Horegallu is an anecdote written by Sudha Murty. She tells us how remembering the good old childhood days often fills our mind with freshness and vigour and revitalizes us enough to go forward with confidence.
Notes and Resources on ‘Horegallu’ by Sudha Murty
- Ratna was Sudha Murty’s colleague in the early phase of her career. Now Sudha Murty is a successful business woman. Imagine that Sudha Murty invites Ratna to her office and felicitates her for her selfless services to mankind. How would Sudha Murty introduce her and appreciate her work? Draft her speech. (Score: 6)
- Read the following sentences from Horegallu.
I wish my son would help but he only wants to go to the city
Masterji, it’s getting difficult for me to carry these large loads on my head.
Masterji, this summer has been so hot. I have never seen such dry weather.
These words express the sorrows of an Indian farmer. Write an essay on the topic ‘Decline of Agrarian Culture and its Impacts’. (Score: 8)
- “I hear them out with sympathy and without any judgement”, says Ratna in Horegallu.
As part of the World Mental Health Day, the Souhrida Club co-ordinator of your school asks you to prepare a chart on the topic ‘Listen to Others – Broaden your Mind’. Write a paragraph in about 80 words. (Score: 4)
Given above is a pie diagram that tells about the psychological assistance received by students of various age groups in the present-day world. It shows the percentage of students who seek assistance from various groups. Analyse the pie diagram and prepare a write-up.
(Hints: increasing number of counselling centres – students depending more on counsellors and friends – parents do not support) (Score: 6)
- Imagine that a film festival was conducted in your school. The following points were jotted down by a journalist for drafting a report. Prepare the likely report by him.
- Inauguration by Parvathi Menon
- Parvathi : “Films reflect the society”.
- Felicitation speech by Pramod Kumar, Staff Secretary
- Pramod : “Films should inspire and motivate students.”
- Films : ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Dhoni : The Untold Story’, ‘Ottaal’
- Imagine that Sudha Murty sends an e-mail to Ratna, thanking her for changing her outlook towards life. Draft the e-mail for Sudha Murty. (Score: 5)
- Fill in the blanks with appropriate similes or adjectives from the brackets.
With technology at our fingertips, it is now as————(a)————-(easy, complex, tough) as a b c to scan across the world and explore the unexplored. The boundaries that are as thick as——–(b)——-(brick, iron, glass) crumble down to help us experience a unified existence. Now, man is as busy as a—— (c)——–(snail, bee, sloth), joyously defeating the conventions and customs of yesteryears. His vision is as——-(d)——–(clear, vague, dim) as crystal and his attitude is as stubborn as that of a mule.
- Modern world offers us so many material comforts and we can easily satisfy all our desires. But Sudha Murthy says, ‘If ever now I happen to pass a horegallu in the village, I remember them and wish there were many more of them in this world’. What makes her say so? Give reasons. Answer in a paragraph. (Score: 4)
- ‘Child, a horegallu is essential in any journey. We all carry burdens according to the changing situations in our lives. But horegallu gives everyone that opportunity to unload our burdens. Other than depending on horegallus, there are various ways in which we can regain our strength. Write a note on alternative methods of self-motivation. (Score:5)
- Imagine that your teacher asks you to narrate a situation in which a person acted as a horegallu or Ratna in your life and helped you to relieve you off your sorrows. How would you narrate that experience? (Score:4)
- Childhood is a storehouse of memories and varied experiences. Sudha Murthy recollects her childhood experiences in the anecdote ‘Horegallu’. Write an anecdote on the basis of your own childhood experience. (Score: 5)
- Sudha Murthy is a social activist and a teacher by profession. Imagine that she happens to address a noisy class in one of her sessions. She starts narrating the story of Ratna. How will she narrate it? Prepare the narration for her. (Score:5)
- After reading the anecdote ‘Horegallu’, you are inspired to start a bloggers group named ‘Nostalgia’ where you can share your memories with your friends. However, you don’t have the technical knowhow to start a blogger’s group. So you decide to send an e-mail to your friend requesting his/her help in the matter. Draft the e-mail. (Score:5)
- Most of our historical monuments and structures like horegallus are damaged by tourists and locals with drawings and other graffitti. With the consent of your teacher you decide to give awareness to students on the necessity of preserving them, in the school assembly. What would you say? Draft an awareness speech to be made in the school assembly. (Score: 6)
