Ch 10 Kathmandu (NCERT Solutions for Class 9)
Thinking about the Text
- 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.
- 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
- Answer the following questions in not more than 100–150 words each.
1. Compare and contrast the atmosphere in and around the Baudhnath shrine with the Pashupatinath temple.
2. How does the author describe Kathmandu’s busiest streets?
3. “To hear any flute is to be drawn into the commonality of all mankind.” Why does the author say this?
Thinking about Language
- I. Read the following sentences carefully to understand the meaning of the italicised phrases. Then match the phrasal verbs in Column A with their meanings in Column B.
1. A communal war broke out when the princess was abducted by the neighbouring prince.
2. The cockpit broke off from the plane during the plane crash.
3. The car broke down on the way and we were left stranded in the jungle.
4. The dacoit broke away from the police as they took him to court.
5. The brothers broke up after the death of the father.
6. The thief broke into our house when we were away.
A B (i) break out (a) to come apart due to force (ii) break off (b) end a relationship (iii) break down (c) break and enter illegally; unlawful trespassing (iv) break away (from (d) of start suddenly, (usually a fight, someone) (d) of start suddenly, (usually a fight a war or a disease) (v) break up (e) to escape from someone’s grip (vi) break into (f) stop working
- I. Use the suffixes -ion or -tion to form nouns from the following verbs. Make the necessary changes in the spellings of the words.
Example: proclaim – proclamation
cremate____ act____ exhaust____ invent____ tempt____ immigrate____ direct____ meditate____ imagine____ dislocate____ associate____ dedicate____
II. Now fill in the blanks with suitable words from the ones that you have formed.
(i) Mass literacy was possible only after the of the_____ printing machine.
(ii) Ramesh is unable to tackle the situation as he______ lacks .
(iii) I could not resist the _____ to open the letter.
(iv) Hardwork and______ are the main keys to success.
(v) The children were almost fainting with______ after being made to stand in the sun
Use capital letters, full stops, question marks, commas and inverted commas wherever necessary in the following paragraph.
an arrogant lion was wandering through the jungle one day he asked the tiger who is stronger than you you O lion replied the tiger who is more fierce than a leopard asked the lion you sir replied the leopard he marched upto an elephant and asked the same question the elephant picked him up in his trunk swung him in the air and threw him down look said the lion there is no need to get mad just because you don’t know the answer
IV. Simple Present Tense
In these sentences words like everyday, often, seldom, never, every month, generally, usually, etc. may be used.
1. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb in brackets.
(i) The heart is a pump that_________ (send) the blood circulating through our body. The pumping action_______ (take place) when the left ventricle of the heart ______(contract). This (force) the blood out into the arteries, which ________(expand) to receive the oncoming blood.
(ii) The African lungfish can live without water for up to four years. During a drought it________ (dig) a pit and_______ (enclose) itself in a capsule of slime and earth, leaving a tiny opening for air. The capsule _______(dry) and _______(harden), but when rain ________(come), the mud _______(dissolve) and the lungfish ______(swim) away.
(iii) MAHESH : We have to organise a class party for our teacher._________ (Do) anyone play an instrument?
VIPUL : Rohit_______ (play) the flute.
MAHESH : ________(Do) he also act?
VIPUL : No, he _______(compose) music.
MAHESH : That’s wonderful!