Chapter 9 Bholi

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Exercise 1 ( Page No. : 54 )

  • Q1 Why is Bholi’s father worried about her?

    Bholi’s real name was Sulekha. She was just ten months old when she suffered from a brain injury due to which she always remained backward child and came to be known as bholi’s the simpleton. At the time of birth she was fair and pretty but at the age of two, she suffered from a disease, small pox. Her entire body was fully disfigured. These were the reasons her father was worried about her as she had neither good looks or nor intelligence. He didn't know how he would find a suitable groom for her.

    Q2 For what unusual reasons is Bholi sent to school?

    Being the revenue official government of the village, bholi’s father was asked to set an example by sending his daughters to the school. Bholi was sent to school because there was a little chance of getting married of her with her ugly face and lack of sense.

Exercise 2 ( Page No. : 55 )

  • Q1 Does Bholi enjoy her first day at school?
    Yes, bholi enjoys her first day at school as she was glad to find several girls almost of her own age present there. She expected that one of these girls might become her friend.

    Q2 Does she find her teacher different from the people at home?

    When she could not speak her own name then other girls started laughing at her and she felt really embarrassed. She was treated the same way at her own home. But she found her teacher was different from the people at her home as the teacher was polite and this touched her heart.

Exercise 3 ( Page No. : 58 )

  • Q1 Why do Bholi’s parents accept Bishamber’s marriage proposal?

    Bholi’s parents accepted bishamber’s marriage proposal because he was a well settled man. He had his own house and has a big shop. They feared that if they don’t accept the proposal, she would not get married for the rest of her life. They thought that this was their only chance as bishamber was from another village and didn't asks about her pock-marks and lack of sense.

    Q2 Why does the marriage not take place?

    When bishamber saw sulekha’s face he was shocked to see her face. He didn't want to marry her but he put a condition that he will marry her only if bholi’s father would pay him five thousand rupees. This was the reason, marriage didn't take place because the groom demanded dowry.

Exercise 4 ( Page No. : 62 )

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