Short Story 2 “Colours of Rainbow” is taken from Tulip Series English for students of Class 8 of JKBOSE Board for students of Jammu and Kashmir. This particular post is about Colours of Rainbow Short Story 3 Summary and Questions. You will find Difficult words and their meanings, a Summary of the short story Colours of Rainbow and Question Answers to the short story Colours of Rainbow. In my previous post, I discussed Achilles Short Story 2 Summary and Question Answers. So, let’s not waste more time and get started with this post.
Colours of Rainbow Short Story 3 Summary and Questions
The short story “Colours of Rainbow” is a Dogri short story written by Chanchal Sharma and translated to English by Shivnath. It is a story about a couple who engage in small fights and arguments over pity things and finally, things settle down on a loveful and joyful note.
Colours of Rainbow Short Story 3 Word Meaning
|Word||English Meaning||Hindi Meaning||Urdu Meaning|
|Awning||A piece of material attached to a building to give protection against the sun and rain||तिरपाल||سائبان|
|Dripping||To fall in drops||पानी का टपकना||ٹپکنا|
|Barely||Almost not||मुश्किल से||بمشکل|
|Sliding down||To move downward along the surface while in contact with||नीचे फिसलना||نیچے پھسلنا|
|Splendiferous||Splendid; grand in appearance||सब से सुंदर||شاندار|
|Convolutions||Twists; (here) troubles, difficulties||मुसीबतें||مشکلات|
|Fed up||Upset or Annoyed||परेशान||تنگ آنا|
|Tiff||A slight argument||मनमुटाव||جھگڑا|
|Brewing||About to happen||होने वाला||ہونے والا ہے|
|Accusation||Statement of fault, a charge of doing wrong||आरोप||الزام|
|Cherish||To love, care and protect||संजोना||پیار کرنا|
|Good riddance||Used to express happiness that someone or something unwanted has gone||छुटकारा मिलना||نجات پانا|
|Disappeared||To go out of sight||गायब हो गया||غائب|
|Well-to-do||Rich, prosperous||ख़ुशहाल||اچھی طرح سے|
|Remonstrate||To argue in protest||विरोध करना||مخالفت کرنا|
|Breach||To breakthrough||उल्लंघन करना||خلاف ورزی|
|Morsel||A small piece of food, a bite||निवाला||نوالہ|
|Howled||To make a long loud sound||चीख़ना||چیخنا|
Colours of Rainbow Short Story 3 Summary in English
The Colours of Rainbow is a short story translated by Shivnath from the Dogri language. It is a story that explains the turmoil of day-to-day life that a couple faces. The author of the story is sitting on a cot and looking out of the window, at the beauty of nature. The rain had just stopped and drops of rainwater were dripping from chilly plants just outside the winds. The sun had come out so the environment is looking pleasant. The kids were playing and making a lot of noise. The author was lost in his thoughts.
Just then his daughter Munni came running to him. She was happy seeing the rainbow. She asked him to come and see the swing of Gudda-Guddi. She pointed toward the sky and says that it is the swing of Gudda – Guddi. She asked for a swing of her own. The author told her to take that one but she refused and goes along with her brothers and sister to play.
The narrator was lost in his thoughts. He remembered when he was a small boy his grandmother also used to tell him that the rainbow was the swing of Gudda and Guddi. She had told him that he was a Gudda and a Guddi would come into his life. He was very much fascinated with the colours of the rainbow and imagined himself sitting on the rainbow with his Guddi. The Guddi came in the form of his wife. But now he was grown up, was married, and had four children and he had to look after the entire family with his limited salary. The dream of swaying together seated on a seven-coloured swing had remained a dream only.
Then his wife comes along and starts shouting. There was an argument between the author and his wife and he left the home in a bad mood. He remained outside the house for the entire day and takes his morning meal outside and spent his afternoon with his friends in a cinema hall. At night he returns home feeling homesick. His anger had subsided by now. The kids have gone to sleep. He saw his wife had suffered too and it was quite apparent that she did not have food since morning. She requests her husband to have food and spit out the anger which is not good for his health. She repeatedly insists on her husband for food. Although she was also angry with her husband at the end of the day, she forgets all the ill-treatment of her husband and took a keen interest in the care of her husband being hungry for the entire day.
