‘Didi’ is an edited version of the first chapter of “Redrawing India – The Teach for India Story” written by Shaheen Mistri and Kovid Gupta. The book tells us about a movement that aims to bring young Indians under the collective vision that one day, all children in India will receive an excellent education. In ‘Didi’, Shaheen speaks about her experiences in the Mumbai slums and her motivation to educate the kids in those slums. The last passage of this text has been added from Rasmi Bansal’s “I have a dream”.
- Read the following extract from the lesson ‘Didi’ and answer the questions that follow.
“On one blistering Mumbai day my taxi stopped at a traffic signal. Three children ran upto my window, smiling and begging and at that moment, I had a flash of introspection”.
- Who is the speaker? (1)
- The word ‘introspection’ here means………………………….. (1)
- How does the author look at the meaning of life? (2)
- You happen to see the following advertisement and got interested and decided to apply for the same. Prepare an application and resume.
A reputed manpower company invites applications for the following posts.
No. 1 : Manager
Qualification : Should be a graduate in Commerce, experience in manpower field, good communication skill in English, age above 30 years.
Apply with Resume within 7 days : firstname.lastname@example.org
Only short listed candidates will be called for interview.
- Shaheen Mistry compares the education system in India with that of the system in Massachusetts. You might have heard of the Kerala Government’s new project of improving schools to international standards. Imagine that your school is selected as one among them. What other additional facilities can be provided to make your school a center of excellence? Prepare a detailed report on it. (Score: 8)
- While appearing for the Plus one improvement examination 2016, you forgot to fill in certain entries in the main answer sheet. Hence your result is withheld by the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education. When you contacted the office concerned you were informed to send an e-mail citing your points. Now draft the e-mail. (Score:5)
- Given below are some findings of the research carried out by Delhi Diabetes Research Center on the changing food habits among children. Study them carefully and write an article for your school magazine.
[Hints: 85 % school children-diabetic patients-Western eating styles-consumes fast food frequently- 62% eat junk food-green vegetables avoided-25%do not exercise-one in four children obese-prone to develop adult diseases-heart attack, diabetics-memory loss etc.] (Score:6)
- With the idea of teaching the underprivileged children, Shaheen Mistry decided to start Akansha Centre and the Principal of Holy Name School at Colaba agreed to give a room in his school. Write the likely conversation between Shaheen Mistry and the Principal. (At least four exchanges.) (Score: 4)
- The following is a conversation between the office assistant of a school and the book seller. Now complete the conversation choosing modal auxiliaries from the box given below.
[will, can, won’t, shall, needn’t, could]
Book seller : Excuse me sir. (a)——-I meet the Principal right now?
Office Assistant : Sorry sir, he is attending a meeting.
Book Seller : Then if you don’t mind, you hand over this packet of books to the Principal, I shall be waiting outside.
Office Staff : Certainly sir, but you (b)——wait outside. He (c)—–get enough time to see you and discuss the matter.
Book Seller : OK sir, don’t worry. I (d)——-make a call and talk to the Principal.
Office Assistant : All right , bye.
- You have read the life story of Shaheen Mistry. Unlike the majority of people she thought differently, acted creatively and succeeded in doing something beneficial for the society. Now identify such a personality in your locality and prepare an article about him/her to be submitted to a very popular blog Uncommon Trajectories. (Score: 5)
- You have read the inspiring story of Shaheen Mistri. You would like to write an e-mail to her appreciating the activities of Akanksha that transformed the children in the slums of Mumbai. Write the e-mail explaining how Shaheen has inspired you. (Score: 4)
- People have different hobbies. Some are passionate enough to make their hobbies their career. Think about one of your favourite hobbies and write a paragraph on it. (Score: 4)
- A relief centre in your locality is planning to give English classes to the children below 10 years. They are looking for volunteers to help them in tutoring the children from economically and socially backward areas. You are applying for the job. Write an application and resume with necessary details. (Score: 8)
- Inspired by Shaheen Mistri, your school has decided to take up the task of providing free education to a selected group of poor, needy children. You would like to inform Shaheen about this new venture and invite her to visit your school. Write an e-mail to her.
- Read the following advertisement.
You wish to apply for the job. Prepare an application letter and a resume for the purpose.
- Read the following advertisement and prepare an email in response to it.
- Inspired by Shaheen Mistri, you want to join Akanksha Foundation as a teacher volunteer. You are Megha, a post-graduate in English Literature with good command over the language. Being a socially responsible person, you are willing to share your knowledge and skills for the benefit of the under-privileged. Prepare a letter of application and a resume to be sent to the Foundation.