- Imagine that while going on a tour to a famous historical place some of your classmates try to write their names and comments on the walls. You decide to dissuade them from that activity. What advice would you give them? Write three sentences using the expressions. ‘You had better…, Why don’t you…, If I were you……’ (Score: 3)
- After studying the anecdote ‘Horegallu,’ you realize that your parents and grandparents are a treasure house of knowledge .You start a blogger’s group named ‘Unacknowledged Legacy’ to appreciate their contributions and to popularize their knowledge .What would be your blog entry to mark the beginning of the group?(Score:5)
- You got inspired by the anecdote of ‘Horegallu’ and decide to visit an old age home. You are enthusiastic to know more about the old customs and traditions of our forefathers .You seek information regarding that from the inmates of the old age home. How would you seek information from them? Write three sentences using the expressions I would like to know..Do you mind telling me about., Can I ask you….. (Score:3)
- Urbanisation has diminished the relevance of horegallus and other remnants of the past. As the editor of the school magazine you decide to write an essay in the school magazine on the topic ‘Urbanisation-Vanishing Spaces and Degenerating Culture’. Draft the essay in about 200 words.
[Hints : Urbanisation-increasing number of buildings-greenery lost-parks and grounds transformed into apartments-reclamation of fields for commercial purposes-people busy with their life-gadgets ruling man-consumerism-no producers of goods ,only consumers exist] (Score:8)
- Imagine that Sudha Murthy comes to inaugurate a charity drive conducted by your school. You are to compere the programme. How will you introduce Sudha Murthy to the audience? Draft the introductory speech. (Score: 4)
- Sudha Murty, a prolific writer in English and Kannada visits your city as part of a literary festival. Imagine that you get an opportunity to spend some time with her. Write the likely conversation. (Score: 6)
- A panel discussion was conducted in your school on the topic New forms of communication — a wide window to the world. Given below is an excerpt from the presentation made by a panellist during the panel discussion.
The internet is an incredible tool that allows us to connect with family and friends. Social networking sites are websites that allow us build a public profile where we can share information about our personal interests, photographs, blogs, etc. It is a great way to connect with our dear ones who are physically far away from us.
Now, prepare a brief script of panel presentation highlighting the risk factors involved in the use of new forms of communication and the means we can adopt to minimize these factors.
- Read the following newspaper article.
“An amendment to the act that was set to make child labour illegal will push millions of marginalised children in India into work rather than education– With the amendment proposed to the new child labour law coupled with the severe cuts on welfare and education, the government is instead set to send millions of marginalised children out of school and into work, trapping families in a cycle of poverty for yet another generation to come.”
- Express your views in the form of a persuasive speech to be delivered in your school on Children’s Day.
- Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper expressing your opinion on the issue.
- Read the excerpt from “Horegallu”.
The horegallu in our village holds special memories for me as it is inextricably linked with my grandfather. He was a retired schoolteacher and would spend hours every day, sitting under the banyan tree and talking to those resting there. When I would get tired of playing, I would sit next to him and observe the people he was speaking to and listen to their conversations. Most of them were villagers taking a break from their work in the fields nearby. They had to walk long distances each day, carrying heavy burdens on their heads. Tired out by the heat, they would drink the cool water, wash their faces with it and chat with grandfather.
Complete the sentences.
- The central figure in the passage is ……………………….
- The word ‘inextricably’ means …………………………….
- Horegallu is important because………………………………………………
- The implied meaning of the expression ‘heavy burdens’ is ……………………
- After reading Sudha Murty’ s “Horegallu”, you realize that it would be worth setting up horegallus on the pavements to help citizens to take a break and ease themselves. Write a letter to the Mayor of your city putting forth the suggestion and explaining the reasons.