NCERT Class 9 English Solutions: Chapter 6 My Childhood Part 1
Answer these questions in one or two sentences each.
Q. Where was Abdul Kalam’s house?
A. Abdul Kalam’s lived on the Mosque Street in Rameshwaram in former Madras state.
Q. What do you think Dinamani is the name of? Give a reason for your answer.
A. Dinamani could be the name of a newspaper. The story tells us that his brother-in-law read him headlines from Dinamani.
Q. Who were Abdul kalam’s school friends? What did they later become?
A. Abdul kalam had three close friends in school –Ramanadha Sastry, Aravindan, and Sivaprakasan
Ramanadha Sastry was the son of Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry, the high priest of the Rameswaram temple. Later, he took over the priesthood of the Rameswaram temple from his father; Aravindan went into the business of arranging transport for visiting pilgrims; and Sivaprakasan became a catering contractor for the Southern Railways..
Q. How did Abdul kalam earn his first wages?
A. Because of Second world war the train-halt at Rameswara station was put on hold. As the train won’t stop, newspapers had to be bundled up and thrown out from the moving train. Kalam’s cousin Samsuddin, who distributed newspapers in Rameswaram, now hired Kalam as a helping hand to catch the bundles. Abdul kalam thus earned his first wages.
Q. Had he earned any money before that? In what way?
A. Yes, he had earned some money before helping his cousin. During Second World War
broke out, there was sudden demand for tamarind seeds in the market. He collected the seeds and
sold them at a provision shop on Mosque Street. Usually, a day’s collection earned him one anna.
During second world war, tamarind seeds were ground down and roasted to make tamarind kernel powder which was used as a sizing agent for textiles like jute and cotton. These were also used as a major fuel for producer gas (gasogen) units that powered Indian cars and trucks during World War II.
Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).
Q. How does the author describe: (I) his father, (ii) his mother, (iii) himself?
A. (i) Kalam’s father, Jainulabdeen was not formally educated or wealthy. Regardless, he possessed was wise and generous. He smartly avoided all inessential comforts and luxuries.
(ii) Kalam’s mother, Ashiamma was an ideal helpmate to her husband. She fed many people everyday.
Far more outsiders ate with Kalam’s family than all the members of their own family.
(iii) The author describes himself as one of many children. He was a short boy with rather
undistinguished look, born to tall and handsome parents. He had a very secure childhood, both
materially and emotionally.
Q. What characteristics does he say he inherited from his parents?
A. The author inherited honesty and self-discipline from his father and faith and kindness from his mother.