Exercise of The Story A Devoted Son
Exercise of A Devoted Son
a. Will you be ready to sacrifice your career, status, and economic opportunities for the good of your parents? Why or why not?
Answer:-Yes, I will be ready to sacrifice my career, status, and economic opportunities for the good of my parents because they are similar to Gods to me who have provided me with a chance to see this beautiful planet.
b. In your view, what are the qualities of a devoted son/daughter?
Answer:-In my view, the following are the qualities of a devoted son/ daughter:
He/She must be sincere towards his/her parents.
He/She must be lovable and caring towards his/her parents.
He/She must support his/her parents in every essential need.
He/She must have a respectful attitude towards his/her parents.
He/She must be obedient and follow his/her parents' guidance.
Understanding The Text
Answer the following questions
a. How did the morning papers bring an ambience of celebration in the Varma family?
b. How did the community celebrate Rakesh’s success?
c. Why was Rakesh’s success a special matter of discussion in the neighbourhood?
d. How does the author make fun with the words ‘America’ and ‘the USA’?
e. How does the author characterize Rakesh’s wife?
f. Describe how Rakesh rises in his career.
He gets to experience and earn there in America. He returns to his homeland and starts his job in the city hospital. Due to his sincerity and dutiful behaviour, he gets promoted. He becomes able to get the rank of Director in the hospital. Later on, he leaves the city hospital and starts his clinic. He gets success in his clinic too. He becomes able to earn name, fame and money. He becomes the richest doctor in the town.
g. How does the author describe Rakesh’s family background?
h. What is the impact of Rakesh’s mother’s death on his father?
i. What did Rakesh do to make his father’s old age more comfortable?
j. Why did the old man try to bribe his grandchildren?
k. Are Mr Varma's complaints about his diet reasonable? How?
Being a devoted son, he didn't want to lose his father. As a doctor, he was aware of various diseases which were increasing in the town with high speed. He knew very well about old people's health risks. He wanted to keep his father away from getting weak and ill.
Reference to Context
a. How did the Varma couple make sacrifices for their son's higher education?
Answer:-Varma couple made sacrifices for their son's higher education by doing hard labour in their entire lifetime. They had a lifelong dream about their son's education. To achieve their dream, Varma had worked hard for forty years in a kerosene depot whereas his wife had devoted herself honestly to household tasks.
Mr. Varma had never stepped inside the school in his life. As the son of a vegetable vendor, he didn't get a chance for his studies. But he desired quality education for his son Rakesh. He became able to accomplish his goal and turned his dream into reality. His son Rakesh was the first son of the family to receive higher education. Varma and his wife finally got the fruits of their sacrifices. The achievement which they got was quite golden and glorious.
b. Mr. Varma suffers from diseases one after another after his wife's death. Would he have enjoyed better health if she had not died before him? Give reasons.
Answer:-Yes, he would have enjoyed better health if his wife had not died before him. Mr. Varma suffered from illness mysteriously and fell ill frequently. His body started reacting badly after the death of his wife. Rakesh even didn't get a proper idea behind his father's frequent illness. Varma was quite good while his wife was alive. He seemed so happy and satisfied in his mentality. But after his wife's death, he found himself alone and suffered from depression. He started doing unusual activities. He felt broken into pieces.
Due to his health hazards, he was prohibited to eat his preferred foodstuffs. He reacted even more badly after that. He supposed himself as if he was disliked and ignored. At last, he preferred dying rather than taking medicines.
c. Dr. Rakesh found himself divided between a doctor and a son. As a son, he loves his father and worries about his weakening health, but as a doctor, he is strict about his father’s diet and medicine. In your view, what else could Rakesh have done to make his father’s final years more comfortable?
Answer:-In my view, Rakesh could have done the following things to make his father's final year more comfortable:
1. He could have treated his father more friendly instead of shouting at him.
2. He could have tried to understand his father's feelings instead of becoming tense about his health.
3. He could have tried to make his father happy all the time instead of being strict.
4. He could have provided his father with mental support.
5. He could have brought a bit of change within himself instead of changing his father.
d. What does the story say about the relationship between grandfather and grandchildren?
