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Complete the story in 150-200 words.

It was the first time that Pooja was alone at home. Her parents would never leave her alone even for some hours. But this had been an emergency. Her grandfather had suddenly taken ill and because of her school, Pooja couldn’t leave with them

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It was the first time that Pooja was alone at home. Her parents would never leave her alone even for a few hours. But this had been an emergency. Her grandfather had suddenly taken ill and because of her school, Pooja couldn’t leave with them. Pooja’s mother had been very worried while leaving as she had never left her darling daughter alone, but Pooja assured her that she would be fine and it was for just for the night anyway, as in the morning her aunt would come home to her from Pune. Slightly mulled, her parents left her with instructions to not open the door for anyone but her aunt.


Pooja spent the afternoon and evening playing on the computer and then finishing her home work. But when night came, all her courage disappeared. She decided to sleep with the lights on but she couldn’t go to sleep with the lights shining on her face. Annoyed, she switched them off with a huff.


Lying in her bed in the dark, Pooja admitted to herself that the night was getting quite frightening. While tossing and turning on the bed she looked towards the window and her mind started conjuring up all sorts of shapes in the darkness. She tried to console herself by saying that it was just a tree outside and nothing else her heart wouldn’t listen.


Suddenly, she heard a noise in the hall. Pooja was alarmed. She thought of going and seeing from where the noise came from but her limbs seemed to be frozen out of fear. Finall,y she mustered up enough courage to go and investigate. She went into the hall and heard the noise once again. She quickly switched on the light and to her amusement and dismay, it was only her pet dog ‘Simba’ playing in the hall.


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Read the following passage carefully.

ROMANCING THE RAIL


1. A couple of weeks ago, while detailing the many ways in which coping with the bleak economy can actually better our lives, I touched upon the romance of train travel and suggested that we would do well to introduce our children to its charms.


I have to confess that I was surprised by the kind of response this triggered from readers with stories to tell of their own rail adventures.


2. Browsing through them reminded me yet again why trains have such a special place in our lives. Well, perhaps not in the lives of a generation brought up on the dubious pleasure of cheap air travel.


3. I still vividly recall every detail of my first such excursion, taking a train from Sealdah station in Calcutta to visit my aunt’s tea garden in Assam. I settled down at my window seat and even before the train had pulled out, I was burrowing deep into the pleasures of Indian mythology.


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One would imagine that at the very sight of the panther, deer, antelopes, and its other preys would just run for their lives. Nothing of the sort. They all stand their ground and make such a loud noise that the panther is left with no other choice except to leave quietly. I have seen a tiny chital baby standing in the middle of an opening in the forest, stamping its feet on the ground and shooing away a tiger. With the white of its erect tail showing, it kept us its shrill call until the tiger made itself scarce. No tiger in its senses would attempt to catch such an impertinent brat, just as you would not dream of catching an offending crow cawing away in your verandah.


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It is difficult to describe the pandemonium kicked up by various animals when they spot or suspect a panther around. The chital strikes a shrill note, the kakar emits a deafening bark and the sambar rings a bell. The peacock on its perch, the jungle fowl on the ground, and the moneky on treetops, all join in the chorus of condemnation of the panther. They curse the panther in their own inimitable language. The resulting confusion of sounds is so irritating to the sharp ears of the panther that it is left with no other option except to go away.


The panther has thus to deal with its ever alert and watchful associates who show no mercy and expect none. It is a fight between finesse and flight, between clever attack and skillful defence.


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(b) How do the panther and the game animals (deer, antelopes, etc) react to open spaces?


(c) What effect does the loud noise made by birds and animals have on the panther?


(d) How does the panther kill its prey?

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