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PowerPoint Presentation: The Portrait of a Lady Khushwant Singh’s PowerPoint Presentation: About Author Khushwant Singh (Born in Hadali Punjab, to a Sikh family) is a prominent Indian novelist and journalist. Singh's weekly column, “With Malice towards One and All", carried by several Indian newspapers, is among the most widely-read columns in the country. An important Indo-Anglian novelist, Singh is best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor, and an abiding love of poetry. His comparisons of social and behavioral characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit. He served as editor of several well-known literary and news magazines, as well as two major broadsheet newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s. Khushwant Singh was a member of the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Indian Parliament) from 1980 to 1986. Among other honors, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the President of India PowerPoint Presentation: Vocabulary Mantelpiece : shelf above a fire – place Terribly : too much Lewd : incident Absurd : ridiculous Seclusion : loneliness Frivolous : threats made madly Crumbs : small piece of bread PowerPoint Presentation: THEME The chapter ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ written by Khushwant Singh revolves around the emotional attachments between him and his grandmother. The chapter is divided into three phases. The first phase when the author and the grandmother lives in a village; had a close contact with each other. The second phase when they came to the city & the last phase when the author left the city & grandmother to study. And when he came back, found grandmother alive but after few days the religious and sentimental lady died. When she died, the sparrows sat scattered on the floor without any chirruping whom she used to feed earlier. The author wants to convey that birds, animals and living creatures other than human beings also have emotion. PowerPoint Presentation: Back bent slightly Friendship nature CHARACTERSTICS OF GRANDMOTHER PowerPoint Presentation: Summary of the chapter PowerPoint Presentation: The narrator and his grandmother were good friends. His parents had left him her in the village. They were always together. She used to wake him up in the morning. She got him ready for school. She said her morning prayer in an unchanging sing-song. She would wash his wooden slate and plaster it with yellow chalk. She would take an earthen inkpot and a red pen. She would tie them in a bundle and hand it to him. She would give him a thick stale chapatti with a little butter and sugar spread on it. She carried several stale chapattis with her for the village dogs . As Close Friends PowerPoint Presentation: Went to School with the Narrator Both the writer and his grandmother were good friends. His parents had left him with his grandmother at village. His parents were in city. Every day, she used to wake up the writer to be ready to go to school. She was uttering the monotonous song while she was bathing. The writer liked her very much. His grandmother was going to school with him because there was the temple nearer the school. She would sit among the children and listen to the priest’s prayer. PowerPoint Presentation: A Turning Point in Relationship When writer’s parents were settled in the city, they sent for them. That was a turning point in their friendship. Both the writer and his grandmother started spending days separately and the writer became separated from the close relation with his grandmother. The narrator went to an English school in a motor bus. There were no dogs in the streets. The grandmother took to feeding the sparrows. Years rolled by. The grandmother and her grandson saw less of each other now. She hated English and science. She felt sad that there was no teaching about God and the scriptures at the new school. When he reported her about the music lesson he was being taught his grandma felt sorrow, because she knew that music had been associated with hariots. She said nothing but her silence meant disapproval. PowerPoint Presentation: Bond of Friendship Broken When the writer went to University, he was allotted a room for his staying. The common link of their friendship was broken. The grandmother accepted her loneliness quietly. His grandmother spent time with her spinning wheel. From sunrise to sunset she sat by her wheel spinning and reciting prayers. In the afternoon, she relaxed for a while to feed the sparrows. She broke the bread into little bits and threw them to the sparrows . She was always getting surrounded by sparrows that were perching on her legs and shoulders. Some even sat on her head She never drove them away. Feeding the sparrows was the happiest half hour of the day for her. PowerPoint Presentation: Narrator Goes Abroad When the writer decided to go abroad for further studies and his grandmother would be upset. But she came to leave him at the railway station but did not talk or show any emotion. She kissed his forehead silently. The narrator thought that it was last sign of physical contact between them She was totally absorbed in prayer and her fingers were busy telling the beads of her rosary. PowerPoint Presentation: Celebrated the Homecoming of Her Grandson The narrator returned home after five years. The grandmother did not look a day older. In the evening a change came over her. The author could feel her pulse as usual and her sparrows were with her. She didn’t pray. That evening she was seen very happy spending time with the older women folk. She collected all the women of the neighborhood. She took an old drum and started singing. She continued thumping the old drum for several hours. She sang of the homecoming of warriors. They had to persuade her to stop. Singing and beating of the drum could make her tried. For the first time she forget to pray. PowerPoint Presentation: Grandmother’s Death The next morning she fell ill. Doctor was called for and he told that the fever was mild and she would be well within a short time. She declared that her end was near. She didn’t want to waste any more time talking top them. She lay peacefully in bed. She continued praying and telling her beads. Then her lips stopped moving Next time she breathed her last. The rosary fell down from her lifeless fingers. She was dead. She was laid on the ground. Her dead body was covered with a red shroud. PowerPoint Presentation: Mourning of sparrows It was evening. The sun was setting Then the funeral arrangements and proceedings went on. The dead body of the grandmother was covered with a red shroud. A crude stretcher was brought to take her to be cremated. By that time, thousands of sparrows sat scattered on the floor. There was no chirruping. Everyone felt sorry for the birds. The narrator’s mother brought bread and broke it into little crumbs. She threw those crumbs to them. The birds took no notice of them. When her corpse was taken, the sparrows flew away quietly. Here ends the portrait of a pious lady PowerPoint Presentation: QUESTIONS PowerPoint Presentation: How many phases are there in the chapter? Ans. There are three phase in the chapter Who is the best friend of writer in his childhood? Ans Grandmother is the best of writer in his childhood How did the grandmother celebrated the returning of the writer? Ans. The grandmother celebrated the returning of the writer by singing song as some warrior has came back his once again PowerPoint Presentation: Where did the writer’s school built ? Ans. Writer’s school was built near the temple where grandmother went with him daily. By which thing the dead body of the grandmother was covered? Ans. The body of grandmother was covered by a red shroud Whose photo is hung in the drawing room? Ans Poet’s grandfather photo is hung in the drawing room.

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