NCERT English Class 10 Chapter 22 Madam Rides the Bus CBSE Board Sample Problems Long Answer (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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What was Valli՚s deepest desire? Elaborate.


  • VaIIi՚s deepest desire was to ride on the bus she saw every day.
  • The sentences in the story which depict this are as follows:
  • “Day after day she watched the bus, and gradually a tiny wish crept into her head and grew there: she wanted to ride on that bus, even if just once. This wish became stronger and stronger, until it was an overwhelming desire.”
  • Valli planned that she would take the one o՚clock afternoon bus, reach the town at one forty-five, and be back home by about two forty-five. She found out that the town was six miles from her village. The fare was thirty paise one way.
  • The trip to the town took forty-five minutes. On reaching the town, if she stayed in her seat and paid another thirty paise, she could return home on the same bus.
  • She had carefully saved whatever stray coins came her way, resisting every temptation to buy peppermints, toys, balloons, and the like, and finally she had saved sixty paise.