Gujarat Board GSEB Class 7 English Textbook Solutions Honeycomb Chapter 2 A Gift of Chappals Textbook Exercise Important Questions and Answers, Notes Pdf.
Gujarat Board Textbook Solutions Class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 2 A Gift of Chappals
GSEB Class 7 English A Gift of Chappals Text Book Questions and Answers
Comprehension check – I
What is the secret that Meena shares with Mridu in the backyard?
Meena shares the secret of the kitten that they have found In front of their house and have kept in their backyard.
How does Ravi get milk for the kitten?
Ravi brings milk from the kitchen saying that he was feeling hungry He even drinks most of It to prove Paatl that he was indeed hungry. He then brings the tumbler In the backyard and empties It In the coconut shell.
Who does he say the kitten’s ancestors are? Do you believe him?
Ravi said that the kitten’s ancestors were the lion of the Pallava kings. the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat which was the
emblem of the Pallava dynasty. No, I don’t believe his story.
Ravi has a lot to say about M. P. Poonal. This shows that…
(i) he is merely trying to impress Mridu.
(ii) his knowledge of history is sound.
(iii) he has a rich imagination.
(iv) he Is an Intelligent child.
Which of these statements do you agree/disagree to?
Ravi has a lot to say about M. P. Poonal. This shows that his knowledge of history is sound, he has a rich imagination and he is an intelligent child.
What was the noise that startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran?
It was the sound coming out of Lalli’s violin that startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran.
Comprehension Check -II
The music-master is making lovely music. Read aloud the sentence in the text that expresses this idea.
The music master’s notes seemed to float up and settle perfectly into the visible tracks of the melody.
Had the beggar come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time? Give reasons for your answer.
No, the beggar had been coming to Rukku Manni’s house for the previous one week. The beggar himself confirmed this saying that he has survived for a week because of Rukku Manni’s kindness.
“A sharp V-shaped line had formed between her eyebrows.” What does it suggest to you about Rukku Manni’s mood?
The V-shaped line suggests that Rukku Manni was very angry and was about to lose her temper on the children
Working With The Text
Complete the following sentences :
(1) Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to …
(2) Trying to hide beneath the tray of chillies, Mahendran…
(3) The teacher played a few notes on his violin and Lalli…
(4) The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household…
(5) After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if…
(1) derailing of a train going off track.
(2) tipped a few chillies over himself.
(3) stumbled behind him on her violin.
(4) have been very generous and helped him survive for a week.
(5) she had seen his chappals.
Describe the music teacher, as seen from the window.
The music teacher was a bony figure. He was sitting in front of Lalli with his back towards the window. He was a bald-headed man with fringe of oiled black hair falling around his ears. He had an old-fashioned tuft. He had a shining gold chain around his neck and a diamond ring on his finger. He was wearing a golden-bordered dhoti. His large foot was stuck on the floor and he was beating time on the floor with his scrawny big toe.
1. What makes Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy chappals?
The beggar showed hIs feet to the children. There were pink blisters on his bare feet which made Mrldu conclude that he didn’t have the money to buy chappals.
2. What does she suggest to show her concern?
Mrldu was concerned about the beggar. She suggested giving an old pair of chappals to the beggar.
you children …“ she began, and then, seeing they were curiously quiet, went on more slowly, “seen anyone lurking
around the verandah ?“
1. What do you think Rukku Manni really wanted to ask?
Rukku Mann wanted to ask the children what they have done with the chappals.
2. Why did she change her question?
She changed the question finding the children serious and quiet. She became sure that the children had something to do with the chappals.
3. What did she think had happened?
She thought that the children would have hidden the chappals somewhere.
On getting Gopu Mama’s chappals, the music teacher tried not to look too happy. Why?
Music-teacher’s chappals were old, but he lied to Lalli saying that they were brand new. Gopu Mama had hardly used his new chappals. The music teacher was happy getting them but was hying to hide his real feelings. He tried to show that he was upset with the children and with his loss.
