Class 9 English Chapter 6 My Childhood

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Class 9 English Chapter 6 My Childhood

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My Childhood

Chapter – 6



Thinking about the text:


Q. What language(s) do you think are spoken in Rameswaram and Dhanuskodi? What languages do you think the author, his family, his friends and his teachers spoke with one another?

Ans. Rameswaram and Dhanuskodi are situated in the former state of Madras, now renamed Tamilnadu. Naturally it is expected that the people in those areas spoke Tamil.

The author was born in a Tamil family. Naturally he and the members of his family spoke Tamil. So also his friends and teachers spoke Tamil. How-ever, it is possible that his teachers spoke English whenever it was needed to.

I. Answer these questions in one or two sentences each:

Q.1. Where was Abdul Kalam’s house?

Ans. Abdul Kalam’s house was on the Mosque street in Rameswaram.

Q.2. What do you think Dinamoni is the name of? Give reasons for your answer.

And. Dinamoni is a newspaper. Dinamoni is a sanskrit name of the sun, that brightens the world with its rays. That Dinamoni is a newspaper is known from the fact that Abdul Kalam read its headlines to find the stories about the war that his brother-in-law Jallaluddin had told him.

Q.3. Who were Abdul Kalam’s school friends? What did they later become?

Ans. Abdul Kalam’s school friends were Ramanadha Sastry, Arabindam and Sivprakasan. Later Ramanadha Sastry became a priest in Rameswaram temple, Arbindan went into transport business and Sivprakasan became a catering contractor for Southern Railways.

Q.4. How did Abdul Kalam earn his first wages?

Ans. Abdul Kalam became a helper to his cousin Samsuddin who distributed newspapers in Rameswaram. Abdul Kalam helped him in catching the bundles of newspaper thrown out from moving trains and thus he earned his first wages.

Q.5. Had he earned any money before that? In what way?

Ans. Yes, before that he had earned money. When the Second world war broke out in 1939 there was a sudden demand for tamarind seeds. Abdul Kalam used to collect tamarind seeds and sell them to a provision store for one anna which was a good amount for that days income.

II. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words)

Q.1. How does the author describe:

(i) his father.

Ans. The author describes his father Jainulabdeen as a man who had neither much formal education nor much wealth. But he possessed great innate wisdom and a true generosity of spirit. He was an austere man who did not spend money an unessential comfort and luxury. But he provided the family with necessary food, medicine and clothing.

(ii) his mother.

Ans. He describes his mother, Ashiamma, as an ideal helpmate of his father. She used to feed a large number of outsiders every day. The number of such outsiders fed by her was far more than the members of the family.

(iii) himself.

Ans. Telling about himself the author says that he was one of many children in the family. He was a boy of undistinguished tooks born to handsome parents. Because of his parental care he had a very secure childhood both materially and emotionally.

Q.2. What characteristics does he say he inherited from his parents?

Ans. He says that from his father he inherited honesty and self disci-pline. From his mother he inherited faith in goodness and deep kindness.

III. Discuss there questions in class with your teacher and write down your answer in two or three paragraphs each.

1. “On the whole, the small society of Rameswaram was very rigid in terms of the segregation of different social groups.” say the author.

(i) Which social groups does he mentions? Where these groups easily identifiable (for the example by the way they dressed)?

Ans: The author mentions the Hindus, specially the Brahmins among them and the Muslims as two main social groups.

Yes, the groups were easily identifiable by the way dressed and by their religious festivals as well their occupations. The Muslims could be identified by the cap they wore. They also wore shirts and vests. The Brahmins could be identified by the sacred thread they wore on bare bodies. They wore dhotis and sandal wood paste on their foreheads. Some of the Hindus were priest in temples while the Muslims arranged boats for carrying idols of Lord-Rama.

(ii) Were they aware of their differences or did they also naturally share friendships and experiences? (Think of the bedtime stories in Kalam’s house; of who his friends were; and what used to take place in. the pond near his house.)

