NCERT Solutions for Class 12 Flamingo English A Roadside Stand Summary
1)What were the people who had set up the roadside stand pleading for?
Answer: Passing city dwellers were asked to stop at the poor farmers’ roadside stalls and buy something so that they, too, could earn a living, not only to make ends meet but also to be able to afford some comfort in life.
2) What is the poet’s reference to a “childish longing”? Why is it referred to as “vain”?
Answer: The farmers’ desire for customers at their roadside stall is described by the poet as “childish longing.” It’s because no one stopped, and even if they did, it was only to ask directions or buy gas. As a result, this childish waiting is ‘in vain.’
3) Which lines convey the poet’s indescribable pain at the prospect of the plight of the rural poor?
Answer: The poet, who is brimming with empathy, can’t bear the plight of the simple and innocent people of the countryside. The lines underneath show his excruciating pain:
“Sometimes I feel myself I can hardly bear
The thought of so much childish longing in vain,
The sadness that lurks near the open window there,
That waits all day in almost open prayer”
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