Class 10 Short Story Writing Page 4
Question 31. Write a story in your own words about the brave horse of Maharana Pratap which is known as “Chetak”. (150-200 words)
Answer. A HORSE – BEAUTIFUL & LOYAL
History claims that Maharana Pratap Singh was one of the 10 strongest warriors ever born in India. The battle of Haldi Ghati in June 1576 saw his forces decisively outnumbered by the Mughal army led by Man Singh. Mounted on his favourite horse chetak, Maharana Pratap charged towards the commander of the Mughal army and made a frontal attack on Man Singh’s elephant. Once Chetak raised high in the air and planted his hooves on the forehead of the elephant. This was a turning point in the battle. In the general chaos that followed, Chetak received a fatal wound in one of his legs. An elephant’s tusk tore thought his rear legs and crippled it, but he would not give up. With his wounded king on the saddle, Chetak made his way back to safety on his three good legs. People do not remember the defeat of Maharana Pratap, but the courage and valour of his men and his horse. Chetak was exhausted but labored on, carrying his master, about 2 miles from the site of the battle near a small stream. It was here, while trying to leap across a stream that Chetak collapsed.
Maharana Pratap erected a small monument for his loyal companion at the place where he fell. And since then we pay a tribute to this brave warrior and his brave horse, Chetak.
According to historians, Chetak was a small horse and had blue colour. Therefore, in the local folklore, Maharana Pratap is often referred to as the ‘Rider of the Blue Horse’. In fact, many claim that the horse had a well defined personality, almost like his master himself. When it came to traits and behavior.
Chetak was no less than his proud owner and thus a unique emotional bond existed between the two. Till date ballads, songs, poems are dedicated to honour this brave horse and immortalize him in the pages of history.
Question 32. Write a story in your own words about a loyal servant and how he helped his king. (150-200 words)
Answer. THE FAITHFUL SERVANT
Once upon a time, there was a very short-tempered king. Among his many servants, there was one who was very faithful. One day, the king went hunting. At the end of the day, he was tired, thirsty and hungry. The loyal servant fetched him water in a pitcher. While he was handing the pitcher to the king, the servant spilt some water on the king’s clothes in his hurry. The king, already touchy and tired, was furious. He immediately banished the loyal servant from the kingdom.
The servant was sad but did not lose heart. He went to live in a neighboring jungle. He taught himself everything he needed to survive in the forest. When he learnt how to use wood to make things, he built himself a small hut. He planted a garden and started growing vegetables and fruits. He collected the seeds from the trees in the forest and planted them in his garden. He learnt the ways of wild animals and to co-exist with them. He even made friends with some of the wild animals and some, he tamed. Slowly, he made peace with his solitary life in the jungle, but he did not forget the king. He remembered how well the king had looked after him, and waited for an opportunity to prove himself to the king again.
Many years passed and by now, the servant knew every nook and corner of the jungle. One day, while he was out gathering wild fruits, he came across a group of soldiers from the kingdom.
“I already have an army assembled outside the city gates. At my signal, they will invade the city”, said one of them.
“Good. Should we do away with the king too?”, another asked.
The servant had overheard the conversation, and realized that the soldiers were scheming to attack the kingdom and kill the king. The servant wanted to alert the king. But how would he do so? If he went back, the king might order him killed. He thought hard. He remembered how pigeons were used as couriers to carry information. He had a pet pigeon whom he had been training to respond to him. He wrote a massage on a piece of parchment, signed it with a symbol that he knew the king would remember, and sent it to the king.
The message reached the king. He immediately foiled the plan of his enemy. He also recognized the sender. He realized the mistake he had made by banishing a servant who had remained faithful to him despite his own unjust treatment of the man. He invited the servant back to the kingdom. He also appointed him minister as a reward for his loyalty and resourcefulness.
