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Trip to Ooty
Read this section of the letter on your own. Underline the sentences that tell you about the scenes outside. Describe it to the class.
The scene outside was beautiful with the purple-blue mountains forming a lovely backdrop to the green fields and tea estates. Monkeys were racing all along the tracks. Some were in groups and some had babies clinging onto them.
“Look Fatima, doesn’t that monkey look cute holding on to its mother’s stomach?” I pointed excitedly. The monkeys were really bold. One of them tried to snatch a banana that a girl had in her hand, as she leaned out of the window to look at the train curving behind on the track. She let out a scream and moved back. Now it was Muthu’s turn to snigger.
I looked entranced at the misty clouds which covered the mountains and moved in and out of the forests. It looked just like a dream sequence in a movie. Fatima pointed to a bubbling stream with a small waterfall.
“Look Merlin, can you see that bird there? It is such a pretty blue and has such a lovely crown,” she said. Just then the train stopped suddenly with a thud.
“Oh, what happened?” asked a boy. “Hey, why has the train stopped?” shouted another passenger.
But, nothing could stop Muthu. He and his friends were the first to step out to see what had happened. Geetha madam tried to stop the children running out but they were too excited and begged to be allowed to go out. In the end the whole compartment stepped out. And what a sight greeted their eyes!
Discuss and answer the following questions.
1. Why did the girl scream?
One of the monkeys tried to snatch a banana from the girl. So the girl screamed.
2. Why did Muthu and his friends step out of the train?
All of a sudden the train stopped with a thud. Muthu and his friends wanted to know why the train had stopped. So they stepped out of the train.
3. Describe the beauty of the blue mountain.
The mountains were purple-blue. They formed a lovely backdrop to the green fields and tea estates. The mountains were covered with misty clouds. They moved in and out of the forests. There was a bubbling stream with a small waterfall.
Describe the scenery the children saw along the hillside.
The scene outside was beautiful. The mountains were purple-blue. They formed a lovely backdrop to the green fields and tea estates. The mountains were covered with misty clouds. They moved in and out of the forests. There was a bubbling stream with a small waterfall. Monkeys were racing along the tracks. Some of them had babies clinging to them. Everything was lovely and it looked like a dream sequence in a movie.
Clinging - Fitting closely to the body
Scream - Cry in a high pitch
Snatch - Quickly seize (someone) in a rude or eager way
Entranced - Filled (someone) with wonder and delight, holding their entire attention
Thud - Av dull sound, as that of a heavy object striking a solid surface
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built by the British in 1908. Mountain Train is another showcase of heritage of India. This rail connects Udhagamndalam and Mettupalayam. The journey is the most picturesque train ride that mesmerizes travellers of all age groups. This train travels through 208 serpentine curves, 16 tunnels, 250 bridges, waterfall hood, cliff edges and tea estates covering a distance of 26 km. The uphill journey takes almost 4 hours. In the year 2005, UNESCO declared the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension of the World Heritage Site Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Vintage Steam Locomotive is still retained as an excellent attraction to this train.
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