In what way is Pambupatti different from any other village?
Pambupatti is a peaceful village. It is inhabited by different people who spoke different languages. They follow different religions but they respect all religions equally. They trust and help one another. They are kind and hospitable.
Why is Prem determined not to return to his village?
Prem has seen the people of his village fight in the name of religion. Therefore, he was determined not to return to his village.
Why did Makara dislike tortoises, snakes and lizards? Write a line about each.
Makara dislikes tortoises because they are slow and stupid and carry their homes on their
backs wherever they go.
He dislikes snakes because they are slimy and weird creatures.
He dislikes lizards because they have strange habits and some of them change their colour every minute.
What went wrong when the tortoises, snakes and lizards left the forest?
To begin with, the jungle got filled with a strange smell—the smell of rot. No one was left to eat dead animals. Soon they became bold and took over the forest. They even ate the eggs of lizards and crocodiles. Frogs too became a nuisance. Thus all kinds of awful things began to happen in the forest.
Why do you think Prem wants to tell the story of the reptiles to the people of his village?
Prem wants to tell the story of reptiles to the people of his village so that they understand the underlined meaning of the story and stop fighting in the name of religion and live in peace. He want them to consider the importance of each other.
Do you agree that it is difficult not to go along with someone who is very strong and powerful? Express your views frankly and clearly.
No, I don’t agree with the concept. The powerful can befool others for some time but they cannot do so forever. When the weak gain courage, the power of the strong slips away.
If you were a baby crocodile, would you tell Makara that he was wrong? What would you say to convince him?
If I were a baby crocodile, I would tell Makara that he was not just wrong but unjust too. A powerful man should treat all as equals. He should understand that each one is important in their own way.