Question 33. Write a story in your own words describing how telling repeated lies can harm us. (150-200 words)
Answer. THE SHEPHERD BOY
One upon a time, there was a shepherd boy. He lived in a small village. Every day, he used to take out his sheep for grazing in a nearby forest. One day, he thought of a mischievous trick. He climed up a tree and cried in a loud voice,’’ Help! Help! A wolf is coming to kill me. Save my life .the simple villagers ran to save his life from the attack of the wild animal. They were surprised when they found no wolf there .The boy laughed at them. He told them that he cried only for the purpose of fun. The villagers went back. After a few days, he repeated the same act and the villagers once again ran to help shim. Again, they found no wolf there. One day, a wolf really came there. The boy cried for help loudly. None of the villagers came to save him. The wolf attacked all his sheep.
MORAL : A lie can be harmful in future.
Question 34. Write a story developing the idea further given in the outline in your own words. (150-200 words)
Outline: A stormy night – a traveller reaches a dharamsala – door locked – knocks – keeper says he has no key – asks if the traveller has a silver key – traveller pushes a rupee under the door – admitted – asks keeper to bring his box – traveller shuts the door – keeper knocks – traveller asks for the silver key – his rupee returned – the door opened
Answer. THE SILVER KEY
Once on stormy night, a traveller went to a dharamshala to seek shelter. He was highly disappointed to find the door locked . when he knocked at the door, the keeper of the dharamshala called out from inside, I am sorry I cannot open the door for I have lost the key . However, the door can be unlocked with a silver key . Do you have one?’’ The traveller , who was quit intelligent , got the hint and pushed a rupee coin under the door. The keeper opened the door and let him in .
As soon as the traveller got inside, he thanked the keeper and requested him to bring in his bag. The moment the keeper stepped outside ,the traveller shut the door and locked it. “What is the joke?’’, please open the door immediately ,” shouted the keeper from outside. It is no joke ,’’ answered the traveller. “I am sorry, I have lost the key. The door can be opened only with a silver key.’’ The keeper had to push the silver coin under the door. The traveller got his rupee back before he let the dishonest man in.
Question 35. Write a story developing the idea further given in the outline in your own words. (150-200 words)
Outline. A debotar sued by his creditor – creditor says debtor forged receipt to show payment – also hired fifteen witnesses – to make things sure five thousand rupees sent to the judge as bride – case comes for hearing – “fifteen witnesses to prove you speak the truth five thousand witnesses to prove you tell a lie”, says the judge
Answer. THE WITNESSES
A man owed one lakh rupees to a friend .But he was a dishonest person and did not want to pay back. so he forged a receipt and hired fifteen witnesses to prove that he had paid back that money. His friend was forced to file a suit against him. Fearing that he might lose the case, the man sent five thousand rupees to the judge as a bride. When the case came up for hearing, the judge said to him, ‘’you have brought fifteen witnesses to prove that you are speaking the truth.’’ Then he took out a bundle of five thousand rupees from his pocket and added, ‘’But you have not paid the money back.’’ The dishonest fellow had not only to pay the back but was also punished for his dishonesty.
Question 36. Write a story in your own words explaining how being hasty will help you with nothing. (150-200 words)
Answer. HASTE MAKES WASTE
Once upon a time there was a hunter. He had a dog who was very faithful. Whenever the hunter went out, he would leave the dog behind to guard the house. One day, he and his wife went out, he would leave the dog behind to guard the house. One day, he and his wife went to the market leaving behind their child, who was sleeping. The dog sat beside the child guarding him against any danger. Suddenly, he saw a wolf entering the house. He became alert and before the wolf could attack and kill the child, the faithful dog pounced on the wolf and fought with him. He finally succeeded in killing the wolf.
In the evening when the hunter returned home with his wife, he found the dog outside the house. The dog ran forward to greet his master but when the master saw blood on his mouth, he became suspicious. He thought that the dog had killed his child and without thinking, he took out his gun and shot the dog. When he found his child safe inside the house and a wolf lying dead near him, he at once understood what had happened. He realized his folly and wept bitterly over the loss.
