A Gift Of Chappals Class 7 Part-II HoneyComb Book Chapter 2 Summary And Explanation _Before you read:
Mridu is a young girl growing up in Madras (now called Chennai) with Tapi, her grandmother, and Thatha, her grandfather. One afternoon Tapi takes her to her aunt Rukku Manni’s house to meet her cousins Lalli, Ravi and Meena.
A Gift Of Chappals Class 7 Part-II in Book:
Mridu crept up to the window. Lalli was sitting a little distance away, awkwardly holding her violin and bowstring, her elbows jutting out and her eyes glazed with concentration. In front of her, with most of his back to the window, was the bony figure of the music master.
He had a mostly bald head with a fringe of oiled black hair falling around his ears and an old-fashioned tuft. A gold chain gleamed around his leathery neck, and a diamond ring glittered on his hand as it glided up and down the stem of the violin. A large foot stuck out from beneath his gold-bordered veshti edge, and he was beating time on the floor with the scrawny big toe.
He played a few notes. Lalli stumbled behind him on her violin, which looked quite helpless and unhappy in her hands. What a difference! The music master’s notes seemed to float up and settle perfectly into the invisible tracks of the melody. It was like the wheels of a trained fitting smoothly into the rails and whizzing along, as Ravi said. Mridu stared at that huge, beringed hand moving effortlessly up the violin’s stem, making lovely music.
Squawk! There was Lalli derailing again! “Amma!” came a wail from the gate. “Amma
“Ravi, send that beggar away!” cried his mother from the back verandah, where she was chatting with Tapi. “He has been coming here every day for the past week, and it’s time he found another house to beg from!” Paati explained to Tapi.
Mridu and Meena followed Ravi out. The beggar was already in the garden, making himself quite at home. He had spread his upper cloth under the neem tree and was leaning against its trunk, apparently prepared to take a little snooze while he waited for the alms to appear.
“Go away!” said Ravi sternly. “My Paati says it’s time you found another house to beg from!”
The beggar opened his eyes very wide and gazed at each of the children one by one. “The ladies of this house,” he said, at last, in a voice choked with feeling, “are very kind souls. I have kept my body and soul together on their generosity for a whole week. I cannot believe that they would turn me away.”
He raised his voice. “Amma! Amma-oh!” Sad his wail might be, but it certainly wasn’t feeble. It began in a deep, strong rumble somewhere in his withered belly, and came booming out of his mouth, with its few remaining teeth stained brown with betel-chewing.
“Ravi, tell him there’s nothing left in the kitchen!” called Rukku Manni. “And he’s not to come again-tell him that!” She sounded fed up. Ravi didn’t have to repeat it all to the beggar. What his mother said had been easy for them all to hear, there under the neem tree. The beggar sat up and sighed.
“I’ll go, I’ll go!” he said wearily. “Only let me have a rest here under this tree. The sun is so hot, the tar has melted on the road. My feet are already blistered.” He stretched out his feet to show large, pink, peeling blisters on the soles of his bare feet.
“I suppose he doesn’t have the money to buy chappals,” Mridu whispered to Meena–Ravi. “Have you got an old pair in the house somewhere?”
“I don’t know,” said Ravi. “Mine are too small to fit his feet, or I’d have given them to him.” And his feet were larger than Mridu’s and Meena’s.
The beggar was shaking out his upper cloth and tightening his dhoti. He raised his eyes and looked fearfully at the road, gleaming in the afternoon heat.
“He needs something on his feet!” Meena said, her big eyes filling. “It’s not fair!”
“Ssh!” said Ravi. “I’m thinking about it! Blubbering, ‘it’s not fair, it’s not fair isn’t going to help. In two minutes he’ll be frying his feet on that road. What he needs is a pair of chappals. So where do we get them? Come, let’s search the house.” He pushed Mridu and Meena into the house.
Just as she stepped into the verandah, Mridu’s eyes fell on the odd-looking chappals she had noticed when she arrived. “Ravi!” she whispered to him. “Whose are those?”
Ravi turned and glanced at the shabby-looking, but sturdy old slippers. He beamed and nodded. “These are just the right size,” he said, picking them up. Mridu and Meena followed him nervously back into the garden.
“Here!” said Ravi to the beggar, dropping the slippers in front of the old man. “Wear these and don’t come back! ” The beggar stared at the slippers, hurriedly flung his towel over his shoulder, pushed his feet into them and left, muttering a blessing to the children.
In a minute he had vanished around the corner of the street. The music master came out of the house and took an unappreciative look at the three of them sitting quietly under the tree, playing marbles.
Then he searched for his chappals in the verandah, where he had put them. “Lalli!” he called, after a few moments. She hurried up to him. “Have you seen my chappals, my dear? I remember having kept them here!”
