Kindness is an act of showing humble behaviour to others. The story ‘Kindness’ describes about a family who was visited by two Kashmiri vendors. In this story the author describes how we can be kind to the people who struggle so much for their families by selling their goods. The brother-in-law in the story showed his kindness by serving foods to those two Kashmiri vendors. We must be kind to such kind people too.
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1. Answer these questions to check your understanding:
a. When do the Kashmiri vendors travel to cities to sell their goods?
Ans:- Every year when the rainy season comes to an end and winter is about to begin, Kashmiri vendors travel to cities to sell their goods.
b. Why is it a hard life for the Kashmiri vendors?
Ans:- The Kashmiri vendors travel around the city to sell their handcrafted shawls, purses, blankets and even carpets, loaded on their backs, shouting their ware. This is why it is ha hard life for the Kashmiri vendors.
c. Why was the author surprised when his brother-in-law called
Ans:- The author was surprised when his brother-in-law called the vendors because he was sure that his brother-in-law needed nothing from the vendors.
d. “I felt sad and guilty at being a party to such behavior.”
– What does the word ‘party’ mean here? And what kind of behavior did he refer
Ans:- Although the brother-in-law needed nothing from the vendors, he called them in and examining their goos and asked about their personal lives. This behavior makes the author felt sad and guilty as he was also seated in front of them during this conversation.
e. Who was kind? What was his of kindness?
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2. Here is some information about the Kashmiri vendors and the author’s brother-in-law. Rewrite them in the correct columns according to what you have understood from the story:
(a) Asked the vendors to
show their goods.
(b) Travel from Kashmir to different cities.
(c) Stay at hotels with minimum facilities.
(d) Did not intend to buy anything.
(e) Walk around the city on foot to sell
(f) Asked wife to serve food to the vendors.
(g) Made the offer of food look unplanned.
The Kashmiri vendors:
1.Travel from Kashmir to different cities.
2. Stay at hotels with minimum facilities.
3. Walk around the city on foot to sell their
1. Ask the vendors to show their goods.
2. Did not intend to buy anything.
3. Asked wife to serve food to the vendors.
4. Made the offer of food look unplanned.
3. Rearrange the sentences according to the order in which events happened in the story and write them in your notebook:
(a) Two Kashmiri vendors
came in to sell their goods.
(b) The brother-in-law
made the offer of food look incidental.
(c) The vendors had food
(d) The brother-in-law
asked his wife to bring some food for the vendors.
(e) The brother-in-law
enquired about their goods.
(f) The vendors hesitated
to take the food.
(g) The vendors came in.
(a) Two Kashmiri vendors came in to sell their
(b) The vendors came in.
(c) The brother-in-law enquired about their goods.
(d) The brother-in-law asked his wife to
bring some food for the vendors.
(e) The brother-in-law made offer of food look
(f) The vendors hesitated to take the food.
(g) The vendors had food and left.
4. Read this conversation between a vendor and his customer. Then work in pairs and play the roles of the customer and the vendor by taking turns.
Vegetable Vendor: (Calling out for customers) Come all! Buy farm fresh vegetables! Be healthy! Be happy! Customer: How
nice and fresh your vegetables look! What is the price of your tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes?
Vegetables vendor: The tomatoes cost Rs 60/-, the cucumbers, Rs 55/- and the potatoes, Rs 35/- per kg.
Customer: Why are your prices so high? The other vendors are selling these vegetables for much less!
Vegetable vendor: Their prices may be lower Madam, but the health cost that you will have to bear after consuming theses vegetables will be quite high. Mine are organic and free of chemicals. Customer: You are right. We should eat healthy, chemical-free food only.
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How much will you charge for a handful
of green chillies and half a kilogram of capsicum?
Vegetable vendor: Rs
10/- for the chillies and Rs 100/- for the capsicums, madam.
Customer: Oh I
see! How much do I need to pay you?
Vegetable vendor: Here
are your vegetables, Madam. The total cost comes to Rs 260/-. You can pay me Rs
250/-. I’ll give you the green chillies free of cost.
you so much! Here is a Rs 2000/- note. Do you have change?
Vegetable vendor: Yes,
I do Madam. Here you are. Do come again.
6. Let’s practise some grammar:
Work in pairs. Here are some sentences. Each sentence has a second sentence after it, with a blank. Fill in the blanks with the correct words. One is done for you.
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wares belong to the Kashmiri vendors. They are their wares.
(b) The wares were carried on the back of the younger vendor. He carried the wares on _____ back.
(c) The author’s brother-in-law called out to the vendors. He called them in to _____ house.
(d) The author was unhappy when the brother-in-law called in the Kashmiri vendors. He thought, “I do not want to buy anything and waste _____ money”.
