NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Chapter F.1 - How I Taught My Grandmother to Read

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Chapter F.1 - How I Taught My Grandmother to Read Exercise 10

Solution 1

This answer will depend on each student's views.

Some guidelines :

8th July 20xx,Wednesday                    8pm

Today is the happiest day of my life. I have achieved something that I never thought I would be able to, in all my sixty two years. I have learned to read the Kannada alphabet. How? Because of the efforts of my dear granddaughter who at her little age took on the task of educating her grandmother. Today dear diary, my heart is overflowing with joy for another reason. In recognition of my hard work I have been presented with a copy of the novel 'Kashi Yatre' by my beloved teacher! What has touched me the most is not the gift but the love, concern, patience and care she has shown through this time.

 

Chapter F.1 - How I Taught My Grandmother to Read Exercise 11

Solution 1

Swami:   No silly. He gets ninety marks out of one hundred.

 

Grandmother:   Good. But you must also try and get marks like him… You know, Swami, your grandfather used to frighten the examiners with his answers sometimes.  When he answered a question, he did it in a tenth of the time that others took to do it.  And then, his answers would be so powerful that his teachers would give him two hundred marks sometimes.

 

Swami:   Oh enough, Granny! You go on bothering about old unnecessary stories, Why don’t you listen to my stories, Won’t you listen to Rajam?

 

Grandmother:   Yes, dear, yes.

 

Swami: Granny, when Rajam was a small boy, he killed a tiger.

Rajam’s father was camping in a forest. He had his son with him. Two tigers came upon them suddenly, one knocking down the father from behind. The other began chasing Rajam, who took shelter behind a bush and shot it dead with his gun.

Granny, are you asleep?

  

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter F.1 - How I Taught My Grandmother to Read Exercise 3

Solution 1

The solution below merely gives an outline of how students can answer this question based on their perspectives and experiences. Students are recommended to create meaningful responses from the points below.

 

i) A memorable holiday spent with your grandmother

  • Did you visit her in your native place or did you go with her on a holiday to some other destination?

  • How did you travel?

  • What made the holiday memorable?

  • Did your grandfather or any other member of your family come along?

  • Did she fuss over you like most grandmothers do-prepare the food that you like etc?

  • How did you feel at the end of your holiday/journey?

 

Solution 2

The solution below merely gives an outline of how students can answer this question based on their perspectives and experiences. Students are recommended to create meaningful responses from the points below.

 

ii) A story told by your grandmother

  • You have heard stories told by various people but what's different about this story is the way your grandmother narrates it.

  • You might have heard it several times before but just don't mind hearing it again.

  • It has incidents and memories of years gone by when the world was a much easier and nicer place to live in.

  • It may be a real life incident or a fictional story, but no one can narrate it like your grandmother.

  • You will never forget this story and probably tell it to your children someday.
Solution 3

The solution below merely gives an outline of how students can answer this question based on their perspectives and experiences. Students are recommended to create meaningful responses from the points below.

 

iii) The things you admire the most about your grandmother

  • What qualities make her admirable according to you?

  • Her views on life.

  • How does she look in her old age? How she manages everything on her own in spite of her age.

  • The hobbies she still pursues. Her regular routine: morning walks, yoga, visits to place of worship.

  • How she cares for your grandfather and parents.

  • Her unconditional love for all her grandchildren.
Solution 4

The solution below merely gives an outline of how students can answer this question based on their perspectives and experiences. Students are recommended to create meaningful responses from the points below.

iv) The difference between your mother and your grandmother

Both love you but mother disciplines you while grandmother pampers you.

Mother-

  • Always corrects and scolds me as she wants me to excel in everything.

     

  • Tells me to study, settle my clothes and/tidy my room because she wants to instill discipline in me.

     

  • Does not give into my demands easily because she does not want to spoil me.

     

  • Is extremely protective about me.

     

Grandmother-

  • Pampers me because I don't get to meet her very often.

     

  • She indulges my every whim.

     

  • Is more lenient than my mother.

     

  • She never finds faults with me.

     

  • Loves me unconditionally.

     

  • Shares all her life's experiences with me.

     

  • Grandmother - "another name for love."
Solution 5

The solution below merely gives an outline of how students can answer this question based on their perspectives and experiences. Students are recommended to create meaningful responses from the points below.

Yes I have been

  • Which part of India did you visit (state/city)?

     

  • How did not knowing the local language of that place affect your trip? 

     

  • Did you find someone who could help you communicate with the locals there?

     

  • If you used signs and gestures to communicate at a hotel were the people/ staff amused and make fun of you?

