CTET Paper-I English: Questions 65 - 73 of 294
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‘Why did not you show up yesterday? Asked the headmaster, looking up. Swaminathan’s first impulse was to protest that he had never been absent. But the attendance register was right there in front of him. ‘No-No-I was blazed, I tried to come, but they took away my cap and burn it. Many strong men held me down when I tried to come… When a great man is sent to goal… I am surprised to see you a slave of the Englishmen… Didn’t they cut off - Dacca Muslin - Slaves of Slaves… ‘These were some of the disjoined explanations which he thought in his head and which even at that moment, he was discreet enough not to express. He wanted to mention headache, but he found to his distress that others beside him had one. The headmaster shouted, ‘won’t you open your mouth? ’ He brought the cane sharply down on Swaminathan’s right shoulder. Swaminathan kept staring at the head master with tears in his eyes, massaging with his left hand the spot, where the cane was laid, ‘I will kill you if you keep on staring without answering my question, ’ cried the head master. ‘I-I couldn’t come’, stammered Swaminathan. ‘Is that so? Asked the head master and turning to a boy said, ‘bring the peon’. Swaminathan thought What is he going to ask the peon to thrash me? If he does any such thing, I will bite everybody’. The peon came. The headmaster said to him, ‘now say what you know about this little rascal on the desk’. The peon eyed Swaminathan with a sinister look, grunted and demanded, ‘Didn’t I see you break the panes? ‘The peon eyed Swaminathan with a sinister look, grunted and demanded, ‘Didn’t I see you break the panes? ‘Of the ventilators in my room, added the headmaster with zeal. Here, there was no chance of escape. Swaminathan kept staring foolishly till he received another whack on the back. The headmaster demanded what the young brigand (bandit) had to say about it. The brigand had nothing to say. It was a fact that he had broken the panes. They had seen it. There was nothing more about it. He had unconsciously become defiant and did not care to deny the charge. When another whack came on his back, he abruptly said, ‘don’t beat me, Sir. It pains. ’ This was an invitation to the head master to bring down the cane four times again. He said, ‘keep standing here, on this desk, staring like an idiot, till I announce your dismissal.
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The small village of Somnathpur has a magnificent temple, built around 1268 AD by the Hoyasalas of Karnataka- one of the most richest temple builders. Belur and Helebid are among their better know works. While these suffered during the invasion of the 14th century, the Somnathpur temple stands more or less stable in near original condition.
This small temple has divine everyone with its beautiful sculptures and vitality, covering almost every inch of the walls, pillars and even ceilings. It has three shikharas and stands on a start shaped platform with 24 edges. The outer walls have a profusion of detailed carvings: the entire surface runs over by a carved plaque of stone. There were vertical panels covered by exquisite figures of Gods and Goddess. Vishnu seemed the most popular, with many of his incarnations being depicted. Shiv, Brahma and Indra weren’t left out and there were plenty of female deities too Durga and Saraswati. There were shapely nymphs too, some carrying an ear of maize. The elaborate ornamentation, very characteristics of Hoyasalas sculptures, was a remarkable feature. On closer look and it is worth it- the series of friezes on the outer walls revealed intricately carved caparisoned elephants, charging horsemen, stylized flowers, warriors, musicians, crocodiles and swans.
The temple was actually commissined by Soma Dandanayaka or Somnath, he naed the temple after him, the minister of the Hoyasalas king, Narsimha the Third. The temple was built to house 3 versions of Krishna. The inner center of the temple was Kalyana Mandapa. Leading from here were 3 corridors, each ending in a shrine, one for each kind of Krishna - Venugopala, Janardana and Prasanna Keshava, though only 2 remain in their original form. In the darkness of the sanctum, I tried to discern the different images. The temple’s sculptural perfection is amazing and it includes the doors of the temple and the 3 beautifully designed towers.