Q10. “Survival in Seemapuri means rag picking” What does the narrator mean by this statement?
The narrator wants to say that people of Seemapuri have got an art of rag picking. This art makes them capable enough to meet their both ends and to earn two square meal per day. They are purely and solely dependent on rag-picking for their survival. According to the narrator, it is their daily bread and roof over their head.
Q11. What does Mukesh dream of? Why does the narrator feel pleased on seeing him?
Mukesh dreams of being a motor mechanic and drive a car. The narrator feels elated on seeing Mukesh because his dreams bigger than other which seems to be out of his reach. When narrator talks to him, his ability of dreaming differently brings cheer to the narrator.
Q12. What makes Firozabad a famous town? What are the bangle making families ignorant about?
Firozabad is famous for bangles and bangle-making. It is the center of glass blowing industry where all kinds of bangle are manufactured there. Each and every family of Firozabad is engaged in the business of bangle making for centuries.
Q13. What vicious circle are the bangle makers trapped in?
The bangle makers know only one thing that is how to make bangles. If they try to get into another business, the local police arrest & drag them to jail. Moreover, fake cases are registered over them. All of that is done on the instructions of bureaucrats, politicians and the middlemen of the town.
Q14. Briefly describe the working conditions in the bangle making units of Firozablad?
Condition of bangle making units of Firozabad is pathetic and miserable. They work in front of hot furnaces, in dingy cells, ill-ventilated areas and unhygienic conditions. Besides, most of them, lose their eyesight become blind before their adulthood.
Q15. What is the irony in Saheb’s name? How does his name differ from his identity?
Saheb’s is a rag picker who lives in Seemapuri with other rag-picking families. His name suggests that he is the lord of the Universe but, in reality, he is merely a poor rag picker who hardly gets to eat two square meal per day.
Q16. Who is Savita? Does she know about the sanctity of bangle making?
Savita is a young bangle maker who knows all ins and outs of bangle making but she has no idea about why bangles are worn by married women. According to the narrator, she will feel the importance of putting on bangles when she gets married to someone.
Q17. Describe the hazardous conditions of Firozabad wherein many families live.
Firozabad, which is famous for bangle making, is a haunt of bangle makers. All the bangle makers live under unhygienic condition such as; streets remain full of garbage, no drainage and sewage system, human and animals co-exist in the same houses, houses made of mud with roof of tin and tarpaulin. They don’t have proper ventilation and they live in small framed homes.
Q18. What is the theme of the chapter ‘Lost Spring’? What issue does it highlight?
The theme depicts about the lost childhood of the children who live in Seemapuri and Firozabad. They get lost off this world as spring does. They have no future and clarity about their life. Moreover, their life is as bad as that of animals.
Q19. “Few planes fly over Firozabad” What is the irony in this statement?
The irony in this statement is that Firozabad seems to be located somewhere near a developed which has an airport near by. But people of Firozabad have never flown by air. So it becomes a dream for the people of Firozabad.
Q20. What has Mukesh’s father achieved so far in his life?
Mukesh’s father, who has been a bangle maker for many years, has not even succeeded in sending his children to the school. Moreover, he has been able to renovate his house. Besides, he has failed to achieve any other thing in his life. He knows one thing that is bangle making therefore he has taught them the same.
Q21. What common complaints does Anees Jung get to hear in every bangle making household?
The narrator roams in the streets of Firozabad in order to find out the real cause of their poverty and miserable conditions. While researching, she gets to hear common complaints in every house i.e poverty and apathy. Youngsters echo the lament of elders whereas elders hold youngsters for their apathy.
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