A prose titled Glimpses of India appears in Chapter 7 of the First Flight English textbook for Class 10. The prose highlights three distinct tourist destinations in India, each with its own unique cultural heritage and specialised items. The summary of A Glimpse of India includes three short stories. Lucio Rodrigues, a Goan baker, writes the first story. In the second story, Lokesh Abrol describes Coorg, a place in Karnataka. This story provides a description of the environment, wildlife, weather, people, and landscape of Coorg. Assam Tea is the last story to be written by Arup Kumar Datta. There is a third story in which two friends explore the tea gardens of Assam and acknowledge the legends associated with them.For class 10, students need to prepare the Glimpses of India extra questions. In this chapter, we will learn a great deal of information about diverse cities and their culture and heritage as a whole.
Glimpses of India Extra Questions
1. What kind of fragrance does the author still recall?
Answer: The author still recalls the typical fragrance of the baker’s loaves.
2. Why is the climb to the Brahmagiri hills an important part of a visit to Coorg?
Answer: The climb to the Brahmgiri hills offers the panoramic view of the entire misty landscape of Coorg. Besides, it leads to Nisargadhama and then, to Bylakuppe; the hidden surprises for the visitors. Thus, it is important to climb the Brahmagiri hills while visiting Coorg.
3. Why was the Baker’s furnace essential in a traditional Goan village?
Answer: Different kinds of breads are important during the different occasions. Bolinhas had to be prepared during Christmas and other festivals. The mothers used to prepare sandwiches on the occasion of their daughter’s engagement. So, the baker’s furnace was essential.
4. Why are the people of Coorg known as descendants of the Arabs ?
Answer: The people of Coorg are also known as the descendants of the Arab people because of the long black coat worn by them with an embroidered waist band. This is called kuppia in Coorg and resembles the kuffia worn by the Arabs and Kurds.
5. Describe the magnificent views of tea estate with reference to the lesson “Tea from Assam”.
Answer: The view around the tree estate was magnificent. There was greenery all round. Against the backdrop
6. What role does a baker play in village life?
Answer: A baker plays a vital role in village life. Bol or sweet bread is given as marriage gifts. On the occasion of the daughter’s engagement sandwiches are made and for this, the baker’s loaf is needed. Moreover, cakes and bolinhas are needed for Christmas and other festivals.
7. How did the baker attract the children?
Answer:The jingling thud of bakers’ bamboo used to attract the children. They were fond of sweet bread bangles which were specially made for them. The typical fragrance of the sweet bread and cakes attracted the children and they never missed them.
8. What are the elders in Goa nostalgic about?
Answer: In Goa, the elders are nostalgic about the good Old Portuguese days as well as the Portuguese and their famous loaves of bread.
9. Why is Coorg called the land of rolling hills?
Answer: Coorg is called the land of rolling hills because it has a lot of hills and is itself a hill station. The hills seem to roll down in a panoramic view.
10. Who invites the comment –“ he is dressed like a pader? ”Why ?
Answer: Any person who is wearing a half pant which reaches just below the knees invites this comment. This is because the baker, known as a pader, used to dress like that.
11. How did Sebastian Shultz fall into a coma?
Answer: Sebastian Shults fell into a coma in an accident in which his head banged against his gaming-console while playing a computer game.
12. What does a ‘jackfruit-like appearance’ mean?
Answer: A ‘jackfruit-like appearance’ means a plump physique. A baker used to resemble such a physique since it was believed that he and his family never starved. Baking was a lucrative profession and the baker, his family and his servants always looked happy and prosperous with their physical appearance.
13. When would the baker come everyday? Why did the children run to meet him?
Answer: The baker would come twice every day during the narrator’s childhood days. Once in the morning to deliver the loaves of bread and secondly, in the evening on his return after selling his stock. The children would go running to him to take the special bread bangles he had made for them.