Question 37. Write a story developing the idea further given in the outline in your own words. (150-200 words)
Outline: A man hired an ass and its owner to carry goods – a very hot day – they stopped on the way – the man sat down in the shadow of the ass – the owner demanded extra money – quarrel – the ass ran away
Answer. THE ASS’S SHADOW
A man hired an ass and its owner to carry some goods. His way lay across a desert. It was a hot summer day and going forward was very difficult. So they decided to stop for a while. Since there was no tree nearby, the man sat down in the shadow of the ass. At this the owner of the ass became angry. He said, “Friend, you hired only the ass, and not its shadow. If you want the shadow also, you must pay for it.”
“But the shadow goes with the ass,” replied the man. “So I can use both of them.”
But the owner of the ass did not agree. They started quarrelling with each other. While they were thus quarrelling the ass just ran away.
Question 38. Write a story developing the idea further given in the outline in your own words. (150-200 words)
Outline: Rinku, Minki – two birds – lived together in a nest – very lazy – cold winter day – chilly breeze – hole in the nest – birds feeling cold – waited for each other to repair the nest – both made excuses – snowfall – snow entered the nest – birds shivered with cold – made no effort to block the hole – froze to death
Answer. THE LAZY BIRDS
Rinku and Minki were two little birds who lived together in a nest. They were both very lazy and made excuses to avoid doing any work. One cold winter morning, the breeze was very chilly. Rinku and Minki were feeling very cold. They noticed that there was a hole in their nest. But neither made an effort to repair the nest. They made excuses and waited for each other to cover the hole. Soon, it started snowing. Now the hole grew bigger as snowflakes entered the nest. Rinku and Minki shivered with cold. Yet they did not move from their place or make any effort to block the hole. Even after it had become dark, they sat shivering all night and by the time it was morning they had frozen to death.
Question 39. Write a story developing the idea further given in the outline in your own words. (150-200 words)
Outline: A king went out to meet his people – a beggar approached – asked for alms – give me something first, said the king – the beggar annoyed – threw a grain of rice at the king – the king threw back a gold coin and rode away – the beggar felt sorry
Answer. GIVING IS IMPORTANT
Once a king went out to meet his people. Many people stood along the streets to see the king and receive gifts. At one point, the king came across a beggar. The beggar was carrying a bowl with some grains of rice in it. He requested the king to give him alms. The king was moved to pity to see the poor beggar. He put his hand in his pocket to take out something. Suddenly he had an idea and said to the beggar, “Give me something first.” The beggar, who was expecting rich gifts, was annoyed at the king’s words. “What can a poor beggar give to the king?” said he, and threw a grain of rice from his bowl at the king. In return, the king threw one gold coin in his bowl and rode away. The beggar felt sorry that he had thrown only one grain of rice. In life, we have to give before we can receive anything.
Question 40. Write a story developing the idea further given in the outline in your own words. (150-200 words)
Outline: Montu – clever and witty – went to buy vegetables and fruits – bought vegetables – fruit vendor – half a kilo of apples – vendor dishonest – weighed 400 gm – Montu pointed out – apples less in weight – the vendor said weighed correctly – would be easy for him to carry – Montu paid for 400 gm – the vendor asked for more money – Montu said the correct amount – would be easy to count and carry in his pocket.
Answer. CLEVER MONTU
Montu was a very clever and witty boy. One day his mother sent him to buy fruits and vegetables. After he had bought some vegetables he went to a vendor selling apples. He asked for half a kilo of apples. The fruit vendor was a dishonest man. He weighed only 400 gm apples. Montu noticed this and pointed it out to the vendor. But the vendor said that he had weighed the apples correctly. Besides, a slightly less weight would be easy for Montu to carry. Montu was not to be outwitted. He paid the vendor for only 400 gm apples. When the vendor said he had paid less, Montu calmly replied that he had paid the right amount. Besides, lesser money would be easier to count and the vendor could easily carry it in his pocket!