His wife caught hold of his arm and made him sit down to eat. He also obliged her. She sat close to him and began fanning him with her hand. He moved his hand holding the morsel towards her mouth. She refused but the author forced the morsel into her mouth. She grasped not only the morsel but his finger too. They laughed together.
The next morning, Munni was waking up Bittoo and said mummy and papa are friends again, they are talking to each other again. She said, Bittoo there is a swing of Gudda – Guddi in the sky again and Bittoo said, yes but its colours are brighter today and that brightness was the happiness and cheerfulness of their complete family.
Colours of Rainbow Short Story 3 Summary in Hindi
इंद्रधनुष के रंग शिवनाथ द्वारा डोगरी भाषा से अनुवादित एक लघु कहानी है। यह एक ऐसी कहानी है जो एक जोड़े के दैनिक जीवन की उथल-पुथल की व्याख्या करती है। कहानी का लेखक एक खाट पर बैठा है और खिड़की से बाहर प्रकृति की सुंदरता को देख रहा है। बारिश अभी रुकी ही थी और ठंडी हवाओं के बाहर ठंडे पौधों से बारिश के पानी की बूंदें टपक रही थीं। सूरज निकल आया था इसलिए वातावरण सुहावना लग रहा था। बच्चे खेल रहे थे और खूब शोर मचा रहे थे। लेखक अपने ख्यालों में खोया हुआ था।
तभी उसकी बेटी मुन्नी दौड़ती हुई उसके पास आई। वह इंद्रधनुष देखकर खुश हो गई। उसने उसे आने और गुड्डा-गुड्डी के झूले को देखने के लिए कहा। उसने आकाश की ओर इशारा करते हुए कहा कि यह गुड्डा-गुड्डी का झूला है। उसने अपना एक झूला मांगा। लेखक ने उसे वह लेने के लिए कहा लेकिन उसने मना कर दिया और अपने भाइयों और बहन के साथ खेलने चली गई।
कथाकार अपने विचारों में खोया हुआ था। उसे याद आया कि जब वह छोटा था तो उसकी दादी भी उसे बताती थी कि इंद्रधनुष गुड्डा और गुड्डी का झूला है। उसने उससे कहा था कि वह एक गुड्डा है और एक गुड्डी उसके जीवन में आएगी। इन्द्रधनुष के रंगों से वह बहुत मोहित हो जाता था और उसने कल्पना की कि वह अपनी गुड्डी के साथ इन्द्रधनुष पर बैठा है। गुड्डी उनकी पत्नी के रूप में आई। लेकिन अब वह बड़ा हो गया था, शादीशुदा था, और उसके चार बच्चे हैं और उसे अपने सीमित वेतन में पूरे परिवार की देखभाल करनी पड़ती थी। सात रंग के झूले पर एक साथ बैठकर झूलने का सपना सपना ही रह गया था।
तभी उसकी पत्नी आ जाती है और चिल्लाने लगती है। लेखक और उसकी पत्नी के बीच किसी बात को लेकर विवाद हो गया और वह बुरे मूड में घर से निकल गया। वह पूरे दिन घर से बाहर रहा और सुबह का खाना बाहर खाया और दोपहर के समय अपने दोस्तों के साथ एक सिनेमा हॉल में बिताया। रात में वह घर लौटता है क्योंकि अब उसे घर की याद आने लगी थी । अब तक उसका गुस्सा शांत हो चुका था। बच्चे सोने चले गए हैं। उसने देखा कि उसकी पत्नी को भी पीड़ा हुई थी और यह स्पष्ट था कि उसने सुबह से भोजन नहीं किया था। वह अपने पति से भोजन करने और क्रोध को त्याग करने का अनुरोध करती है जो उसके स्वास्थ्य के लिए अच्छा नहीं है। वह बार-बार अपने पति से खाने के लिए जिद करती है। हालाँकि वह दिन के अंत में अपने पति से भी नाराज़ थी, वह अपने पति के सभी दुर्व्यवहारों को भूल जाती है और पूरे दिन अपने पति के भूखे रहने की देखभाल में गहरी दिलचस्पी लेती है।
उसकी पत्नी ने उसका हाथ पकड़ लिया और उसे खाने के लिए बैठा दिया। वह उसके पास बैठ गई और उसे अपने हाथ से हवा करने लगी। लेखक ने निवाला पकड़कर अपना हाथ उसके मुंह की ओर बढ़ाया। उसने मना कर दिया लेकिन लेखक ने जबरन उसके मुंह में निवाला डाल दिया। उसने निवाला ही नहीं, उसकी उंगली भी पकड़ ली। वे एक साथ हँसे।
अगली सुबह, मुन्नी बिट्टू को जगा रही थी और कहा कि मम्मी और पापा फिर से दोस्त हैं, वे फिर से एक दूसरे से बात कर रहे हैं। उसने कहा, बिट्टू फिर से आसमान में गुड्डा-गुड्डी का झूला है और बिट्टू ने कहा, हाँ लेकिन आज उसके रंग और भी चमकीले हैं और वह चमक उनके पूरे परिवार की खुशी और उल्लास थी।