(a) The wares belong to the Kashmiri vendors. They are their wares.
(b) The wares were carried on the back of the younger vendor. He carried the wares on his back.
(c) The author’s brother-in-law called out to the vendors. He called them in to his house.
(d) The author was unhappy when the brother-in-law called in the Kashmiri vendors. He thought, “I do not want to buy anything and waste my money”.
7. Read the text once again. Find out the nouns that have been qualified by possessive determiners and complete the table given below. One example has been done for you.
(a)Their – shawls.
(b) My – Brother-in-law
(c) His – wife
(d) my – sister
(e) her – husband
(f) their – families.
Now practise using some more determiners. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate possessive determiners. One is done for you.
(i) The wares belong to us. They are our wares.
(ii) The wares were carried by you. You carried the wares on your back.
(iii) I am writing a book. It is my book.
(iv) The Coorgis are a proud people. They are known for their pride.
(v) We are from Assam. Assam is our state.
Besides possessives, there are other kinds of determiners, such as articles (a, an, the), demonstratives (this, that, those, these), quantifiers (few, a few, some, any, etc.) numerals (one, two, three, four and so on), and distributives (each, every).
8. (a) In the passage below, Radha is telling her friend Rohit about her neighbourhood. In Radha’s description, all the words underlined and written in bold are determiners.
Radha: “We live in Adarshnagar. Our locality is clean and green. There are many tall trees lining the roads. There are twenty-five houses in our neighbourhood. My house is located in the second lane of our locality. We have a beautiful garden in front of our house. My mother looks after it. My neighbours also have beautiful gardens in front of their houses.
Every neighbour has one or more pet
dogs. One of our neighbours
is Mr.Rahman. He has four dogs.
I love to play with his dogs. His wife loves to
bake cakes and biscuits. I love her cakes and biscuits.
Here are a few pictures
of her cakes. Don’t they look very tasty? She has decorated these cakes very beautifully, hasn’t
she? She sent some cakes
for me yesterday.”
How would Rohit describe his neighbourhood?
Working in pairs, help Rohit write a few sentences describing the place where he lives. Fill in the blanks in Rohit’s description and appropriate determiners from the brackets. Then take turns to play the roles of Radha and Rohit and enact their conversation.
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Rohit: Our locality is called Boragaon. It is beside the National Highway bypass. You can see my house right from the road. It is the one with a green roof. Next to our house is my uncle’s bungalow. His roof is also green, but it has a red border. Every house in our lane has a beautiful garden, with lots of flowers and big trees. My mother loves spending time tending to her favourite plants. She and our neighbours sometimes have garden competitions. My friends and I love these competitions because everyone decorates their houses and we all come together to clean the neighbourhood.
(b) Here are some more sentences for practice. Fill in the blanks in the sentences with the appropriate determiner from the choices given:
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(i)There is some water
in the jug. (Some/any/many).
(ii) The teachers gave him ____ advices. (many/much/a lot of).
(iii) ____ of the boys was given a prize. (each/every/much).
(iv) He relies on the ____ friends he has. (little/few/any).
(v) There are ____ books on the shelf, you may choose one. (few/a few/ the few).
(vi) Do you have ____ relatives in the city? (some/any/few).
(vii) He is ____ electrical engineer. (a/an/the)
(viii) He left ____ hour ago. (a/an/the).
(i) There is some water in the jug.
(ii) The teachers gave him a lot of advice.
(iii) Each of the boys was given a prize.
(iv) He relies on the few friends he has.
(v) There are a few books on the shelf, you may choose one.
(vi) Do you have any relatives in the city?
(vii) He is an electrical engineer.
(viii) He left an hour ago.
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9. Look at these sentences from the lesson:
(a) She knew that her husband wouldn’t buy anything from them.
(b) His wife, who was in the kitchen, got busy making tea.
(c) When my brother-in-law asked me to buy something, I politely declined.
In all these sentences, there is a part that can make complete sense on its own. This part is called the main clause. The other part is dependent on the main clause to complete its meaning. So it is called the dependent or sub-ordinate clause.
For example, in sentence (a) She knew can make complete sense, whereas that her husband wouldn’t buy anything from them does not make complete sense.
Now can you say which parts of the sentences in (b) and (c)
are the main clauses?
Write the answers here:
Here are a few more sentences. Each of these sentences has a main clause and a subordinate clause. Underline the main clause and circle the subordinate clause in each sentence.
(h) I was surprised when my brother-in-law called the vendor.
(i) I was sure he needed nothing from them.
(j) He knew that they were hungry and tired.
(k) When I saw them, I wanted to offer them food.
(l) I pretended that I was interested in their wares.
10. Listen to description of dresses worn by people of some places of India. As you listen match each description to the pictures.