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Around a Medicinal Creeper - 1st PUC English Textbook Solutions

Around a Medicinal Creeper
K.P. Poornachandra Tejaswi
This story is written by Poorna Chandra Tejaswi. One day Tejaswi and Mara were erecting a bamboo frame. Sanna brought some creepers to tie the bamboo frame. There was a medicinal creeper in the bundle. All of them went to see the creeper and Mara tied the creeper to a nearby plant so that it could be found when needed. Mara said that every inch of it is useful. Tejaswi came to know about the uses of that creeper after twenty years from Krishna. Once Krishna, a farm hand, was suffering piles. Krishna had approached a Malayali Godman for the cure of piles. Tejaswi and Krishna searched for that creeper, dug out its tubor, ground it and took it with milk for five days. He was cured of piles. 
I. Answer the following questions in a word or sentence each.
1 What did Mara do when they found the creeper?
Ans: - Mara caught hold of the one of the tendrils and tied it to the nearby tree. 
2 Mention the curse about the plant.
Ans: - Medicinal plant has a curse that when someone needs this plant, they shall not find it for dear life. 
3 What surprised the white man?
Ans: - There was no blood, no wound- in fact no sign of any wound having been there on Mara’s hand. 
4 How did the mongoose and Cowcal cure themselves of snakebite?
Ans: - Mongoose and Cowcal cured themselves of snake bite by found the leaf and chew them. 
5 Why had Mara lost his teeth on the right side?
Ans: - Because of brush his teeth nearby plant in the forest. 
6 What did Mara’s wife find on opening the packet of meat?
Ans: - Mara’s wife found wild buck instead of meat. 
7 What happened when the milk was mixed with the juice of the creeper’s leaves?
Ans: - It has been firm and rubbery. 
8 When would the medicines lose their potency according to the belief of native doctors?
Ans: - Native doctors believed that if they told others about their medicines, they would lose their potency. 
9 India `s native medicines systems are on the verge of ----------
Ans: - extinction 
10 There are various types swelling that occur in the human body and this panticuler plant may be effective on only--------
 a) Same of them
b) All of them
c) A few of them 
11 How has a coffee sweep bed to be protected from the sun?
Ans: - By putting up a shade over the coffee seed bed. 
12 Who want sent to forest to get some exeepers?
Ans. Sanna 
13 When did Mara scold Sanna?
Ans: - while Mara opened the bundle and sifting it Mara scolded Sanna 
14 What answer did Sanna give to mare about the creeper?
Ans: - There was plenty of that creeper in the forest.
15 Why did author go along with Mara and Sanna to the forest?
Ans: - Out of sheer curiosity to know about that medicinal creeper. 
16 When Sanna showed the plant, Mara become Very -------
a) Active      
b) dull      
c) Hyperactive    
d) angry 
17 According to Mara, who did the creeper cursed by?
Ans: - Sage
18 Why did Mara tie that creeper immediately to the tree?
Ans: - When you want it and search for it, we won`t able to find it. So that Mara tied that creeper immediately to the tree plant. 
19 The creeper leaves resembling betel leaves and bears fruits in a bunch like-----
Ans: - Grapes 
20 When the creeper did come up flowers again?
Ans: - Only after rains quickly. 
21 Why does Mara’s story are bizarre?
Ans: - Because one does not know which is true and which is false. 
22 The entire system of Indian medicine suffers from this kind of -----
a) Mystification      
b) Justification      
c) Classification 
23 From whom did the narrator wandering in the forest?
Ans: - Masti, Byra, Appanna, Mara and others. 
24 While wandering the forest, what did the narrator gleaned?
Ans: - Learnt about some plants and herbs. 
25 Why did the people leaving us one by one?
Ans: - Because of forest were disappearing. 
26 When did the doctor friends of the narrate annoy?
Ans: -While he tried to discuss the unique properties of plants and herbs with them. 
27 What did the narrator’s doctor friends call about the narrator?
Ans: -Ignoramus 
28 While Mara typing up the plant, how did Mara Praise that plant to the skies?
Ans: - Every inch of the plant was medicinal. 
29 Did Mara tell the narrator what exactly the medicinal creeper cured?
Ans: - No, he did not tell anything about its medicinal qualities. 
30 How did Mara’s stories instead they were not true?
Ans: - His stories were marvelous. 
31 When did Mara’s hands thrust?
Ans: -When Mara was cutting the shoot, accidently he cut his hand. 
32 Who brought some leaf and pressed against the wound of Mara and bandaged it?
Ans: -Someone near with Mara. 
33 For who did Mara went for proper dressing?
Ans: - Hulihindulu / a white man 
34 How did Mara convince the white man?
Ans: -Mara convinced the white man by show all the blood on his clothes. 
35 What offer did Mara get from white man?
Ans: - If Mara was showed the plant to the Whiteman he would give him his entire plantation. 
36 Why did White man angry about Mara?
Ans: - The Whiteman was angry about Mara because he would greedy and not satisfied. 
37 What was the response of white man by pointing the gun to Mara?
Ans: -“If you do not show it to me, I will shoot you down”. 
38 What did the author think about the stories of Mara?
Ans: -Stories of Mara are cock and bull stories and totally fabricated. 
