Maharashtra Board Class 12 Solutions for English Chapter 2.5: Father Returning Home

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Ice Breakers

1. Discuss with your partner the difficulties that you face while commuting to and from the college by public transport.

  1. ……………..

  2. ……………..

  3. ……………..

  4. ……………..

Ans:

  1. Extremely crowded trains and buses

  2. Possibility of unplanned train and bus cancellations are all factors

  3. Protracted lines to purchase rail tickets

  4. Possibility of being late owing to delays and traffic


2. The similar problems are faced by the other commuters on the way to their work place. Imagine their plight and suggest three solutions.


Solutions

giving them your place to sit





Ans:


Solutions

giving them your place to sit

avoiding making loud noises that can disturb other passengers

Following queue

assisting the elderly to board and exit


3. Complete the following table.


A

B

The way our elders take care of us

The way you can take care of elders in your family.

  1. Love and protect us

  2. ……………………………………

  3. ……………………………………

  1. Help them in daily chores.

  2. …………………………………………

  3. ………………………………………...


Ans:


A

B

The way our elders take care of us

The way you can take care of elders in your family.

Love and protect us

Help them in daily chores.

Discuss their personal experiences

Teach elderly people how to use technology to simplify their lives.

Teach us accumulated knowledge.



spending time with them, hearing what they have to say, and telling them our tales


4. Write your duties towards the following-


Family

Parents

Siblings

Grandparents

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..


School/College

Teachers

Classmates

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..

……………………..


Ans:

Duties towards Family:


Family

Parents

Siblings

Grandparents

Observe decency

Keep an eye out for them

Inform them of technology advancements that may be of use to them

Share the work they've done.

Be amiable

Look after them

Be responsible 

Have a generous spirit

Give them some of your time.


Duties towards School/College:


School/College

Teachers

Classmates

Observe decency

Be peaceful

Be respectful

Be cordial

Be Obedient

Be helpful


Brainstorming

(A1)  (i) Discuss with your friend the difficulties faced by the father in the poem.

Ans: 

  1. He faced a difficult commute because he was standing the entire journey in the train, as the train was packed.

  2. As a result of the rainy season, his problems worsen since his clothes get soaked and his chappals and raincoat get dirty.

  3. When he arrives at home, he isn't given nutritious meals.

  4. His kids don't interact with him.

  5. The radio merely transmits static, so he doesn't even have a source of entertainment.


(ii) Discuss the character sketch of the father with the help of the given points. (His pathetic condition, the treatment he receives at home, his solitude, the way he tries to overcome it)

Ans: The dad is getting back on a packed train on a dull rainstorm evening. This demonstrates how diligent he is. He doesn't spend any money on himself because he appears scruffy. He is undoubtedly lonely and heartbroken, which is why he doesn't care about how he looks.


On the return train ride, he remains silent. Co-passengers are not addressed by him. Perhaps his grief stops him from even making small talk. He is travelling alone. He stays silent the entire journey and exits the vehicle without saying goodbye to any other passengers.


His family is cold, heartless, and distant. No one welcomes him when he arrives. Food is served to him cold and is not nourishing. He drinks cold tea and eats old chapatti. He is left on his own and reads a book while eating. After work, he reads a book, has a solo meal, turns on the radio, and daydreams about the future. As a result, the father is an elderly guy who is lonely, heartbroken, and forgotten by his own family despite his efforts to provide for them.


(A2) (i) Given below are the ideas conveyed through the poem. Match the pairs and draw out the hidden meaning from those expressions.


Expressions

Meaning

a. Children avoid expressing themselves. 

1. Father is so eager to meet family members that he even doesn’t bother about his safety

b. Father was deprived of refreshing hot beverages or a nourishing diet.

2. Hostility of children

c. The father hurries home crossing railway line

3. Indulge in his past and future. 

d. The father was destined to listen only to the cracking sounds on media. 

4. Uncomfortable journey

e. His sordid present is devoid of any hope.

5. His basic daily requirements were also not catered to.

f. The father’s endless commuting distance him from his children

6. Father is not less than any tribal wanderer, a modern nomad.

g. The Suburban area, visible through the train, is passed unnoticed.

7. Has least value in a society where his presence or absence might hardly make any difference.

h. He is just a small word, dropping from a sentence

8. Because there is hardly anything enchanting/interesting in the monotonous routine journey to look out of the window

i. He doesn’t get a place in a crowded train.

9. The father couldn’t even fulfill the least expectation of entertaining himself.


Ans: 


Expressions

Meaning

a. Children avoid expressing themselves. 

2. Hostility of children

b. Father was deprived of refreshing hot beverages or a nourishing diet.

5. His basic daily requirements were also not catered to. 

c. The father hurries home crossing railway line

1. Father is so eager to meet family members that he even doesn’t bother about his safety

d. The father was destined to listen only to the cracking sounds on media. 

9. The father couldn’t even fulfil the least expectation of entertaining himself.

e. His sordid present is devoid of any hope.

