NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Chapter 1 - A Letter to God

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Solution 1
Lencho hoped for rains as his field of ripe corn needed a shower in immediate effect for better growth.
Solution 2

Lencho's crops were ready for harvest. All it needed was a good downpour before harvesting. These fully grown crops could be sold in the market for good money. That is why he compared the raindrops to 'new coins'. The big drops were as good as receiving ten cent pieces and the little ones five.

Solution 3

The rain was pouring down and Lencho was satisfied. But suddenly, a strong wind began to blow and  very large hailstones began to fall along with the rain. The hail rained on the valley for an hour, because of which Lencho's fields were destroyed. There was not a single leaf left on the trees and the flowers were gone from the plants. The corn was completely destroyed.

Solution 4

When the hail stopped, Lencho's soul was filled with sadness. He looked around at his fields and said that even a plague of locusts would have left more than what was left after the hailstorm. He said that they would have no corn that  year and they would go hungry. He was full of sorrow.

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Solution 1

Lencho and his entire family had faith in God. His only hope was that God would help him. He had been instructed that God's eyes saw  everything, even what is deep  in one's conscience. Therefore, he wrote a letter to God expressing his need for a hundred pesos so that he could sow his field again and live until the crop grew again. He then put the letter in an envelope, addressed the envelope to God, placed a stamp on it and dropped it in the mail box.

Solution 2

When the postman saw that the letter was addressed to God, he laughed and took the letter to the postmaster, who then read it.

Solution 3

When the postmaster first saw the letter he broke out laughing but a few minutes later turned serious and admired the faith the man had in God. In order to keep the writer's faith in God alive, the postmaster decided to answer the letter. When he read that Lencho needed hundred pesos, he asked for money from his employees. He himself gave a part of his salary. He could not gather the entire amount, but managed to send Lencho a little more than half the amount. He put the money in an envelope addressed to Lencho and signed it 'God'

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Solution 1.

No, Lencho was not at all surprised to see the letter from God with money inside it. His confidence and faith in God was such that he had expected that reply from God.

Solution 1

Lencho had complete faith in God. The sentences in the story that show this are as follows:

(i) But in the hearts of all who lived in that solitary house in the middle of the valley, there was a single hope: help from God.

(ii) All through the night, Lencho thought only of his one hope: the help of  God, whose eyes, as he had been instructed, see everything, even what is deep in one's conscience.

(iii) "God," he wrote, "if you don't help me, my family and I will go hungry  this year".

(iv) He wrote 'To God' on the envelope, put the letter inside and, still troubled, went to town.

(v) God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested.

(vi) It said: "God: of the money that I asked for, only seventy pesos reached me. Send me the rest, since I need it very much".

Solution 2.

Lencho got angry when he counted the money. There were only seventy pesos in  the envelope. He was confident that God could neither make a mistake nor  deny him what he had requested. Therefore, he concluded that the post office employees must have taken the remaining thirty pesos.

Solution 2

The postmaster sent money to Lencho in order to keep Lencho's faith in God alive. He turned serious when he read Lencho's letter and wished he had the same faith in God. Even after he saw that Lencho  had requested  for money,  he stuck to his resolution of answering the letter. He gathered as much money as he could and sent it to Lencho. He signed it 'God' to ensure  that Lencho's faith was not shaken.

Solution 3

No, Lencho did not try to find out who had sent the money to him. This is because he had great confidence in God and never suspected that it could be someone else other than God who would send him the money. His faith in God was so strong that he believed that God had sent him the money.

Solution 4

Lencho thought that the post office employees had taken the rest of the money. The irony of the situation was that the postmaster and the employees whom he called a "bunch of crooks" and suspected of taking some of the money were the same people who had contributed and sent him the money in the first place.

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Solution I

1. Cyclone

2. Gale

3. Typhoon

4. Tornado

5. Hurricane 

6. Whirlwind

Solution 5

There might be a few people like Lencho in the real world. He is an unquestioning, naive kind of a person.

Solution 6

The conflict between humans and nature is illustrated by the destruction of Lencho's crops by the hailstorm. Lencho had worked really hard on his fields and the harvest was really important for him. He required the money to feed his family.For this he required nature-in the form of the rain! However, nature turned violent. The rains arrived but were accompanied by a hailstorm, which destroyed the crops. The story also illustrates another conflict,  between humans themselves. The postmaster, along with the help of the other post office employees, sent Lencho the money that they could manage to collect. They were not related to Lencho in any manner. It was an act of kindness and selflessness on their part. Even though they did a good deed, Lencho blamed them for taking away some amount of money. He called them "a bunch of  crooks". This shows that man does not have faith in his fellow humans, thereby giving rise to this conflict.

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Solution 2

Solution 3
  1. I often go to Mumbai, which is the commercial capital of India.
  2. My mother, who cooks very well, is going to host a TV show on cooking.
  3. These sportspersons, whose performance has been excellent, are going to meet the President
  4. Lencho prayed to God, whose eyes see into our minds.
  5. This man, whom I trusted, cheated me.

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Solution 4

1. The trees lost all their leaves.

    Not a leaf remained on the trees.

2. The letter was addressed to God himself.

    It was nothing less than a letter to God.

3. The postman saw this address for the first time in his career.

    Never in his career as a postman had he known that address.

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Solution 5



Quality or Feature Compared



Huge mountains of


The mass or `hugeness’ of mountains



New coins.


A curtain of rain 

The size and value of new coins-ten cent pieces and fives.

The draping or covering of an area by a curtain


The frozen pearls

The resemblance in colour and hardness of a pearl


A plague of locusts

The consequences (destruction) caused by locusts


A plague of locusts

An epidemic (a disease) that spreads very rapidly and leaves

many people dead 


An ox of a man

The working of an ox in the fields (hard work)