The Letter – Dhumaketu Summary, Question Answers - CBSE Class 10Answer the following questions in your own words:
a) Ali was an old man whose only daughter had got married and gone away to
Punjab. He had been a shikari in his youth-but later gave it up when he
realized the meaning of love and separation when his daughter got married
and had to go away to Punjab. He went every day to the post office hoping
that he would get a letter from her. He had been waiting for 5 long years.
b) Love- his affection for his daughter. Patience—He exhibited tremendous
patience waiting for his daughter’s letter for 5 long years.
c) came everyday- sat at the same place- people made fun of him-called his
name for fun and laughed when he eagerly jumped up .
d) After his daughter got married and went away to Punjab he understood the
grief of love and separation from the dear ones.
e) Initially- pumpkin faced – expressionless- grumpy- rude- lack of empathy.
Later when his own daughter was unwell and he awaited news from her, he
mellowed down, understood Ali’s anxiety and a father’s heart.
f) No- Ali came in hope of receiving a letter from his daughter.
g) He felt helpless that he may not be able to come to the post office again as he
was unwell.—He knew he was dying—his patience was exhausted but he
still had faith that his daughter would write a letter.
h) The postmaster –doubt—he did not know who had come earlier that
morning—whether it was Ali who had come or his ghost or had he been
hallucinating. Remorse- at the nasty way he had behaved towards Ali and at
his own insensitivity.