SSC English October 2014 Board Paper
We went to a rocky beach and saw the spread of the majestic ocean and the rocks alongside, carved, sculpted and shaped by the water. Water is so gentle, rock so hard, yet, as the water flows over it every day, for years, the rock gives in. It takes the shape that the water commands. Our problems are so colossal and we are so small, yet if we persist...
We saw a small bits of grass peeping through the small cracks in a concrete pavement. It left us thinking : however impossible things may look, there is always an opening....
We saw a tree bare of all leaves in the cold winter months. We thought its chapter was over. But three months passed, spring set in and the tree was back to its green majesty once again, full of leaves, flowers, birds and life. What if we too had the conviction that, however difficult things are right now, it will not remain so for ever. Remember, this too shall pass.
We saw an army of ants lugging a fly which was at least ten times the ant's size. The ants organized themselves around the fly, lified it on frail feelers and carried it to quite a distance. Their teamwork and perseverance were impressive. What if we too are consistent, organized, focussed. Spider webs are delicate, yet very strong. A rainbow colours the entire sky.
For Indian badminton, it is one of the best occasions in recent times to raise a toast. For Saina Nehwal, personally, it has been three great weeks of consistent performance. Basically there are three aspects that go into the making a badminton star like in most other sports - technical, physical and mental. Abundance of all three attributes is vital to be among the best in the world. She has it all. That is the major difference between her and the other Indian girls. Most often, they have just two of these qualities.
Saina is exceptional. She is technically sound, physically fit and mentally strong which gives her an edge over others. Another great quality is her self-belief and "never say-die' attitude. She does not give up easily even when the odds are against her. In a sport like badminton, her performances are all the more creditable since the game is physically so demanding.
Personally, I have a very high regard for Indian sports women who excel at the highest level since they face a lot more challenges compared to men because of the nature of our society. This is more so during the early phase of their career and the parents have to make a lot of sacrifices to travel with them for their practice sessions well as tournaments.
This plant, with its high resistance to insects, pests and fungi and its adaptability to various soils and climates, is extensively cultivated in Sri Lanka, Indo-China and parts of China. India is by far the largest producer and consumer of turmeric in the world. In the country, the States of Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala form the main turmeric growing belt, often cultivating the plant in rotation with rice or sugarcane or as a mixed crop with vegetables (this is not widely practised as it is believed that it affects yields). Over the last few decades, turmeric has ranked third, after black pepper and cardamom, as a spice export from India.
Because this spice contains essential oils that exude a distinct aroma and flavour, enriching the sumptuousness of food and its antioxidant properties help to preserve pickles and chutneys, it is very important to the rice-eating people of south and south-eastern Asia. In fact, the people of Asia consume the largest quantity of turmeric as it is used as an additive in many vegetables, meat and fish preparations.
Neem leaf is used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, fever, diabetes, gum disease, and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions.
There was a roaring in the wind all night,
The rain came heavily and fell in floods,
But now the sun is rising calm and bright,
The birds are singing in the distant woods,
Over his own sweet voice the Stock-dove broods,
The Jay makes answer as the Magpie chatters;
And all the air is filled with pleasant noise of waters.
All things that love the sun are out of doors,
The sky rejoices in the morning's birth,
The grass is bright with rain drops on the moors
The hare is running races in her mirth,
And with her feet she from the plashy earth
Raises a mist, that, glittering in the sun,
Runs with her all the way, wherever she doth run
My hands were busy through the day,
I didn't have much time to play.
The little games you asked me to.
I didn't have much time for you.
I'd wash your clothes, I'd sew and cook,
But when you'd bring your picture book
And ask me please to share your fun.
I'd say, "A little later, son."
I'd tuck you in all safe at night
and hear your prayers, turn out the lights,
Then tip toe softly to the door.
I wish I'd stayed a minute more.
For life is short, the years rush past.
A little boy grows up so fast.
No longer is he at your side
His precious secrets to confide.
- She would tuck him in bed.
a stern look
A stern look
He sent away the assistant and sat beside the patient. At about eleven the patient opened his eyes and smiled at his friend. He showed a slight improvement, he was able to take in a little food. A great feeling of relief and joy went through the household. They swarmed around the doctor and poured out their gratitude. He sat in his seat beside the bed, gazing sternly at the patient's face, hardly showing any signs of hearing what they were saying to him. The sick man's wife asked, "Is he now out of danger ?" Without turning his head the doctor said, "Give glucose and brandy every forty minutes, just a couple of spoons will do." The lady went away to the kitchen. She felt restless. She felt she must know the truth whatever it was. Why was the great man so evasive 2 The suspense was unbearable. Perhaps he could not speak so near the patient's bed. She beckoned to him from the kitchen doorway. The doctor rose and went over. She asked, "What about him now? How is he?” The doctor bit his lips and replied, looking at the floor, "Don't get excited. Unless you must know about it, don't ask now." Her eyes opened wide in a terror. She clasped her hands together and implored, "Tell me the truth." The doctor replied, "I would rather not talk to you know." He turned round and went back to his chair. A terrible wailing shot through the still house, the patient stirred and looked about in bewilderment. The doctor go up again, went over to the kitchen door, drew it in securely and shut of the wail.