This is a complete course on Class 8, Lesson 7, A King’s Tale.
In this text, the author A.G. Gardiner observes how a bus conductor makes a lady go up to the uncovered top of a double-decker bus on a freezing evening just because she is carrying a dog. While watching the incident and its reaction among other passengers, the author wonders whether rules should be tempered with goodwill in order to make them more humane.
Anees Jung is the author of several books. She began her career as a writer and an editor of Youth Times and has been a columnist for many major newspapers in India as well as abroad. She inherits her literary tradition from her parents who were renowned scholars and poets. In ‘Lost Spring: Stories of Stolen Childhood’ she exposes a national shame regarding poverty, child labour and children wasting their childhood in petty jobs to earn money. Anees’ writing style follows forward and pertinent. The following is an excerpt taken from her book, ‘Lost Spring: Stories of Stolen Childhood’.
The story traces an ironic encounter between two people who are blind but are unaware of each other’s blindness. The narrator, himself a young man, meets a young girl in a train compartment. The narrator finds the young girl to be attractive and strikes up a conversation with her. Now learn about the story in detail.
Manoj Das (1934 ) is an Indian award-winning bilingual writer who writes in Oriya and English. He has written many novels, short stories, poems, travelogues and articles on history and culture. This text is an edited version ofDas’s short story which narrates Bhoki Grandpa’s hilarious adventures seen through the eyes of a young man who had known him closely. The simplicity and forgetfulness ofBhola Grandpa provides an element of humour on which the story hinges. Now learn about the story in detail.
Jane Hyatt Yolen (1939-) is an American author and editor of folklore, fantasy, science fiction, and children’s books. She has written over 280 books, the best known of which are The Holocaust Novella and The Devil’s Arithmetic. The present text is an edited version of her popular short story of the same name. Now learn about the story in detail.
Alka Shankar is an author of repute. Her well-known book is The Mighty and the Mystical Rivers of India- exotic India. She is famous for her children’s books. Sharleen Mukundan is a renowned children’s author. She has written Murthy: the Story Book in collaboration with Alka Shankar. This story is written by her. Now learn about the story in detail.
Enid Mary Blyton (1897—1968) is one of the most popular British children’s authors of all times. Her works include series of novels in which children have their own adventures with minimal adult help. The most popular among these are The Famous five, based on four children and their dog, and The Secret Seven, a society of seven children who solve various mysteries. This text is an edited version of her short story The Adventurous Clown. Now learn about the story in detail.
Intizar Hussain, born in 1923, is a famous writer from Pakistan who writes short stories and novels in Urdu, and also columns for newspapers in English. He has received many awards in Pakistan, India and the Middle East. The Seventh Door and Leaves are among his books translated into English. His Urdu short story Badal has been translated as Clouds t present text is its edited version. Now learn about the story in detail.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ( 1807 – 1882) was one of the most famous American poets of his day. Longfellow is well known for his lyric poems, noted for their musicality. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night ( 1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). The present text is a part of Longfellow’s poem of the same name. Now learn about the poem in detain in this course. All textual activities are solved.
Herbert George Wells (1866—1946), a famous English writer, was best known for his science fictions. His most notable science fictions include The Time Machine, The Invisible Man etc. Wells also wrote many short stories. One of his best-known short stories is The Country of the Blind. The Shop That Never Was is an adaptation from his famous short story The Magic Shop.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (born 23 January 1897), was one of the most famous Indian nationalist leaders who fought for India’s Independence from British rule. To this purpose he founded the Indian National Army (INA) which included a women ‘s regiment too. In 1941 the British Government put Subhas under house arrest, that is, confined him in his own house. The following narrative describes the exciting and courageous escape of Subhas Bose from the clutches of the British to continue his struggle for India ‘s freedom. Now learn the lesson in details. All textual exercises are solved.
In this poem the blue mist that surrounds the distant mountains reminds the poet of the happy days of youth and childhood that she has left behind As she describes the landscape, she shifts from the present moment to the past, and then to the present again. Now let us learn about the poem in details. All the activities are solved.