A VISIT TO CAMBRIDGE
To aware the students that physical disability is not a hurdle in individual growth.
To create scientific thinking among the students.
To aware about their surroundings and having respect to all.
To create curiosity among the students to get information about disable people.
Astrophysicist-One who knows about the branch of physics dealing with stars planets etc.
Ambushed- had a surprise meeting
Fed up with- become unhappy or sick
Anguish- mental pain
Claustrophobic- very small and suffocating
1.To introduce about Firdaus kanga and other reputed scientist.
2.To tell the students that interview is the serviceable communication which provides information about the great celebrities.
3.To motivate the students not to be worried about physical disability and Hawking is the best example for the source of inspiration.
The name of the lesson is ‘A visit to Cambridge’ and its writer name is Firdaus Kanga . In this lesson the writer could move only a wheelchair. He accepted his disability as a warrior. He made a journey all over the world. And he proved his ability is the greatest among normal people.
He went to Cambridge and met Mr. Stephen Hawking who is totally paralyzed although he wrote a great book. He thought that disable people should not be worried about their condition and always thinking positive. If those people get attention towards their ability then they can get easily their goal.
This lesson motivates the disable people also the normal people.
extended learning support
1. Who is the author of this lesson?
Ans. The author’s name of this lesson is Firdaus Kanga.
2.What is wrong with his physique?
Ans. He is perhaps a wheelchair bound polio victim.
3.What was his plan behind his visit to Britain?
Ans. His plan behind his visit to England was to write a book about his travels.
4.Who did he contact at Cambridge?
Ans. Firdaus contacted the brilliant but paralytic astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
5. what makes a disabled person feel stronger?
Ans. Meeting another handicapped person who has achieved something big, makes the disabled person feel stronger and more inspired to do better.
6. Rewrite removing ‘too’- You are too lazy to draw a cheque.
Ans. You are so lazy that you do not draw even a cheque.
7. Who is Firdaus Kanga interviewing?
Ans. Firdaus Kanga is interviewing Stephen Hawking, a renowned scientist.
8. What is common between the speaker and the person he is talking to?
Ans. Both are handicapped. Both have decided to live creatively.
9. what message did Stephen give to disabled people world over?
Ans. He called upon all the disabled people to give wholehearted attention only to what they were capable of doing. Olympic games organized for the disabled were a waste of time.
10. Use the word ‘waste’ as a noun and as a verb.
Verb- (a) Don’t waste your precious time?
Noun-(b) Watching TV is not all waste of time.
Q.1 (i) Did the prospect of meeting Stephen Hawking make the writer nervous? If so, why?
Ans. Yes, he felt nervous when he went to meet Stephen Hawking because he was fed up with people asking him to be brave.
(ii) Did he at the same time feel very excited? If so, Why?
Ans. Yes, he felt very excited at the same time because Stephen Hawking was also totally paralysed, still he had made great achievement. This gave him strength to do so still better.
Q.2 Guess the first question put to the scientist by the writer.
Ans. “You have been very brave, haven’t you?” said the narrator.
Q.3 Stephen Hawking said, “I’ve had no choice.” Does the writer think there was a choice? What was it?
Ans. Yes, the writer thought that Stephen Hawking had a choice. He chose to live creatively despite his paralysis.
Q.4 “I could feel his anguish.” What could be the anguish.
Ans Stephen’s anguish was that he found it difficult to find the right words on his computer. Hw felt frustrated and tired.
Q.5 What endeared the scientist to the writer so that he said he was looking at one of the most beautiful men in the world?
Ans What endeared Hawking to the writer was his frankness. Without being sentimental or silly, he declared that he was annoyed when somebody came to disturb him in his work.
Q.6 Read aloud the description of ‘the beautiful’ man. Which is the most beautiful sentence in the description?
Ans ‘Before you, like a lantern whose walls are worn so thin you glimpse only the light inside, is the incandescence of a man.’
Q.7 (i) If ‘the lantern’ is the man, what would its ‘walls’ be?
Ans. The walls of the lantern are formed by the body.
(ii) What is housed within the thin walls?
Ans. The eternal soul.
(iii) What general conclusion does the writer draw from this comparision?
Ans. The writer draws the conclusion that each of us is an eternal soul, the body is not such an essential thing.
Q.8 What is scientist’s message for disabled?
Ans. Stephen Hawking’s message for the disabled people is that they should concentrate on what they are good at. Olympics for the handicapped or disabled people are a waste of time.
Q.9 Why does the writer refer to the guitar incident? Which idea does it support?
Ans. The writer supports Hawking’s idea that the disabled people must not try to overreach themselves. The writer once tried to play a big guitar. He felt defeated. So he destroyed it one night.
Q.10 The writer expresses his great gratitude to Stephen Hawking. What is the gratitude for?
Ans. The writer expresses his gratitude to Hawking for giving him strength and confidence to be brave and to live creatively.
Q.11 Complete the following sentences taking their appropriate parts from both boxes below.
(i) There was his assistant on the line………..
(ii) You get fed up with people asking you to be brave……
(iii) There he was,…………
(iv) You look at his eyes which can speak………
(v) It doesn’t do much good to know…………
. tapping at a little switch in his hand
. and I told him
. that there are people
. as if you have a courage account
. and they are saying something huge and urgent
. trying to find the words on his computer
. I had come in a wheelchair from India.
. on which you are too lazy to draw a cheque.
. smiling with admiration to see you breathing still.
. it is hard to tell what.
Ans. (i) There was his assistant on the line wheelchair from India I had come in a
(ii) You get fed up with people asking you to be brave as if you have a courage account on which you are too lazy to draw a cheque.
(iii) There he was, tapping at a little switch in his hand trying to find the words on his computer.
(iv) You look at his eyes which can speak, and they are saying something huge and urgent it is hard to tell what.
(v) It doesn’t do much good to know that there are people smiling with admiration to see you breathing still.