Summary of Ranga’s Marriage with Important Question/Answers, Class XI Literature, Snapshots

Summary of Ranga’s Marriage

This chapter is all about life in villages where child marriage is still a common practice. It is an interesting story of how a person manipulates to get a young boy married to an eleven-year-old-girl. It revolves around a boy namely Ranga, an accountant’s son, who returns back from Bangalore after six months, having completed his higher studies. A huge crowd of people gathers around his home to see whether there is any changes occurred in him or not and to see how fluently he speaks in English. People even start touching him to make sure that he is not changed. When the narrator meets him and asks about his viw of marriage. To his surprise, Ranga has different view about marriages. According to him, one should get married to a girl who is mature enough to understand the things and couple should look good together.

The narrator resolves that he will try his level best to get Ranga married. For that, he purposefully introduces Ratna, Rama Rao’s niece, an-eleven-year-old girl who is well-versed in singing and playing musical instruments to Ratna. When Ranga sees her, he falls in love and starts enquiring about the girl. The narrator, Shyama, deliberately says that she is married to make Ranga realize and feel the importance of marriage and to change his view about marriage.

Having known that Ratna is married, Ranga feels depressed and does not talk to others for few days. Then, the narrator takes him to Shashtri ji, who is already foretold everything by the narrator about the girl Ranga  loves and the things which Shastri ji has to tell Ranga in order to impress him & to win his confidence. When they meet Shastri, the priest tells him that he seems to have fallen in love with a girl namely Ratna. Ranga gets shocked when he hears all about that but regrets as Ratna is already married.

But the narrator soon tells Ranga that he was unaware of the fact that Ratna is unmarried and soon they get married irrespective of their age. Now they have a son who is named after the narrator (Shyama) and they are expecting their second baby. In this way, the narrator gets both of them married.


Important Questions/Answers

Q1. Why was there a huge crowd in front of Ranga’s home? What did they find on the contrary?

Ans. Ranga had gone to Banglore for his further studies for a long span of time.Meanwhile, people of his town had expected that a lots of changes would occur in him. In order to see or to observe those changes, people had gone to his home. On the contrary, they found that there was no major change in him.


Q2. Why did the narrator want Ranga to get married? What stopped him to do so for a while?

Ans. The narrator was very much impressed with Ranga and his ability of speaking English. He thought Ranga could prove to be a good husband for any girl. But, when he told the narrator about his views about marriage and expressed his desire to get married to a mature girl, the narrator had to give it a second thought before getting him married.


Q3. What were Ranga’s views about marriage?

Ans. Ranga was a young boy who was against child marriage altogether. He thought that one should get married to a mature girl who understands the things and not to the one who takes the things otherwise all the times. He cites some more examples to justify his thoughts in this chapter.


Q4. Why does the narrator take Ranga to a Shastri? What did the latter tell him about the problem?

Ans. Ranga had sunk in gloom when he got to hear that Ratna had married a year ago. His face had fallen down as a roasted brinjal. In order to clarify what was the trouble in his mind & to arouse feelings for Ratna, the narrator had taken him to a Shastri. On reaching there, Shastri told him the reason of being worried that was a girl namely Ratna.


Q5. Why did the narrator call Ranga and Ratna a childish couple?

Ans. Once the narrator was invited to Ranga son’s birthday. When the narrator reached Ranga’s, he got to know that Ranga had named his son after the narrator’s name. Besides, he noticed that Ratna was once again pregnant at such a tender age. Having seen both of the things, he called them a childish couple.



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