Discuss the following points.

• Is the boy intelligent? If so, what is the evidence of it?

• Does his outlook on the jalebis episode change after class VIII? Does he see that episode in a new light?

• Why are coins made to 'talk' in this story? What purpose does it serve?

Asked by Abhisek | 1 year ago |  193

1 Answer

Solution :-

(i) Yes, the boy was intelligent. In school, he was among the most promising students. In his fourth standard exam, he had won a
scholarship of four rupees a month. He was also going to get the previous month's scholarship on the day he had to pay his fees.
Also, he had never been absent from school.

(ii) Up to class VIII, he kept wondering what harm it could have possibly caused anyone if God had sent him four rupees that day. However, later, he came to the conclusion that if God were to provide all for the asking, then man would still be living in nests such as vultures and crows, and would not have learnt the art of making jalebis. By this he meant that man would not make any efforts at all if God gave him everything he wished for.

(iii) Coins are made to 'talk' in the story to show the greedy nature of the boy. His good nature, which prevented him from spending money on jalebis, comes out in the form of the words spoken by him. His greed, which was pushing him to get the jalebisand devour them, is brought out in the words uttered by the coins.

Answered by Aaryan | 1 year ago

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