NCERT Class 10 English Solutions: Chapter 9 – Madam Rides the Bus Part 1

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Question 1:

Q. What was Valli’s favourite pastime?

A. Valli’s loved to stand on front doorway and watch the activity on the street.

Mandam riding the bus dipcted in an image

Mandam Riding the Bus

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Question 2:

Q. What was a source of unending joy for Valli? What was her strongest desire?

A Valli loved watching the bus plying between her village and the nearest town. It filled with new passengers every time it passed through her street. She wanted to ride the bus.

Question 3:

Q. What did Valli find out about the bus journey? How did she find out these details?

A. Valli listened to the conversations and asking questions to regular bus riders and found that:

  • town was six miles from her village.

  • fare was thirty paise one way.

  • trip to the town took forty-five minutes.

  • to return in the same bus she would have to pay another thirty paise

Question 4:

Q. What do you think Valli was planning to do?

A. Valli was planning to travel on that bus.

Question 5:

Q. How do you usually understand the idea of ‘selfishness? Do you agree with Kisa Gotami that she was being ‘selfish in her grief’?

A. ‘Selfishness’ is to be “concerned only about one’s own interests with complete disregard for welfare of others”. Kisa Gotami was being ‘selfish in her grief’ unable to see past her loss. However, grief, happiness and sadness is something very personal and not everyone might be able to share it with others.

Question 1:

Q. Why does Valli stand up on the seat? What does she see now?

A. Valli’s view was cut off by a canvas blind covering the lower part of her window so she stood up to look over the blind. Now she was able to see the narrow road, with canal one side and far away she was able to see the palm trees, grassland, distant mountains, and the blue sky. On the other side, she saw a deep ditch and green fields as far as eyes could see.

Question 3:

Q. What does Valli tell the elderly man when he calls her a child?

A. She became defensive when the elderly man called her a child telling him that everyone on that bus including her had paid fare of thirty paise.

Question 4:

Q. Why didn’t Valli want to make friends with the elderly woman?

A. Valli despised the elderly woman with big ear holes and large ugly earrings. She was chewing on the betel nut, and red beetle juice smeared on her lips.

Question 1:

Q. How did Valli save up money for her first journey? Was it easy for her?

A. Valli carefully saved all the coins, battling the desire to buy peppermints, toys, balloons, and the like. Finally, she was able to save sixty paise. Resisting all the temptations was not an easy feat particularly at the village fair where she forgo the merry-go-round.

Question 2:

Q. What did Valli see on her way that made her laugh?

A. Valli saw a young cow, with tail high in the air, running right in front of the bus in the middle of the road. Driver slowed the bus and sounded his horn further frightening the cow who ran faster and faster, right in front of the bus. Valli laughed loudly with tears in her eyes.

Cow running in front of bus makes Madam giggle

Cow Running in Front of Bus

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Question 3:

Q. Why didn’t she get off the bus at the bus station?

A. Valli was in the bus only for the ride, she would pay the thirty paise and go back to the village on that same bus.

Question 4:

Q. Why didn’t Valli want to go to the stall and have a drink? What does this tell you about her?

A. Valli was very disciplined and directed, she had money only for the bus ride and hence was not able to go to the stall and have a drink. She was very proud and self-reliant and refused strongly when the conductor offered her a drink free of charge.