On getting a gift of chappals, the s beggar vanished in a minute. Why was he in such a hurry to leave?
The beggar was in a hurry to leave, after getting the chappals because he knew s that the children have got them for him without seeking the permission of the elders. He feared they might be taken back from him, so he left in a hurry.
Walking towards the kitchen with Mridu and Meena, Rukku Manni began to laugh. What made her laugh?
Rukku Manni was laughing imagining Gopu Mama without his chappals. He had the habit of taking out his shoes immediately after coming home and putting on those chappals. She laughed wondering what excuse would she ’ give to him and what would be his reaction.
Working With Language
Read the following sentences:
(a) If she knows we have a cat, Paati will leave the house.
(b) She won’t be so upset If she knows about the poor beggar with sores on his feet.
(c) If the chappals do fit, will you really not mind?
Notice that each sentence consists of two parts. The first part begins with ‘if. It Is known as If-clause. Rewrite each of the following pairs of sentences a.s a single sentence. Use ‘if at the beginning of the sentence.
(a) Walk fast. You’ll catch the bus. If you walk fast, you’ll catch the bus.
(b) Don’t spit on the road. You’ll be fined. If you spit on the road, you’ll be fined.
(1) Don’t tire yourself now. You won’t be able to work In the evening.
(2) Study regularly. You’ll do well In the examination.
(3) Work hard. You’ll pass the examination In the first division.
(4) Be polite to people. They’ll also be polite to you.
(5) Don’t tease the dog. It’ll bite you.
(1) If you tire yourself now, you won’t be able to work In the evening.
(2) If you study regularly, you’ll do well In the examination.
(3) If you work hard, you’ll pass the examination in the first division.
(4) If you are polite to people, they’ll also be polite to you.
(5) If you tease the dog, it’ll bite you.
Fill in the blanks in the following paragraph:
Today is Sunday. I’m wondering whether I ………………….. should stay at home or go out. If I ………………. (go) out. I (miss) the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I ……………….. (stay) for lunch, I ………………… (miss) the Sunday film showing at Archana theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.
Today is Sunday. I’m wondering whether I should stay at home or go out. If I go out. I will miss the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I stay for lunch, I will miss the Sunday film showing at Archana theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.
Complete each sentence below by appropriately using any one of the following: (if you want to / if you don’t want to / if you want him to)
(1) Don’t go to the theatre…
(2) He’ll post your letter…
(3) Please use my pen …
(4)He’ll lend you his umbrella…
(5) My neighbour, Ramesh, will take you to the doctor…
(6) Don’t eat it…
(1) if you don’t want to.
(2) if you want him to.
(3) if you want to.
(4) if you want him to.
(5) if you want him to.
(6) if you don’t want to.
Speaking And Writing
Discuss in small groups:
If you want to give away something of your own to the needy, would it be better to ask your elders first?
(a) If there is something that belongs to us we can give it to anyone without seeking the advice of the elders.
(b) Yes, we should ask the permission of our elders before doing anything. Everything we have has been given to us by our parents.
(c) It depends on the purpose and the value of the item that we are giving away to someone. We should decide it based on the situation we are in.
Is there someone of your age in the family who is very talkative? Do you find her/him interesting and impressive or otherwise? Share your ideas with others in the group.
(a) I have a 10-year-old cousin sister. She talks a lot.
(b ) My mamijl talks a lot. But I like the way she talks and I am very fond of her.
(c) I also like my cousin sister most. She gets close to everyone very easily and it is fun to be with her.
Has Rukku Manni done exactly the same as the children? In your opinion, then, is it right for one party to blame the other?
(a) Rukku Manni was wrong, she must have been more strict with the children. She should not have scolded Ravi when she herself was laughing at the incident after a while.
