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Indian Seasons

Indian Seasons


Summer comes

in a blaze of heat

with sunny smiles

and dusty feet


Then seasons change

to muddy roads

monsoons and mangoes

leapfrogs and toads


Spring is pretty

but short and sweet

when you can smell the grass

from your garden seat


Autumn is English

in red, yellow and brown

Autumn is Indian

whenever leaves fall down


- Nisha Dyrene


Glossary

blaze - bright flame or fire

leap - to jump high

dusty - covered with tiny bits of sand

toad - a small brown animal similar to a frog


Which season am I? Read the poem, understand and solve the riddle.


1. I make the feet dusty. Summer

2. Frogs and toads will visit when I am there. Rainy season (Monsoon)

3. I am pretty short and sweet. Spring

4. I make your garden smell sweet. Spring

5. Leaves will wither because of me. Autumn


Read the lines and answer the questions given below.


1. Summer comes

in a blaze of heat with

sunny smiles

and dusty feet


a. Does the poet welcome the summer? How do you know?

Ans: No, since summer comes with a blaze of heat.


b. Which line tells you that there is no rain in summer?

Ans: The line “sunny smiles and dusty feet” tells us that there is no rain in summer.


2. Spring is pretty

but short and sweet

when you can smell the grass

from your garden seat


a. How does the poet describe the spring season?

Ans: Pretty, short and sweet


b. Which line tells you that the garden is fresh?

Ans: The line “sunny smiles and dusty feet” tells us that there is no rain in summer.


c. Who does ‘you’ refer to?

Ans: “You” refers to the readers.


3. Autumn is English

in red, yellow and brown

Autumn is Indian

Whenever leaves fell down


a. How is autumn in India?

Ans: Whenever leaves fell, it is autumn in India.


b. Compare the English autumn with the Indian autumn.

Ans: In English autumn leaves become red, yellow, and brown before they fall. Whenever leaves fell, it is Indian autumn.


Pick out the rhyming words from the poem


Stanza – 1: Comes – smiles, heat - feet

Stanza – 2: roads – toads, changes – mangoes

Stanza – 3: sweet – seat


Find examples of alliteration and write them in the blanks.


1. in a blaze of heat

with sunny smiles

Ans: sunny, smiles


2.to muddy roads

monsoons and mangoes

Ans: muddy, monsoons and mangoes


3.spring is pretty

but short and sweet

Ans: short, sweet


Find answers for the questions


1. Name the seasons mentioned in the poem?

Ans: The seasons mentioned in the poem are Summer, Monsoon (Rainy), Spring and Autumn


2. What does the summer bring?

Ans: The summer brings heat and dust


3. Which word refers to ‘rain’?

Ans: The word monsoon refers to rain.


4. Why does the poet say the ‘ Spring is pretty’?

Ans: The spring is pretty because we find trees with green leaves and sweet-smelling grass all over.


5. When is it autumn in India? Why does the poet say this? Is there an autumn season in India?

Ans: When the leaves fall down, it is autumn in India.

 

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