4* - Swami and Friends - This was a very charming tale of boyhood and an easy, pleasurable read. The real irony of this is seen when Swami runs away from the Board High school and feels nostalgic about his old school: the Albert Mission. In yet another moment of desperation he runs away both from school and home. They all play and enjoy just like Swami, and try to circumvent doing homework by ingenious excuses and methods. Swami had almost closed the book and risen. The very next moment Swami, Sankar, and the Pea were rolling over and over and tearing each other’s, hair, faces, and clothes. In this way, the prank had turned upon themselves. Board 2009) The absence of criticism on the colonial system maybe also due to the fact that Narayan simply believed the colonizer and the colonized could live together in harmony, benefiting each other. Swami told his friends that the Pea and Sankar wrote ‘tail’ on the blackboard and that they called him “Rajam’s tail”. Why did Mani take the boys out: of the class to a secluded place? Somu sided with Sankar and the Pea while Mani stood up for Swami. He said “Oh, like him. Black ink — 1 bottle No teacher ever put to him a question in the class. ( Log Out /  Swami and Friends revolves around the life of ten-year-old Swaminathan, or Swami as he is known. I condemn such a boy. Swami’s fourth friend is Samuel, called the Pea, because of his small size. What did the Headmaster ask the students to do during the vacation? At school, the examination fever seemed to have possessed all his friends. His father made a lot of fuss, and made Swami study for long hours.At school, the examina- tion fever seems to have possessed in all his friends.They hardly exchange words as they were busy with exam's preparation.It was rumoured that the clerk knew all about the question paper. To her mother, who wished that he should obey his father and stay at home, he replied that he was going to his drawing teacher. Question 4. Question 4. He wandered along the corridor of the infant standards. Swami portrays the growing pangs of a boy who despises school, as he makes excuses and roams around Malgudi with his friends. In order to solve the animosity between Rajam and Mani, Swami sat between Mani and Rajam on one of the back benches of the class. Mani aimed a kick at Somu, which would send him rolling. What did Swaminathafl’s father do when he saw the list? The story begins by introducing Swaminathan and … In a short while Swaminathan was running an engine all over the room, Mani was shooting arrow after arrow from a bow at the opposite wall. (MP.Board 2011) Describe Swaminathan and Mani’s visit to Rajam’s house. As the novel progresses we see that he is neither affectionate, loyal nor faithful to his friends. Answer: A fierce fight between Mani and Somu followed. Swaminathan replied with a grave face: ‘This is my room, why?’ Rajam took time to swallow this. Board 2015) Question 2. Mani stunned from the whole event saw that Pea was enjoying the whole scene from the comer with mischievous eyes. Answer: B. So, the moral of the story follows Greediness is the worst evil. Answer: Swami turns angry with him when he begins rivalry with Rajam. Answer: He asked “why did they climb the wall? He asked his mother to send the coffee and tiffin through the cook. Among friends he is particularly intimate with Mani, a towering well-built personality, who with clubs at home can break any body’s neck. For Swami it was a ridiculous thing to do at school. Swami felt awful at such a response from his father. They forget all freedom and devote all their time to studies. On the Monday morning after Saturday’s visit to Rajam’s house, Swami came to school but it was not at all pleasant for him. The rice mill owner Mr Retty was “the most Indianized of the ‘Europeans’….and was the mystery man of the place: nobody could say who he was or where he had come from: he swore at his boy and his customers in perfect Tamil and always moved about in shirt, shorts and sandaled feet.” Mr Matheison feels strongly for Indians and considers himself Indian. There were many good picture books and a number of other attractive things. Swami and Friends introduces us to Narayan’s beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan’s excitement about his country’s initial stirrings for independence competes with his ardor for cricket and all other things British. Swami did not liked that Mani doubted his sincerity in friendship and broke into protestation. When he approached his father, he became angry. Swami turns angry with him when he begins rivalry with Rajam. Swami had read the question at two minutes to four thirty, started answering a minute later, and finished at four thirty, The question was to give the moral of the story. Answer: What changes do you find in your parents’ behaviour as your examination approaches? However, the chapter ends on a note of comedy; the discomfiture of Rajam at the hands of the cook. Swami’s final close friend is Samuel, who is known as “ the Pea ” because he is small and unremarkable. They are useless. you know! Swami likes Rajam very much his qualities. Then, he scrutinize4 it and made another one monitoring: Swami was ” much surprised at this, for he had thought that the strength possessed by Somu and Mani was not possessed by anyone else. He nibbled his pencil and re-read the list. The tiger was old. While sitting by the side of the river Mani was squatting on the sand with Swami. When will you come back? They want that their son/daughter to learn all the things so that he/she does not escape anything but it is not possible in a day. Swami complains to his father, who gives his son a letter for the Headmaster, to be delivered the next morning. When he did not come to the point, Mani asked humuntly to tell him a few important questions. Answer: He first cleaned his table and arranged his books properly. Humour in a situation depends neither on verbal means nor on characters, but purely on the situation that turns out to be funny due to a juxtaposition of incongruities. He took a gift to impress him. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Swami felt glad that it was the last item and after that his father would leave for the court but then, his mother came with a tumbler of water in’one hand and a plate of betel leaves and nuts in the other, father drank water and held out his hand. Answer: Swami suspected that the Pea and Sankar had done it. told him that Rajam was waiting for them, he at once became very polite and friendly. A policeman tried to stop them but when they A fierce fight between Mani and Somu followed. 