     

  • What experience did you gain at the end of this trip?

Chapter F.1 - How I Taught My Grandmother to Read Exercise 6

Solution 1

(iii) both had a strong desire to visit Kashi.

Chapter F.1 - How I Taught My Grandmother to Read Exercise 7

Solution 1

(iii) they could relate with the protagonist of the serial.

Solution 2

(i) the grandmother had been unable to read the story 'Kashi Yatre' on her own.

Solution 3

(i) As a mark of respect to her teacher.

Solution 4

Triveni was a very popular writer in the Kannada language. Her style was easy to read and very convincing. Her stories usually dealt with complex psychological problems in the lives of ordinary people and were always very interesting. Although she died very young, people continue to appreciate her novels even after forty years of her death.

Solution 5

The author's grandmother never went to school as in her childhood days, people never considered education essential for girls. As a result, she could not read. Hence, she depended on the author, her granddaughter, to read out an episode of her favourite novel Kashi Yatre to her.

Solution 6

The two sentences that state that the grandmother was desperate to know what happened in the story were :

  1. "During that time, she would forget all her work and listen with the greatest concentration."

  2. "So more than anybody else she was the one most interested in knowing what happened next in the story and used to insist that I read the serial out to her."
Solution 7

Grandmother started learning kannada from the author. She was an ardent student who worked very hard and practiced a great deal. During the Dassara festival, when the author presented her student with a copy of the novel Kashi Yatre, she opened it and immediately read the title Kashi Yatre by Triveni and the publisher's name. Grandmother had succeeded in accomplishing her desire to read.

Solution 8

(i) determined-

The narrator's grandmother realized that she couldn't read her favourite novel without her granddaughter's help. She decided to learn the Kannada alphabet even though she was sixty-two years old. She was so determined to succeed, that she started tuition with her granddaughter. She worked hard and achieved her goal by the deadline she set for herself. On the Dassara day, she was able to confidently read the title and the publisher's name of Kashi Yatre, which was presented to her by her granddaughter.

 

(iii) emotional -

Once when the narrator left her village for a week and returned she found her grandmother in tears. When she questioned her grandmother about it she did not reply but that night she went to the narrator's bed and touched her forehead affectionately and told her the reason for her sadness. It was because she had never got a chance to be educated. As she spoke she was unhappy, her eyes were filled with tears and she was very emotional.

Chapter F.1 - How I Taught My Grandmother to Read Exercise 8

Solution 1

 

Speaker

Quotation

Quality Highlighted

a

Narrator-granddaughter

'Avva, is everything all right? Are you O.K?'

Concerned, worried, anxious,

 

b

Grandmother -Avva

'At times, I used to regret not going to school, so I made sure that my children and grandchildren studied well.'

Wise, determined, resolute

c

Narrator-granddaughter

'Avva, don't cry. What is the matter? Can I help you in anyway?'

Sympathetic, concerned,

Helpful, sensitive, caring

d

Grandmother-'Avva'

"We are well-off, but what use is money when I cannot be independent.'

Determined, practical, realistic

e

Grandmother-'Avva'

'I will keep Saraswati pooja day during Dassara as the deadline.'

Determined , resolute, strong minded, Religious

f

Grandmother-Avva

'For a good cause if you are determined you can overcome any obstacle.'

Determined, confident, positive

g

Grandmother-Avva

I am touching the feet of a teacher not my granddaughter.'

Humble, gratitude, appreciation

 

Chapter F.1 - How I Taught My Grandmother to Read Exercise 9

Solution 1

i) The children bought a cake, chart paper and balloons.

ii) They blew balloons and hung them around the hall.

iii) They cut out chart papers, wrote quotes, drew pictures and stuck them on the wall.

iv) They greeted them, told them they had come along to make their day special and sang songs for them.

Solution 2

i) Some were happy, smiling and singing along.

ii) Some were excited on being given cake the forbidden delicacy.

iii) Some were expressionless.

Solution 3

i) We can make our grandparents happy by spending time with them, never letting them feel lonely and insecure, telling them we love them and making their old age the happiest time of their lives.

(ii) We can avoid constructing more and more Old Age Homes by caring for our grandparents and making them feel loved and wanted in our own homes.

Solution 4

This speech can be written by the students themselves with the help of guidelines given in the question.

 

  • Getting the attention of your audience: You can start with a famous quote on education.

  • Introducing your topic: Adult education

  • Stating your central idea or purpose: Why is adult literacy important?

  • Briefly identifying the main points regarding adult literacy

  • Making your audience eager to hear what you have to say