During the season of Hilsa-fish, everybody talked about the fish. The King was fed up.So he did not want to talk more about the fish.
Gopal could stop everyone from talking about Hilsa-fish for five minutes.
Gopal covered his half face. He smeared his face with ash. And then he wore disgraceful rags on.
On reaching the palace he behaved like a mad man. He began to sing and dance loudly. The people took him crazy and forced him to present before the King in the palace.
Gopal was ill-dressed and behaved in a crazy way. Everyone took him mad. So, no one seemed to talk about the Hilsa-fish he had bought. Moreover they thought that Gopal had lost his mind.
(i) The king lost his temper easily.
(ii) Gopal was a mad man.
(iii) Gopal was a clever man.
(iv) Gopal was too poor to afford decent clothes.
(v) The King got angry when he was shown to be wrong.Answer:
(i) How much did you pay for that hilsa ?
The woman asked the man how much he had paid for that hilsa.
(ii) Why is your face half-shaven?
Gopal’s wife asked him ……….
(iii) I accept the challenge, Your Majesty.
Gopal told the king …..
(iv) I want to see the king.
Gopal told the guards
(v) Bring the man to me at once.
The king ordered the guard….Answer:
(ii) Gopal’s wife asked him why his face was half-shaven.
(iii) Gopal told the king that he accepted the challenge.
(iv) Gopal told the guards that he wanted to see the King.
(v) The King ordered the guard to bring the man to him at once.
challenge , mystic , comical , courtier , smearingAnswer:
(i) challenge : an invitation to compete
I accept your challenge now
(ii) mystic : relating to mystery
Gulliver was a mystic character.
(iii) comical : funny
Johny Walker was a comical character in Bollywood.
(iv) courtier : subjects in the court
Birbal was a courtier in the court of Akbar.
(v) smearing : rubbing
He was smearing his body with colours.
(i) Where is the stag ?Answer:
The stag is near a pond.
(ii) What is he doing ?Answer:
He is drinking water.
(iii) Does he like his antlers (horns)?Answer:
Yes, he does like his antlers.
(iv) Does he like his legs?Answer:
No, he does not like his legs.
(v) Why is the stag running ?Answer:
The hunters are chasing him.
(vi) Is he able to hide in the bushes ?Answer:
No, he is unable to hide in the bushes.
(vii) Where are the hunters now ?Answer:
The hunters are very near to the stag.
(viii) Are they closing in on the stag ?Answer:
Yes, they are closing in on the stag.
(ix) Is the stag free?Answer:
Yes, he is free and out of danger.
(x) What does the stay say about his horns and his legs ?Answer:
He was proud of his horns. They could have caused him death. But his legs saved his life. Previously, he was ashamed of his legs.
Title: A Vain Stag / Everything has its own importance.
Once there was a stag. He was drinking water from a pond. He saw his own reflection in the water. He saw his thorns and a smile passed on his lips. He praised them. When he saw his thin legs, he felt ashamed of them. Just then he heard a noise. There were hunters near him. He ran as fast as he could. He had shelter in the bushes. His antlers got stick in them. He ran away and in a short while he was out of sight. He thought of his antlers. They could have caused him death but the thin legs which he was ashamed of saved his precious life. He thanked God.