NIOS Class 12 English: Chapter 16 Summary of Story- ‘I MUST KNOW the TRUTH’

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Section 16.3 Summary of - ‘What Make Mother Love Her Child?’

What makes a mother love her child? Giving Birth is only way to love her child? or because she cares for them? or shares the child՚s joys and sorrows over the years? Let՚s find out what does Aradhana՚s mother believe?

  • Simmi returns to makeup room with her mother in hurry. But they do not see Aradhana there. Sunita asked “Where is she?” “What happened?”
  • Aunt Pramela told us that Aradhana had left through this door, further she added that it՚s your fault Sunita, you should have told that child earlier.
  • Sunita was angry and furious, she advised Aunt Pramela to mind her own business and how could you tell her now!
  • Sunita pulled Simmi and shot past Aunt Pramela through the door and down into the backyard.
  • They both stood on the pebbled ground, scanning the empty yard helplessly. “Aradhana,” called Sunita softly but there was no answer.
  • Sunita was in so much pain she was crying and requesting Aradhana to answer her here she is? The soft wind carried her voice away but brought no response.
  • Sunita told Simmi to search Aradhana at the back and she was checking her the car park When Simmi turned and started walking in a daze, she suddenly heard a muffled cry followed by another cry, fierce, full of hate. And she immediately gets idea that Sunita had found Aradhana. They both stood under a peepal tree by facing each other.
  • Aradhana՚s tall, broad shouldered, was looking down at her mother and she pulled out the flowers from her hair.
  • Aradhana was crying and saying to Sunita that they have deceived her including her father. she hates them.
  • Simmi run towards her and tell her not to say such things.
  • But Aradhana didn՚t see her nor did she hear her. Aradhana՚s shoulders trembled as she turned away from both Mother and Simmi.
  • Sunita said quietly that we love you, my child, and believe me we will always love you. You are our child. For almost eighteen years I have cared for you. I have laughed with you and I have cried for you. I have given you eighteen years of my life. Don՚t you think that counts more than being carried nine months inside my womb? Tell me, dear.
  • Aradhana was quiet she did not have any answer.
  • Sunita again asked softly to answer her and in return Aradhana sobbed and said she don՚t know.
  • Aradhana buried her face in her hands and countinuesaly saying that she don՚t know.
  • Sunita said quietly that but I know and Papa and Simmi also know. Simmi shake his head.
  • Sunita further added that look darling, look at this necklace. Papa and I bought it for you. We want you to wear it today. This is just one way of telling you how much we love you, how much we care.
  • Aradhana turned and look on the small box in Sunita՚s extended hand. She didn՚t move.
  • Sunita took out the delicate necklace from the box and pressed it into Aradhana՚s hand and said don՚t you feel my love for you, Aradhana? Can՚t you feel it?
  • Aradhana was still crying, Sunita told her that If you are the daughter I know, the daughter I love, you will come back into the hall and get on to that stage and dance.
  • Sunita assured Aradhana that nothing has changed today, nothing at all. And she left.
  • Simmi called Sunita, do not left like this mom, please do not leave Aradhana and help her.
  • Sunita reply that she can՚t help her more than this and nobody other can. She has to herself see the truth. And the sooner she does it, the better it is. Sunita was in tears while telling all this to Simmi.

Section 16.4 Summary of – ‘Will Aradhana Dance?’

  • The audience was waiting for inauguration dance of Aradhana, where is she? Is she hiding? Is she sad, hurt or angry? Does she dance? Let us find out below.
  • As Simmi and her mother come back and take their seat, Simmi՚s Father asked in curiosity that did Aradhana like the necklace?
  • Sunita shake her head in yes.
  • The light dimmed and the announcer asked Shrimati Kamla Devi to address the audience.
  • It was time for Aradhana՚s dance performance, Simmi՚s father pressed her hand and smiled at her but she did not look up.
  • Her father immediately gets idea that something has gone wrong, he asked that is something the matter?
  • Simmi denied and she started to stared at the empty stage.
  • Next there was announcement on the loud-speaker “Ladies and gentlemen,” “Our first dance is the Pushpanjali by Aradhana Narain. Aradhana Narain, please.”
  • Where “please” didn՚t sound very pleasant but Aradhana was not on stage.
  • The audience had started whispering.
  • Simmi՚s Father asked Sunita that what the matter is. And was trying to look in to her eyes too.
  • Sunita shook her head. And her shoulders drooped. The seat seemed to swallow her.
  • Announcer calls Aradhana for the third time.
  • A silence that weighed down on me with suffocating force. Just then, the distant sound of ghungrus, the sound of a rhythmical tap, taps, tap.
  • The audience started clapping and with that the sound of ghungrus grew louder. Tap, tap, tap.
  • A tall, slim figure appeared, in a turquoise dress falling in neat folds and hear Aradhana comes and her hair drawn back in a neat plait. The kajal around her large almond-shaped eyes formed a neat line. She folded her hands over her breast, almost touching the small gold pendant of her delicate necklace.
  • Aradhana՚s face was tense and pale but slowly as she fell into a fast combination of different mudras, her face looked relax, her slender fingers forming beautiful patterns and designs.
  • She danced, not for her teacher, not for the audience. She danced for one person only, who followed every single movement of hers with bright, burning eyes and that was Sunita her mother.


Relative Clause

  • A relative clause is another term for an adjective clause.
  • It is dependent clauses that modify nouns or pronouns.
  • They include a subject and a verb or verb phrase and are introduced by words known as relative pronouns and relative adverbs.
  • Relative pronounce are That, who, whom, whose, and which.
    • For ex: Rima have the t-shirt which I show in mall yesterday.
  • Relative adverbs are where, when, and why.

The Pattern of Relative Clauses

  • Relative Pronoun or Adverb + Subject + Verb
    • For ex: Where Meena found her hairband

(Where is relative adverb, Meena is subject and found is verb)

  • Relative Pronoun as the Subject + Verb
    • For ex: Who played music?

Who is relative pronoun (functions as the subject) played is verb

  • Who and Whom are used for people?
  • Which is used for things.
  • That is used for people or things.