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My Father Travels by Dilip chitre

My Father Travels

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11. My Father Travels

Special English  – 12th 

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My Father Travels

                                                               –  Dilip Chitre

Poetry –

My Father  travels on the  evening  train

Standing among silent commuters in the yellow light .

Suburbs slide past his  unseeing eyes.

His shirt and pants are soggy, and his black raincoat

Is stained  with mud , his  bag stuffed with books

Is falling  apart .

 

 his eyes dimmed by age

Fade homeward through the  humid monsoon night ,

Now I can see him getting off the train

Like  a word dropped from a long  sentence.

He hurries across the length of the  grey platform,

Crosses the railway  line  and  enters the lane

 His chappals are  sticky with mud , but he  hurries on

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Home again , I see  him  drinking week tea,

Eating a stale chapati , reading a book.

 He goes into  the  toilet to  contemplate

Man’s estrangement from a  man – made  world .

Coming out , he  trembles at the sink,

The cold water  running over his  brown hands.

A few droplets cling the graying hair on his  wrists.

 

His sullen children have  often  refused to share

Jokes and screts with him . he will now go to sleep

Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming

Of  his ancestors and grandchildren, thinking

Of  nomads entering a subcontinent through a narrow  pass.

 

Extract -1  : –

My Father  travels on the  evening  train

Standing among silent commuters in the yellow light .

Suburbs slide past his  unseeing eyes.

His shirt and pants are soggy, and his black raincoat

Is stained  with mud , his  bag stuffed with books

Is falling  apart .

Questions :

  1. What look does ‘yellow light’ reflect ? …………..
  2. ………………slide past his unseeing eyes.
  3. Find a word similar  in meaning to  ‘patched’.
  4. Where is the father’s bag  of books?

Answers :

  1. Frightening look
  2. Suburbs
  3. Stained
  4. It falls apart.

 

 Extract – 2  :-

 

His sullen children have  often  refused to share

Jokes and screts with him . he will now go to sleep

Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming

Of  his ancestors and grandchildren, thinking

Of  nomads entering a subcontinent through a narrow  pass.

Questions :

  1. What position of the father  does  the  first line  refer to ?
  2. ………. Entering a  subcontinent through a narrow 
  3. Find a word opposite in meaning to ‘Successors’.
  4. What does the father finally do ?

Answers :

  1. Neglected
  2. Of nomads
  3. Ancestors
  4. The father finally goes to bed  listening to the  static  radio  and dreaming of his ancestors.

My Father Travels.

My Father Travels

My Father Travels