5.1 The Felling Of The Banyan Tree
My father told the tenants to leave
Who lived in the houses surrounding our house on the hill
One by one the structures were demolished
Only our own house remained and the trees
Trees are sacred my grandmother used to say
Felling them is a crime but he massacred them all
The sheoga, the oudumber, the neem were all cut down
But the huge banyan tree stood like a problem
Whose roots lay deeper than all our lives
My mother ordered it to be removed.
Q. 1 Why were the tenants asked to leave their houses?
Ans. The tenants were asked to leave their houses because one by one their houses were demolished.
Q. 2 What ,according to the grandmother, is a crime?
Ans. The poet's grandmother used to say that the trees are sacred and felling them is a crime.
Q. 3 'But the huge banyan tree stood like a problem'. Identify and explain the figures of speech.
Ans. Simile: As two dissimilar things "the banyan tree" and a "problem" is directly compared by using a word like.
Q. 4 What did the poet's father do with the trees?
Ans. The poet's father massacred all the trees.