Ravi, Mridu, and Meena silently watched Lalli and the music-master search every corner of the verandah. He scurried around, looking over the railing and crouching near the flower pots to look between them. “Brand new, they were! I went all the way to Mount Road to buy them!” he went on saying. “They cost a whole month’s fees, do you know?
Soon Lalli went in to tell her mother. Rukku Manni appeared, looking harassed, with Paati following her.
“Where could they be? It’s really quite upsetting to think someone might have stolen them. So many vendors come to the door,” worried Paati. Rukku Manni caught sight of Ravi, Mridu, and Meena sitting under the tree. “Have you children…” she began, and then, seeing they were
curiously quiet, went on more slowly, “seen anyone lurking around the verandah?” A sharp V-shaped line had formed between her eyebrows. Another straight, tighter one appeared in place of her usually soft, pleasant mouth.
Rukku Manni was angry! thought Mridu with a shiver. She wouldn’t be so upset if she knew about the poor beggar with sores on his feet, she tried to tell herself.
Taking a deep breath, she cried, “Rukku Manni, there was a beggar here. Poor thing, he had such boils on his feet!” “So?” said Rukku Manni grimly, turning to Ravi.
“You gave the music master’s chappals to that old beggar who turns up here?”
“Children these days…!” groaned Paati. “Amma, didn’t you tell me about Karna who gave away everything he had, even his gold earrings, he was so kind and generous?”
“Silly!” snapped Rukku Manni. “Karna didn’t give away other people’s things, he only gave away his own.”
“But my chappals wouldn’t have fitted the beggar’s feet…” Ravi rushed brashly on, “And Amma, if they did fit, would you really not have minded?”
“Ravi!” said Rukku Manni, very angry now. “Go inside this minute.”
She hurried indoors and brought out Gopu Mama’s hardly worn, new chappals. “These should fit you, Sir. Please put these on. I am so sorry. My son has been very naughty.”
The musicmaster’s eyes lit up. He put them on, trying not to look too happy. “Well, I suppose these will have to do… These days children have no respect for elders, what to do? A Hanuman incarnate… only Rama can save such a naughty fellow!” Rukku Manni’s eyes flashed.
She didn’t seem to like Ravi being called a monkey, even a holy monkey. She stood stiff and straight by the front door. It was clear she wanted him to leave quickly.
When he had clattered off in his new chappals, she said, “Mridu, come in and have some tiffin. Honestly, how do your children think of such things? Thank God your Gopu Mama doesn’t wear his chappals to work…” As she walked towards the kitchen with Mridu and Meena, she suddenly began to laugh.
“But he’s always in such a hurry to throw off his shoes and socks and get into his chappals as soon as he comes home. What’s your Mama going to say this evening when I tell him I gave his chappals to the music master?”
from Mridu in Madras: Goruchaka Turns Up
A Gift Of Chappals Class 7 Part II Comprehension Check Question Answer
Q. 1) The music master is making lovely music. Read aloud the sentence in the text that expresses this idea.
Ans: The Music -Masters notes float up and perfectly into the invisible tracks of the melody. This sentence shows that the music master was making lovely music.
Q. 2) Had the beggar come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time? Give reasons for your
Ans: No, The Beggar had to not come to Rukku Mannis house for the First Time. When the beggar arrived, She asked Ravi to Send him away. The beggar, She said, had been coming to their house daily the week before. She said it was time he found another house to beg from.
Q. 3) “A sharp V-shaped line had formed between her eyebrows.” What does it suggest to you about Rukku Manni’s mood?
Ans: A shape V-shaped line between the eyebrows refers to a frown. This suggests that Rukku Manni was in an angry mood.
A Gift Of Chappals Class 7 Part-II Working with the Text
Q. 1) Complete the following sentences.
(i) Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to ____________________________ _______________ .
(ii) Trying to hide beneath the tray of chillies, Mahendran __________________ ___________ .
(iii) The teacher played a few notes on his violin, and Lalli ______________________________ .
(iv) The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household ______________________________ .
(v) After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if ___________________________ .
- derailing of a train going off track
- tipped a few chillies over himself
- stumbled behind him on her violin
- have been very generous and helped him survive for a week
- she had seen his chappals
Q. 2) Describe the music teacher, as seen from the window.
Ans: The music teacher was a brave man. She was sitting in front of Lalli with her back to the window. He was a man with a hairy scalp and a crown of hair on his ears. He was carrying an old stick. He had a shining gold chain around his neck and a diamond ring in his hand. He was wearing a garland on the gold border. His big toe was stuck on the ground and he was hitting the ground with his sore toe.
Q. 3) (i) What makes Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy chappals?
Ans: The beggar showed his feet to the children. There were pink blisters on his bare feet which made Mridu conclude that he didn’t have the money to buy chappals.
