Iswaran the Storyteller
Mahendra was a supervisor in a firm his job was to supervise different construction sites .Nature of his job was to move from one place to another place. Mahendra's needs were simple. He had a servant named Ishwaran. Ishwaran followed Mahendra without any complain. He cooked for Mahendra, washed his clothes and cleans the shelterin leisure time Ishwaran read Tamil thrilled stories and it effected him so much that even a smallest incident like fallen of a tree appeared to him busy beast Ishwaran described each thing in detail and he weaved daily a new story full of thrill and horror to Mahendra. He played the role of a T.V. in Mahendra's quarter . Once he told to Mahendra a story about tusker with the prolonged of elephant in the jungle and how they behaved when they got mad. The tusker escaped out of the jungle destroying everything what came into the way. It reached in Ishwaran's school. There every one was terrified watching the drama of the tusker, It pulled football goal post and volleyball net later Ishwaran told that he grabbed a cane from the teacher's hand and faced the mad tusker boldly. He hit on to the thrived toe of the elephant and it shivered and collapsed . At this point he would leave the story and Mahendra remained in dangling situation. On one auspicious day he weaved a story about a ghost woman holding a foetus on her hand Mahendra stooped him such nonsense stories and there are no such type of figure but our imagination only afterfew days Mahendra heard some noise near his window sill duringnight time. First he put it as some short of small animal like cat but the noise became louder and louder. When he peeped through the window he fainted for he saw some cloudy figure clutching a bundle near his window sill. Mahendra could not sleep that night. In morning Ishwaran smilingly asked about the sound and that woman ghost. He also complained about how he child him the other day. Mahendra was so upset that he resoled to go on leave that very day.
ANSWERS OF THE TEXT BOOK
Q: In what way is Ishwaran an asset to Mahendra?
A: Ishwaran was a skilled cook .He worked for Mahendra he cooked for him, washed his clothes and chatted away with his master at night. Mahendra always kept him wherever he was posted. The cook was also quite attached to Mahendra and followed him uncomplainingly. That is why he was an asset to Mahendra.
Q: How does Ishwaran describe the uprooted tree on the highway? What effect does he want to create in his listeners?
A: Ishwaran described the uprooted tree with eye browse suitably arched and handles held out in dramatic gesture and said that road was alone suddenly he saw a enormous bushy beast lying sprawled across the road. He was half inclined to turn and go back. As he come closer and found that it was fallen tree.
Q: How does he narrated the story of the tusker ? Does it appear to be plausible?
A: Ishwaran had a great narrative skill once he narrated the story of a tusker escaped from the jungle .The tusker destroyed everything what came into the way. At last it reached to Ishwaran's school and pulled out football goal post teasing down volley ball net. Everyone was helplessly watching the whole drama. Sudden Ishwaran grabbed a cane from the hands of a teacher and faced the dangerous tusker. He attacked with the cane on the third toe nail of tusker and it stunned, shivered from head to foot and collapsed. No, it does not appear to be plausible since it is not possible with a small cane to make a dangerous elephant collapsed .
Q: Why does the author say that Ishwaran seemed to more than make up for the absence of T.V. in Mahendra's living quarters?
A: The author says so because Ishwaran was a fascinating storyteller. He recounting everyday some story packed with adventure, horror and suspense whether the story was credible or not Mahendra enjoyed listing to it because of the inimitable way in which it was told .
Q: Mahendra calls ghost or sprits a figment of the imagination . What happen to him on a fool moon night?
A: Mahendra was a man with scientific approach. He often chided Ishwaran not to believe ghost or spirits because these all are nothing but a figment of the imagination. On one fool night he heard a low moan close to his window. At first he thought it as a cat prowling around for mice but the sound became louder & louder . He looked through the window and found a dark cloudy form clutching a bundle. It was his ghastly experience.
Q: Can you think the other end of the story?
A: The other ending of the story could be as Mahendra could have found the right reason of his ghastly experience. He should not resolve to go on leave but face the bull by its horns in scientific ending. It would be better as Mahendra could catch Ishwaran's trick red handed next time.
Q: Who narrated the story and to whom?
A: A young man (Mahendra) narrated the story to Ganesh .
Q: Who was Mahendra ?
Mahendra was a junior supervisor in a firm. His job was to keep on the activities at the work site .
Q: What was Ishwaran's job?
A: Ishwaran's job was to cook for Mahendra, washed his cloths and chatted away with his master at night.
Q: Where was Mahendra working place and what was the thing he used to keep always with him?
A: Mahendra had to keep moving from place to place every now and them as ordered by his office. He always used to keep with him his cook Ishwaran.
Q: When Ishwaran explained any description, from where his own description was influenced?
A: Ishwaran's own description was influenced by the Tamil authors that he read .
Q:What did happen when an elephant turn wild?
A: When an elephant turned wild even the most experienced mahout is not able to control him.
Q:What is the help taken by elephants in the jungle?
A: The elephants in the jungle are used to haul the logs on the lorries.
Q:What did the tusker do when it escaped from the timber yard ?
A: The tusker began to roam about, stamping on bushes, teasing up wild creepers and breaking branches at will.
Q:Where did the tusker finally reached?
A: The tusker finally reached in Ishwaran's school where children were playing.
Q:Where was the Ishwaran in the school when the tusker reached in school ? In which class was he studying?
A: Ishwaran was on the roof of the school along with other students
watching the whole drama. He was studying in the junior class at that time.
Q:Who made the tusker collapsed at last in the school?
Ishwaran made tusker collapsed at last in the school with the help of a cane snatched from the teacher's hand .
Q:When Ishwaran would leave the story unfinished, and returned what would happen?
A: Ishwaran did not pick up thread of the story right away. Mahendra would have to remind him about the story .
Q:From where did Ishwaran learn karate or ju-jitsu?
A: Ishwaran did not learn karate from anywhere rather he had read about it somewhere.
Q: What did Ishwaran ask to Mahendra on one auspicious day?
A: Ishwaran asked to Mahendra on auspicious day to make something special for dinner that night.
Q: What did happen after the most delicious dinner on that auspicious day?
A: That day after dinner when Mahendra enjoyed most delicious dinner unexpectedly Ishwaran launched into a most garish account involving the supernatural or on that day after dinner Ishwaran started to tell the story, which involved some supernatural elements.
Q: What was the most garish account of supernatural?
A: The most garish account of supernatural was of a ghost woman with matted hair and shriveled face, holding a foetus in its arm.
Q: What was Mahendra's reaction on the woman ghost story?
A: Mahendra shivered at the discription and interrupt Ishwaran sharply saying there were no such things but there are merely
figments of imagination.
Q: What did Mahendra's like before hearing Ishwaran's story of female ghost ?
A: Mahendra liked to admire the milk-white landscape on the full moon nights before hearing Ishwaran's story of female ghost .
Q: What was its after effects?
A: Mahedra avoided looking out of his window altogether when the moon was full.
Q: Why did Mahendra wake up one night, and what did he put it?
A: Mahendra was woken up from his sleep by a loud moan close to window. At first he put down to a cat prowling around for mice.
Q: What did he find out side of the window sill?
A:Mahendra found out side of the window sill a dark cloudy form clutching a bundle.
Q: Why did Mahendra resolve to leave the haunted place?
A: Mahendra saw some cloudy shadow near his window sill. He afraid so much that he resolved to leave that haunted place that very next day.