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A Roadside Stand NCERT Solution

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The city folk who drove through the countryside hardly paid any heed to the roadside stand or to the people who ran it. If at all they did, it was to complain. which lines bring this out? what was their complaint about?


"The polished traffic passed with a mind ahead, or if ever aside a moment, then out of sorts at having the landscape marred with the artless paint"
Of signs that with N turned wrong and S turned wrong"
complaints like their ugly looking shop is spoiling view of beautiful landscape. Sign boards with wrong directions.


What was the plea of the folk who had put up the roadside stand?


Those who had opened a roadside stand were not begging but, requesting to buy something from their shed, so that they would get opportunity to feel some of city money and live a comfortable life. At least stop to ask their price.


The government and other social service agencies appear to help the poor rural people, but actually do them no good. Pick out the words and phrases that the poet uses to show their double standards.


Through this poem poet disclosed the truth of government and other social service agencies, they appear to help but, do them no good. Using several words and phrases like,"greedy good-doers","beneficent beasts of prey" and "swarm over their lives" these phrases says that these government and other social service agencies will do good of those poor people only till they are getting some benefits but, if they require they will not think even for second before treating them like a prey. They promise poor people a movie like life but when it comes to it's fulfillment they soothe them and teach them not to work, sleep all day and destroy their night sleeps.


What is the 'childish longing that the poet refers to? Why is it vain'?


Through word "childish longing" refers to farmers wait for customers near the window like a child. But, it's in vain. As people came to turn their car back around and other to ask the route but, no one came to buy or to ask farmer's price.


Which line tell us about the insufferable pain that the poet feels at the thought of the plight of the rural poor?


The line "Sometimes i feels myself i can hardly bear the thought of so much childish longing in vain, The sadness that lurks near the open window there, That waits all day in almost open prayer" tells us about the extent of pain and suffering of those farmers that poet is unable to bear it.