MP Board Class 12th Special English Important Questions Chapter 11 My Father Travels
I. Answer the following questions in about 50 – 60 words each:
Why does father hurry on?
The father in this poem represents the old values. He travels alone in the train standing among the old aged daily passengers with fearful look and depressed lot of humanity. He has a sense of attachment with the family. He hurries back home to have some quality time with his family. He feels overburdened with the feeling of values that he represents. He is tired and secluded.
Why does father tremble at the sink? (Imp.)
The father comes back home. He eats stale chapatis and drinks weak tea. Nobody cares for him. He is as good as alone in the house because no one bothers for him. He is ignored by his grand children. Nobody shares his woes. He goes to toilet in order to ease himself. It also symbolises a feeling of detachment from the worldly burden of relationship. She trembles at the sink out of weakness.
Why does the poet call the children sullen? (M.P. 2009, 18)
The poet calls the children sullen because the children of the modem age are different from the previous generation. They feel differently and do accordingly. They do not bother for the old generation. They have their own way of living. They have no time to care and stare at their grandparents. They lack affinity and feeling. It is the trend of modem civilization. Moral values are vanishing fast. Children are growing indisciplined and ignoring.
What does the poet suggest through the line-‘A few droplets cling the greying hair on his wrists’?
The poet here focuses on the degrading moral values. In the modem civilization we ignore our old people. We do not bother to care them. They don’t get any proper care and regard. They feel themselves scorned and ignored. They are growing weak for the feeling of being alienated. The droplets clinging the greying hair on the wrists symbolise their unmindfulness of any sense of care.
What does the father contemplate in the toilet? (M.P. 2015)
In the poem ‘My Father Travels’, the poet Dilip Chitre throws light on new generations thought process and their materialistic living, with degrading human values. The father contemplates over the degradation of traditional values and human relationships. He goes to toilet to relax himself and to get detached himself from the outer world.
II. Answer the following questions in about 75 – 100 words each:
Give the central idea of the poem.
‘My Father Travels’ is a poem on the dehumanising growth of the modern civilization. It captures the predicament of an aged man in this dehumanised urban world. He feels depressed at the crumbling traditional value system and human relationships. The younger generation lacks sincere regards for their old generation.
They don’t bother to honour the traditional values and ways of life. They imitate the fast changing world pattern where there is no place for the old and aged, for them the old is not gold but stale and outdated. This is the negative aspect of the modernization.
Comment on the mood in the poem.
The poem is written in a mood of deep concern for the changing world where we are losing our values. The poet is pensive. He through a father’s travel, puts his ideas about how the modernization affects us negatively. We are being detached from old values, our tradition and our ancestors.
The new generation has its own views and values. The old and the aged are ignored and neglected. The poet grows so depressed that he even thought of the nomads, this indicates that he finds the world of new generation not better than the world that was inhabited by nomads.