INTER UNIVERSITY PRESS Solutions for Class 10 English Chapter 5 - The Professor [Poem]
Chapter 5 - The Professor [Poem] Passage 1
The conversation is going on between a retired Geography professor and his ex student.
The former student is not seen talking in this stanza or throughout the poem. We understand that the poem is a monologue where the professor is the only person who talks.
The professor says that he has retired and is in good health although his wife passed away a few years ago. He also mentions that all his children have settled in life.
The professor seems to have met one of his students and is not sure if the student recognises him. Therefore, he uses the phrase 'remember me' and further adds his name and reminding the student that he used to teach Geography and thus initiating the conversation.
Chapter 5 - The Professor [Poem] Passage 2
Professor Sheth talks about his three sons in this extract. One of his sons is a Sales Manager while another is a Bank Manager. The third son, according to him, is the black sheep of the family since he is not doing well in comparison to his brothers. The manager brothers, he adds, have their own cars too.
The professor thinks that being on a managerial position and having a car indicates that you are well settled in life. This is evident as he calls one of his sons, who is not a manager, the black sheep of the family. We are not told what the profession of this son is except for the fact that he is not doing as good as the other two sons.
The term 'black sheep' refers to an odd member of a group who is generally regarded as a misfit, disgrace or cause of shame. The professor uses the term to talk about his third son who according to him has not been as successful as the other two sons.
The professor mentions his daughters in the next stanza. In the given stanza, he is talking about his three 'well settled' children. They are at managerial positions at their workplace and have cars. In the time that the poem was written, it was extremely uncommon for women to reach high positions at work place like the (manager's position mentioned here) orown cars. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that the professor is talking about his sons in the given stanza.
Chapter 5 - The Professor [Poem] Passage 3
Sarala and Tarala are the two daughters of the professor. The professor doesn't elaborate on what his daughters do except for the fact that they are married.
The professor doesn't give details about his sons-in-law like he gives about his sons. He only says that his daughters are married to 'nice boys'.
The professor proudly boasts that his two sons are managers and have cars. However, we are not told anything about his daughters. The only thing he says about them is that they are married to good boys. His notion of happiness is strongly influenced by gender biases. Like a typical Indian, he believes that a man needs a god job and wealth to be happy while a women only needs a good man as her husband and his wealth to be happy.
The professor has eleven grandchildren. After stating this he asks his student how many issues (children) he has. The student has three children to which the professor replies that family planning is a trend catching up with the present generation. Although the professor is not against family planning, he doesn't seem to be totally happy with the idea of limiting the number of children in a family.
Chapter 5 - The Professor [Poem] Passage 4
Professor Sheth is the speaker in the given lines. He says that he is not against the practice of family planning.
According to the professor, India too is keeping up to the changing time and the changes in the world. He adds that 'old values are going' and new values are being welcomed by the people.
Professor speaks about not being against family planning in the first line of this extract however he himself has eleven grand children and he seems to be too happy
The poet has used the present continuous tense to mock Indian English where users directly translate their thought processes from the native language into English. The professor uses the mentioned expression to explain how values and traditions are drastically changing in India.
Chapter 5 - The Professor [Poem] Passage 5
The professor says that he rarely goes out nowadays because now he has grown old. There is no indication in the extract that the professor is upset about it, on the contrary he speaks about it as a matter of fact. It appears as if he has accepted the limitations as a part and parcel of a long life.
The professor says that there is no problem with his health and that he doesn't have diabetes, blood pressure or heart trouble. However, he says that there are usual aches and pains which come with old age.
The professor mentions that he rarely ventures out nowadays because he is growing old. When a person grows old, his mobility is restricted and his body is slowed down due to the usual aches and pains. Even a little bit of exertion causes stress for the body.
Chapter 5 - The Professor [Poem] Passage 6
The professor begins by asking the student if he remembers him, then he asks the student how many children he has and finally the professor inquires after his health.
The lines above are the concluding lines of the poem where the professor invites his former student to visit his home. He accompanies the invitation with the location of his house.
The last line of the poem is rather funny and appears to be a direct translation of an expression in an Indian language into English. The poet has used Indianismto satirise urbanity and academic achievement as seen through the Indian mind set. He uses the present continuous tense to refer to all actions, a common mistake among Indians who learn English as a second language to their native language.
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