1. He told her so quite frankly, even though, it must have been rather painful for her. The second and third books in the trilogy are The Bachelor of … He thought to teach him a lesson even then. Swami likes Rajam very much his qualities. In this chapter there are three sections. So, Mani wanted to bundle him into the river or to crack his shoulders with his club. He feels bored and tired, and is in no mood for work. So, he came near his baby brother’s cradle. What thoughts crossed Swaminathan’s mind when he gazed at the maps in the atlas? He always wanted to be cordial and friendly with everyone. Then, it took a minute to decide where the moral was: “We must never accept a gold bangle when it is offered by a tiger.” or “Love of gold bangle costs on one’s life.” He saw more logic in the latter and wrote It down. Board 2011,2012) He has developed the proverbial ‘English stiff upper lip.’ Swami was greatly impressed by Rajam and wanted to be friends with him. Answer: This was a secluded place in the school campus. When Mani showed reluctance Swami cried in protestation which made Mani surprised: Question 3. When the novel unfolds, we are told that Swami has four friends. Now Swami was relieved. Somu pushed it away with a heavy blow. She wanted some money and father returned to give it to her and then went out a second time. What, according to the Vedas, was the punishment for those who foster enmity? answer. Such liberty should not be allowed jubilation does not mean destruction. Answer: Swami And Friends Questions Answers Pdf Question 2. Only, the cook did not change his dhoti and appeared before Swarni’s hero, in the same old dhoti. Today, it has become a real place in India. It is very informative and helpful.Thank you so much. Despite this it took time for the budding writer to be acknowledged as an author. The series was shot during his school vacation in 1985–86, and telecast in 1987. It is full of humor and irony. Swaminathan came out of the examination room but he found that none of his friends had come out. So, one day, Main visited him with a gift of brinjals. Swami and Friends is the first novel of the trilogy that is set in the fictional town of Malgudi. His face was radiant with intelligence. Question 6. The use of the cane, the degrading and humiliating nature of the ‘stand-up-on-the-desk’ punishment, the heavy workload are all shown up by Narayan for what they are: a cruel way of education which mass-produces unimaginative clerks and subordinate staff to serve in the British administrative machine. It was said that he had come from some English boys school somewhere in Madras. His happiness results from the fact that he has got four best friends, who are Somu, Marti, Shankar and Samuel, the Pea. Finally, he gets out of trouble, but the cost is heavy: he loses the friendship of Rajam, the son of the Police Superintendent and is devastated at his departure at the end. About this book Graham Greene wrote: It was Mr.Narayan with his Swami and Friends who first brought India, in the sense of the Indian population and the Indian way of life, alive to me… Swami is the story of a child written with complete objectivity, with a humour strange to our fiction, closer to Chekhov than to any English writer, with the same underlying sense of beauty and sadness (28). He symbolizes the new Indian middle class that Thomas Babington Macaulay anticipated in his now famous 1835 Minute on Education ‘a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect.’. Answer: Then he instructed his mother to prepare something nice and sweet. Write about Shankar’s qualities as a student. We get detailed pen-portraits of these friends. He got 200 marks in the subject and a gold medal. See answer of Monday Morning given in comprehension topic. It is during this time that Rajam, Mani and Swami form a Cricket Club and set a date for a match against another cricket club. Day by day as Mani looked on, it was becoming increasingly clear that a new menace had appeared in his life.” So, Mani was jealous of Rajam. Answer: How did they behave with him? 4. At the same time he is confident, intelligent and rarely if ever loses his composure. He was also well built and knew all tacts. He hovered about uncertainty. Then he asked about that remark and it got confirmed that they were calling him tail of Rajam. Board 2012) It disappointed. Rajam showed them his almirah which was full of toys. Swami and Mani were amazed to see the large room of Rajam. Rajam became a rival of Mani. One Saturday afternoon Swami was eager to go off to his friend sand impatiently, waited for the departure of his father for his office. He has taken his raw material from the people and events around him. Answer: One,Saturday afternoon, Swami had a plan to visit Rajam’s house. No other student in the class was able to compete with him in any way. Question 3. He constantly criticises and abuses Hindu Gods who, for him, are merely pieces of stone. Write the story of The Brahmin and the Tiger” in your own words. Question 8. They were fighting in a bold manner. The novel, first intended for a very young audience, later expanded into a universal one, for its simple narrative and depiction of colonial India. Parents’ behaviour is usually changed during this period. Question 2. He selected his father’s room. So. One day he was passing along the edge of a pond. He saw the infants dabbling in wet clay and trying to shape models. Answer: He couldn’t take the Third Form and so they had to leave. Rajam gave them permission to handle anything they pleased. On a Saturday afternoon Rajam had promised to visit Swami’s house. He towers head and shoulders above the other boys of the class and is feared and admired by all. Give reasons for your answer. However, Mani did not care for all this and was determined to put the vile upstart down. Mani cried to bring the turban of Singarani the school peon to dye in the ink. In the meantime, mother stopped his father. Which of them did he write in the answer book and why? If Mani jabbed, Rajam jabbed; if Mani clouted, he clouted; if Mani kicked, he kicked. Swami tells his four closest friends about the letter. He asked for his place in the game. Again and again, they were referring the word ‘tail’ like what is a tail, whether there was anyone like a tail etc. What course of action did they decide to do for the next day? Question 5. He told what he knew to Swami and they prepared accordingly. We are also introduced to his close friends and his teachers. Answer: Ruled white paper – 10 sheets As a sign of goodwill, Rajam offered some biscuits and Mani gladly accepted them. It bears the same value not only for the students but also for the parents. He was very much excited. Among his teachers, there is the Christian Ebenezar,who is always praising his religion and criticising Hindu gods. He became very hot and wanted to cry. Answer: ‘Swaminathan broke into loud protestation.’ What were the protestations? As a sign of goodwill, Rajam offered some biscuits and Mani accepted them. They were still in the examination room. ‘Do you read such books?’ he asked, eyeing the big gilt- edged law books on the table. 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