Answer:- In most families, we find bond relationships between grandparents and grandchildren. This story has also presented a fine relationship between grandfather and grandchildren. Varma has his small friends in the house who are his grandchildren. He feels mentally sad due to Rakesh's activities. For him, his grandchildren are his best friends with whom he plays and passes his lonely time.
The act of banning his desirable foodstuffs by Rakesh makes him do a bad deed in the house. He starts trying to fulfil his demands through his little grandchild. He starts providing bribes to his grandchild to get jalebis for him. The act of Varma is not good at all. Here, we find him seeking benefits from an innocent child who doesn't know the meaning of bribe. Grandparents must be good teachers for their grandchildren. But Varma is seen doing just the opposite of this. He is seen teaching his grandchild a bad deed.
e. Do you call Rakesh a devoted son? Give reasons.
He only provides them with a sense of pride in his achievements. He never becomes boastful and ungrateful towards his family members. He has tried a lot for his parents in his life. After the death of his mother, he has experienced hardships a lot. His father falls ill frequently and mysteriously. He tries his best to keep his father away from illness and weakness. He never steps back in the matter of his father's care. He only gives priority to his father's health. His father becomes angry with him but he never leaves his devotion towards his father. He remains honest, faithful and devoted towards his father till the end.
Reference Beyond the Text
a. Write an essay on The Parents’ Ambition for their Children in Nepali Society. You must give at least five examples.
In the context of Nepali society, we find parents quite careful and ambitious in the matter of shaping their children's bright careers. They serve their children their lifetime with feelings of love and affection towards them. They are too ambitious about their children. They give many preferences in children's overall activities and take their interests in various factors that help to shape their children's bright future.
Following are some of the ambitions of parents in Nepali society.
1. Parents in Nepali society are quite ambitious about their children's good manners. They always try to teach them good manners along with the knowledge of cultural and religious aspects.
2. Parents in Nepali society always take care of their children's demands' fulfilment. They are seen fulfilling their children's right demands.
3. Nepali parents give much preference to their children's quality education. For them, quality education is the best way to shape their children's bright future.
4. They want to see their children's progress in their lives. They feel quite happy to find their children's achievements.
5. The parents expect a lot from their children. They desire their children's love, care and support in their old ages.
b. Medicines replace our diets in old age. What can be done to make old ageless dependent on medicine?
Answer:-Old age refers to a part of life that comes after the prime age. It is the final stage of human life. This age is considered the age of weakness and illness. This age depends on varieties of medicinal support. At this age, old people suffer a lot because of various health-related problems. Medicines replace diets in old age and the body starts reacting differently. Due to the usage of varieties of medicines, the body becomes so weak and provides pain in life.
Following are some of the tips with the help of which we can make our old ageless dependent on the medicine.
1. Avoiding unhealthy foodstuffs.
2. Sufficient usage of healthy foodstuffs.
3. Fine management in drinking pure water.
4. Avoiding mental stress.
5. Concentrating on daily physical activities.
6. Trying to adopt a hygienic living style.
c. Write an essay on “Care of Elderly Citizens” in about 300 words.
Care of Elderly Citizens
In this old and painful age, they need proper care and support each time. They have a bundle of expectations in their lives. They want to see conditions in their favour. They always seek a fine company to share their experiences and ideas. They want to spend their remaining days happily along with their close people. Caring for elderly citizens is one of the moral duties. It only requires paying attention to their needs. Elderly citizens must be respected, cared as well as loved. Everyone should be aware of their responsibilities towards elderly citizens. The task of caring for senior citizens must be given importance. It is the stage where all the humans reach one day and expects a lot from their younger. Elderly citizens have been treated well for their lifelong contributions to us.
As humans, we have to follow the concept of humanity in our lives. Human relationships are beyond all aspects. We must not forget elderly people's roles which they had spent in shaping up to our lives. We need to be positive all the time about them. We should try our best to fulfil our elders' desires and demands. The task of devoting our lives towards their care itself is a great way of getting satisfaction in our lives. Our support and care provide them with a hope to live further. We should try to provide them with smiles all the time on their faces. We must think about them and their importance in the family. We should be aware of the fact that nothing is more than humanity.