Colours of Rainbow Question Answers
Working with the Text
(A) Answer the following questions:
1. What did the narrator observe when he looked out?
Ans. When the narrator looked out of the window, he observed that the rain had stopped, clouds had cleared and the sun had come out. He was drops of rainwater dripping down from the chilly plant that has grown just outside the window.
2. Why was the narrator unable to pay attention to what his daughter was saying?
Ans. The narrator was unable to pay attention to what his daughter was saying because he was enjoying the beauties of nature and all his attention was concentrated on his thoughts. He was lost in himself.
3. Why did the narrator, have a tiff with his wife?
Ans. The narrator had a tiff with his wife because he was lost in his thoughts. His wife asked him for tea but he did not listen to her so she shouted at him. The narrator got annoyed and it started an argument between the two. The reason was the frustration of increasing expenses and the limited salary of the author.
4. What did the narrator find when he returned home late at night?
Ans. When the author returned home late at night, he found that his children had gone to sleep. His wife was waiting for him.
5. Why did the narrator not have an appetite?
Ans. The narrator has no appetite because he had his meal outside.
(B) The following phrases, phrasal verbs, and idioms occur in the text. Find the sentences in which they occur.
Burst into laughter, close by, looked at, cope with, wan and weak, all by herself, feel homesick, grown-up, in a huff, lost sight of, get up, got fed up with, picked up, hard up.
|Burst into laughter||Then both of us burst into laughter.|
|Close by||She seated herself close by me and began fanning me with a hand fan.|
|Looked at||I dipped the morsel in the vegetable curry and looked at her.|
|Cope with||If you find it difficult to cope with all this, you should have asked your father to marry you to a well-to-do family.|
|Wan and weak||She had not eaten since morning. Her face showed it. It was wan and weak.|
|All by herself||My wife was sitting all by herself.|
|Feel homesick||If you ask me, actually I was feeling homesick.|
|Grown-up||You are grown up now.|
|In a huff||I got up in a huff.|
|Lost sight of||I lost sight of the seven-coloured swing and shouted, “I don’t want tea…..”|
|Get up||“Get up, Bittoo, see Papa and mummy who were cross with each other are friends again and are talking to each other.”|
|Got fed up with||“You must’ve got fed up with me, but I am no less fed up with you.”|
|Picked up||The sun had gone beyond the clouds and the wind had picked up the speed.|
|Hard-up||Some days passed comfortably but most of the time we were hard up.|
(C) There are many Hindi words used in the story. List those Hindi words and write them in the space provided:
Ans. The Hindi words used in the story are Gudda, Guddi, Thali, Papaji, Buddhi Prakash, Chapatti, Munni, Bittoo, Oon-Hoon, etc.
Colours of Rainbow Language Work
Binomials are expressions (often idiomatic) where two words are joined by a conjunction (usually ‘and’). The order of the words is usually fixed. It is best to use them only in informal situations, with one or two examples.