Ans: The small society in Rameswaram was aware of their differences. But their sense of co-operation and mutual respect for each other were much greater than their differences. For example in the Muslim family of Abdul Kalam, mother and grandmother told them events from the Ramayana from the life of the Prophet as bedtime stories. In Pakshi Lakshman Sastry with his sacred thread would sit next to Abdul Kalam in the school. Adbul Kalam’s close friends, Ramanadha Shastry, Arbindam and Sivpraksham were boys from orthodox Brahmin families. Pakshi Lakshman Shastry even called in and warned the teacher not to spread the poison of communalism among the children. Kalam’s father arranged boats with platform to carry the idols of Lord Rama from the temple to a pond named Rama Tirtha on the occasion of annual Shri Sita Rama Kalyanam. The marriage of Sita was in the middle of the pond near Abdul Kalam’s house. Thus the Hindus and the Muslim in Rameswaram lived in friendly terms.

(iii) The author speaks both of people who were very much aware of the differences among them and those who tried to bridge the difference. Can you identify such people in the text?

Ans: Yes, there are people mentioned in the text who are very much aware of the differences among various social groups living in Rameswaram. For example the new teacher who had come to Rameswaram Elementary School compelled Abdul Kalam to shift from the first row to the back bench. This was because he could not tolerate to see Kalam sit next to Ramanadha Sastry, the son of the high priest of Rameswaram temple, Pakshi Laksman Sastry. The wife of Sivsubramania is another example. On the first occasion she refused to serve meal to Kalam in her ritualy pure kitchen.

On the other hand there were people who tried to bridge these differences. Pakshi Lakshman Sastry is the foremost among such people. He was the high priest of the Rameswaram temple. When he was reported by his son how the new teacher at the Rameswaram Elementary School has shifted Abdul Kalam from the front row to the last bench. Then he called in the teacher and warned him not the spread the poison of social inequality and religious intolerance in the minds of the innocent children.

Kalam’s father, though a Muslim, arranged boat on the occasion of Sr Sita Rama Kalyanam ceremony to carry the idols of the Lord from the temple to the marriage Sita.

Sivsubramania Iyer, the science teacher was something of a rebel. He invite Abdul to his house to dine with him, served him food in the kitchen and ate his meal sitting beside the Muslim boy. Practically he was able to reform his conservative wife who later served meal to Abdul Kalam in her kitchen.

(iv) Narrate two incidents that show how differences can be created and how they can be resolved. How can people change their attitude?

Ans: The first incident relates the activities of the new teacher who had come to Rameswaram Elementary School when Abdul Kalam was in the fifth standard. Kalam and his close friend Ramanadha Sastry used to in the first row one next to the other. The new teacher could not tolerate to see the son of a priest wearing sacred thread sit near a Muslim boy wearing a cap.

He compelled Kalam to shift from the first row to the back bench. Both Kalam and Ramanadha felt sad. When the matter was reported to the parents Pakshi Lakshman Sastry the high priest of the Rameswaram temple and father of Ramanadha called in the teacher. He asked the teacher either to apologies or leave the school and the island. He warned him not to poison the innocent children spreading among them the poison of special inequality and communal intolerance. The regretted and Sastry’s words ultimately reformed him.

The second incident relates the activities of the wife of Sivasubramania Iyer. Abdul Kalam was one day invited by lyer for a meal at his house. Iyer’s wife was horrified with the idea of Muslim boy being invited to dine in her ritually pure kitchen. She refused to serve meal to Kalam. Sivsubramania Iyer himself served the meal to Kalam and also ate his meal sitting beside him. His wife was watching from behind the kitchen door. Iyer was not angry with his wife. When Kalam was leaving the house, Sivsubramania invited him to dine with him again the next week end. He told Kalam not to get upset because to change the system such problems had to be confronted.

When Abdul Kalam visited Sivsubramania’s house in the following week his wife called him into her kitchen and served him with her own hands. Thus was she reformed.

2. (i) Why did Abdul Kalam want to leave Rameswarm?

Ans: Abdul Kalam wanted to leave Rameswaram to study at the district headquarters in Ramanathapuram.

(ii) What did his father say to him?

Ans: His father told Abdul Kalam that he knew that he would leave to go away to grow. He cited the example of the seagull. He asked Kalam whether the seagull did not fly across the sun alone and without a nest.

(iii) What do you think his words mean? Why do you think he spoke these words?

Ans: His words are no doubt inspiring. They mean that for making progress in life one must learn to live alone and freely without depending on others as the seagull does. The seagull flies across the vast sky without a nest, means one should be prepared to go on moving in the world having not much attachment to one’s permanent home. To a large hearted man the entire world is his home and the whole human race is his friends and relatives. Abdul Kalam’s father spoke like a wise man to teach his son the lessons of freedom and self dependence.

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