Written by 11:36 pm Std.12 English

Std.12 | English | Unseen Passage |

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And in the process, we also get saved from abstraction ourselves, and come to see how much we can bring to the places we visit, and how much we can become a kind of carrier pigeon – an anti- Federal Express, if you like – in transporting back and forth what every culture needs. I find that I always take Michael Jordan posters to Kyoto, and bring woven ikebana baskets back to California. But more significantly, we carry values and beliefs and news to the places we go, and in many parts of the world, we become walking video screens and living newspapers, the only channels that can take people out of the censored limits of their homelands. In closed or impoverished places, like Pagan or Lhasa or Havana, we are the eyes and ears of the people we meet, their only contact with the world outside and, very often, the closest, quite literally, they will ever come to Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton. Not the least of the challenges  of  travel,  therefore,  is  learning how to import – and export – dreams with tenderness. By now all of us have heard (too often) the old Proust line about how the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new places but in seeing with new eyes. Yet one of the subtler beauties of travel is that it enables you to bring new eyes to the people you encounter. Thus even as holidays help you appreciate your own home more not least by seeing it through a distant admirer’s eyes they help you bring newly appreciative-distant-eyes to the places you visit. You can teach them what they have to celebrate as much as you celebrate what they have to teach. This, I think, is how tourism, which so obviously destroys cultures, can also resuscitate or revive them, how it has created new “traditional” dances in Bali, and caused craftsmen in India to pay new attention to their works.


A1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words.
1. We can become a kind of carrier………………………………….
2. The narrator always take …………………………posters to ……………………
3. The narrator bring woven ………………………. Baskets back to ……………
We  carry  ……………………and  …………………….  and to the paces we go.

A2. Write sentences from the extract conveying the fact that travelling        brings together the various culture of the different parts of the world.

A3. Explain: I think, is how tourism, which so obliviously destroys cultures can also resuscitate or revive them.

A4. Explain: I think, is how tourism, which so obliviously destroys cultures can also resuscitate or revive them.

A5. Which mode of transport would you prefer for travelling? Why?

A6. 1. We carry values and beliefs. (Use not only but also)
        2. We become walking video (Identify the tense)
        3. We are the eyes and ears of the (Use as well as)
       4. They will ever come to Michael Jackson or Bill (Use either or)

A7. Write the same meaning words for-       
      1.  Japanese are of flower arrangement………………………
      2. reduced to poverty …………..
     3. more difficult to grasp……………………….
     4. make active and vigorous ………………………….

Set - 2

Thus travel spins us round in two ways at once: It shows us the sights and values and issues that we might ordinarily ignore; but it also, and more deeply, shows  us  all  the parts of ourselves that might otherwise grow rusty. For in travelling to a truly foreign place, we inevitably travel to moods and states of mind and hidden inward passages.
that we’d otherwise seldom have cause to visit. On the most basic level, when I’m in Tibet, though not a real Buddhist, I spend days on end in temples,listening to the chants of sutras. I go to   Iceland to visit the lunar spaces within me, and, in the uncanny quietude and emptiness of that vast and treeless world,to tap parts of myself generally obscured by chatter and routine. We travel, then, in search of both self and anonymity – and, of course, in finding the one we apprehend the other. Abroad, we are wonderfully free of caste and job and standing; we are, as Hazlitt puts it, just the “gentlemen in the parlour,” and people cannot put a name or tag to us. And precisely because we are clarified in this way, and freed of inessential labels, we have the opportunity to come into contact with more essential parts of ourselves  (which may begin to explain why we may feel most alive when far from home). Abroad is the place where we stay up late, follow impulse and find ourselves as wide open as when we are in love. We live without a past or future, for a moment at least, and are ourselves up for grabs and open to interpretation. We even may become mysterious-to others, at first, and sometimes to ourselves-and, as no less a dignitary than Oliver Cromwell once noted, “A man never goes so far as when he doesn’t know where he is going.

A1. State the sentences True or False.

1. Travel shows us the sights and
2. We travel to moods and states of
3. The narrator was a real
4. People can put a name or tag to

A2. Describe the narrator’s visit

1. Tibet


2. Iceland/Theluna


A3. How does travel spin us?
A4. Would you like to visit Jammu and Kashmir? Why?
A5. 1. we inevitably travel to moods and states of mind.
                                                                   (Use not only …..but also)

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