Glimpses of India summary includes three short stories. The first story is by Lucio Rodrigues named, a baker from Goa. The second story is by Lokesh Abrol named, Coorg, a place in Karnataka. In this story, the author explains the environment, wildlife, weather, people, and the landscape of Coorg. The last story is by Arup Kumar Datta named, Tea from Assam. The third story is about two friends discovering the tea gardens of Assam and acknowledging the legends
A baker from Goa is a historical story related to the time when Portuguese ruled Goa. The story concentrates on the relevance of a baker in the Goa village. The author talked about how the importance of bakers is still upheld even Portuguese have left the country. The bakers refer to paders who make a jingle sound with the bamboo when they come to sell loaves of bread in the streets. The same jingling sound would wake the author and his friends during the childhood days. They were supposed to run towards him without even washing their mouth. It was the maid-servant of the house who bought loaves of bread, which children ate.
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The above picture shows a baker selling loaves of bread in the past several years.
The narrator recalls that bread was a crucial part of any occasion in Goa, especially the sweet bread named Bol. Baker from Goa's story shows that this sweet bread was a part of marriages, and the lady prepares sandwiches on the engagement of her daughter in earlier years. Cakes, sandwiches, and several other items were made with the loaves of bread during that time. Additionally, bakers wore ‘Kabai’, an exceptional frock of knee-length. Since that time, the bakery has continued to be a money-making profession.
Coorg to Goa is a story describing the district Coorg. It lies between two towns, namely; Mangalore and Mysore. The author described Coorg as a beautiful place like heaven and claimed that it might have come from the Kingdom of God. The district has evergreen forests, coffee plantations, spices, and a pleasant environment. Many tourists come to visit this place in-between the months of September to March.
There is a historical story about the Arabic descent of the Coorg people describing that a part of Alexander’s army came here as their return was difficult. They got settled and married the locals. Many people of Coorg wear Kuppia, that’s similar to what Arabs wear. Moreover, they have a tradition of hospitality and are very brave. Coorg Regiment of the Indian Army is one of the renowned in the Indian Army. Moreover, the first Army Chief, General Cariappa, also belongs to the district, Coorgi. Even in today’s time, Kodavus are the only individuals who carry firearms without having a license.
Cauvery, the famous river gets its water from the hills and forests of Coorg. Additionally, the greatest freshwater fish, Mahaseer is found in the water of this river. Bees, birds, and butterflies give each other a good company, and even elephants enjoy being bathed here. The Brahmagiri hills enable the climber to get an astonishing view of Coorg. Moreover, Buddhist monks live in Bylakuppe, near Coorg.
Two friends, Rajvir and Pranjol, were travelling to Assam. They took tea from a roadside seller, and while sipping, Rajvir told Pranjol that humans drink around 800,000,000 cups of tea per day across the world. Pranjol was busy reading his detective book, but Rajvir looked at the beautiful scenery. Tea bushes were spread over the town as far as they can see. On their way, they saw a building that was a tea garden.
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The above picture shows women in Assam carrying bamboo baskets behind them. They are plucking tea leaves in the large forests of Assam.
Assam has the largest tea plantations all over the world. Rajvir told Pranjol that no one knows exactly who discovered the tea for the first time. According to a Chinese legend, few leaves of branches fell in the boiling water that gave it a delicious flavour. They were tea leaves. According to Indian legend, a Buddhist Monk cut off his eyelids. It was because he fell asleep during meditations. Around tea, plants grew out of these, and after that, tea leaves exiled sleep when put in hot water and drunk. Both Rajvir and Pranjol got down at Mariani Junction, and after that, they went to Dhekiajuli Tea Estate. They saw women with bamboo baskets who were plucking tea leaves.
Q1: What were Bakers Wearing?
While the Portuguese days
During young days
Ans: The bakers used to come two times in a day once they appeared in the morning when they used to sell and next in the evening to collect the empty baskets.
In Portuguese days: The Baker was wearing a frock that was to his knee-length. Moreover, the dress was very unique. Usually, people denote this dress up as Kabai. This dress-up was common in those days.
When he was young: During his childhood days, the author has seen bakers wearing pants and shirts. However, pants were usually shorter than the actual pant size. Also, it started some traditional look to the dress.
Q2: Explain the Theme of Glimpses of India.
Ans: In part one of the stories, the author recalls his childhood memories. He narrates “A Baker from Goa.” He narrates how he got excited since his childhood. He tells how Bakers used to arrive two times a day once to sell and next to collect the empty baskets back. In the second story, it described Coorg, which is the district of Goa. People here describe Alexander’s army and history. In the story three, the author describes the glimpses of Assam. He describes Assam as popular for tea plantation. There are lots of tea gardens in Assam, which makes it popular.