This little book is the product of the enthusiasm and hard work of the members of the U.G. Board of Studies in English and the unstinting support given to them by Dr. V. Vasanthi Devi, M.A., Ph.D. The entire Board has selected the prose pieces and poems included in this work. Much care was taken to meet the needs of the students learning different major subjects, and with differing aptitudes. The members of the Board who have invested their time, their energy, their scholarship in editing this anthology of short-stories, essays and poems, and have followed it up by writing out some grammar exercises appropriate to the lessons.
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  • Publisher: Laxmi Publications
  • Language: English
  • ISBN : 978-93-5138-269-0
  • Chapter 1

    THE SELFISH GIANT Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant’s garden. It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and pearl, and in the autumn bore rich fruit. The birds sat on the trees and sang so sweetly that the children used to stop their games in order to listen to them. “How happy we are here!” they cried to each other.
  • Chapter 2

    A GLORY HAS DEPARTED Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    A glory has departed and the sun that warmed and brightened our lives has set and we shiver in the cold and dark. Yet, he would not have us feel this way. After all, that glory that we saw for all these years, that man with the divine fire, changed us also—and such as we are, we have been moulded by him during these years; and out of that divine fire many of us also took a small spark which strengthened and made us work to some extent on the lines that he fashioned. And so if we praise him, our words seem rather small, and if we praise him, to some extent we also praise ourselves. Great men and eminent men have monuments in bronze and marble set up for them, but this man of divine fire managed in his life-time to become enshrined in millions of hearts so that all of us became somewhat of the stuff that he was made of, though to an infinitely lesser degree. He spread out in this way all over India, not in palaces only, or in select places or in assemblies but in every hamlet and hut of the lowly and those who suffer. He lives in the hearts of millions and he will live for immemorial ages.
  • Chapter 3

    MASS PRODUCTION Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    The Industrial Revolution saw a great increase in the population of Europe. These people wanted goods, tools, clothes, houses and all the things that make civilized life possible. The goods which they wanted had to be fairly cheap, cheap enough to be purchased out of the wages earned in factory or workshop. There were no restrictions on the manufacture of goods as there are in time of war, and each factory competed with its rivals in finding markets for its products. The demand for goods was great, both at home and overseas.
  • Chapter 4

    MY GREATEST OLYMPIC PRIZE Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    It was the summer of 1936. The Olympic Games were being held in Berlin. Because Adolf Hitler childishly insisted that his performers were members of a ‘master race’, nationalistic feelings were running high.
  • Chapter 5

    CONCERNING DATES Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    I read the other day of an Australian professor who, on arriving in London from Sydney for the purpose of attending an educational conference, discovered that he was twelve months in advance. The conference was for the following year. He, therefore, at once re-embarked, and was, I presume, soon at work again as though nothing had happened, although his friends, I trust, did not forget to remind him of it. At any rate, he had the voyage, both out and home, and what could be better than that? And when the right time comes, I suppose he will have it again, and be something of a figure to boot, for though he may not shine at the conference as an orator, he cannot fail to attract notice as the professor who was a year too soon. ‘You have heard’, this or that educationalist will say to his friend, ‘of the man who
  • Chapter 6

    DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    In the past thirty years, drugs have been discovered that prevent and cure physical disease and reverse the disturbances that occur in some mental illnesses. Excitement over what drugs can do has led people to believe that any ailment, infective or psychic, can be relieved by taking a pill. At the first sign of nervousness, they try pep pills. Medical journals now advertise tranquilizers, amphetamines, and other mood-altering drugs; doctors prescribe them; and the public expects miracles from them. In such an atmosphere, it is not surprising that drug abuse has spread
  • Chapter 7

    COMPUTERS Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    The cheapness of small computers has spread them in their hundred thousands all over the world. Millions of people are beginning to worry that they—and perhaps more alarmingly their children—are incomputerate, an even worse disadvantage than illiteracy. Certainly, it is true now that the computer sector of many national economies is one of the few that show any signs of life. Young computer scientists straight out of university command substantial salaries as professionals in the hardware and software industries. People with much slighter skills—perhaps no more than a few months’ experience of self-taught BASIC—are beginning to be in demand to manage micro-computers in business
  • Chapter 8

    MY FINANCIAL CAREER Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    When I go into a bank I get rattled. The clerks rattle me; the wickets rattle me; the sight of the money rattles me; everything rattles me.
  • Chapter 9

    HALF-A-RUPEE WORTH Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    SUBBIAH sold rice at the market gate. In his shop you found, heaped in the wicker baskets, all varieties of rice from pebbly coarse rice to Delhi Samba, white as jasmine and slender as a needle. His shop was stuffy and dark, but there was no place on earth like it for him. He loved every inch of it. He liked the smell of gunny sack, he liked the smell of rice and husk, and he loved the warm feel of rice in his basket when it arrived fresh from the mill. Through good times and bad times he flourished.
  • Chapter 10

    ON THE RULE OF THE ROAD Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    A stout old lady was walking with her basket down the middle of a street in Petrograd to the great confusion of the traffic and with no small peril to herself. It was pointed out to her that the pavement was the place for foot-passengers, but she replied: “I’m going to walk where I like. We’ve got liberty now.” It did not occur to the dear old lady that if liberty entitled the foot-passenger to walk down the middle of the road it also entitled the cab-driver to drive on the pavement, and that the end of such liberty would be universal chaos. Everybody would be getting in everybody else’s way and nobody would get anywhere. Individual liberty would have become social anarchy.
  • Chapter 11

    THE LURE OF LOTTERY Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

    SIR As I have passed much of life in disquiet and suspense, and lost many opportunities of advantage by a passion which I have reason to believe is prevalent in different degrees over a great part of mankind, I cannot but think myself well qualified to warn those who are yet uncaptivated of the danger which they may incur by placing themselves within its influence.
  • Chapter 12

    NIGHT OF THE SCORPION Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

  • Chapter 13

    THE CHEMISTRY HOUR Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points

  • Chapter 14

    THE UNKNOWN CITIZEN Price 2.99  |  2.99 Rewards Points


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