Lost Spring

Give a brief account of the life and activities of the people like Saheb-e-Alam settled in Seemapuri.

In ‘Lost Spring’ Anees Jung observes that the life and activities of the people like Saheb-e-Alam depends wholly on garbage. For them it is no less than gold, in fact, it is their daily bread. The poor ragpickers are often barefoot, which she thinks is “an excuse to explain a perpetual state of poverty”. Although, …

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‘Lost Spring’ explains the grinding poverty and traditions that condemn thousands of people to a life of abject poverty. Do you agree? Why/Why not?

In ‘Lost Spring’ Anees Jung analyses the grinding poverty and traditions, which condemn thousands of people to a life of abject misery and the slum children to exploitation. The basis of her analysis are the ragpickers of Seemapuri where she meets a little boy named Saheb and Mukesh, whose family is one of the families …

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Most of us do not raise our voice against injustice in our society and tend to remain mute spectators. Anees Jung in her article, “Lost spring” vividly highlights the miserable life of street children and bangle makers of Firozabad. She wants us to act. Which qualities does she want the children to develop?

Anees Jung, in ‘Lost Spring’ vividly highlights the miserable life of street children and bangle makers of Firozabad. Through children, like Saheb, Savita and Mukesh, she delves deep into the poverty and tradition, which forces a life of exploitation on these three and many others like them. It is sad that they are caught in …

Most of us do not raise our voice against injustice in our society and tend to remain mute spectators. Anees Jung in her article, “Lost spring” vividly highlights the miserable life of street children and bangle makers of Firozabad. She wants us to act. Which qualities does she want the children to develop? Read More »

How is Mukesh’s attitude towards his situation different from that of Saheb? Why?

Mukesh’s attitude towards his situation is different from that of Saheb because, unlike Saheb, Mukesh is ambitious. Mukesh has his roots in Firozabad. He is born into a family of bangle makers and must follow in his father’s footsteps for now. However, he wants to break the family tradition and become a motor mechanic. Saheb, …

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What do you think changed the attitude of the other animals and that of Belinda towards the dragon?

The dragon, Custard, initially commanded no amount of respect from Belinda and the other pets, on account of his cowardice; but when the house was attacked by an armed pirate and all others panicked and ran for shelter, the dragon savagely attacked the pirate and ate him up. Thus, the other animals realised his worth …

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Why could the bangle-makers not organise themselves into a co-operative?

The bangle makers cannot escape the vicious circle of exploitation by middlemen, money lenders, police and bureaucrats. They fear that organising themselves into cooperative might be treated as being illegal. They are scared of being hauled up and beaten by the police. In addition to the miseries, they also have to face many caste-related stigmas. …

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Who is Mukesh? What is his dream?

Mukesh is the son of a poor bangle-maker in Firozabad. Although Mukesh helps his father to make bangles, he dreams of becoming a car mechanic for which he is willing to walk the long distance from his home to the garage where he wishes to train.