Thursday, 4 July 2013

Portrait of a Lady by Khushwant Singh - Chapter Summary

Story in a Nutshell

In this story, Khushwant Singh draws a pen picture of his grand mother. He describes how he had spent his childhood with her in the village. He also describes the change that came in the relationship in the city. Ultimately, he describes the moving scene of her death.

Brief Summary

Khushwant Singh draws here an interesting portrait of his grandmother. He presents her as a tender, loving and deeply religious old lady. Singh says that his grandmother was an old woman. She was so old that her face was wrinkled that at the present it was difficult to believe she would ever had been young and pretty. Her hair was white as snow. She had a little stoop in her back. She could be seeing reciting her rosary all the time. The author says that "she was like the winter landscape in the mountains and exponce of pure white serenity breathing peace and contentment."
                                                          A picture of author's grandfather was hung on the wall. He appeared too old and it was that he ever had a wife. He appeared to have only lots and lots of grandchildren. Singh was the only child at that time. His parents had gone to live in the city leaving him behind the village under the care of his grandmother. She would get him ready for school. And would also feed him with Chappathi. The School as attached with a temple. All the children sat in the verandah reciting alphabets while his grandmother is engaged reading holy scriptures. Finally in the evening, the author and the grandmother would walk back home feeding the dogs. 

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                                                          After a friendly relationship with his grandmother, he had to adopt a new life in the city. This itself was a turning point for the grandmother and the grandson. Both of them was sent for to settle down in the city with his parents. The author went to an English school but the grandmother never liked the way he was taught. Though Singh and his grandmother shared the same room, she was unable to help him. Apart from this, she was also disappointed that he was learning music that she considered not for gentlefolks. In due course, Singh went up to a University and because of that, he was given a separate room. This indeed made the common link of their relationship snapped down completely. The grandmother agreed the fact and she used to spin the wheel from sunrise to sunset to compensate that. Only during the afternoon she would relax by feeding the sparrows with little pieces of bread. They were her best friends and the sparrows also liked her company.
                                                          Later, Singh went up abroad for higher studies which was for 5 long years. He had a doubt in his mind that whether his grandmother may survive or not until he come back. His also taught that it might e the last physical contact between them when she came in the railway station to see him off. After 5 years he came back, incredibly he was welcomed y his grandmother who was not grown  a single day older. Singh notices that even at this time when everyone is joyful about his return, grandmother's happiest moments was with her sparrows.
                                                         Later in the evening there was a change in her attitude. She celebrated the return of her grandson y collecting some women of neighbourhood and beating drum for several hours. But in the morning, grandmother's health deteriorates and she reveals that she was nearing her end. So she decides that she is not going to waste a single moment by talking so she prayed. Quite suddenly, the rosary falls from her hand and she exhaled her last breath and it was clear that she was no more. After making the preparations for the funeral, the family members went to fetch her body for the last journey. The golden blaze of light of the setting sun glittered her room. And to pay the last homage to the grandmother, thousands of sparrows gathered in and around her room. The sparrows never did cheered nor did they do anything normal. They don't even bother to notice the read pieces thrown at them. Along with her funeral, the sparrows flew away.
                                                                                     

71 comments:

  1. nice story, readable and everyone can understand.

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  3. Beautifully written but see this too:- https://englishfrombasics.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/cbse-class-xi-english-literature-the-portrait-of-a-lady-by-khuswant-singh/

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  4. beautiful book ser so nice book thank you ser the portait of elady

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  6. there are many grammatical mistakes please correct them.

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  7. There r some mistakes correct them plz !

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  8. Nice story about grandma and grandson relation

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  9. Nice story about grandma and grandson relation

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  10. Noce story
    Every body can understand this story
    Very nicely

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  11. Nice story of grandmother and grandson

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  12. Can anyone explain the meaning of
    "she was like the winter landscape in the mountains and expance of pure white serenity breathing peace and contentment."

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    1. It's meanot that the author grandmother was calm peaceful serene as like the White landscape of mountain
      Her hairs were white as snow

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    2. It's meant that instead of meanot

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    3. Bc hair hotaa h na kee 'hairs'

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    1. hey i did not understand can u help me my mail id manishmohan237@gmail.com

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  15. Not upto the mark, nit exactly what was there in the story, grammatical mistakes made it further bad.

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  16. It help me a lot thankyou so much. Its really good and useful

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  17. So many grammatical mistakes
    I can mislead readers

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  18. So many grammatical mistakes
    I can mislead readers

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  19. The story is very amazing

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  20. Lovely story of a grandmother and her grandson I am very impressed by this story this is amazing I love it

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  21. This is a very heart touching story and nicely explained

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  22. Very nice story and I thought the small summary of this story is we r love internal beauty not external.

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  23. She had been old and wrinkled for twenty years as I know...someone explain it plz

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