Australian Sojourn (Anwesha Sarkar)
A. Read to understand
1. Write the phrases from the help box
against the sub-topics to add details of information about Australia.
2. Complete this table with phrases from
the passage that describe the unique features of these places visited by the
author in Sydney.
3. Answer these questions.
Why did the author and her parents have to
go to Australia?
Ans. Author and her parents have to go to
Australia because author’s father had a nine month work assignment in Brisbane.
What do you learn from the passage about
Ans. Koalas are bear-like marsupials that
feed on the leaves of eucalyptus trees. They eat mostly at night and sleep
during the day.
On which two points does the author clearly
show how India is different from Australia?
Ans. The two points are:
Educational system in
Australia is different from India.
Food in Australia is
different from what Indians eat.
B. Read to infer
What did the author and her family make sure to do during holidays and weekends?
Why do you think it was necessary in their circumstances?
Ans. During holidays and weekends, they made it a point to
explore the beauty and the variety of Australia. Yes, it was necessary in their
circumstances because their trip to Australia was for 9 months only.
Why does the author say, ’The Australians, too, have a national holiday on the
26th of January’? What is the significance of this day in the
Ans. The author said that the Australians, too, have a national
holiday on the 26th of January because we Indian, too, have a national holiday
on the 26th of January on account of Republic Day.
Australians celebrate Australia Day to commemorate the
establishment of the first British settlement at Port Jackson in 1788.
Why do you think the author and her family
opted for the city tour in a bus?
Ans. The author and
her family opted for the city tour in a bus because these buses have guides who narrate the history of
the places the buses pass through.
The author states that the Australians
‘love water sports’. Where else in the passage is this characteristic hinted
Ans. This characteristic
is hinted at in the second last paragraph of the passage.
‘Most of the
houses we happened to visit in Brisbane had a barbecue and a swimming pool’.
What are the advantages of studying with
children belonging to other states and countries? Discuss with your classmates.
(Answer may vary)
of studying with children belonging to other states and countries
Make friends from around the
Become truly independent
Change the way we think
Develop our language skills
Study and learn differently
Make lifelong friends
Gain greater knowledge of
The passage describes the beauty and
variety of Australia. Work in pairs and draw up a list of some of the things
that reflect the beauty and variety of India. Compare notes in class. (Answer
Ans. Some of
the things that reflect the beauty and variety of India are:
Magnetic Hill - Located near
Leh in Ladakh , also known as the “Gravity Hill”, this place pulls vehicles in
an upward direction, creating an optical illusion.
Lonar Crater Lake - Located
in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, is surrounded by magnificent temples and
scenic beauty. This attractive lake is both saline and alkaline at the same
time, attracting scientists from far and wide.
Dudhsagar Falls - Located in
Sanguem Taluka (Goa-Karnataka border). As their
name itself suggests, the drops appear like streams of milk flowing down the
Valley Of Flowers - Nestled
in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, famous for
its exotic flowers and endangered fauna, the valley of flowers is richly
diverse and splendidly beautiful.
The Taj Mahal - The Taj
Mahal, a beautiful white marble Monument located in the city of Agra on the
banks of the holy river Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The Palace of Mysore - The Palace
of Mysore is the most famous historical monument, located in the city of Mysore
And many more