Odds and Ends: Small, unimportant things, e.g.: Let’s get the main things packed; we can do odds and ends later.
Give and take: A spirit of compromise, e.g.: Every relationship needs a bit of giving and take to be successful.
- Here are some jumbled binomials. Using similarities in sound, join them with ‘and’. Then check a dictionary that you the right word order:
- Prim and proper
- All and sundry.
- High and dry.
- Rough and tough.
- Bread and butter.
- Safe and sound.
- On the left-hand side below are the first words of the binomials. On the right is a selection of words, some of which you will need, and some of which you will not. Your task is to find a word on the right that can form a binomial with the left-hand words as in the example law and order. Look for words that are either near-synonyms of antonyms (opposites) or the left-hand word.
- Law and order.
- Now and then.
- Hit and trial.
- Clean and tidy.
- Pick and choose.
- Sick and terrible.
- Leaps and bounds.
- The following binomials do not have and are in the middle What do they have? Check in a dictionary if you are not sure.
- Sooner or later.
- All or nothing.
- Back to front.
- Sink or swim.
- Slowly but surely.
- Make or break.
Use the following binomials in your sentences:
part and parcel, leaps and bounds, first and foremost, on and off, ladies and gentlemen, sooner or later, pick and choose, peace and quiet, here and there, to and fro, black and white, hot and cold.
Part and parcel: Happiness and sadness are part and parcel of life.
Leaps and bounds: You have progressed in his job by leaps and bounds.
First and foremost: Air is the first and foremost requirement of life.
On and off: He went to school on and off.
Ladies and gentlemen: Ladies and gentlemen, May I have your attention, please?
Sooner or later: He has to finish the work sooner or later.
Pick and choose: The pick and choose policy of the company for promotions are not accepted.
Peace and quiet: I need peace and a quiet place to work.
Here and there: There is no point wandering here and there without reason.
To and fro: The pendulum of the clock is moving to and fro.
Black and white: There was black and white television a few years ago.
Hot and cold: When the phone rang at midnight, I went hot and cold.
Colours of Rainbow Grammar Work
Question tags (Do you? Isn’t it? etc.)
Study these examples:
You haven’t seen Maryam today, have you?
It was a good movie, wasn’t it?
Have you? And Wasn’t it? are question tags (mini-questions that we often put at the end of a sentence in spoken English). In question tags, we use an auxiliary verb (have/do/does/did/will, etc.). We use do/does for the present simple and did for the past simple.
- Kiran plays the piano, doesn’t she?
- You didn’t lock the door, did you?
Normally we use a negative question tag after a positive sentence:
|Positive sentence + negative tag
Mary will be here soon, won't she?
There was a lot of traffic, wasn't there?
Javed should pass the exam, shouldn't he?
You can do it, can't you?
|Negative sentence + positive tag
It is not hot today, is it?
They don't play chess, do they?
You haven't got a car, have you?
I am not looking good today, am I?
After let’s, the question tag is ‘shall we?’:
Let’s go for a walk, shall we?
After the imperative (Do… / Don’t do… etc), the tag is usually “will you?’:
- Open the door, will you?
- Don’t be late, will you?
- Kindly help me, will you?
Note that the question tag of ‘am’ is ‘aren’t’ and not am I not.
I am a student, aren’t I?
Now put a question tag at the end of the following sentences. The first two have been done for you.
- Tom won’t be late, will he?
- You’re tired, aren’t you?
- You’ve got a camera, haven’t you?
- You weren’t listening, were you?
- She doesn’t know Aneeka, does she?
- Mubashir is on holiday, Isn’t he?
- Ram’s applied for a job, hasn’t he?
- You can speak Dogri, can’t you?
- He won’t mind if I use his phone, will he?
- There are a lot of people here, aren’t there?
- Let’s go out tonight, shan’t we?
- This isn’t very interesting, is this?
- I’m too impatient, aren’t I?
- You wouldn’t tell anyone, would you?
- You wouldn’t listen, would you?
- I shouldn’t have lost my temper, should I have?
- Don’t drop that vase, will you?
- You’d never met me before, had you?
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