A Baker from Goa A Baker from Goa

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Which good old days does the author talk about?
What are the elders in Goa nostalgic about?
The elders in Goa are nostalgic about the good old Portuguese days and the bread loaves which they got in that period. Even though the Portuguese have gone one can still get the same loaves as they have the mixers moulders and those who bake the loaves.
Is bread-making still popular in Goa? How do you know?
What is the baker called?
When would the baker come everyday? Why did the children run to meet him?
Match the following. What is a must (i) as marriage gifts? – cakes and bolinhas (ii) for a party or a feast? – sweet bread called bol (iii) for a daughter’s engagement? – bread (iv) for Christmas? – sandwiches
What did the bakers wear: (i) In the Portuguese days (ii) When the author was young
Who invites the comment - "he is dressed like a pader?" Why?
Where were the monthly accounts of the baker recorded?
What does a 'jackfruit-like appearance' mean?
Which of these statements are correct? (i) The pader was an important person in the village in old times. (ii) Paders still exist in Goan villages. (iii) The paders went away with the Portuguese. (iv) The paders continue to wear a single-piece long frock. (v) Bread and cakes were an integral part of Goan life in the old days. (vi) Traditional bread-baking is still a very profitable business. (vii) Paders and their families starve in the present times.
Is bread an important part of Goan life? How do you know this?
We kids would be pushed aside with a mild rebuke and the loaves would be delivered to the servant. But we would not give up. We would climb a bench or the parapet and peep into the basket, somehow. I can still recall the typical fragrance of those loaves. Loaves for the elders and the bangles for the children. a. Who are 'we' in the extract? b. Why were the children pushed aside? c. How does the author feel about the old times?
Marriage gifts are meaningless without the sweet bread known as the bol, just as a party or a feast loses its charm without bread. Not enough can be said to show how important a baker can be for a village. The lady of the house must prepare sandwiches on the occasion of her daughter's engagement. Cakes and bolinhas are a must for Christmas as well as other festivals. Thus, the presence of the baker's furnace in the village is absolutely essential. a. What are compulsorily prepared during Christmas in Goa? b. Why is a baker necessary in a village? c. Find the word in the extract which means 'celebration meal'.
The baker usually collected his bills at the end of the month. Monthly accounts used to be recorded on some wall in pencil. Baking was indeed a profitable profession in the old days. The baker and his family never starved. He, his family and his servants always looked happy and prosperous. Their plump physique was an open testimony to this. Even today any person with a jackfruit-like physical appearance is easily compared to a baker. a. Where did the baker record his accounts? b. Why did the baker and his family never starve? c. Which work in the extract is a synonym of 'build'?
What did the baker do first once he reached a house?
How did the baker make his entry?
How do we get to know that the makers of bread still exist?
During our childhood in Goa, the baker used to be our friend, companion and guide.' What does this statement imply in relation to the character of the baker?

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