3. Indulge in his past and future. 

f. The father’s endless commuting distance him from his children

6. Father is not less than any tribal wanderer, a modern nomad.

g. The Suburban area, visible through the train, is passed unnoticed.

8. Because there is hardly anything enchanting/interesting in the monotonous routine journey to look out of the window

h. He is just a small word, dropping from sentence

7. Has the least value in a society where his presence or absence might hardly make any difference.

i. He doesn’t get a place on a crowded train.

4. Uncomfortable journey


(ii) Find the lines to prove the following facts from the poem.

  1. Father is deprived of good food.

  2. Children did not have a healthy relation with the father.

Ans: 

  1. “Eating a stale chapati, reading a book” - Line 14

  2. “His sullen children have often refused to share” - Line 20


(iii) The poet deals with the theme of man’s estrangement from a man-made world. Analyze it with the help of the poem.

Ans: Father arrives at home. He eats alone and receives a careless dinner. The cold, stale food also reflects the chilly nature of familial connections where bonding does not exist. The comment suggests that the man ends up as a nobody among many individuals around him. A home is merely a place for him to stay, and all he is to them is a provider. Even within his own family, the father feels lonely. The artificial world alludes to the social framework wherein this man continues with his standard life.


(iv) The father contemplates about his past and peeps into his future. Give reasons.

Ans: The dad is demoralized with his present, as he sees nothing thrilling in it. He continues with his current life in the midst of the lack of concern of individuals around him, including his own kids. In this way, he contemplates his past and future as a rest from his vile present.


(A3) Complete the following using suitable describing words as appeared in the poem with the help of the words given in the brackets :

(weak, dim, muddy, soggy, stale)

  1. Father’s attire

  2. Father’s tea

  3. Father’s footwear

  4. Father’s food

  5. Father’s eyesight

Ans:

  1. Father’s attire – soggy

  2. Father’s tea – weak

  3. Father’s footwear – muddy

  4. Father’s food – stale

  5. Father’s eyesight – dim


(A4)  (i) 'Fade homeward through the humid monsoon night'.

In the above line the weather is humid, not the night. The epithet or adjective is transferred from the weather to the night. This figure of speech is Transferred Epithet.

Find out such other expressions from the poem.

Ans: 

Alliteration - The depiction of poetic effect is done by repeating the sound of “h”. 


(ii) Identify and write the lines from the poem which express the following figures of speech.


Figures of speech

Lines

1. Simile

……………………………………………………………………………….

2. Alliteration

……………………………………………………………………………….

3. Onomatopoeia

……………………………………………………………………………….


Ans: 


Figures of speech

Lines

1. Simile

"Now I can see him getting off the train

Like a word dropped from a long sentence."

2. Alliteration

Crosses the railway line, enters the lane,

3. Onomatopoeia

"Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming"


(iii) I see him drinking weak tea, eating a stale chapati. 

Here ‘stale chapati’ stands for stale food/non-nourishing food or diet, where the part symbolizes the whole, i.e. food. Guess the name of the figure of speech.

Ans: The figure of speech is ‘synecdoche’.


(A5) (i) Write a counterview on the following topic.

“Every day is a mother’s/ father’s day.”

  1. If you love them, you don’t need to wait for such days.

  2. Celebrating days is just a formality.

  3. Celebrations of the days condition your expression of emotions.

  4. It is a kind of a pretext to neglect your everyday responsibilities.

Ans: 

Counterview of “Every day is a mother’s/ father’s day.”

We should cherish and honour our parents. We must make sure to act and behave in a kind and courteous manner on a daily basis. They toil, smile, and make sacrifices just for their children! Cards or a special day of the year become formalities when we treat elders with respect and compassion.


Our love for our parents is unequivocal. When communicating with family elders, we should never remark, "If they do anything, only then will we do something in return." We can't just be kind, considerate, submissive, and helpful on Father's Day or Mother's Day. All of these things must be shown daily to our parents and elders.


(ii) Conduct a group discussion on the role of children towards their 'Parents and Senior Citizens.’

Ans:


Conductor

The responsibility of children toward their "Parents and Senior Citizens" is the subject of today's group conversation, and you have all been given a short period of time to think about it. The conversation can now start. Would anyone wish to begin?

Lakshmi

The subject of this conversation, in my opinion, is extremely relevant to everyone present. As kids, it is everyone's duty to treat our parents with respect and obedience. However, I believe that our duty goes beyond only taking care of our parents; it also includes taking equally good care of and showing respect to the elderly members of our community.

Arun

Lakshmi and I both feel that our social responsibility goes beyond the walls of our homes. Our personalities are significantly shaped by the society we live in. It undoubtedly includes the countless individuals who have assisted in fostering our academic development, the kind neighbours we have known from childhood, and the street sellers who are now in their later years. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who helped mould us into the people we are today. 

Mounika

Yes, I would like to add that we shouldn't limit ourselves to thinking that being obedient to our parents makes us good children. We should try to live up to our parents' expectations because they are our first teachers and they have undoubtedly aged as they have watched us through childhood and adolescence. But once we leave our houses, other people also took up the responsibility for raising us. We must recognise our foster parents in everyone, including our teachers, bus drivers, doctors, and sanitation workers who have sacrificed the prime of their lives to create room for the next generation.

