NCERT Solutions for Class 12 English Flamingo Chapter 2

Lost Spring Class 12

Chapter 2 Lost Spring Exercise Answers & Summary

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Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 13

Q1 :  

Notice these expressions in the text. Infer their meaning from the context.


Answer :

  • looking for -try to locate or discover
  • slog their daylight hours -struggle persistently during the daytime
  • roof over his head -a place to live
  • perpetual state of poverty -endless impoverishment
  • dark hutments -encampment of huts devoid of any light
  • imposed the baggage on the child - force the profession on the child

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Think as you read : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 17

Q1 :  

What is Saheb looking for in the garbage dumps? Where is he and where has he come from?


Answer :

Saheb is looking for coins, rupee notes and any other useful objects in the garbage dumps.

Saheb and his family have migrated to Seemapuri, a slum area on the outskirts of Delhi, looking for a source of living after they were uprooted from their native village in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Q2 :  

What explanations does the author offer for the children not wearing footwear?


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Is Saheb happy working at the tea-stall? Explain.


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Understanding the texttalking about the textthink : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 20

Q1 :  

What could be some of the reasons for the migration of people from villages to cities?


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How, in your opinion, can Mukesh realise his dream?


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Q3 :  

What makes the city of Firozabad famous?


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Would you agree that promises made to poor children are rarely kept? Why do you think this happens in the incidents narrated in the text?


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Q5 :  

Mention the hazards of working in the glass bangles industry.


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Q6 :  

Mention the hazards of working in the glass bangles industry.


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Q7 :  

What forces conspire to keep the workers in the bangle industry of Firozabad in poverty?


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Q8 :  

Why should child labour be eliminated and how?


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Q9 :  

How is Mukesh's attitude to his situation different from that of his family?


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Thinking about language : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 21

Q1 :  

Although this text speaks of factual events and situations of misery it transforms these situations with an almost poetical prose into a literary experience. How does it do so? Here are some literary devices:

Hyperbole is a way of speaking or writing that makes something sound better or more exciting than it really is. For example: Garbage to them is gold.

A Metaphor, as you may know, compares two things or ideas that are not very similar. A metaphor describes a thing in terms of a single quality or feature of some other thing; we can say that a metaphor "transfers" a quality of one thing to another. For example: The road was a ribbon of light.

Simile is a word or phrase that compares one thing with another using the words "like" or "as". For example: As white as snow.

Carefully read the following phrases and sentences taken from the text. Can you identify the literary device in each example?

1. Saheb-e-Alam which means the lord of the universe is directly in contrast to what Saheb is in reality.

2. Drowned in an air of desolation.

3. Seemapuri, a place on the periphery of Delhi yet miles away from it, metaphorically.

4. For the children it is wrapped in wonder; for the elders it is a means of survival.

5. As her hands move mechanically like the tongs of a machine, I wonder if she knows the sanctity of the bangles she helps make.

6. She still has bangles on her wrist, but not light in her eyes.

7. Few airplanes fly over Firozabad.

8. Web of poverty.

9. Scrounging for gold.

10. And survival in Seemapuri means rag-picking. Through the years, it has acquired the proportions of a fine art.

11. The steel canister seems heavier than the plastic bag he would carry so lightly over his shoulde


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Things to do : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 22

Q1 :  

The beauty of the glass bangles of Firozabad contrasts with the misery of people who produce them.

This paradox is also found in some other situations, for example, those who work in gold and diamond mines, or carpet weaving factories, and the products of their labour, the lives of construction workers, and the buildings they build.

  • Look around and find examples of such paradoxes.
  • Write a paragraph of about 200 to 250 words on any one of them. You can start by making notes.

Here is an example of how one such paragraph may begin:

You never see the poor in this town. By day they toil, working cranes and earthmovers, squirreling deep into the hot sand to lay the foundations of chrome. By night they are banished to bleak labour camps at the outskirts of the city...


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