NIOS Class 12 English: Sunil Gavaskar Chapter 1 Summary of Sunil Gavaskar՚s Autobiography- ‘My First Step’

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Summary of Sunil Gavaskar՚s Autobiography- ‘My First Step’

  • “My first steps” is an autobiography of the Great cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.
  • He shares many interesting memories of his childhood and cherishes his early days in this autobiography.
  • He shares one interesting incident of his birth time.
  • One day his uncle Mr. Narayan Masurekar whom he used to call Naan -Kaka had come to see him in hospital and noticed a little hole in the top of baby Gavaskar՚s left ear lobe.
  • On the next day, when he came to the hospital again he was shocked to see, the little hole was missing.
  • Everyone rushed to search for the baby and finally the baby was found sleeping peacefully near the Fisherwoman.
  • This way Gavaskar was saved being exchanged with some other child due to his birth mark noticed by his uncle.
  • He imagines that if his uncle did not save him that day so he would be probably a fisherman instead of a cricketer.
  • Further, he says that he was very fond of playing cricket since childhood and cricket was his passion.
  • He expresses that he used to play cricket in childhood with his mother in a small gallery of his house and developed a keen interest for cricket since then.
  • He shares with readers that his father was also a good club cricketer in his days so cricket was in his blood and he naturally developed an inclination towards playing cricket.
  • He in facts writes that his mother was the first person to take him into the world of cricket.
  • He also recalls his uncle, Madhav Mantri, a cricketer who played four official tests for India.
  • He tells us that he used to go his uncle house frequently and played cricket.
  • He loved to wear his uncle pullovers and caress them with a sense of longing.
  • He discusses that he was highly inspired by his uncle who taught him to work hard and sweat to earn distinction instead of living on fantasy and imagination only.
  • He learned from him that that there is no short cut to reach destination.
  • He loves to see his uncle trophies and the stump bearing the autographs of the 1952 India and England teams and autograph of every player.
  • He truly wished to become a batsman.
  • He tells whenever he got out, he used to fight with the boys.
  • They even used to curse his names.
  • He used to fight and takes his bat and ball to his home.
  • The boys decided whenever Sunil bats, they would appeal at a particular ball for getting out.
  • All boys had to do because during those days no one had a bat or ball.
  • Gavaskar also mentions his childhood friends with whom he had developed a strong bonding and played many matches and won cash prize.
  • He particularly mentions the names of his friends, Ambaye brothers, the Manjrekar brothers and several others with whom he made up teams.


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  • We can make new words by adding prefix and suffix in the words.

Prefix Examples:

Table Shows Prefix Examples
Pre-beforeprefix, prehistory
Pro-for, forward, beforeproactive, program
Re-again, backreact, reappear
Un-againstunequal, undo

Suffixes Examples:

Table Shows Suffixes Examples
-ity, -tyquality ofinactivity, veracity
-mentcondition ofargument, punishment
-nessstate of beingheaviness, sadness
-shipposition heldfellowship, ownership

Compound Words

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  • This creates a brand-new word that often has a new meaning and called compound words.
  • Example of Compound Words:
    • Star and Fish = Starfish
    • Cow and Boy = Cowboy
    • Play and Ground = Playground
    • Butter and fly = Butterfly

Simple Past Tense

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  • It shows that actions were completed in the past or happened in the past.
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    • work becomes worked
    • create becomes created
    • want becomes wanted
  • Irregular verbs like ‘go’ , ‘come’ , ‘see’ , ‘find’ , etc. and ‘be’ and ‘have’ form their past tense in other ways.

The Negative

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  • For example:
    • He did not see the movie.

The Interrogative

  • The Interrogative is formed by changing the position of ‘did’ and placing it before the subject.
  • Note that the main verb does not change its form.
  • For example
    • Did he see the movie? ( ‘he’ is the subject)

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