NCERT-Class 9 English


L-1 The Lost Child by Mulk Raj Anand

Think About It

Q1. What are the things the child sees on his way to the fair? Why does he lag behind?

A1. The child sees several things on his way to the fair. These include toys in the shops, a flowering mustard-field, dragonflies, doves, young flowers falling from a grove, a sweetmeat seller with various sweets, a flower-seller with garlands, a man with balloons, a snake-charmer with a cobra, and a roundabout with people enjoying the ride.

The child is captivated by the things he comes across. The sights and sounds of the fair, grab his attention, causing him to lag behind his parents.

Q2. In the fair, he wants many things. What are they? Why does he move on without waiting for an answer?

A2. In the fair, his desires run wild. He yearns for a mouthwatering burfi, a captivating garland of flowers, a bunch of colorful balloons, the enchanting melodies of the snake-charmer’s flute, a and ride on the whirling roundabout.
However, he moves on swiftly without waiting for an answer because deep down, he knows that his parents would likely refuse his requests. They might think he’s being too greedy, or consider the items as cheap or think that he has outgrown certain toys.

Q3. When does he realise that he has lost his way? How have his anxiety and insecurity been described?

A3. The child realizes that he has lost his parents when he reaches the roundabout. He turns around to look for them, but to his dismay, they are nowhere to be found. A wave of panic swept through him, and tears welled up in his eyes as he called out for his parents. The unfamiliar place made him feel even more scared and alone and he longed for the comforting embrace of his parents.

Q4. Why does the lost child lose interest in the things that he had wanted earlier?

A4. The lost child loses interest in the things he wanted earlier because finding his parents becomes more important than anything else. He gets worried and scared. His focus shifts from material wants to the emotional security provided by his parents, making everything else seem less important in comparison.

Q5. What do you think happens in the end? Does the child find his parents?

A5. Towards the end of the story, the fate of the lost child remains uncertain, leaving us with questions about whether he finds his parents or not. However, there are hints of hope that suggest a possible reunion. Throughout his journey, the child’s determination to locate his mother and father is unwavering. He is also guided by a kind a stranger. While the actual outcome is left open-ended, we can imagine a heartwarming ending where the lost child and his parents are joyfully reunited. This leaves us with a sense of optimism and the belief that love and determination can lead to happy endings.

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