The Portrait Of A Lady - Class 11- Chapter- 1st ( Hornbill )- Easy Summary And Most Important Question Answer
- Khushwant Singh Was One Of The Prominent Indian Writers .
- In The Story The Author Draws A Pen Portrait Of His Grandmother.
- He Has Beautifully Written An Account Of His Relationship With Her Grandmother.
Pen Portrait Of Grandmother
- Khushwant Singh Draws A Pen Portrait Of His Grandmother .
- Old Woman
- Its Hard To Believe That Once She Had Been Young And Pretty
- His Grandfather’s Picture Hung Above The Mantelpiece
- He Looked At Least A Hundred Years Old
Appearance of grandmother
- Old, Short, Fat, Slightly Bent
- Wrinkled Face
- She Looks The Same For Last Twenty Years
- She Couldn’t Walk Straight
- She Wears White Clothes And Roam In The House .
- She Keeps Her One Hand On Her Waist To Balance Herself.
- She Held A Rosary In The Other Hand.
- Her Silver Locks Scattered Over Her Pale Face.
- Her Lips Constantly Moved.
- She Always Prayed To Herself.
- Narrator And His Grandmother Were Good Friends.
- His Parents Had Left Him With Her In The Village.
- She Used To Wake Him Up In Morning.
- She Got Him Ready For School
- She Used To Wash His Wooden Slate And Plaster It With Yellow Chalk.
- She Take An Earthen Inkpot And Red Pen Tie Them In The Bundle And Hand It To Him.
- Prepared His Breakfast (Thick Stale Chapatti) Little Butter And Sugar Spread On It.
- She Also Carry Some Chapattis For Village Dogs
Went To School With The Narrator.
- Grandmother Always Went To School With Him.
- Because School Was Attached To The Temple.
- There A Priest Taught The Children Alphabet And Morning Prayer.
- Grandmother Sat Inside Temple
- Spent Her Time Reading Holy Books
- She Would Walk Back Home With Him
Turning Point In Relationship
- Turning Point Came In Their Relationship When His Parents Call Both To The City
- Narrator And His Grandmother Shared The Same Room.
- Now Grandmother Don’t Go To His School, And She Didn’t Like The English School.
- Nor Did She Like Science And Music Being Taught At The New School.
- There Was No Teaching Of God
- There Were No Dogs In Streets
- Grandmother Took To Feeding The Sparrows.
- Now They Saw Less Of Each Other.
Bond Of Relationship Broken
- Their Common Link Broken When The Narrator Went To The University.
- Grandmother Accepted Her Loneliness Quietly.
- She Used To Set On Her Wheelchair And Recite Prayers.
- At Afternoon She Used To Feed The Sparrows
- She Broke The Bread Into Little Bits And Threw Them To The Sparrows.
- Hundreds Of Sparrows Collected Around Her.
Narrator Goes Abroad
- Narrator Went Abroad For Higher Studies.
- Grandmother Came To Drop Him At Railway Station. (Kissed Forehead)
- Narrator Thinks Its His Last Meeting With Her.
- Narrator Returned Home After Five Years.
- She Collected The Neighborhood Women And Celebrated His Homecoming.
The Grandmother’s Death
- Next Morning, She Fell Ill .
- She Declared That Her End Was Near.
- She Continued Praying And Telling Her Beads , Then Her Lips Stopped Moving The Rosery Fell Down And She Was Dead .
- Evening time, sun was setting
- Thousands of sparrows sat near her dead body.
- They did not chirrup.
- Narrator’s mother brought some bread and broke it into little piece, but birds took no notice.
- When They Carried Her Dead Body Outside, The Sparrows Flew Away Quietly………
MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION ANSWER
1- Describe How Common Bond Of Friendship Was Broken When The Narrator’s Parents Sent For Them In City.
2- What Was The Turning Point Of Their Friendship ?
3- Why Was The Author’s Grandmother Unhappy With The City Education ?