1. What are the things the wind does in the first stanza?
2. Have you seen anybody winnow grain at home or in a paddy
field? What is the word in your language for winnowing? What do
people use for winnowing? (Give words in your language if you
3. What does the poet say the wind god winnows?
4. What should we do to make friends with the wind?
5. What do the last four lines of the poem mean to you?
6. How does the poet speak to the wind - in
anger or with humour? You must also have seen or heard of the
lives”. What is your
response to this? Is it like the
1. The wind breaks the shutters of the windows; scatters the
papers; throws down the books from the shelf; tears the pages of
the books; and brings showers of rain.
2. Yes, I have seen women winnowing grain at home in the
Winnowing is generally known as phatkna,
pichorna or anaj parchana in Hindi.
The village people use the winnowing fork and more commonly, the
winnowing fan, known as chhaaj in Hindi, for winnowing.
3. The poet says that the wind god winnows the weak crumbling
houses, doors, rafters, wood, bodies, lives and hearts, and then
crushes them all.
4. To make friends with the wind, the poet asks us to build
strong homes, join the doors firmly and practice to make our
bodies and hearts stronger.
5. In the last four lines, the poet inspires us to face the wind,
which symbolises the hardships of our lives, courageously. He
tells us that the wind can only extinguish the weak fires; it
intensifies the stronger ones. Similarly, adversities deter the
weak-hearted but make stronger those who have unfaltering will.
In such a case, befriending the wind or the hardships of life
makes it easier for us to face them.
6. The poet speaks to the wind in anger.
Yes, I have witnessed stormy weather and I have seen the wind
uprooting trees. I have watched on the television many instances
where wind has caused destruction, crushing houses with people
No, my response would not be similar to the poet. Violent wind
causes destruction but its energy, if harnessed, can be utilised
in generating electricity and for other productive purposes.
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