Maya , a girl of 10, and her brother Nishad, a boy of 7, were very curious about one Mr.Nath who had been living at Shankar House for over an year and was their mother's patient. He was a very lonely and thin man and looked starved. Maya was of the opinion that he was a criminal on the run and had lots of money stacked somewhere in his room while Nishad, on the other hand, was considering the possibility of him being just a poor, friendless soul who had no proper means to sustain himself. However, one thing that both agreed on was that there was something peculiar and strange about Mr. Nath. One day while playing one of their marbles went into Mr. Nath's room and to extract it the children went there. For once, they had a look at Mr. Nath and since began debating about him and his possible profession. Maya interpreted the burn marks on his face to be caused by a fire started by the police to turn him out of his house. Nishad thought it to be too far-fetched though he did not have much in defence of the man. On the Monday after their mamma's birthday, as Maya had to spend the day with a school friend, Nishad went to Mr. Nath's room alone and offered him a chocolate bar considering his emaciated state. When he later told of his encounter with the man to Maya, she was disappointed that she missed it but wanted to know more about whatever else her brother had found out. Nishad had had a talk with Ramesh, who carried food from the restaurant to the strange man's room, and found out that every Sunday a talkative tall, fair, stout and bespectacled man came to visit Mr. Nath. He also found out that Mr. Nath though did not care what food was brought to him, tipped Ramesh well. Maya interpreted it all as a great conspiracy and saw the bespectacled man as an accomplice to Mr. Nath, visiting him to give part of the money they had looted together. Nishad wondered at his sister's imagination and thought Mr. Nath quite ordinary. Maya rejected Nishad's idea further adding that many criminals are usually ordinary looking. The next day their school was to reopen after the summer holidays but, because of incessant rain they enjoyed another holiday. Maya took a paper and decided to jot down the developments in the mystery of Mr. Nath's identity. She shared it with her brother and talked about various points like many being scared of Mr. Nath, his not receiving any mail ever, his unfriendly nature, having just one friend-a possible accomplice and so on. Nishad countered Maya at various points but was constantly put down by her who just wanted to prove that Mr. Nath was a criminal. Nishad did not like this attitude and asked Maya to stop always referring to the man as a criminal. Maya pointed out the futility of all their snooping if it was not so but Nishad said that it was not necessary for the man to be a criminal for him to want to know about him. He stormed out of the room saying that he would become the lonely man's friend. Maya noticed his adamant take on the matter and that her theory had had no effect on him.
Answers of the Textbook Questions
Comprehension Check (Page 89)
1. What did Nishad give Mr. Nath? Why?
Ans: Nishad gave a bar of chocolate to Mr. Nath thinking he was poor and starving.
2. What is 'strange' about Mr. Nath's Sundays?
Ans: On Sundays, a tall, fair, stout man wearing spectacles used to meet Mr. Nath and he used to talk a lot.
3. Why did Nishad and Maya get a holiday?
Ans: The mansoon broke and dark clouds accompanies by blinding flashes of lightning and roaring rolls of thunder burst, flooded the streets with a heavy downpour. Therefore, no traffic could move through the flooded roads and thus Maya and Nishad got an unexpected holiday.
Working with the Text (Page 93)
1. What does Nishad find out about Mr. Nath from Ramesh? Arrange the information as suggested below.
2. Why does Mya think Mr. Nath is a crook? Who does she say the Dunday visitor is?
Ans: Maya thought that Mr. Nath was a crook because he used to get food from a restaurant everyday, although he did not work. He never talked to anyone at Shankar House though he had been living there for more than a year. he haad scars on his face which according to Maya, must have been the burn scars which would have got when police had set his house on fire. Moreover, he didn't receive any letters and had only one visitor to visit him.
According to Maya, the Sunday visitor must be his partner in crime and he came every now and then to give part of it to his partner.
3. Does Nishad agree with Maya about Mr. Nath? How does he feel about him?
Ans: No, Nishad did not agree with Maya about Mr. Nath. He felt that he was not a crook or criminal as he was so thin and looked poor and starving. He thought he was lonely and wanted to have friends.
Working with language (Page 93, 94)
1. The word 'tip' has only three letters but many meanings. Match the words with meaning below.
1. finger tips - be about to say something
2. the tip of your nose - make the boat overturn
3. tip the water out of - the end of one's fingers
4. have something on - give a rupee to him to
the tip of your tongue thank him
5. tip the bot over - empty a bucket tilting
6. tip him a rupee - the pointed end of your nose
7. the tip of the bat - if you take this advice
8. the police were - the bat lightly touched the ball tipped off
9. if you take my tip - the end of the bat
10. the bat tipped the ball - the police were told, or warned
1. finger tips - the end of one's fingers
2. the tip of your nose - the pointed end of your nose
3. tip the water out of the bucket - empty a bucket tilting
4. have something on the tip of your tongue - be about to say something
5. tip the bot over - make the boat overturn
6. tip him a rupee - give a rupee to him, to thank him
7. the tip of the bat - the end of the bat
8. the police were tipped of - the police were told, or warned
9. if you take my tip - if you take this advice
10. the bat tipped the ball - the bat lightly touched the ball
2. The words helper, companion, partner andaccomplice have very similar meanings, but each word is typically used in certain phrases. Can you fill in the blanks below with the most commmonly used words? A dictionary may help you.
1. business ______.
2. my ______ on the journey.
3. I'm mother's little ______.
4. a faithful ______ such as a dog.
5. the theif's ______.
6. find a good ______.
7. tennis/golf/bridge ______.
8. his ______ in his criminal activities.
1. business partner.
2. my companion on the journey.
3. I'm mother's little helper.
4. a faithful companion such as a dog.
5. the thief's accomplice.
6. find a good partner.
7. tennis/golf/bridge partner.
8. his accomplice in his criminal activities.
Question 3. Now let us look at the uses of the world break. Match the words with it meanings below. Try two find at least three other ways in which to use the word.
the storm broke ==> could not speak; was too sad to speak
daybreak ==> this kind of weather ended
He voice is beginning to break ==> it began or burst into activity
Her voice broke and she cried ==>the beginning of daylight
The heat wave broke ==> changing as he grows up
broke the bad news ==> end it by making the workers submit
break a strike ==> gently told someone the bad news
(Find your own expression) ==> (Give its meaning here.)
the storm broke ==> this kind of weather ended
daybreak ==> the beginning of daylight
He voice is beginning to break ==> changing as he grows up
Her voice broke and she cried ==> could not speak; was too sad to speak
The heat wave broke ==> it began or burst into activity
broke the bad news ==> gently told someone the bad news
break a strike ==> end it by making the workers submit
Tea-break ==> time to have tea
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