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Oru Manushyan – 1st PUC English Textbook Solutions

Oru Manushyan
  Vaikom Muhammad
This story has been written by Vaikom Mohammed Basheer. The
narrator in this story is living one thousand five hundred miles away from his
home. He was working as a teacher. He was teaching English to migrant laborers.
He was teaching to write address in English. He had saved fourteen rupees from
his earnings. He was getting up every day at 4 pm to save the expenses on
morning tea and noon meal. One day he got up in the evening and went to a
restaurant. He ate chapatti and meat curry and drank tea. But he could not pay
the bill of eleven Annas because someone had picked his wallet. But the owner
of the restaurant did not believe him. He asked him to to take off his clothes
one by one. But the narrator could not take off his trousers because he had
nothing on underneath. Every one demanded to take off the trouser but one tall
man with a red turban came to his help. He paid the bill, took the narrator to
a bridge outside the town and returned his wallet. He was the thief.     
Answer the following questions in a word or sentence each.
How far was the big city from the narrator’s home?
Ans: – Some thousand five hundred
What was the traditional profession of the people in the
story ‘Oru Manushyan’?
Ans: – By tradition the people were professional soldiers.
How were the inhabitants in the story Oru – Manushyan?
Ans: – Never known for quality of mercy and were cruel
What was valued much by the people?
Ans: – Money was highly valued by them.
Where did the narrator stay in the big city?
Ans: – Stayed in a very small, dingy room on a dirty street.
What was the profession of the narrator?
Ans: – Teaching English to some migrant labourers.
Which skill was taught by the narrator in the story?
Ans: – The skill of writing addresses in English.
What was the working hours of the narrator?
Ans: – From 9:30 till 11:00 in the night.
What amount was paid to people for writing postal addresses
at the post office?
Ans: – Between one Anna and 4 Annas.
What time did the narrator wake up every day?
Ans: – Wake up at 4 in the evening.
How much money did the narrator had in his wallet?
Ans: – 14 rupees.
Where did the narrator go to take his meal?
Ans: – In a crowded restaurant.
What did the narrator order in his meals at the restaurant?
Ans: – Full meals consisting of chapattis and meat curry and
tea as well.
Why did the narrator begin to sweat profusely in the
Ans: – As the narrator put his hands in the pocket he
realized that his wallet was missing.
Answer the following questions in a paragraph of 80-100
Sketch the character of strange man.
Ans: – The strange man was fair complexion. He had six foot
tall. He had wearied with a red turban and white trousers. He had a handle- bar
moustache and had blue eyes. He had avoided the shamefulness of removing the
trousers for paid amount for a meal and a tea. He had paid the money to the
restaurant keeper. He took the narrator to the deserted bridge and requested
him not to say any one if they ask him whether he had seen him. He even gave
his wallet along with his money. He was appeared to a human being  while 
compare  to  all 
civilized  person  of 
the  city.  All 
citizens  are  treated 
him  inhumanly.  But 
the  stranger  treated 
him humanly as a good being. Instead of a pickpocketed he is absorbed
human being.
Describe the people and the place where the incident took
Ans: – In a faraway big city in the valley of mountain the
narrator stayed in a small and shabby room on a dirty street. Here the narrator
had a profession of teaching English to migrant laborers. They were cruel
people. Murder, robbery, pick-pocketing were daily  occurrences. 
By  traditions  they 
were  professional  soldiers. 
Some  of  them 
went  to  distant 
places  and  lent 
out  money  on interest. Many others served as watchman
in banks, mills and large commercial establishments in big cities. Money was
highly valued by them. For money they would do anything. They hey would ready
to commit murder for money.
Give an account of the embracing experience of the narrator
at the restaurant.
Ans: – one day the narrator as usual got up at 4 p. m and
went out for a meal. He carried a wallet consists of fourteen rupees. He ate a
full meal and he drank a tea. The bill was eleven Annas. While he put his hand
in a coat pocket to pay for it, he was really swatting because his wallet was
not there in a coat. He told to this to the restaurant owner. He caught his
coat lapels and cried that to  pay  the 
amount  without  played 
any  tricks.  All 
the  people  around 
him  looked  him 
like  a  hungry 
wolf.  In  the 
meantime,  the restaurant keeper
forced him to remove his coat, shirt and even his trousers also. It was great
embracing movement to the narrator.
What was the routine of the narrator in the city?
Ans:    The 
narrator  stayed  in 
a  small,  dingy 
room  on  a  dirty  street. 
He  made  his 
living  by  teaching 
English  to  some 
migrant laborers from 9:30 to 11 in the night. He taught them to write
the addresses in English. Just to avoid the expense of morning tea and
afternoon meals, he slept whole day and woke up only at four in the evening.
This was his daily routine.
III. Answer the following questions in 200 words.
Does this story talk about transformation in a person?
Ans: – Yes, this story is about the transformation of a
pick-pocketer into a more considerate and humane person. The author in a far
off place from his native land is struggling to earn his bread. Sometimes he
foregoes his morning tea and afternoon lunch to cut his expenses. It so happens
one evening after consuming a full meal and a cup of tea he realizes that his
wallet that contained fourteen 
rupees  was  missing. 
This  was  followed 
by  threats  from 
the  restaurant  keeper. 
When  he  was 
on  the  edge 
of  getting stripped, a fair
complexioned man, six-foot-tall,  with a
red turban and  white trousers with
blue  eyes and handle-bar moustache
appeared as a God-man to save him. He pays the eleven Annas and takes the
author to a deserted bridge. There he asks him to pick his wallet among the
five wallets he had flicked.
Do you think the restaurant keeper was over reacting when
the narrator could not pay the bill? If so, what accounts for his behavior?
Ans: – The inhabitants of the big city in the valley of a
mountain were cruel and known for robbery, pick-pocketing and murder.
Money  was  highly 
valued  by  them. 
They  would  even 
commit  murder  for 
money.  It  so 
happened  that  the 
narrator  took  up  a
profession of teaching English to migrant laborers in that place. To save the
expense he would forego his morning tea and noon lunch. One evening as usual he
went to a crowded restaurant and ate a full meal and drank tea. But to his
horror he realizes his wallet has been picked by someone. He conveys to the
owner of the restaurant about the same. The restaurant keeper with a loud
laughter caught him by the lapels of his coat and cried out loudly saying that
such tricks would not work there and if he fails to pay the bill, his eyes
would be gouged out. Here the restaurant keeper was a little over reacting and
drawing the attention of the crowd. He was rude and his act was a humiliating
one when he decided to strip the author and gouge his eyes.

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