Legends will tell you that flamingoes are no ordinary visitors to Kutch. They were the honoured guests of king Lakho and he had forbidden the hunting of flamingoes, which came to Kutch from various parts of the world every year to breed. For centuries the region has been a haven for the migratory bird. Today, Flamingo City , an island in the middle of the Rann of Kutch, known the world over as one of the biggest breeding grounds of the Greater Flamingo , is strewn with bodies of hundreds of flamingo chicks . the parents of these chicks have fled the island due to lack of food. Zooplanktons, algae and small fish that these birds survive on are dying due to sudden increase in the salinity of the Rann waters . One can even see dead fish floating.
Flamingoes need salt encrusted , damp mud to build nests. The place where they build nests has to be in accessible to predatory cats and birds. It should also have sufficient food. The right mix of sweet and brackish water in the Rann is crucial for the proliferation of planktons and algae that the flamingoes feed on . Faced with starvation flamingoes have fled the island leaving their chicks to fend for themselves. Till date around a thousand flamingoes have died.
On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the following statements with appropriate words and phrases
- Flamingoes which visited Kutch were the honoured guests because……
- For centuries the region has been … .the region is…..
- Fod for Flamingoes is getting scarce in Kutch becaue of …….
- Food for flamingoes is exactly……
- Find a word from the passage which means ‘which can’t be reached’
B. Recently’ you read about the IMPORATNCE OF MUSIC IN ONE’S LIFE in a book. Tou decided to write an article on the same . write a letter to the editor of national daily requesting to publish your article.
C. Integrated grammar
a)rearrange them to form meaningful sentences.
i)six puppies/ to/ had/ the friend’s/ given birth/ dog
ii)many times/ Sita told Ravi/ two dogs / have /already / we
iii)more dogs/need/ any/ do not/ we
iv)one white puppy/ she said/ the litter/ Sita saw/ as soon as/ we/ will take
b) Edit the paragraph
I always wait eagerly for our postman and ___
And my joy know no bounds when he brings___________-
Letters for me. But sometimes receive letters______________
Proves to be a night mare for me._________________
D.1) ‘ circumstances proved propitious’
a) what circumstances is referred to here?
b) How did the circumstances prove propitious?
c)what does the word propitious mean?
2. Why was Nicola’s tone ‘put out’ even when the narrator was eager to help him?
3.The poem Frog and the Nightingale portrays the truth where evil people have an upper hand over the innocent ones. Justify the statement .
4. Helen Keller says , “happy days did not last long.” Why does she say this? What had happened to her?