(b) Rukku Manni had been put in an embarrassing situation by the children. The music teacher’s chappals have gone missing from their home. She had to compensate for their act by giving the Gopu Mama’s chappals to the teacher. It was right on her part to be upset.
(c) Children and Rukku Manni were both doing the same so it was not right for either of them to blame each other.
Read the following :
A group of children in your class are going to live in a hostel.
They have been asked to choose a person in the group to share a room with.
They are asking each other questions to decide who they would like to share a room with.
Ask one another questions about likes/ dislikes / preferences / hobbies / personal characteristics. Use the following questions and sentence openings:
(1) What do you enjoy doing after school? enjoy
(2) What do you like in general? I like …
(3) Do you play any game? I don’t like …
(4) Would you mind if I listened to music after dinner? I wouldn’t…
(5) Will it be all right if I… ? It’s fine with me…
(6) Is there anything you dislike particularly? Well, I can’t share …
(7) Do you like to attend parties? Oh, I…
(8) Would you say you are … ? I think…
(1) watching TV
(2) playing video light, you can switch on the light whenever games in general.
(3) playing outdoor games you want.
(4) because I love music.
(5) switch on the: I am creative.
(6) my pillow with anyone.
(7) love I play indoor games like ludo and carom. going to parties.
(8) a creative person; yes,
Name of the issuing agency/authority
Date of Issue / Release of the notice
Title / Subject of the Event
(Date / Time / Duration / Place / Venue)
(Name, Designation and Signature)
Notice Writing Sample:
You are Ruhi / Rahul, head girl/boy of ABC convent school. Your school is going to organize an inter-school singing competition. Write a notice for your school notice board Inviting names of all the Interested students.
Abc Convent School
March 01, 2019
Inter-School Singing Competition
Our school is organising an Inter-school Singing Competition on March 19, 2019, Tuesday at 12 pm in the school auditorium. More than 20 schools from all over the city will participate. Interested students may contact the undersigned latest by March 10, 2019.
Ruhi / Rahul
GSEB Class 7 English A Gift of Chappals Additional Important Questions and Answers
Select the most appropriate options as answers and complete the following sentences:
Mridu has come to her aunt’s house with …………… .
C. Rukku Manni
What did Ravi do to mislead his grandmother?
A. He stole a glass of milk from the kitchen.
B. He went to the garden stealthily.
C. He drank some milk from the tumbler.
D. He washed the tumbler and put it back in the kitchen.
C. He drank some milk from the tumbler.
The emblem of the ancient Pallava kings was ……………… .
A. a lion.
B. a cat.
C. a bull.
D. a sword.
A. a lion.
‘Bastet’ is the name of
A. a Pallava king.
B. the Egyptian cat-god
C. the Egyptian cat-goddess
D. the Egyptian lion.
C. the Egyptian cat-goddess
‘Hair standing on end’ is the expression for ………………….. .
According to Ravi, Lalli will never learn violin because she …………… .
A. never concentrated on it.
B. had a poor music master.
C. was often distracted by a cat.
D. Both ‘A’ and ‘B’.
A. never concentrated on it.
The music-masters notes on the violin are compared with ……………………. by Ravi.
A. the ‘meow’ of the cat
B. whizzing of the train along the rails
C. the whistling of the train
D. the singing of some melodious bird
B. whizzing of the train along the rails
The beggar said, “The ladies of this house are kind souls” as ………………. .
A. he wanted some alms by flattering them.
B. they allowed him to rest under that tree.
C. the whole week they had given him food to eat.
D. they had given him clothes to wear.
C. the whole week they had given him food to eat.
Ravi, Mridu and Meena donated the old slippers of ………………. .
A. their grandfather.
B. their grandmother.
C. the music-master of Lalli.
D. their gardener.
C. the music-master of Lalli.
The comparison of the ‘gift of chappals’ with the things given away by Karna was unfair according to Rukku Manni because ………………. .
