Gift (By Rudrani Ghosh)
A. Read to understand
Answer the following
Match the words and phrases to show a cause-and-effect relationship between
the mountains vanish from view c
the snowy range is lit up by a fiery
orange glow d
the dark sky is lit up by the stars e
the lawn takes on a whitish appearance b
the trees move back and forth a
Write T for statements that are true
and F for those that are false.
a) The writer went for a walk in the
b) The rain had made the atmosphere really
c) The writer’s house is located at the top
of a small hill. T
d) The writer drank coffee in the
candlelight to save power. F
Answer the following questions.
a) Why were there no puddles or muddy
patches despite the heavy rainfall?
The soil, being rocky and sandy, either dried or the water made its way downhill.
So, there were no puddles or muddy patches despite the heavy rainfall.
b) What led to the ‘drastic change’ that the
writer talks about?
breaking up of the haze.
ii) The last rays of the setting sun.
iii) The return of birds and butterflies.
c) Which sight left the writer ‘transfixed
Ans. When the writer
looked up, he stood transfixed in awe, looking at the star-spangled dark dome
B. Read to infer
1. The writer builds many contrasts through
the passage. Mention three such contrasts presented in the passage. These hints
will help you.
· What happened during the rain? What
happened once it stopped?
During the rain, the water was gushing
and gurgling down the slope, the trees were swaying, the leaves were dancing and
wind was roaring. When the rain stopped, there was neither a puddle nor a muddy
patch. The sky had cleared; the whole mountain range was in view. The
reflection of setting sun on the snow seemed to set the whole range ablaze.
· What did the haze do to the surroundings?
What happened when it failed?
Due to haze, the distant mountains and the
winding pathway at the foot of the hillock was not visible. When the haze disappeared,
the whole mountain range was in view.
· What happened to the surroundings at night?
What did the writer see in the sky?
It was the darkest of dark nights, errie,
pitch black but the sky was bright with a million brightly lit stars.
Personification is the literary technique
of describing objects in such a way that they seem human. Tick the lines that
contain the use of this technique.
leaves dancing in mirth Yes
a million brightly lit stars No
night gradually let down her curtains Yes
winding pathway at the foot of our hillock No
Lady Cloud caressing our face, neck, and
3. For what does the writer express gratitude
at the end of the passage?
Ans. Writer expresses gratitude at the end of the passage for
the scenic beauty of Ranikhet.
Talk to the class about any one time you
were outdoors and were
inspired by nature. b) frightened by nature.
Imagine you are at any one of these
locations at dusk-
The seashore b) the countryside c) a forest
write a description of the sights, sounds, and odours you encounter at the
place. Share your imagined description with the class.