(ii) What does she suggest to show her concern?
Ans: Mridu was concerned about the beggar. She suggested giving an old pair of chappals to the beggar.
Q. 4) “Have you children…” she began, and then, seeing they were curiously quiet, went on more slowly, “seen anyone lurking around the verandah?”
A) What do you think Rukku Manni really wanted to ask?
Ans: Rukku Manni wanted to ask the children what they have done with the chappals.
B) Why did she change her question?
Ans: She changed the question finding the children serious and quiet. She became sure that the children had something to do with the chappals.
C) What did she think had happened?
Ans: She thought that the children would have hidden the chappals somewhere.
Q. 5) What did she think had happened?
Ans: The music teacher’s chappals were old, but he lied to Lalli saying that they were brand new. Gopu Mama had hardly used his new chappals. The music teacher was happy getting them but was trying to hide those feelings. He tried to show that he was upset with the children and with his loss.
Q. 6) On getting a gift of chappals, the beggar vanished in a minute. Why was he in such a hurry to leave?
Ans: The beggar was in a hurry to leave after getting the chappals because he knew that the children have got them for him without seeking the permission of the elders. He feared they might be taken back from him, so he left in a hurry.
Q. 7) Walking towards the kitchen with Mridu and Meena, Rukku Manni began to laugh. What made her laugh?
Ans: Rukku Manni laughed thinking of Gog Mama who didn’t have her guts. He used to take off his shoes as soon as he got home and put on those chappals. He laughed and wondered what excuses he would give her and how he would respond.
A Gift Of Chappals Class 7 Part-II (Working with Language:)
Q.1) Read the following sentences.
(a) If she knows we have a cat, Paati will leave the house.
(b) She won’t be so upset if she knows about the poor beggar with sores on his feet.
(c) If the chappals do fit, will you really not mind?
Notice that each sentence consists of two parts. The first part begins with ‘if ’. It is known as if-clause.
Rewrite each of the following pairs of sentences as a single sentence. Use ‘if ’ at the beginning of the sentence.
(a) Walk fast. You’ll catch the bus. If you walk fast, you’ll catch the bus.
(b) Don’t spit on the road. You’ll be fined. If you spit on the road, you’ll be fined.
(i) Don’t tire yourself now. You won’t be able to work in the evening.
(ii) Study regularly. You’ll do well in the examination.
(iii) Work hard. You’ll pass the examination in the first division.
(iv) Be polite to people. They’ll also be polite to you.
(v) Don’t tease the dog. It’ll bite you.
- If you tire yourself now, you won’t be able to work in the evening.
- If you study regularly, you’ll do well in the examination.
- If you work hard, you’ll pass the examination in first division.
- If you are polite to people, they’ll be polite to you.
- If you tease the dog, it’ll bite you.
Q. 2) Fill in the blanks in the following paragraph. Today is Sunday. I’m wondering whether I should stay at home or go out. If I_________________ (go) out, I__________ (miss) the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I _______________(stay) for lunch, I ________________(miss) the Sunday film showing at Archana Theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.
Ans: Today is Sunday. I’m wondering whether I should stay at home or go out. If I go out, I will miss the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I stay for lunch, I will miss the Sunday film showing at Archana Theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.
Q. 3) Complete each sentence below by appropriately using any one of the following: if you want to/if you don’t want to/if you want him to
(i) Don’t go to the theatre______________________ .
(ii) He’ll post your letter________________________ .
(iii) Please use my pen_________________________ .
(iv) He’ll lend you his umbrella_____________________ .
(v) My neighbour, Ramesh, will take you to the doctor _______________ .
(vi) Don’t eat it _________________ .
- if you don’t want to
- if you want him to
- if you want to
- if you want him to
- will take you to the doctor if you want him to
- if you don’t want to
Speaking and Writin
1)Discuss in small groups
- If you want to give away something of your own to the needy, would it be better to ask your elders first?
- Is there someone of your age in the family who is very talkative? Do you find her/him interesting and impressive or otherwise? Share your ideas with others in the group.
- Has Rukku Manni done exactly the same as the children? In your opinion, then, is it right for one party to blame the other?
a) Rukku Manni was wrong, he must have been very strict with the children. He should not have scolded Ravi when he himself laughed at the incident after a while.
(b) Rukku Manni was humiliated by the children. The music teacher’s songs are missing from their home. They had to compensate for their action by giving the teacher chaps of Goop Mama. It was because of him that he was angry.
(c) The children and Rukku Manni both did the same so they should not have blamed each other.
2) Read the following.
i) A group of children in your class are going to live in a hostel.
ii) They have been asked to choose a person in the group to share a room with.
iii) They are asking each other questions to decide who they would like to share a room with.
Ask one another questions about likes/dislikes-preferences/hobbies/personal characteristics. Use the
following questions and sentence openings.
