NCERT Class 10 English Solutions: Chapter 3 – Two Stories About Flying Part 1
Thinking About the Text
Q. Why was the young seagull afraid to fly? Do you think all young birds are afraid to make their first flight, or are some birds more timid than others? Do you think a human baby also finds it a challenge to take its first steps?
A. The young seagull like everything living, was afraid to fly its first flight. Doing something new for the first time is always challenging and frightening. By this login, all young birds must feel afraid to make their first flights and so does a human baby would also taking its first step.
Q. “The sight of the food maddened him.” What does this suggest? What compelled the young seagull to finally fly?
A. The young seagull was very hungry and hunger compelled it to fly. When it saw its mother tearing at a piece of fish it pleaded with her to get some food. Its mother stopped midway from her with food in her break. This insatiable urge for food, and temptation by her mother forced the seagull to fly.
Q. “They were beckoning to him, calling shrilly.” Why did the seagull’s father and mother threaten him and cajole him to fly?
A. Young seagull like all young ones are afraid to fly. Even though it saw its brothers and sisters flying with the help of its parents, it lacked the courage to fly. Father and mother were calling shrilly and scolding it even threatening to let it starve on its ledge. They did not mean this literally, but only wanted it to fly.
Q. Have you ever had a similar experience, where your parents encouraged you to do something that you were too scared to try? Discuss this in pairs or groups.
A. Yes there are many such experiences. When I was leaning to skate, my father would encourage me to return home on my own promising me chocolates as soon as I got in.
Similarly when I was afraid to do bungee-jumping my mother promised ice cream. Al through they cheered and shouted to keep me going
Q. In the case of a bird flying, it seems a natural act, and a foregone conclusion that it should succeed. In the examples you have given in answer to the previous question, was your success guaranteed, or was it important for you to try, regardless of a possibility of failure?
Success is never guaranteed but it could only come to those who try. A man who doesn’t try is as good as dead. Incessant trying is what has got humanity where it is. None of the feats, sending man to moon, Indian Independence, discovery of radioactivity is easy. But humans keep trying until they succeed.
Thinking About the Text
Q. “I’ll take the risk.” What is the risk? Why does the narrator take it?
A. The risk was to fly through the black storm clouds. The narrator took the risk to be at his home for holiday and be with his family. He was also looking forward to a good English breakfast.
Q. Describe the narrator’s experience as he flew the aeroplane into the storm.
A. As he flew into the storm, everything became black and it became impossible to see anything.. His compass and radio and other instruments also broke down and went round and round. Then he saw another aeroplane with its pilot waving at him and asking him to follow. He was glad to get help as he was left with only five or ten minute’s worth of fuel. He
came out of the dark clouds and landed his plane safely on the runway.
Q. Why does the narrator say,” I landed and was not sorry to walk away from the old Dakota…”?
A. Narrator was not sorry to walk away from the old Dakota because he had a terrible flight and was happy to get to safely
Q. What made the women in the control centre look at the narrator strangely?
A. When the narrator inquired about the identity of the other pilot, the women in the control center looked at him with suspicion, telling told him that no other plane was flying that night.
Q. Who do you think helped the narrator to reach safely? Discuss this among yourselves and give reasons for your answer.
A. Narrator’s own self helped him through the storm. Women in control center refuted his claims of other plane. However, narrator was a good pilot and might have been hallucinating. His sub-conscious came to his rescue.
Thinking About Language
Try to guess the meanings of the word ‘black’ in the sentences given below. Check the meanings in the dictionary and find out whether you have guessed right.
Q. Go and have a bath; your hands and face are absolutely black ______.
A. ‘Black’ means face and hands are dark with dust.
Q. The taxi-driver gave Ratan a black look as he crossed the road when the traffic light was green. _____
A. ‘Black’ means angry.
Q. The bombardment of Hiroshima is one of the blackest crimes against humanity. ______
A. ‘Blackest’ hear means darkest. It means it is the darkest hour of humanity
Q. Very few people enjoy Harold Pinter’s black comedy.
A. ‘Black’ here refers to dark and gloomy comedy full of sarcasm and negativity.
Q. Sometimes shopkeepers store essential goods to create false scarcity and then sell these
‘Black’ in this sentence refers to illegal means. Black means the money generated from such a practice is illegally earned and cannot be disclosed to government.
Q. Villagers had beaten the criminal black and blue. ______
A. ‘Black’ here refers to wounds. Criminal thus suffered excessive beating.