A. Karna had not given away somebody else’s things.
B. the chappals were not as costly as the gifts given away by Karna.
C. the recipient of Kama’s gifts was not as poor as the beggar.
D. Both ‘A’ and ‘B’.
A. Karna had not given away somebody else’s things.
Say whether the following sentences s are True or False:
Rukku Manni was Ravi’s aunt.
The kitten was lapping up milk from a coconut half-shell.
The little cat was given the name ‘Mahendran’.
The music master was a strong, sturdy person.
The beggar had blisters on his feet.
One of the children gave away his / her chappals to the beggar.
The music-master was happy getting Gopu Mama’s chappals.
The music teacher compared Ravi with Hanuman.
Red chillies were kept in the backyard for drying.
Answer the following questions in two to three sentences each:
What was in the cat’s name that; pleased Mridu?
Ravi had named the kitten Mahendravarma Pallava Poonai, M. P. Poonai !in short. They were calling him Mahendran. Mridu liked the name because it sounded; real to her and was different from the usuals cute names kept for cats in general.
How did Ravi link his cat with the Pallava kings?
Ravi felt that his cat was a descendant 1 of the Rishi-Cat of Mahabalipuram. He claimed: that during his class trip to Mahabalipuram, he had seen the statue of a cat there which he believed was an ancestor of this cat. He felt that the lion in the emblem of the Pallava king was a close relative of his cat.
What made Ravi feel that Lalli will never learn to play the violin?
Ravi felt that Lalli will never learn to play the violin. The music teacher used to play the perfect notes, but she kept on going off the tracks. It was like her train getting derailed again and again while the teachers was running smoothly on the track.
Why Rukku Manni asked Ravi to send away the beggar?
Rukku Manni was fed up with the beggar coming to her place daily for over a -week now. She was tired giving him food and other items. She wanted him to find another house and stop coming to their place. So she asked Ravi to send him away.
What did the beggar feel about the ladies of the household?
The beggar felt that the ladies of the household were very kind. They have enabled him survive for a week by giving him food to eat. He called them generous and found it hard to believe that they wanted to send him away.
Answer the following questions in four to five sentences each:
Describe Ravi’s character in the story.
Ravi was an intelligent child. He had good observation skills and possessed sound knowledge of history. He was playful but had a good sense of humour. He managed to get milk for the kitten by deceiving Paati very cleverly. He also applied his intelligence and gave music teachers’ chappals to the beggar. He was kind and generous and remembered the story of Kama which Rukku Manni had told him.
Compare how the music teacher played the violin with that of Lalli’s.
The music teacher played the violin smoothly. His notes seemed to float up and then settled down perfectly into the invisible tracks of the melody. His hand moved the violin’s stem effortlessly and produced melodious music. LaIll on the other hand seemed to struggle with the violent. The Instrument appeared unhappy ami helpless In her hands. She kept on missing the tracks and produced a kind of noise which even scared Mahendran.
Why was Ravi upset with the elders?
Ravi was upset with the elders because he had always been told by them to be kind towards animals, but whenever he had tried to do so he had received screaming In return. He had found the same elders caLling these animal & dirty creatures. Rukku Manni had told him about Karna who would give away everything he had to help others. Ravi had tried to help the beggar by giving away the music teachers chappals to him, but stiff Rukku Mann! was angry with him.
Read the following passages carefully and answer the questions given below them:
Mridu giggled. ‘Think I’m joking? Well, Just wait. I’ll show you sometime. It’s clear you don’t know a thing about history. Haven’t been to Mahabalipuram. have you?” he said mysteriously. “Well, when our class went to Mahabalipuram. I saw
a statue of his that’s… etcetera, etcetera… Fact Is, Mahendran here is descended from that very same ancient cat. A close relative, scientifically speaking. of none other than the lion. The Pallava lion, emblem of the Pallava dynasty !“ Ravi went on. walking around the bitter-berry bush, waving a twig up and down, his eyes sparkling.
