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"How cruel !" I thought as I bathed seven-year-old Zafar. For the first time, I saw the extent of his deformities. Memories of our first meeting at the Matruchhaya orphanage flashed past. Born with very short legs, flipper-like feet and only one arm, Zafar had confidently steadied himself against the floor with his single hand. My heart went out to the tiny bundle of courage. Now, I thought of all he had been given -- his personality, his intelligence, his exuberance -- to make up for what he lacked physically. No, Zafar would never ask for pity and I vowed never to let anyone pity him.

In fact, his matter-of-fact attitude to his disabilities moved everyone. Every day brought fresh surprises. At the playground one day, as Zafar watched the children play, a five-year-old stood staring at him. Peering up Zafar's sleeve, the puzzled little boy asked, "Where's your arm ?" Quick as a wink, Zafar shot back, "Oh, I knocked it off this morning as I was getting dressed." The boy ran to his other, earnestly reporting, "That boy's arm came off and he hasn't put it back on !" Everyone laughed; all embarrassment was banished.

Zafar's intelligence was obvious. "Thank you" was all the English h knew when he arrived from Bhopal. Barely two months later, with the assistance of a home tutor, he was holding conversations in his own unique accent.

When I took Zafar to the prosthetics clinic to try out an artificial arm and specially designed platform boots, he watched intently as the specialist buckled on the electronic hand and laced the elevated boots onto his feet. To the doctor's amazement, Zafar was up and walking in minutes ! Within the next hour, he also learnt to pick up and hold onto things by opening and closing the hand using just a small shoulder movement.

Zafar was certainly an extraordinary boy. Several times during his first summer with us, he often spoke to me about his friend at the adventure playground for special-needs children. Intrigued, I decided to stay back after I had dropped him off there. Zafar toddled over to a girl in an electric Wheelchair and guided her down the pathway. When they reached a slope or bend, he was quick to say, "Slower, slower. ... Okay, faster now."

I could not believe my eyes ! Then, it all made sense. Zafar had simply found someone who needed his help. In his own way, he seemed to be saying, "We should help others whenever we can." As I watched the pair continue down the path, I reflected that we all have so much to learn from this deformed, abandoned yet astonishingly remarkable child.

     
  1. When the writer said 'how cruel', she was referring to ______.
       
    (A) how life had pitied Zafar
    (B) how life has treated Zafar unkindly
    (C) how others had laughed at Zafar's deformities
    (D) how Zafar's deformities has caused him to be positive about life
       
  2. What Zafar lacked physically, he ______.
       
    (A) allowed others to pity him
    (B) insisted on having prosthetics
    (C) made it up with humorous jokes
    (D) made it up with a positive outlook on life
       
  3. 'Banished' (paragraph 2) means the embarrassment of everyone ______.
       
    (A) was excluded
    (B) was suppressed
    (C) had disappeared
    (D) had become obvious
       
  4. What do you think was the relationship between Zafar and the writer ?
       
    (A) The writer had adopted Zafar.
    (B) The writer was Zafar's relative.
    (C) The writer was Zafar's teacher.
    (D) Zafar was only a guest at the writer's house.
       
  5. Which of the following statements is false ?
       
    (A) Zafar was abandoned as a child.
    (B) Zafar had a heart for helping others.
    (C) Zafar could not speak English at first.
    (D) Zafar controlled his electronic hand with difficulty.
       
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  Answers : 1B   2D   3C   4A   5D
 
 
 
 

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