NCERT Class 10 English Solutions: Chapter 9 – Madam Rides the Bus Part 2
Thinking About the Text
Q. What was Valli’s deepest desire? Find the words and phrases in the story that tell you this.
A. Valli’s wanted to ride the bus she saw every day from her doorstep:
“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.”
Q. How did Valli plan her bus ride? What did she find out about the bus, and how did she save up the fare?
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
Subsequently she planned to
take one o’clock afternoon bus
reach the town at one forty-five
be back home by about two forty-five
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.
Q. What kind of a person is Valli? To answer this question, pick out the following sentences from the text and fill in the blanks. The words you fill in are the clues to your answer.
(i) “Stop the bus! Stop the bus!” And a tiny hand was raised __________.
A. “Stop the bus! Stop the bus!” And a tiny hand was raised commandingly.
(ii) “yes, I ________ go to town,” said Valli, still standing outside the bus.
A. “yes, I simply have to go to town,” said Valli, still standing outside the bus.
(iii) “There’s nobody here _________,” she said haughtily. “I’ve paid my thirty paise like everyone else.”
A. “There’s nobody here who’s child,” she said haughtily. “I’ve paid my thirty paise like everyone else.”
(iv) “Never mind,” she said, “I can ________. You don’t have to help me. “I’ m not a child, I tell you, “she said,________.
A. “Never mind,” she said, “I can get on by myself. You don’t have to help me. “I’ m not a child, I tell you,” she said, irritably.
(v) “You needn’t bother about me. I __________,” Valli said, turning her face toward the window and staring out.
A. “You needn’t bother about me. I can take care of myself,” Valli said, turning her face toward the window and starting out.
(vi) Then she turned to the conductor and said, “Well, sir, I hope ___________.”
A. Then she turned to the conductor and said, “Well, sir, I hope to see you again.”
Valli was strong, disciplined, adventurous, self-reliant person with a strong sense of justice. She wanted to be treated like an adult just like everyone else who had paid their fair share for the ride.
Q. Why does the conductor refer to Valli as ‘madam’?
A. Conductor recognized Valli as a fiercely independent individual. Valli commandingly refused to take help from conductor to get on the bus. When an old man offered her his seat she refused saying that no one on the bus was a child all had paid equal fare. She did not take the free drink offered by the conductor. Thus he recognized and respected her as a grown-up girl calling her ‘madam’.
Q. Find the lines in the text which tell you that Valli was enjoying her ride on the bus.
A. The following lines in the text show that Valli was enjoying her ride on the bus:
(i) “Valli devoured everything with her eyes.”
(ii) “On the one side there was the canal and, beyond it, palm trees, grassland, distant mountains, and the blue, blue sky. On the other side was a deep ditch and then acres and acres of green fields –green, green, green, as far as the eye could see. Oh, it was all so wonderful!”
(iii) “Everyone laughed, and gradually Valli too joined in the laughter. Suddenly, Valli clapped her hands with glee.”
(iv) “Somehow this was very funny to Valli. She laughed and laughed until there were tears in her eyes.
(v) “Valli wasn’t bored to the slightest and greeted everything with the same excitement she’d felt the first time.”
Q. Why does Valli refuse to look out of the window on her way back?
A. The cow which ran in front of the bus during the onward journey and made Valli laugh was found dead on the return journey. This made Valli very sad and shocked she refused to look out of the window on her way back.
What does Valli mean she says, “I was just agreeing with what you said about things happening without our knowledge.”
A. Valli’s mother believed that we were unaware of many things which happened around her. Ironically, Valli planned and went on the bus ride to town and back without the knowledge of her mother. Thus, she approved her mother’s statement.
Q. The author describes the things that Valli sees from an eight-year-old’s point of view.
Can you find evidence from the text for this statement?
A. The unravels the story from Valli’s point of view. She loved watching the bus filling with new people. She longed to ride the bus. Just how an eight year old would describe the bus importance is given to colour and look of the bus:
It was a ‘new bus’, painted a ‘gleaming white’.
The overhead bars ‘shone like silver’.
The seats were ‘soft and luxurious’.
Author describes how 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. How 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.
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. This was all described vividly from the point of view of child.
The cow which ran in front of the bus during the onward journey and made Valli laugh was found dead on the return journey. This made Valli very sad and shocked she refused to look out of the window on her way back.