(i) What do you enjoy doing after school? I enjoy….
(ii) What do you like in general? I like…
(iii) Do you play any games? I don’t like it…
(iv) Would you mind if I listened to music after dinner? I wouldn’t…
(v) Will it be all right if I…? It’s fine with me…
(vi) Will it be all right if I…? It’s fine with me…
(vii) Do you like to attend parties? Oh, I…
(viii) Would you say you are…? I think…
Ans: (i) watching TV
(ii) playing video games in general
(iii) playing outdoor games. I play indoor games like ludo and carom.
(iv) because I love music
(v) switch on the light, you can switch on the light whenever you want
(vi) my pillow with anyone
(vii) love going to parties
(viii) a creative person, yes, I am creative
q. 3) Who is Mridu and with whom Mridu went to Rukku Manni’s place?
Ans: Married is a young girl. Mridu went to Rukku Manni’s place with his Tapi.
q.4) Why did Ravi drag Mridu to the back of the yard?
Ans: Ravi dragged Mridu into the backyard to show her the newly found cat.
q.5) Why was the red pepper kept in the backyard?
Ans: The Kama of the Mahabharata used to donate everything he had including the gold he earned.
q.6) What gardener did the beggar rely on in Ravi’s garden?
Ans: The beggar was leaning against the trunk of a neem tree in Ravi’s garden.
q.7) Mridu was aware of two lumps in front of Meena’s house. Who did they belong to?
Ans: The two particles that Madrid wrote that they saw in front of Ravi’s house belonged to music teachers.
q.8) Who used to take everything he had, including his gold earrings?
Ans: The red pepper was stored in the backyard for drying.
q.9) To who did the music teacher compare Ravi?
Ans: The music teacher compared Ravi to King Hanuman and called him the human form of Hanuman.
q.10) What was in the cat’s name that made Mridu happy?
Ans: Ravi named the kitchen Mahendravarma Pallava Poonai, Parliament Poonai for short. They called him Mahendran. Mridu liked the name because it sounded real to him and was different from the usual good words kept for cats in general.
q.11) How did Ravi connect his cat with the kings of Pallava?
Ans: Ravi learned that his cat was a descendant of the Rishi Cat of Mahabalipuram. He said that when he visited Mahabalipuram in the classroom, he saw a picture of a cat which he believed was the cat’s ancestor. He heard that the lion representing the king of Pallava was a close relative of his cat.
q.12) What made Ravi feel that Lalli would never learn to play the violin?
Ans: Ravi felt that Lalli would never learn to play the violin. The music teacher used to play the right notes, but he kept going with the tracks. It was as if his train had crashed over and over again while the teacher was working well on the track.
q.13) Why did Rukku Manni ask Ravi to dismiss the petitioner?
Ans: Rukku Manni was upset that a beggar came to him every day for more than a week now. He was tired of giving her food and other things. He wanted to find another house and stop coming to where they lived. So he asked Ravi to take him.
q.14) How did the suitor feel about the housewives?
Ans: The beggar saw that the ladies of the house were very kind. She survived the whole week by giving him food to eat. He called them generous and found it hard to believe they wanted to fire him.
q.15) Describe Ravi’s character in the story.
Ans: Ravi was a smart kid. He had good visual skills and had a good sense of history. He was joking, but he had a sense of humour. He managed to get the cat’s milk in front of Paati’s eyes. He also used his ingenuity to hand out placards to music teachers to the applicant. He was kind and kind and remembered the story of Kama told to him by Rukku Manni.
q.16) Compare the way the music teacher played the violin with Lalli’s.
Ans: The music teacher played the violin fluently. His notes seem to float to the top and sit completely on the invisible music tracks. His hand removed the violin stem effortlessly and produced beautiful music.
Lalli, on the other hand, seemed to be fighting the violin. The tool seemed unhappy and helpless in his hands. He continued to lose tracks and produced a type of sound that frightened even Mahendran.
q.17) Why did Ravi get angry with the elders?
Ans: Ravi was annoyed with the elders because he always told them to be kind to the animals, but whenever he tried to do so, he would scream. He had found the same elders calling these animals filthy creatures.
Rukku Manni had told him about the Kama who would give his all to help others. Ravi had tried to help the beggar by giving the music teacher’s expertise to him, but still, Rukku Manni was angry with him.
q.18) What is the character of the story, explain it in more detail.
Ans: The moral of the matter is to help people in need. The beggar needed slippers. He had sores on his feet. They did the right thing. Mama could buy another slip but the beggar didn’t have the money to buy it.
We should help people who need help. There is no harm in giving a little of those leftovers to us. We should give food, clothing and jerseys to the ‘poor. For us, that may not be very expensive, but it can save someone’s life.
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