This cat is a descendant of none other than the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat! And if I may just remind you, they worshipped cats In ancient Egypt !“
(1) Who did not know anything about history?
Mridu did not know anything about history according to Ravi.
(2) Who is/are referred to in this sentence: ‘his that’s that’s that’s that’s that’s… etcetera, etcetera…’.
The ‘forefathers’ are referred to in this sentence: ‘his that’s that’s that’s that’s that’s… etcetera, etcetera…’.
(3) Who is referred to as the descendant of the Pallava lion?
Their pet, the little cat, who was named Mahendran is referred to as the descendant of the Pallava lion.
(4) Pick out from the passage the words with similar meanings of:
The beggar opened his eyes very wide and gazed at each of the children one by one. “The ladies of this house,” he said, at last, in a voice choked with feeling, “are very kind souls. I have kept my body and soul together on their generosity for a whole week. I cannot believe that they would turn me away.” He raised his voice. “Amma! Amma-oh!” Sad his wail might be, but it certainly wasn’t feeble. It began in a deep, strong rumble somewhere in his withered belly and came booming out of his mouth, with its few remaining teeth stained brown with betel-chewing.
“Ravi, tell him there’s nothing left in the kitchen!” called Rukku Manni. “And he’s not to come again – tell him that!” She sounded fed up.
(1) Give another expression for ’are very kind souls’.
Another expression for ‘are very kind souls’ is: ‘are very generous’.
(2) ‘I have kept my body and soul together’ means… (Complete the meaning.)
‘I have kept my body and soul together’ means ‘I have managed to stay alive.
(3) What do the words ’withered belly’ indicate?
The words ‘withered belly’ indicate ‘hungry stomach’.
(4) ‘She sounded fed up, means’…. (Complete the meaning.)
‘She sounded fed up’, means ‘She was greatly bored/irritated’.
The music master came out of the house and took an unappreciative look at the three of them sitting quietly under the tree, playing marbles. Then he searched for his chappals in the verandah, where he had put them? “Lalli!” he called, after a few moments.
She hurried up to him. “Have you seen my chappals, my dear? I remember having kept them here !” Ravi, Mridu and Meena silently watched Lalli and the music-master search every corner of the verandah. He scurried around, looking over the railing and crouching near the flower pots to look between them. “Brand new, they were! I went all the way to Mount Road to buy them !” he went on saying. “They cost a whole month’s fees, do you know?”
(1) Why did the music master take ‘an unappreciative look’?
The music-master took ‘an untapped- creative look’ because he was disapproving the children playing marbles.
(2) Why did the music-master call, Lalli?
The music master called Lalli to help him find his missing pair of chappals.
(3) How costly were the chappals of the music-master, according to him?
According to the music master, his chappals cost a whole month’s fees of his tuition.
(4) Give another expression for: ‘all the way from.
All the way from’ is ‘the entire distance’.
Replace the underlined words selecting the most appropriate options from the brackets :
(1) I lined my coat with wool to keep me warm in the winter, (wore, filled, prepared)
(2) Students were startled by the teacher’s quiet return, (delighted, irritated, surprised)
(3) On and on they rode for three whole days. (Willingly, Determining, Continuously)
(4) Don’t go off track; we were talking about your affair, (deviate, follow, get sensitized)
(5) She went out eyes filling. (with sore eyes, with tears, happily)
(1) I Riled my coat with wool to keep me warm in the winter.
(2) Students were surprised by the teacher’s quiet return.
(3) Continuously they rode for three whole days.
(4) Don’t deviate; we were talking about your affair.
(5 ) She went out with tears.
Choose the correct words from the brackets and complete the following passage:
(whoop, stowaway, shrieked, descendants, flourished, pleased)
“Well, one of the ……………….. of that cat-goddess was a ……………………… in one of the Pallava ships and his descendants was the Mahabalipuram Rishi Cat, whose descendant is-” Ravi ………………………. his twig at Mahendran “-M. R Poonai here …………………….. EEK!” he …………….. very ………….. with himself.