39 Mara did not have any teeth on the ----- side of the mouth
a) Left      
b) right    
c) both left and right    
d) only front teeth 
40 Why did Mara thank God?
 Ans: - Mara thanked god because he was saved his right side teeth by not to brushed all his teeth by the creeper.  
41 Long ago, Mara and a friend of his laid a trip and caught --------- 
a) Buck   
 b) barking deer    
c) Peacock    
d) Rabbit 
42 Why did the narrator speechless while the heard the story of Mara?
Ans: - Narrator was speechless because of Mara’s inventive genius. 
43 Who did the narrator met with the creeper?
 Ans: - Chandru 
44 Who was Chandru?
 Ans: - A Plant pathologist. 
45 What did the scientist friends told to the narrator?
Ans: - Scientist friend told to the narrator that they were wasting a liter of milk be listening to all kind of cock and bull stories. 
46 While the narrator inverted the vessel the whole thing fell out like a ------
Ans: - Moulded cost 
47 What disease Krishna earlier had?
Ans: -Piles 
48 What was only allopathic treatment for piles? Ans: -Surgery.  49 What had Malayali God man treated?
Ans: -Krishna’s earlier disease of developing boils on his body.
 II. Answer the following questions in a paragraph of 80-100 words.
1. How long did it take the narrator to learn the facts about the medicinal creeper? What does it signify? The writer K.P Poornachandra Tejaswi’s was with Mara and his friends for a long time to know more about the medicinal herbs. It took almost twenty years for the author to learn about the medicinal creeper, all because of the unwillingness of the local people to share their knowledge regarding these medicinal plants.  This signifies that there were a lot of myths (legends) regarding this creeper. Nobody was sure of the type of disease that it could cure, its availability, in what form it must be taken and so on. 
2. What does the incident of Mara’s wife throwing the leaves into the fire tell us about Indians in general? 
Mara  and  his  friend  had  caught  a  barking  deer.  They  skinned  (painful)  and  cleaned  it  and  divided  the  meat.  Mara  covered  his share of meat with certain leaves and took it home. His wife prepared the masala with spices, put the water to boil and opened the packet with the leaves. To her surprise, she found a live wild buck instead of the meat. In anger and out of frustration she  threw those leaves into the fire, while Mara ran behind the buck. She ignorantly threw the leaves into fire, thus remaining ignorant about her own local medicines. This tells us that Indians have a casual attitude towards the medicinal plants though it can do wonders.
3. How is Krishna Cured of his illness? 
Ans: - Being a Rickshaw driver, Krishna had piles. So had started passing blood with his stools. Now he had become serious and tired. So Krishna went to see the Malayali God man. Now He had become too old. Apparently, he told Krishna that he did not have the strength to search for the plant. He simply describes it. Krishna had to search for this plant, dig out the tuberous root, mix it with milk and drink the medicine for five days. Within a day his piles improved. He was completely cured in five days.  
III. Answer the following questions in 200 words. 
1.      Do you think the author is suggesting that Indian herbal medicine is better/ safer than allopathic medicine?  OR 
2.      What  has  made  the  modern  man  lose  the  knowledge  of  traditional  medicine?  Do  you  think  Ayurveda  will  make  a comeback in a successful way? 
The  writer  K.P  Poornachandra  Tejaswi’s  is  trying  to  suggest  that  Indian  Herbal  Medicine  is  better  and  safer  than  allopathic medicine. People like Mara and his wife were ignorant and neglected the significance of the medicinal creeper and this took the author almost twenty years to test, if there was some Truth in what Mara and other illiterates claimed. The author tries to show that Indian herbal medicine can do wonders, when allopathic medicine becomes a failure or settle as the one with side effects than benefits, through surgery. Allopathic Practitioners have regarded Ayurveda as ‘Bunkum’ but the reality is  that  there  is  a  wealth  of  knowledge  to  be  explored  in  the  Indian  Herbal  Medicine.  Today  people  are  seen  giving  more importance to the herbal cosmetics and other products having a tag ‘herbal’. This shows that ‘Ayurveda’ will make a comeback. 
3.      “Our Natural Resources are our vital resources.” Explain the statement in the light of several developmental projects that are being promoted today.
Natural  resources  are  indeed the  vital  resources.  In  this  story  we  realize  the  importance  of  natural  resources  such  as  medicinal herbs. The mismanagement of these natural resources has led to various disasters and natural calamities, global warming, climatic changes,  new  diseases  and  epidemics.  Water,  air,  land  and  space  have  been  polluted  beyond  imagination.  We  have  lost innumerable flora and fauna in the name of some developmental projects. Recycling the  natural resources and  finding alternate  sources of energy  would  help us conserve  the precious  natural resources. Harnessing (tie together) solar energy  for various purposes in the  form of solar cells, cooker and heater  will  help save a lot of other resources. Rain water Harvesting should be made mandatory in order to save water. Opting for alternative sources like wind energy  and  tidal  energy  to  generate  electricity  can  be  utilized.  Finally,  by  following  the  principles  of  3R’s  Reduce,  Reuse  and Recycle, one can conserve the natural resources for the generations to come.
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