Arun

Mounika, you are entirely correct. But I don't believe we can treat every elderly person we come across with kindness. Unless we are dealing with an acquaintance or a family friend, we never know the kind of person we are dealing with. Regardless of our best intentions to help the elderly, if we unintentionally engage with the wrong person, we youngsters are also in danger of being taken advantage of.

Shriya

In fact, this is true. There is constantly horrible news regarding child abuse and molestation in the media. After all, there are both good and bad people in the same society. As a result, it is crucial that we exercise caution when attempting to be kind to the elderly members of our community.

Mounika

We must be socially responsible while still taking care of our own safety and security, as Shriya points out.

Arun

That is accurate. And going back to our responsibilities towards our parents, it is crucial to interact with them, find out about their day, and offer support if they appear to be under a lot of stress. When we were young, our parents anticipated our needs and met them without our having to ask. It is crucial that we take care of them as they age, just as they took care of us.


(iii) Write an appreciation of the poem 'Father Returning Home.’

Ans: A lonely old man returns home after a long day at work in the bilingual poet Dilip Chitre's poem "Father Returning Home." The poet talks of taking the crowded Mumbai local train home alone and in silence. Although the father is surrounded by people, it serves as a metaphor for his lonely life.


The poet describes the train's passing countryside as being seen by "unseeing" eyes. Like his uninteresting existence, the man commutes every day and sees the same thing. Monsoon at night is the scene. The man's attire and outward appearance are allegorical as well.


His drenched attire and mud-stained jacket serve as a metaphor for his scruffy demeanour and depressing life. The man is toting a sack of books. He may be a good reader. The poet likens the man getting off the train to a word dropping from a sentence as a result. He is ignored as a simile that was accidentally lost from a lengthy statement. We see the long train and the passenger as one word that is getting shorter thanks to the "long sentence" idea.


The platform he is on is grey, a colour that depicts unclean surroundings. The poet writes in simple, everyday words. The poet says that he "hurries" down the platform and then "hurries" home. His urgency to get to his shelter is demonstrated by this repeated word, and I stay dry. The words conjure up images of a scruffy, pitiful, yet learned man.


The man at his home is the subject of the poem's second section. He consumes a dish that is of inferior quality and is presented carelessly. He consumes food while reading a book. That perfectly captures his feeling of loneliness at home. After a long day at work and a strenuous commute, the family provides no company.


He is thinking about how, despite being in the crowd, he has been cut off from the world as he uses the restroom. In his own home, he is an outsider to his family. His kids won't talk to him or let him into any aspect of their lives. They are also uninterested in his personal life. He drifts off to sleep while listening to ominous radio sounds and reflecting on the past and future.


The idea is that older people are taken advantage of by their own offspring while being ignored when they need care. The subject of the poem is a man who could be misconstrued. Even in the midst of a crowd, he feels lonely. It teaches us how to interact inappropriately with people who are approaching the end of their lives. I feel bad for these people who have put a lot of effort into their lives but are discarded by their younger relatives once their usefulness has passed.


(iv) Compose a short poem in about 4-6 lines on your father.

Ans: 

Father

He is kind, selfless, and

Sincere and diligent

Simple, stern, educated

Honest and always appreciated

By all of my family and friends.

He made a final effort to perform well.


(v) Write a character sketch of your family member.

Ans: 

My Mother

Come see my mum if you don't believe that angels can walk on earth. The kindest and most loving person I have ever come across is my mum. As far as I can remember, she has never used a harsh word against anyone. She neglects herself since she cares so much about everyone else's comfort.


She takes care of her 80-year-old father-in-law. He receives a lot of visitors and is a wonderful scholar. Except for taking care of us, she attends to them all with cheerfulness. I try to help out as much as I can with the household tasks, along with my father, sister, and mother.


But she bears most of the responsibility for managing the house. She handles the duty with such joy that it seems quite minor. She treats our friends with love and joy when my sister and I bring them over. She gives us financial advice but ensures that we always have a delicious meal when friends and family get together for a holiday feast.


In the absence of my mother, my father does not make any significant decisions. She talks about everything till they make the best choice. Anything that my mother hasn't made, our grandfather won't eat. Since my grandma passed away, he depends on my mother, "Laru," to keep everything in its proper location, including his diet meals, medications, reference books, walking stick, and shawl. My mother is my world, my everything.


(A6) (i) Dilip Chitre has translated Sant Tukaram's 'Abhang' (devotional poem) for which he received Sahitya Akademi Award. Browse the internet to collect more information about it.

Ans: This is an activity-based question and is advised to be done by the student.


(ii) List various occupations related to services which can be rendered to senior citizens.

  1. To counsel patients of Alzheimers' disease.



Ans:

  1. To counsel patients of Alzheimer's disease

  2. Provide assistance to nursing homes.

  3. Provide geriatric medicine as a speciality in hospitals for the care of the elderly.


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