“Well, one of the descendants of that cat-goddess was a stowaway in one of the Pallava ships and his descendant was the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat, whose descendant is-” Ravi flourished his twig at Mahendran “- M. P. Poonai here whoop EEK!” he shrieked, very pleased with himself.
(beamed, nervously, sturdy, right, glanced, picking)
Ravi turned and ……………… at the shabby looking, but ………….. old slippers. He ………………., and nodded. “These are just the …………. size,” he said, …………….. them up. Mridu and Meena followed him …………… back into the garden.
Ravi turned and glanced at the shabby looking, but sturdy old slippers. He beamed and nodded. “These are just the right size,” he said, picking them up. Mridu and Meena followed him nervously back into the garden.
Choose the correct Article(s), Conjunction (s) and Preposition (s) and s complete the following passage:
……………….. beggar was shaking ……………………. his upper cloth …………… tightening his dhoti. He raised his eyes and looked fearfully …………….. the road, gleaming ………………………… the afternoon heat.
“He needs something …………………… his feet!” Meena said, her big eyes filling. “It’s not fair !”
The beggar was shaking out his upper cloth and tightening his dhoti. He raised his eyes and looked fearfully at the road, gleamings in the afternoon heat.
“He needs something on his feet!” Meena said, her big eyes filling. “It’s not fair !”
Just ……………………. she stepped …………………. the verandah, Mridu’s eyes fell odd-looking chappals she had noticed …………. she arrived. “Ravi!” she whispered …………………………. him. “Whose are those ?”
Just as she stepped into the verandah, Mridu’s eyes fell on the odd-looking chappals she had noticed when she arrived. “Ravi!” she whispered to him. “Whose Eire those ?”
Fill in the blanks with the appropriate forms of verbs given in the brackets and complete the texts :
“It’s a secret. Amma says Paati ………1……… (leave) for our Paddu Mama’s house if she ……..2…… (know) we …………3……….. (have) a cat.”
1. will leave
Change the voice of the following :
(1) The beggar was shaking out his upper cloth.
(2) We found him outside the gate.
(3) Ravi pulled Mridu inside the house.
(4) People are always telling us to be kind to animals.
(5) Why should I put you to trouble?
(6) I’ll show you sometime.
(7) They worshipped cats in ancient Egypt.
(1) His upper cloth was being shaken out by the beggar.
(2) He was found outside the gate by us.
(3) Mridu was pulled inside the house by Ravi.
(4) We are always being told to be kind to animals by people.
(5) Why should you be put to trouble by me?
(6) You will be shown sometime by me.
(7) Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt by them.
Turn the following dialogue into Indirect Speech:
“Ravi, tell him there’s nothing left in the kitchen !’’ called Rukku Manni. “And he’s not to come again – tell him that!” “I’ll go, I’ll go!” the beggar said wearily.
“Only let me have a rest here under this tree.”
Rukku Manni called out to Ravi to tell the beggar that there was nothing left in the kitchen. Then she added strictly to tell him not to come again. Responding to the order the beggar repeated wearily that he would go. But then he requested them to let him have a rest there under that tree.
“I suppose he doesn’t have the money to buy chappals,” Mridu whispered to Meena-Ravi. “Have you got an old pair in the house somewhere ?”
“I don’t know,” said Ravi. “Mine are too small to fit his feet, or I’d have given them to him.”.
Mridu whispered to Meena – Ravi that she supposed he didn’t have the money to buy chappals. Then she asked them if they had got an old pair in the house somewhere. Ravi replied that he didn’t know and added that his were too small to fit the beggar’s feet or else he would have given them to the beggar.
Rewrite as directed :
(1) His feet were larger than Mridu’s and Meena’s. (Change the Degree.)
(2) Wait, let me take off my slippers. (Use ‘allow’.)
