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Summary

How I Taught My Grandmother by Sudha Murty is a story about a twelve years old girl, the narrator and her sixty-two years old grandmother, Avva, as she addresses herself. In the first person narrative, the story portrays emphatically the character of an old lady of sixty two who decides and learns the Kannada alphabet. If a person is strong willed, he/she can move mountains. The importance of being literate is described in the story. How a person despite having all worldly facilities, money, a nice home and a family, feels incomplete and remains dependent and helpless. The money is of no use when you do not know how to count the numbers. The grandmother proves in the story that age is no bar for education.
Avva, an illiterate woman has her life full with a blessed home and a lovely granddaughter. She enjoys cooking and feeding. She feels the jolt when following a series of episodes appearing in a weekly magazine she was not able to read one of the episodes on her own for her granddaughter had gone off to a neighbouring village to attend a marriage. She realises the importance of the skill she was not delivered duly in her childhood, for at that time education was not essential for girls. She realises that the greatest treasure one can ever possess, which makes a person truly independent is education. The power to read and write is the greatest skill.   She feels dependent and helpless due to her inability to read or write. All the money was of no use as she is not independent.

She makes sure that her children and grand children are well educated. However, she feels miserable for her inability to read. When the author returns, her Avva cries and explains her grief to the young girl. She expresses her wish to learn the Kannada alphabet and tells her granddaughter that she wishes to learn it by Saraswati Pooja. The granddaughter first feels funny about why her grandmother at such an age of sixty-two wishes to learn the alphabet. However, she sees the determination in Avva and begins to teach her from the next day onwards. A great student, as the grandmother is, she learns with great zeal and does an amazing amount of homework. She accomplishes her mission by Saraswati Pooja and receives Kashi Yatre, the novel, as a gift from her granddaughter.

EXERCISE:

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4. (a) The grandmother could relate to the central character of the story 'Kashi Yatre' as __________.
(i) both were old and uneducated
(ii) both had granddaughters who read to them
(iii) both had a strong desire to visit Kashi
(iv) both were determined to learn to read
Answer 
 (iii) both had a strong desire to visit Kashi

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 (b) Why did the women at the temple discuss the latest episode of 'Kashi Yatre'?
(i) to pass their time
(ii) the writer, Triveni, was very popular
(iii) they could relate with the protagonist of the serial
(iv) women have a habit of discussing serials

Answer 
(ii) the writer, Triveni, was very popular
 (c) The granddaughter found her grandmother in tears on her return as__________.
(i) the grandmother had been unable to read the story 'Kashi Yatre' on her own
(ii) the grandmother had felt lonely
(iii) the grandmother wanted to accompany her granddaughter
(iv) she was sad she could not visit Kashi

Answer 
 (i) the grandmother had been unable to read the story 'Kashi Yatre' on her own

(d)  Why did the grandmother touch her granddaughter's feet?
(i) As a mark of respect to her teacher
(ii) It was a custom in their family
(iii) Girls should be respected
(iv) She had read the story of 'Kashi Yatre' to her

Answer 
(i) As a mark of respect to her teacher

5. (a) What made Triveni a popular writer?
Triveni was a popular writer because of her style of writing was very easy-to-understand and also convincing. Moreover, she used to write on the complex psychological problems in the lives of common people which was another reason of her popularity.

(b) Why did the grandmother depend on her granddaughter to know the story?
The Grandmother depended on her granddaughter to know the story for two reasons. The first one was that she did not go to school and hence she couldn't read. The second one that she was too embarrassed to ask anyone else.

(c) Pick out two sentences which state that the grandmother was desperate to know what happened in the story.
1) I waited eagerly to written. 
2) I even taught off going to the village and asking you to read for me.

(d) Could the grandmother succeed in accomplishing her desire to read? How?
Yes, The grandmother succeed in accomplishing her desire to teach her to read as she wanted to be independent so she said a deadline for herself and with determination she learnt the Kannada alphabet when she was 62 years old.

(e) Which of the following traits would be relevant to the character of the narrator's grandmother?
(i) determined
(ii) selfish
(iii) emotional
(iv) mean

Give reasons for your choice.
(i) determined
Give reasons for your choice.
The grandmother was indomitable and sincere to learn the Kannada alphabet. She set Saraswati Pooja as the deadline to accomplish her resolution. “Avva was a wonderful student” as the narrator tells in the story. She not just used to do her homework with all her sincerity but even used to read, repeat, write and recite. She was determined to be independent and wanted to be literate. She always regretted not being educated and thus with the help of her granddaughter she learnt to read and write Kannada alphabet and even received the novel Kashi Yatre as a reward from her granddaughter.

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6. Here are some direct quotations from the story. Identify the speaker and write what each quotation suggests about the speaker. You can use the adjectives given in the box and may also add your own.


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