Chapter 6
  • Re-read p.49 starting 'Sampath leapt from....all the way to the top'. Comment on the pace of this section. Look closely at the punctuation, sentence lenght and choice of verbs. Compare this section to p. 50-p. 51 'Concealed in the branches... he'd pick a guava.'

  • “leapt”: a verb that shows that great effort has been used to carry out this, which instantly changes the mood of this scene. Sampath goes from sitting dully in a bus to leaping out windows. The change in action is so abrupt that it automatically wakes the reader up, like a rush of caffeine
  • The sentence “Amazing passengers…far up the slope” is long with no punctuation in between. Therefore the flow of the words are not broken, and the reader reads this at a faster, smoother speed, conveying Sampath’s quick, free running.

  • Why does Sampath want to escape from his household? Where does he end up? Why?

Chapter 7:

  • Comment on the reactions of the Chawlas and the rest of the village when they hear that Sampath is living in a tree.
  • "What on earth was he to say...nothing at all' (. 53-p. 54). This is an example of free indirect speech. This form of writing is recognised by the absence of introductory expressions such as 'he said.' ovelists use Free Indirect Discourse as a means of blurring the distinction between the voice and thoughts of the narrator and the voice and thoughts of their characters. Why does Desai use this technique for Sampath.
  • Why does Sampath eventually say 'nothing at all' to his family.
  • Why does Kulfi ask Mr. Chawla to 'let him be'.
  • Find at least three humorous moments in this chapter and explain how Desai creates a comic scene in this chapter.
  • p. 57-59 carry a detailed description of the 'perfect bride'. Why has Desai introduced this section. How does it relate to the rest of the chapter?
  • How does the end of the chapter set the tone for the rest of the novel?