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Lost Spring - Important Questions




1.      What could be some of the reasons for the migration of people from villages to cities?
2.      To which country did Saheb’s parents originally belong? Why did they come to
India?
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Why did Saheb’s parents leave Dhaka and migrate to India?
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Why had the ragpickers come to live in Seemapuri?
3.      “Seemapuri is in Delhi, Yet miles away from it” What does the narrator mean by this statement?
4.      Would you agree that promises made to poor children are rarely kept? Why do you think this happens in the incidents narrated in the text?
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What makes the authoress embarrassed at having made a promise that was not meant?
5.      How is Saheb's name full of irony?
6.      What is Saheb looking for in the garbage dumps? Where is he and where has he come from?
7.      In what sense is garbage gold to the ragpickers?
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Garbage to them is gold; why does the author say so about the ragpickers?
8.      What explanations does the author offer for the children not wearing footwear?
9.      Is Saheb happy working at the tea-stall? Explain.
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What job did Saheb take up? Was he happy?
10.    What forces conspire to keep the workers in the bangle industry of Firozabad in poverty?
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Whom does Anees Jung blame for the sorry plight of the bangle makers?
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Why could the bangle makers not organise themselves into a cooperative?
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Why does the author say that the bangle makers are caught in a vicious web?
11.    How, in your opinion, can Mukesh realise his dream?
12.    Mention the hazards of working in the glass bangles industry.
13.    What makes the city of Firozabad famous?
14.    How is Mukesh’s attitude to his situation different from that of his family?
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How is Mukesh different from the other bangle makers of Firozabad?
15.    What is Mukesh’s dream? Do you think he will be able to fulfil his dream? Why? Why not?
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What was Mukesh’s dream? In your opinion, did he achieve his dream?
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Is it possible for Mukesh to realise his dream? Justify your answer.
16.    In spite of despair and disease pervading the lives of the slum children, they are not devoid of hope. How far do you agree?
17.    ’Lost Spring’ explains the grinding poverty and traditions that condemn thousands of people to a life of abject poverty. Do you agree? Why/Why not?
18.    The bangle makers of Firozabad make beautiful bangles and make everyone happy but they live and die in squalor. Elaborate.
19.    “Few planes fly over Firozabad” What is the irony in this statement?
20.    What does the title ‘Lost Spring’ convey?
21.    What does Anees Jung want to reveal in her story ‘Lost Spring’?
22.    “There is a vast gulf that separates dreams from reality” Discuss with special reference to Mukesh and Sahib.
23.    Bring out irony and pathos in the story of Anees Jung.

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