My Mother at Sixty-six- kamala das

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My Mother at Sixty-six

                                                                                                                –  Kamala Das

Q. 1.Read the Extract .

Driving from my parent’s home to cochin last Friday morning. I saw my mother, beside me , doze open mouthed, her face ashen like that of a corpse and realised with pain that she was as old as she looked but soon put that thought away, and  looked out at young Trees sprinting , the merry children spilling out of their homes . but after the airport’s security check, standing a few yards away , I looked again at her , wan , pale as a late winter’s moon and felt that old familiar ache , my childhood’s fear, but all I said was , see you soon, Amma, all I  did was smile and smile and  smile….

Q. Answer these questions –

Q.1.where was the poetess going ?

Ans.  The poetess was going to the  Cochin airport from her parent’s home.

Q.2. What did she notice about her mother?

Ans.  She noticed that her old mother  was dozing with her mouth open.

Q.3. Why did her mother’s face look like that  of a dead body’s face?

Ans. Her face looked liked a dead body’s face because of her old age .

Q.4. What were the children doing ?

Ans.  The children were coming out from their homes in large numbers.

Q.5. Where is the poetess going and who is with her ?

Ans.  The poetess is going to Cochin airport from her parent’s home. Her mother is with her. She is sitting  beside her and  dozing with her mouth open. Her face looks like a dead body’s face.

Q.6. What  was the  poet’s childhood fear?

Ans. The poet felt that her  mother  would leave her one day. It is a fear of  insecurity that every child feels when its mother is not around.

Q.7.find the words from the passage which mean  –


Ans.  Felt  –  realised

Doze  – sleep  lightly

Corpse – dead body

Sprinting  – running fast

Happy  – merry

Wan  – colourless

My Mother at Sixty-six- kamala das

Q.8. Where was the kamala das born?

Ans. Kamaladas(1934- 2009) was born in Malabar , Kerala.

Q.9.what is the kind of pain and ache that the  poetess feels?

Ans. The poetess sees her mother sitting beside her and she is dozing. Her mouth is open. Her  face is pale like a dead body. She is ageing. This is the pain and ache that the poetess feels.

Q.10. Why  has the mother been  compared the ‘late winter moon’?

Ans.  She was compared to the ‘late  winter’s moon’ because the late winter  moon is calm and vague with  a dim lustre. It loses its power and brightness.

My Mother at Sixty-six- kamala das