NCERT Solutions for Class 12 English Kaliedoscope Short Stories Chapter 5 - One Centimeter
1. How did the mother lead her life?
Tao Ying was very particular about being an ideal mother for her child. She tries to do everything right. She thus never tries to show her anger and kills her pride when she is with her son. However, one day at the temple when the authorities were doing wrong to her, she stuck to her morals and did not pay to buy a ticket for her son who was eligible to enter the temple without a ticket. She also feels that children imitate their parents and if the parents are not careful to portray a good impression on their children, their children would follow the same.
2. Tao Ying and her husband had blue-collared jobs. Why did she still pay for her son on the bus?
The mother wanted her son to be happy. This is the reason why when the son showed excitement to purchase a ticket on the bus, the mother gave into it. However, on the other hand, when the guard forced her to pay money even though her son was not tall enough to take a ticket, she got angered and left without seeing the temple. The mother displayed that she stuck to what is right but at the same time when it comes to her son, she is ready to bend down and break the rules just for her son’s happiness.