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(i) Milkha Singh couldn’t sleep a night before they left because this was the first time he was traveling his all the way to Australia by airplane. He was utmost excitement, happy and curious about his journey. There were various questions that were revolving in his mind about his journey. So, all this made him awake throughout the night.

(ii) Only one person had flown earlier. Mary Lila Rao had traveled before and except her, all was traveling for the first time.

(iii) There were bright lights throughout the streets of Santa Cruz, it was engulfed with the strange sounds and the never-ending rush of the people made the atmosphere of Santa Cruz seem unreal.

(iv) The two reasons that were responsible for Milkha’s worry or confusion:

• He was not having any bedding and also he was traveling without food.

• He was scared about how the plane will take off with so many people and their luggage.

(v) According to Milkha, the huge monster was the plane which was ready to take off. He was about to climb in the plane and enter into the cabin.

(vi) Milkha was fascinated by the hotel because he was a very simple boy from the village. He has never been to such a luxurious hotel. The managers of the hotel showed hospitality to him and taught him how to tie a knot and also helped him learn table manners. Thus, such treatment made him fascinated.

(vii) The air – hostess need to help him because Milkha was traveling for the first time in an airplane. He was looking out continuously and when he noticed smoke outside he raised an alarm thinking that the plane is on fire. So the air – hostess calms him down and informed him that the plane is not on fire. It is the smoke of the fuel that was burning.

(viii)He was praying to his God because he was scared of the take-off. Butterflies were running in his stomach when the plane was on the runway.

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