With a Bushman in the Kalahari
About the passage
A. Read to understand
1. Answer these questions.
What had the writer’s friends cautioned her
Ans. The writer’s friends cautioned her about nauseating smell.
The writer says, ‘But we had spoken too
soon.’ What had they said? Why was it spoken ‘too soon’?
Ans. They had said that since they had reached the desert during
the day time, they would have enough time to set up a base for their shoot. It
was spoken too soon because round the edge, their van got stuck in the mud.
What tales had the writer read or heard
about the Bushmen?
Ans. The writer read about the Bushmen that Bushmen are safer to
deal with during the day; they are extra alert during the night and more
What made the Bushman flash a set of white
teeth? How did his attitude change thereafter?
Ans. When writer offered the Bushman beads as a token of
friendship, he accepted the gifts and flashed a set of white teeth. After this,
he came forward and helped them in pulling the van out of the mud. On learning
that they were out on an elephant shoot, he promised to lead them to the place,
where they could easily find elephants.
What special shots of the elephants were
the author and her companions able to click?
Ans. The special shots of the elephants that the author and her
companions able to click were:
The elephants along, the
calves walking besides their mothers.
Elephants shooting water from
Elephants making high-pitched
Why did the Bushman look puzzled after the
elephants had retreated?
Ans. Bushman looked puzzled after the elephants had retreated
because he thought that the writer
and her companions would shoot at elephants but they had not fired a shot.
B. Read to infer
The writer did not heed the warnings of her
friends. What does this tell us about her?
Ans. This tells us that she
is focused, courageous, optimistic and strongly determined person.
Why does the writer say, ‘We could only
follow in silence.’?
Ans. The writer say that we
could only follow in silence because the Bushman was the only friend they had
in that wilderness, who could help them to reach their lookout point.
Why did the writer and her companion have
puzzled expressions? How did the Bushman put them at ease?
Ans. The writer and her
companion have puzzled expressions because they were not able to make out where
they were heading. They were at ease when they guessed from the Bushman’s
gestures that he would bring them to some place.
Do you think the Bushman had set them up at
a good lookout point? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans. Yes, the Bushman had set
them up at a good lookout point as from there they could see elephant herd
writer says, ‘We had not expected things to happen so fast.’ Why does the
writer say so?
Ans. ‘We had not expected
things to happen so fast.’ The writer said so because they had just set up
their photography gear and they heard a long trumpet of the elephant herd
visiting the river at sight.
6. Is it right to say that the writer and
her companions were fortunate to have hit the Kalahari Desert before dark for
more than one reason? Why?
Ans. Yes, the writer and her
companions were fortunate to have hit the Kalahari Desert before dark because
If their van would get stuck
in the mud in the dark, then they would not be able to take it off.
They would also not be able
to tackle the Bushman at night as they are more alert and aggressive at night.
The Bushman looked pleased that he did not
have to witness the destruction of those majestic beasts. Why then do you think
he had promised to conduct the writer and her companions to game? (Hint: Was he
Ans. Beads offered as gift
which he longed for made the Bushman to conduct the writer and her companions
What is better-to shoot with a camera or with
a gun? Discuss.
Ans. To shoot with a camera
is better because this does not cause harm to anyone.
3. Do you think language is the only link
between people? Discuss in what other ways people can communicate with each
Ans. No, language is not the
only link between people. People can communicate with each other by using gesture.
A gesture is a form of non-verbal
communication or non-vocal communication in which visible bodily actions
communicate particular messages, either in place of, or in conjunction with,
speech. Gestures include movement of the hands, face, or other parts of the