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Manjula Parelkar knew she was no Hussain. She could never be, not with those hands of hers, those claw-like malformed fingers. Why her hands too? Wasn't it enough that her feet were deformed; ending in two massive moon shaped toes pointing at each other, the hard nails touching, grating against each other whenever she wore wrong shoes. She wore wrong shoes most of time, for there weren't any shoes in the market soft enough for her clumsy feet. Her feet hurt most of the time but she didn't mind them so much. a. Why couldn't Manjula be like Hussain? b. What was the shape of her feet? c. Why did Manjula have to wear wrong shoes most of the time? d. Why were her shoes ugly? e. Even though Manjula's feet hurt her a lot, why didn't she mind the pain so much?
a. Manjula couldn’t be like Hussain as she had deformed hands and to paint like him required one to be physically fit. b. Her feet were deformed since the toes were overgrown and pointed towards each other. c. Manjula wore wrong shoes, as there weren’t any shoes available in the market, which could fit her since she didn’t have normal feet. d. Her shoes were ugly as they were made on order to hide those deformed toes and help her walk. e. She didn’t mind the pain as at least her feet were concealed in those shoes and no one could notice the deformity.
Mrs. Parelkar looked at her daughter searchingly. She gazed long into those serious, melancholic eyes. Closing the tap she walked over to the kitchen cupboard from and pulled out an ornate metal tea box from the topmost shelf. 'My piggy bank,' she smiled. 'Don't let out the hiding place.' Then she pressed a few notes into Manjula's hands. 'Go ahead and buy whatever you need, dear. Have fun and show me the painting. a. Why did the mother look searchingly at Manjula? b. Why have Manjula's eyes been described as serious and melancholic? c. What was the ornate metal tea box? d. What did the lady mean by 'don't let out the hiding place'? e. What for did Manjula need the money? f. What does the mother's gesture show about her nature?
It wasn't fun. It was sheer torture. However, she struggled on with the knots, all eleven of them. When finally she managed to unravel the last one she found a little box with a slip of paper inside. She knew what would be written on it : 'Sorry, better luck, next time !'. It was just like Amol! Though he was only a year younger, sometimes she felt a hundred year older than him. a. What was 'sheer torture' for Manjula? Why? b. What was inside the big parcel? c. What was actually written on the slip of paper inside the box? d. What did Manjula feel about Amol?
I know,' her mother's voice was soft and pacifying. 'The price of petrol has gone up,' her father continued while pacing the room, 'the price of vegetables has shot up. Amol needs a new pair of shoes. These curtains need a change.' He 'stopped and looked at his wife tenderly, 'and you haven't had a new saree since last Diwali. Do you think I don't notice all this ?' a. What did Manjula's mother know? b. What was the demand that the lady had forwarded to her husband? c. What arguments did father give against Manjula's demand? (Any two) d. What do you think was going on in Manjula's mother's mind?
Sorry, Papa, but why must she do a dumb thing like this? I thought she would enter the 'On-the spot Painting Competition' in November, at my school. Why, she would have easily bagged the first prize. Hey, Manju,' he turned to his sister, 'why don't you try for me?' Silence hung over the dining table. Nobody spoke. Manjula waited, hoping for a word from her father. a. Who is the speaker of the first line? b. What do the words 'dumb thing' refer to? c. What did Amol want his sister to do? d. What expectations did Amol have from his sister? e. What did Manjula expect from her father? Why was she disappointed?
Mrs. Parelkar gripped her daughter firmly by the shoulders and looked her straight in the eyes. Her voice firm with determination, she said, 'Don't give in, Manju ! There is so much in 'you that other girls don't have. Let it come up. Even if you have to fight. Fight, Manju, fight.' a. What was going on in Mrs. Parelkar's mind? Why? b. What was mother's advice to Manjula? c. What were Manjula's feelings at that time? d. Why had Manjula given up painting?
She dashed to her room, "flung herself on the bed and buried her face in the pillow. But she couldn't cry. The tears just would not come. When at last she sat up, her eyes fell on a newspaper cutting on the table. Strange, she thought, I didn't keep it there. Puzzled, she picked it up and read. a. Why did Manjula dash to her room? b. What did Manjula's eyes fall on? c. Who, according to you must have placed the cutting on the table? Why? d. What was the cutting about? e. What was one particular sentence underlined / highlighted in red? Why? f. What effect did the newspaper cutting have on Manjula?
Manjula Parelkar dropped the clipping. What a brave boy, she thought. He didn't give up. He played on, despite what other people said. Perhaps her mother was right. She had to fight, fight on like Rich Belanger. Manjula walked over to her cupboard, hunted through the pile of clothes and pulled out her colors and brushes. She ran her thumb over the soft bristles and the longing to paint, see and smell colors drove tears into her eyes. a. Who is the boy referred in the first line and why is he called brave? b. How were Manjula's mother's words of advice linked with Rich Belanger’s attitude? c. What effect did the newspaper report on Rich Belanger have on Manjula? d. What effect did Manjula's painting material have on her?
Who was Manjula and what deformity did she suffer from?
Why did Manjula have to wear 'wrong shoes' all the time?
What exceptional talent did Manjula have?
Manjula's real problem was not her hands and feet. Then what was her problem?
What did Amol say Manjula needed the extra money for?
Why was it 'unbelievable' for Manjula's mother that the girl wanted to paint?
How was mother a great motivation for Manjula in her efforts to paint?
How did the mother manage to give extra money to Manjula?
How did the mother react to Manjula's first painting?
"See, see what all you can do". How did Manjula feel on hearing these words from her father?
Did Manjula's father encourage her to paint or discourage her? Give reason(s) in support of your answer.
Do you think Manjula's brother Amol is an insensitive boy? Give reason(s) in support of your answer?
What was enough to sober Amol?
To which 'another world' did Manjula want to drift? Why?
How did Manjula's family surprise her on her Birthday?
What was the symbolic meaning of Amol's gift to his sister?
Amol had packed the gift in several wrappers? Was his gesture naughty, cruel or encouraging? How?
Why did Manjula need real water color paper?
Why did Manjula's father refuse to allow more expenditure for her paintings?
"With those hands of hers shell never become an artist." Why did father say such a thing? What was the result of Manjula's overhearing her father's comments?
What was mother's suggestion to her husband as regards Manjula's paintings?
Why did Manjula offer her help for the kitchen instead of spending time in painting?
What did Manjula hate the most? Why?
Why, must you do such a dumb thing'? Why did Amol say this to his sister?
Why did Manjula long to go to Bombay?
Manjula was through with art'. Why did such a thought come to Manjula’s mind?
What advice was the mother giving to Manjula when the girl asked her not to preach?
Why did Manjula think that it was not her papa's fault that she had to give up painting?
What was the newspaper cutting about? Who had placed the cutting on Manjula's table and why?
What did Manjula learn from Rich Belanger's story?
In what two ways are Rich Belanger and Manjula similar?
How did Manjula fulfill her brother's wish?
What was the one particular line underlined in red in the newspaper cutting and why?
What role does Amol play in helping Manjula revive an interest in art and faith in herself?

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