Story – The Letter

NCERT English Literature Class X  – Paraphrasing of story 

The Letter by Dhumaketu

Para 1 .. The sky was clear and the stars alight. The night was receding yielding space to dawn. A man in the throes of death reminisces about his happy times to draw comfort. Like the way the fleeting radiance in the dying man’s face, the stars sparkled before becoming invisible in the approaching daylight.
It was a cold winter dawn, and the chilling winds blew harsh. Morning chores had already started in some houses. The sound of the grinding mills and women singing came rustling through the air. Spurred by these sounds, the old man sauntered along the lonely road, braving the biting cold. He wrapped his frayed clothes around his body to keep off the shivers. Occasional barks of a dog, women going to work, or squeals of birds disturbed in their nests punctuated the deafening silence that fell over the place.
The folks lay asleep still as the cold appeared to numb them to inactivity. The winter cold’s malignant spell was akin to a villain’s deceptive smile for its victim.
Unruffled by the cold and the desolate surroundings, the old man trudged on till he emerged out of the town-gate. The struggle was palpable as he dragged his feet. His walking stick was his sole companion.
Para 2 .. Rows of trees and public gardens lined the street on either side. The sky looked darker and the cold wind began to gnaw at his freckled skin. At the end of the garden stood a not-so-old building. Light tunneled through the small gaps in doors and windows.  Continue reading

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Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

NCERT English Class X —-   Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

Para 1 .. Mrs. Packletide’s nature was far from being self-effacing. She wanted to shoot a tiger, not so much for the thrill or a desire to rid India of a menace, but to settle scores with one Mrs. Loona Bimberton, who had won accolades for her trophies in feline hunting. It was an affront to Mrs. Packletide’s vanity. It is not known if anyone else thought so, but for the vainglorious Mrs. Packletide, Mrs. Bimberton’s rise to fame was jarring.
She was bent upon shooting a tiger. The desire was born out of jealousy. She was desperate to outdo her rival Mrs. Bimberton who had recently been flown around for eleven miles by an Algerian pilot for recognition of her hunting acumen. Mrs. Packletide chose to hunt down Nirmod, the tiger whose skin she could flaunt under the glare of a bevy of press photographers’ cameras. The celebration could be followed by a lunch to be hosted by her in her Curzon Street residence ostensibly to felicitate her rival Mrs. Bimberton. Continue reading

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Two Gentlemen from Verona

NCERT English Literature Class X – Paraphrasing of the story

Two Gentlemen from Verona

Paragraph1 .. As we drove towards Verona along the foothills of Alps, we were accosted by two youngsters.
Para 2 .. They were hawking wild strawberries. Our driver Luigi was apparently put off by their shabby looks. He tried to dissuade me from buying anything from them.
Para 3 .. His body language was clearly dismissive. Continue reading
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