How I Taught my Grandmother to Read | Class 8 | English | C12


MP Board Class 8 English Chapter 12 How I Taught My Grandmother to Read

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Lesson - 12

How I Taught my Grandmother to Read

Textual Exercise

Word Power

(A) Guess the words with the help of the given clues :

  1. A Child who has nobody to look after
  2. A gesture to say yes.
  3. Loving
  4. Something which surprises
  5. A quality that is needed to succeed.


  1. orphan
  2. nod
  3. affectionate
  4. amazing
  5. determination.

(B) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words given in the box :

popular, obstacles, confidently, novels, worship

  1. There are different ways to ……………. God.
  2. We should reply in the class …………….
  3. Mahatma Gandhi was very ……………. among the people.
  4. Munshi Premchand wrote many ……………. on social problems.
  5. When somebody works ……………. come in his ways, but they teach him how to face problems.


  1. worship
  2. confidently
  3. popular
  4. novels
  5. obstacles.


(A) Answer the following questions :

1. Why did the weekly magazine come late in the village?

Ans. The weekly magazine came late in the village because the transport system was not very good.

 2. What is the story of the novel “Kashi Yatra”?

Ans. There is an old lady who has ardent desire to go to Kashi or Varanasi. There is also an orphan girl who falls in love but there is no money for the wedding. Finally, the old lady gives away all her savings to the orphan girl without going to Kashi.

3. Why did the little girl read the several out for her grandmother?

Ans. The little girl read the serial out for her grandmother because. She (grandmother) was illiterate.

 4. What happened when the girl went to attend a wedding in the neighbouring village?

Ans. Grandmother could not understand the latest episode of Kashi Yatra when the girl went to attend a wedding in the neighbouring village.

 5.  Why was grandmother unhappy?

Ans. Grandmother was unhappy because she found herself helpless and dependent Her favourite story (Kashi Yatra) was in front of her but she was unable to read the lines.

 6. What help did grandmother need from his granddaughter?

Ans. Grandmother told her granddaughter to teach her the Kannada alphabets.

 7. How was grandmother a wonderful student?

Ans. The amount of homework she did was amazing. She would read, repeat and recite. Very soon she learnt to read the Kannada alphabet.

 8. What did grandmother do on Dashera festival?

Ans. Grandmother called her granddaughter to the puja place and made her sit down on a stool. She gave her a gift of a frock material and then she touched her feet.

Let’s Read

Read the following carefully:

    This story is an account of successes and setbacks of the science ‘establishment in modern India, struggling to establish itself in the technological forefront. It is the story of national aspiration and of cooperative endeavour. And, as I see it, the saga of India’s search for self-sufficiency and technological competence is a parable for our times.

Each individual creature on this beautiful planet is created by God to fulfil a particular role. Whatever I have achieved in life is through His help and an expression of His will. He showered His grace on me through some outstanding teachers and colleagues and when I pay my tribute to these persons, I’m merely praising His glory. All these rockets and missiles are his work through a small person called Kalam in order to tell several million mass of India, to never feel small or helpless. We are born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.

Now answer the following questions:

1. Find of the words in the passage which mean :

(a) effort …………..

(b) blessed ………….

Ans. (a) endeavour

(b) showered

2. Find the words in the passage which mean opposite of:

(a) failure ……..

(b) always …………

Ans. (a) success

(b) never

3. Who has written this paragraph? Guess.

Ans. This paragraph has been written by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

4. With what the narrator, ‘Kalam’ is associated?

Ans. The narrator ‘Kalam’ is associated with rockets and missiles.

5. The narrator uses the phrases ‘His help’ His will, “His glory’. What does ‘His! stand for?

Ans. “His stands for Almighty god.

6. What message does the narrator give to the people of India?

Ans. We are born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to thus fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.

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