(3) This cat is a descendant of none other than the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat! (Turn Into Affirmative.)
(4) How he loved the sound of his own voice (Turn into Assertive.)
(5) What does that have to do with anything? (Turn into Negative.)
(6) The beggar opened his eyes very wide and gazed at each of the children one by one. (Turn into Simple – Sentence.) ‘
(1) Mridu’s and Meena’s feet were not so large as his.
(2) Walt, allow me to take off my slippers,
(3) This cat is a descendant of only the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat! gazed at each of the children one by one.
(4) He loved the sound of his own voice very much.
(5) That has nothing to do with anything.
(6) Opening his eyes very wide, the beggar
A Gift of Chappals Summary in English
A Gift of Chappals Summary:
Mridu goes to Rukku Manni’s House. Mridu is a young girl living with her grandmother Tapi and grandfather Thatha in Chennai. Mridu goes along with Tapi to her aunt Rukku Manni’s place one afternoon. There she meets her cousins Lalli, Ravi and Meena. Everyone at Rukku Manni’s house was glad to see Mridu. There was a thick bitter- berry bush in their backyard and Ravi took her besides that. There was small little kitten inside a torn football lined with sacking. The small creature was busy drinking milk that was kept inside a half-shell of a coconut.
Meena informed Mridu that they have found the kitten outside their house in the morning of that day. But, they must keep it as a secret otherwise the grandmother will leave their house immediately. Ravi was upset that they were being taught to be kind towards animals, but when he was trying to do so elders were screaming at them calling the kitten a dirty creature. His grandmother was suspicious while he was taking out milk for the kitten from the kitchen. He had to drink more than half of the milk to make her believe that it was for him.
He also told Mridu that they had named the kitten as Mahendran. Mridu loved the name because it sounded real, unlike those cute ones you usually keep for the kittens. Ravi further added that its complete name was Mahendravarma Pallava Poonai or M. P. Poonai in short. He informed her he could make it from its fur that it was a fine breed of cat, a close relative of lion family like the one that Pallava kings used in their emblem. To this Mridu giggled which instigated Ravi to prove his knowledge about history further.
On his school trip to Mahabalipuram, he had seen a statue of a lion and he firmly believes that it was the ancestor of that kitten. He proudly announced that his small kitten is the descendant of Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat. He reminded Mridu of cats being worshipped in ancient Egypt. He believed it to be a descendant of cat goddess, Bastet. They heard a screech and later realized that it was Lalli learning to play the violin.
The elderly music master was expert at playing on the violin, but Lalli could not concentrate on learning it. Then they heard a wail of a beggar from the gate. Hearing this, Ravi’s mother from the kitchen cries out to Ravi to ask the beggar to go away as he used to come daily to ask for alms. Following the order to go away he was ready to leave, but he requested to allow him to rest under that tree as there was scorching heat and the tar on the road was melted. He showed his blistered feet to the children and pleaded to them to allow him to stay back.
Taking pity on him, the children decided to give him a pair of chappals, but theirs were too small to fit his feet. So they started searching for a suitable one. They found such a pair belonging to the music master which was lying on the verandah. They picked them up and gave away to the beggar and the beggar left. Now, after the teaching session was over, the music master started searching for his missing pair of chappals. Lalli and Rukku Manni also joined the search. Then Ravi declared the fact that he had given it away to the beggar.
His mother got angry with Ravi. Then she found hardly worn, new chappals of Gopu Mama and gave the pair to the music-master. The music-master was very happy to receive that new pair. Then the music-master teased Ravi’s naughtiness and referred to him as a monkey-even though in the lofty term as Hanuman – and prayed that only a Rama could save him. The comparison did not sit well with Rukku Manni and her disapproval led to the quick exit of the music master. In the end, the question for Ravi was lingering, “What will Gopu Mama going to say this evening when I tell him I gave his chappals to the music-master ?”