NCERT English chapter 7 Glimpse of India, part one is titled as- ‘A baker from Goa’ and describes a baker who lives in a Goan Village. During the Portuguese rule in Goa, people ate bread made in big furnaces. The bakers were called Paders and would come to sell bread in the streets and make a jingling sound with bamboo. The author recalls that the baker used to visit his home twice a day to sell bread to the servants. The servants in the author’s house would buy bread, and the kids would wait for bread bangles. The author recalls that bakers were important because they made Bol, Cakes and bolinhas. The baker wore a peculiar dress called kabai. Baking was a profitable business at the time, and the bakers were plump looking.
The second story is ‘Coorg’ and is a story describing a district of Karnataka. The author describes Coorg as a heavenly place filled with spices, coffee plantations and evergreen forests. It is said that Alexander’s army had to settle here, and they married the locals. People of Coorg wear a Kuppia, which is a long black coat and is similar to the Kuffia worn by Arabs. A full view of Coorg can be seen from the top of the Bramhagiri hills.
The third story- “Tea from Assam” begins with two friends, Rajvir and Pranjol. On their way to Assam, they buy tea. Rajvir tells Pranjol that people drink over 800,000,000 cups of tea all over the world one day. As they were travelling, tea bushes were all they could see. Assam has the most tea plantations in India. No one knows where tea came from, but it is said that a few branches of tea fell accidentally in the boiled water, and a Chinese Emperor liked the flavour, and it continued. According to an Indian legend, Bodhidharma cut his eyelids off to stay awake, and ten tea plants grew from these eyelids to banish sleep.
English First Flight
|Chapter 1 A Letter to God||Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom||Chapter 3 Two Stories about Flying|
|Chapter 4 From the Diary of Anne Frank||Chapter 5 The Hundred Dresses – I||Chapter 6 The Hundred Dresses – II|
|Chapter 7 Glimpses of India||Chapter 8 Mijbil the Otter||Chapter 9 Madam Rides the Bus|
|Chapter 10 The Sermon at Benares||Chapter 11 The Proposal|
Footprints Without Feet
|Chapter 1 A Triumph of Surgery||Chapter 2 The Thief’s Story||Chapter 3 The Midnight Visitor|
|Chapter 4 A Question of Trustk||Chapter 5 Footprints without Feet||Chapter 6 The Making of a Scientist|
|Chapter 7 The Necklace||Chapter 8 The Hack Driver||Chapter 9 Bholi|
|Chapter 10 The Book that Saved the Earth|
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