the fenced gate of the neighbouring club, Saheb observed two young men dressed in white playing tennis.

Q.9. Where is Seemapuri?

Ans: Seemapuri is on the outskirts of Delhi.

Q.10. What is Mukesh’s dream? 

Ans: Mukesh’s dream is to become a motor mechanic.

11. What does Mukesh want to be?

Ans: Mukesh wants to be a motor mechanic.

Q.12. Why is Mukesh proud to take the author to his home?

Ans: Mukesh is proud of taking the author to his home because it was rebuilt.

Q.13. Who is in charge of Mukesh’s household?

Ans: Savita, the daughter-in-law of the house is in charge of the household.

Q.14. Why is not Saheb wearing chappals?

Ans: Saheb is not wearing chappals because his mother did not allow him to wear them.

Q.15. What does Saheb look for in the garbage dumps? H.S. ’16

Ans: Saheb looks for (gold) coins in the garbage dumps.

Q.16. Where does Saheb come from?

Ans: Saheb came from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Q.17. Why have Saheb and his family migrated to Seemapuri?

Ans: Saheb and his family migrated to Seemapuri from Dhaka in search of livelihood. In Dhaka, they had to live under hardship as the storm swept away their homes and green fields.

Q.18. Why did the man from Udipi pray at the temple as a young boy?

Ans: The man from Udipi prayed at the temple for a pair of shoes.

Q.19. What is the irony inherent in Saheb’s full name?

Ans: The full name of Saheb is ‘Saheb-e-Alom” which means  ‘Lord of the Universe’. But the irony inherent in the name is that Saheb does not know the meaning of his name. Even if he knew,  he could hardly believe it because, in reality, he lived under the poverty line.

Q.20. Why does not Mukesh ever dream of flying a plane?

Ans: Mukesh does not ever dream of flying a plane because few planes fly over the sky of Seemapuri. Instead, he dreams of becoming a motor driver because he sees cars running in the street every day.

Q.21. What was the promise made by Anees Jung to Saheb?

Ans: The promise made by Anees Jung to Saheb is that he would open a school there at Seemapuri.

Q.22. What kinds of bangles are made in Firozabad?

Ans: In Firozabad every kind of bangles is made for Indian women. They made bangles of different colours as – pink, red, blue, purple, sunny gold, paddy green etc.

Q.23. Why does Mukesh’s grandmother believe that a ‘god-given lineage’ can never be broken?

Ans: Mukesh’s grandmother saw her husband go blind with the dust from polishing the glass of bangles. She believed it was his ‘karm’ (destiny). She said so because in the caste of bangle makers they could never break down ‘god-given lineage’. They could never think of other livelihoods except bangle-making.

Q.24. ‘Listening to them, I see two distinct worlds.’ What are two distinct worlds?

Ans:  The first of the two distinct worlds seen by the author is the perpetual wave of poverty suffered by the bangles makers and the second is the vicious circle of the sahukars, the middlemen, the policemen, the keepers of laws, and the politicians.

Q.25. What does the author of ‘Lost Spring’ find Saheb doing every morning?

Ans: The author of ‘Lost Spring’ finds Saheb searching for gold (coins) in the garbage dumps every morning.

Q.26. Give a brief description of Seemapuri.

Ans: Seemapuri is on the outskirts of Delhi. About ten thousand ragpickers live there. It is full of bangle industries. Most people living there have come from Bangladesh, They live under the poverty line.

Q.27. Describe the miserable plight of the people of Firozabad.

Ans: Firozabad is famous for its bangle industry.  Every member of every family living in Firozabad is involved in this business. The children sit with their parents weilding pieces of coloured glasses into circles of bangles. Their eyes become more adjusted to the dark than to the light. Therefore the bangle makers lose their eyesight before they become old.

The bangle makers of Firozabad are encircled by two different circles of poverty and exploitation. They believed that they were born into the caste of bangle makers and they could not break the ‘God-given lineage. But doing it they are caught in a perpetual state of poverty. They do not even have enough to eat. Due to poverty, they can neither send their children to school nor they build a proper house to live in.

Besides this, for want of leadership among them, they cannot dream of a better life. If the bangle makers organise themselves into cooperatives, they become the victims of police and middlemen.

Thus the bangle makers of Firozabad are forced into the spiral of poverty, apathy, greed and injustice.

Q.28. ‘Describe the bangle makers of Firozabad. How does the vicious circle of the Sahukars, the middlemen never allow them to come out o their poverty? 

Ans:  The author finds two distinct worlds in Seemapuri: one is the perpetual wave of poverty suffered by the bangles makers and the second is the vicious circle of the sahukars, the middlemen, the policemen, the keepers of laws and the politicians.

The bangle makers of Firozabad are engaged in bangle-making works from generation to generation. They are under the sway of Sahukars, middlemen, politicians etc. who don’t allow them to come out of their poverty. They can not organize themselves into cooperatives for fear of the police and the middlemen. They are always caught in their vicious circle. They exploit them so much that the bangle makers cannot find or think of an alternative to their work. So they cannot come out of their poverty and are compelled to live under the poverty line.

Q.29.  Write briefly on the hazards of working in the glass bangles industry.

Ans:  Firozabad is famous for its bangle-making industries. From generation to generation the people of Firozabad are engaged in making bangles for Indian women.

Glass bangle industries are full of hazards. The people of Firozabad have to work all day long in the confined dark dingy cell of their house making bangles for Indian women. Consequently, they lose their eyesight before they are old. They live under the poverty line without having a proper quality of life.

The author finds two distinct worlds in Seemapuri: one is the perpetual wave of poverty suffered by the bangles makers and the second is the vicious circle of the sahukars, the middlemen, the policemen, the keepers of laws, and the politicians. 0 0 0.

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