A deathly silence prevails all around. On reaching the post office, he seems to be as happy as a pilgrimage would be on reaching his destination. He enters the office and sits at the corner where he was accustomed to sit for the last five years. The clerk begins sorting out the letters in his speed, flinging the letters to the corresponding peons. Ali was a clever hunter and derived pleasure from the bewildered terror of the dying birds.
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Answer ii a letter from his own daughter Page No: 30 5. Answer the following questions briefly. Where did he go daily? Answer Ali was a clever and crack shot hunter, Coachman. He was so obsessed with hunting that not a day would pass when he would not hunt. He would go to the post office daily. Give evidence from the story to support the statement. Answer Ali had been visiting the post office regularly for last five years to get a letter from his only daughter, Miriam about her well-being.
He was the first one to arrive at the post office and last one to go. Such wasthe height of his love for his daughter. He even suffered insult, humiliation and ridicule of the post office employees patiently. Though he hd grown extremely old and frail and his end was drwaing near, yet he gave five gold guinneas to Lakshmi Das, a post office clerk, to deliver the letter at his grave.
So he was an epitome of love , patience, hope and faith. Answer Ali was a well known figure at the post office because he had been visitng the post office reularly for last five years. He sat on the same bench everyday waiting for his name to be called.
The postmen made fun of him. Even though there would be no letter for him, they would call out his name, just to see his reaction. The post office became a place of pilgrimage for Ali. Even bad weather could not deter him. He was always the first one to arrive to the post office. Answer His only daughter Miriam got married and left him. Ali then understood the real meaning of love and separation. So he gave up hunting. Answer In the begining the postmaster appears to be haughty, arrogant, ill-tempered, unfeeling, selfish, impatient, insenstive, indifferent, irresponsible and unresponsive.
His face is as inexpressive as a pumpkin. There is no sign of loveliness in his features. Now he realises the pain and suffering of Ali. He is full of remorse, guilt and repentance. He becomes loving, caring, helpful and sympathetic. Give reasons for your answer. Answer Ali used to go to the post office daily. He would go and sit at a particular bench everyday, waiting for his name to be called out.
He would not bother anyone. On that particular day, he had come to the post office after several days as he had fallen ill. Since he had not come for many days, he enquired for his letter from the postmaster. The postmaster, who was in a hurry to leave, lost his temper on Ali and called him a pest.
Ali was not at all a pest; it was just that he came after many days so he was curious to know whether a letter had come for him. His eyes were filled with tears of helplessness, for his patience was exhausted, even though he still had faith. What had exhausted his patience but not his faith? What is he waiting for? Answer The postmaster is tortured by doubt and remorse. When he saw an envelope of a shape and colour that he expected, he quickly snatched it.
However, it was not addressed to him but to Ali. His disappointment at not receiving any news of his daughter made him realize the sorrow and pain of Ali who had waited for five years for some news from his daughter.
Page No: 31 Loneliness Grief An old man was walking through the town, now and again drawing his tattered clothes tighter to shield his body from the cold and biting wind.
His lonely way The whole town was wrapped in deathly silence Answer Loneliness Grief An old man was walking through the town, now and again drawing his tattered clothes tighter to shield his body from the cold and biting wind. His lonely way The old man went back slowly to the bench on which he had been accustomed to sit for five long years.
A pitiable figure, a century behind his time. The whole town was wrapped in deathly silence …for the last five years he had no news of this daughter for whose sake alone he dragged along a cheerless existence. His eyes were filled with tears of helplessness… 7. The sounds of grinding mills, women singing at work were like a company in his otherwise long, lonely journey from his home to the post office.
The early morning cold induced sleep as a result everybody would be fast asleep and there would be no activity. The early morning cold is just like a person who pretends to be a friend influences its victim with sweet talk.
When Ali grew old, he gave up hunting as he could now understand the pain of getting separated from a loved one. Life had changed for him. His only daughter got married and left him. Ali after being separated from his daughter realized that the whole world is made of love and the pain of separation is unbearable. The postmaster had a cheerless and expressionless face just like a pumpkin and would always be seen sitting on his chair inside the post office.
Just as a follower of lord Vishnu would utter thousand names of Vishnu everyday, the clerk would call out the usual names for whom the letters came everyday. As the postmaster eagerly awaited news from his daughter, he realized how arrogant and indifferent he was. Just like Ali, he was also worried for his daughter. Page No: 32 Writing Task 9. Tortured by doubt and remorse, the postmaster sits in the glow of a charcoal sigri that night, waiting for news of his daughter.
As he sits, he writes his diary. Answer 30th November Dear Diary I am inundated with the feelings of doubt and remorse at what happened today. I saw an envelop of the colour and shape I had expected to recieve. But to my surprise, it was addressed to Coachman Ali from his daughter Miriam. I dropped it once as if it had given me an electric shock. I could not sleep whole night. I realised my folly for being rude, unsympathetic and ununderstanding to Ali.
I failed to understand the pain and grief of seperation that Ali was undergoing. Now I realised my stupidity for being indifferent and insensitive to him. I decided to handover the letter to Ali. At the stroke of five I heard a soft knock on the door. Feeling sure it was Ali, I rose quickly from the chair and flung the door wide open.
Ali was standing outside, leaning on a stick bent double with age. Tears were wet on his face. His eyes had an unearthly light. I shrank back in fear and astonishement. But soon, Lakshmi Das who appeared from another quarter told me that Ali had died three months ago. I was confused. I was overwhelmed with the feelings of doubt. Had I really seen Ali or had my imagination deceived me? I regret my rude behaviou twoards Ali.
Answer ii a letter from his own daughter Page No: 30 5. Answer the following questions briefly. Where did he go daily? Answer Ali was a clever and crack shot hunter, Coachman. He was so obsessed with hunting that not a day would pass when he would not hunt. He would go to the post office daily. Give evidence from the story to support the statement.
Summary and Analysis of The Letter by Dhumaketu
The central character in this story is Ali who used to be a hunter in his days of youth. He used to be a skilled hunter and many said that it was because of his brutality on the poor animals that God had punished him and he was leading a lonely life in old age. Whatever be the reason, the poor man was in the habit of visiting the village post office every day. He would start for the post office quite early at the time of day break. He would walk to the post office when the entire town was asleep and the dogs were barking on the path.
Summary of the story: "The Letter"
Class X: Fiction: The Letter by Dhumaketu Synopsis: Coachman Ali, who once upon a time used to be a hunter, is now leaving alone after his daughter left him after her marriage. Workers in the post office makes fun of him, shouts at him, and shoos him away, but Ali as a devotee visits his pilgrimage every day. There he realizes the suffering Ali has been suffering since five years. In the end, he hallucinates Ali coming to post office.