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The Eyes Have It

------Ruskin Bond--------

The eye is definitely the most precious human organ. The loss of the eyesight is definitely the worstform of misfortune. Ruskin Bond's story is about this human misfortune.
The story is set in a compartment of a running train. Two young persons come across each other here. One is the narrator of the story and the other, a young girl. They are the lone passengers in the train compartment.

Writer's Life And Works

Ruskin Bond is a noted name as a man of letters in India. His early life was not at all happy due to the seperation of his parents and his mother's second marriage. Bond's own father died in 1944 during the last phase of the Second World War when he was about ten. He was brought up by his step-father. He had his schooling at Hampton Court School at Mussoorie. And latter he was admitted at Bishop Cotton School,Simla.

Bond developed a literary taste and aptitude for writing quite early. His literary career has been borne out in his poetry, short stories and a number of books for children..His voluminous literary works including poems, novels, short stories, children books and so on. As his intimate assotion with hilly areas and climes, his writings are found mostly to present the foothills of the Himalayas, such as Dehra Dun, Mussoorie, Landour and different parts in the newly formed state of Uttaranchal.

Introduction of the Story

Eye is the most imortant organ of the human body. When the light of the eye is gone, life becomes all dark. It is then nothing but an unprofitable movement in an endless vast world.Ruskin Bond's present story is about two such persons who have no eyesight. One of them, a young man, is the narratorhimself and the other one, a young girl.They had an unexpected meeting in a railway compartment, where none but only those two happened to be present.

The two passengers try to conceal their personal infirmity from each other. The two characters do not have vision, yet their inner eye is sharper than those having eyes. Thus blindness can be a blessing in disguise at times. It enables one to perceive the world that lies hidden toordinary vision.

Substance of the Story

The story is set in a railway compartment. The narrator was atfirst alone. He sat in a corner of the railway compartment. A girl boarded in that compartment at a station Rohana. A couple,probably her parents, came to see her off. They gave a lot of instruction to her as how to remain and behave as a passenger in a running train.Then the train started. The narrator was completely blind. He could not see the girl.

He could only make some guesses . Soon the two young passengers got familiar. They began to talk . The girl was going to Saharanpur. And the narrator's destination was Dehra and then to Mussoorie. The narrator tried to get closer to the girl and praised her face. The girl got down at Saharanpur. A new passenger entered into the compartment. The narrator came to know that the girl was completely blind like him form the 3rd passenger.

Central idea of the Story

Estimate of the Story

Eye is the most imortant organ of the human body. When the light of the eye is gone, life becomes all dark. It is then nothing but an unprofitable movement in an endless vast world.Ruskin Bond's present story is about two such persons who have no eyesight. One of them, a young man, is the narratorhimself and the other one, a young girl.They had an unexpected meeting in a railway compartment, where none but only those two happened to be present.

The two passengers try to conceal their personal infirmity from each other. The two characters do not have vision, yet their inner eye is sharper than those having eyes. Thus blindness can be a blessing in disguise at times. It enables one to perceive the world that lies hidden toordinary vision.
Actually both the passengers are blind. But none of them knows that the other is blind. The irony of the fate is the blindness of both. Indeed, the story is rich in its human appeal and touching materials. Moreover, it is perfectly compact in structure and has an unrivalled unity in setting and effect.

Word Notes

couple- দম্পতি saw off- বিদায় জানানো probably- সম্ভবত anxious- উদবিগ্ন comfort- আরাম detailed- সবিস্তারে strangers- sensitive- slippers- slapped- startled- registers- tellingly- remaining- wondered-

provided- familiar- formidable- creatures- especially- dahlias- logfire- quiet- deserted- ledge- pretence- panting- rumble- ventured- hardly-

resist- flattery- pleasantly- aloud- gallant- bear- sparkle- shrieked- bun- plaited- tantalising- lingered- stammered- banged- groaned- staring- fascinating- reverie- puzzled-

Bengali meaning of the Story

The Eyes Have It
Ruskin Bond

I had the train compartment to myself up to Rohana, then a girl got in.রোহানা পর্যন্ত ট্রেনের কামরাটী আমার একারই ছিল, তারপরে একটি মেয়ে উঠে পড়ল। The couple who saw her off were probably her parents; যে দুজন তাকে বিদায় জানাতে এসেছিলেন তারা সম্ভবত তার পিতা মাতা ছিলেন। they seemed very anxious about her comfort, তাদেরকে মেয়েটির স্বাচ্ছন্দের ব্যাপারে যথেষ্ট উদবিগ্ন মনে হচ্ছিল,




Short Question

THE EYES HAVE IT
1. Who wrote the short story “The Eyes Have It”?
2. At which station did the blind girl get into the train?
3. Who were the couple?
4. Who came to see off the girl?
5. What did the woman instruct the girl?





M.C.Q of the Story

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Textual Grammar

  1. The couple who saw her off were probably her parents; (Split into two Simple sentences)
  2. They seemed very anxious about her comfort. ( Use the word as 'anxiety')
  3. Do not lean out of windows. (Change the voice)
  4. They called their goodbyes. (Change the Voice)
  5. I was totally blind .(Make it negative)