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Question A.2:

During the journey, Rohan and Rajini both note down the information they gather about the states they travel through. When they return they jot down this information.

Working with your partner, choose any one journey and complete the grid for them. You may access the internet or refer to books in the library to complete your grid.

The states that they pass through.

The variety of languages they hear.

The local cuisines they enjoy.

The local handicrafts they buy for their family from each of the states they pass through.

The weather they experience.



This question is to be answered on the basis of your own understanding, experience and thoughts. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, a sample solution has been provided for your reference.

Let us consider the journey from A (Gujarat) − B (Mizoram).

Journey Y − Z has to be prepared in similar fashion.

Curry-rice. Snacks: Thepla, Khakara, Phaphda, Dhokla, etc.   
Exquisitely embroidered wall hangings, shirts, vests, bedspreads, studded with tiny mirrors   
Humid coastal line, extreme temperature in summers and winters in Kutch region, mild pleasant eastern belt with moderate monsoon.

Madhya Pradesh   
Hindi, Malvi, Nimadi, Bundeli, Bagheli, etc.   
Kusli, Jalebi, Biryani palaf, Kebabs, Rogan Josh, etc.   
Clay pots, carpet-making, wooden toys, leather and clay toys, calico paintings, Chanderi sarees, handloom cloth and garments, cotton and woolen products   
Subtropical: Hot and humid summers, pleasant winters.

Chhattisgarhi, Sambalpuri, Marathi, Oriya, etc.   
Salphi (sap of fish-leaf, sago-palm), Mahua (a local brew), Landa (rice beer), Red ant chutney.   
Bamboo crafts, Wood works, Bell metals and Folk paintings.

The folk paintings depicting expressions and emotions portray the socio-cultural ambience.   
Warm and humid summers, cool winters.

Munda languages, Dravidian languages, Indo-Aryan languages, etc.   
Dhuska (served with either aaloo dum or mutton curry), Dudhauri, Handiya (local rice beer/alcoholic drink).   
Wooden crafts, Bamboo works, Metal works, Stone carvings, Ornaments, Toy making (painted wooden cut-outs).   
Summers (up till June end), rainy season (till September), autumn, winter (from Novem
ber to March).

West Bengal   
Shukto (vegetable curry), Lentil and deep-fried potatoes and brinjals, non-veg (f
ish, mutton, chicken).

Spices used: Aniseed, Fenugreek seed, Black cumin seed, Cumin seed and Mustard.

Deserts: Shondesh, Roshogolla, Pantua, Malpoa, etc.   
The exquisite texture of Baluchari sarees, Silk and Tasar textile.

Jute, wood and cane products.

Conch-shell products, Brass wares, Folk dolls and different schools of art such as Dokra. The important feature is, each of these schools, in spite of their contiguity, has maintained its own distinguishing features down the ages.   
Spring, summer, monsoon, a short autumn and winter.

Kokborok, Kuki, Magh/Arakanese, etc.   
Mui Borok made of Berma (dried and fermented fish), non-vegetarian food, pork, mutton, turtle, beef, crabs, fish, prawns, frogs and even dogs.   
Excellent varieties of bamboo and cane handicrafts: Room dividers, decorated wall panels, attractive cane furniture, different decorative pieces using bamboo roots, bamboo dining table mats, Floor mats, etc.   
Landlocked hilly state, tropical climate, receives rainfall during monsoon.

Most meat and vegetables are eaten steamed or boiled.

Main non-vegetarian delicacies: Vawska Rep (Smoked Pork), Arsa Buhchiar (chicken with sticky-rice), Bai (vegetable stew).   
Mizo women use handloom to make clothing and cloth handicrafts.

Puan chei (colourful hand woven wrap-around skirt) and Kawr Chei (a matching beautiful top), Khiang Kawi (traditional bag creatively knitted out of bright coloured wool), Pawnpui (traditional blanket), Em (baskets), Thlangra (a plate for cleaning rice).

In fact, a typical Mizo house is crafted out of bamboos, dry grases, mud and wood.   
Mild climate: comfortable in summer and never freezing during winter.

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Question A.3:

What conclusions do you draw from Rohan and Rajini's experience?



Answer :

Known for unity in diversity, ever since her independence when, Sardar Patel unified 500 princely states into one nation, India has a variety of cultures and traditions to offer. Although there is so much cultural difference, there is a strong palpable connection among all. On touring across the nation Rajini and Rohan realise and appreciate how beautifully India embraces a multitude of castes, creed, colour, conviction, cuisine, costume and custom into one. Dedicated festivals, to seasons and harvests, could be observed everywhere. The national festivals fused their hearts with national pride. Finally they returned with national spirit filled in their hearts and a sense of solidarity among all the regions embracing their diverse cultures.

Question A.6:

Look at the pictures given below. Decide in your group which regions the six photos probably come from. Explain why you think so and find out from your teacher if you were correct. Then write a short caption for each photograph. It can be serious or funny.









Answer :

1. Konark temple, Orissa.

2. City Lake Palace, Udaipur

3. Lavani dance, Maharashtra

4. Tea Gardens, Assam

5. Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi