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Ranga's Marriage (Q.) How did the narrator carry out his resolve to get Ranga married to Ratna?

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The narrator felt that Ranga and Ratna were a suitable match for each other. He arranged a meeting inwhichRanga could meetRatna and get impressed with her quality of singing.He manipulated things in a clever way and made Ranga fall in love with her.Hefinally got them married.
(Q.) What are the special features of Hosahalli and in what respect are they

so?
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In the village of Hosahalli the mango trees produce sour mangoes whose sourness go straight to the skull bones. There is also a creeper growing in the ever-so-fine water of the village pond. The flowers are a feast to behold and the leaves can be used to serve afternoon meals.
(Q.) What was special about Rangappa? How did the villagers react to it? (2 Marks) (Ans)

After his return from Bangalore where he had been studying for six months, much to everyones surprise, he was just the same. His homecoming became a great event for the villagers. People rushed to his door step wanting to have a look at him. An old lady even ran her hand over his chest, looked into his eyes and remarked that the janewara was still there. He hadnt lost his caste.
(Q.) Why does the narrator refer to the Black Hole of Calcutta? (2 Marks) (Ans)

During the British rule, in Calcutta, hundreds of people were herded together in one room, hence leading to the death of many due to suffocation. The narrator compares the crowd to the Black Hole of Calcutta saying that so many people who had come to see Ranga, would have turned the place into a black hole if they had all gone inside.
(Q.) What exactly had happened ten years ago? (2 Marks) (Ans)

Ten years ago, the village accountants son was the first one to be sent to Bangalore to study. At that time, not many in the village knew English and no English words were usedwhile talking inthe native language.
(Q.) What does the narrator tell the reader about his village Hosahalli? (2 Marks) (Ans)

According to the narrator, the village Hosahalliis important to Karnataka as

Karigadabu is to a festive meal. It has mango trees which producesour fruit. Itis a place that has not beenmentioned in any geography book, yet the author is proud of his village.
(Q.) Who was Ranga? What was special about him? (2 Marks) (Ans)

Ranga was the village accountants son who had gone to Bangalore to study. People thought that city education would change him but they were wrong. He still showed respect towards elders in the village andwore the sacred thread. However, his views on marriage had changed.
(Q.) What are the narrators views on English Language? (2 Marks) (Ans)

The narrator did not like English Language. English was not spoken by the villagers. Ranga was the first person to go out of the village to study English.People felt that he would be a changed person after getting Englisheducation.
(Q.) What impression do you form of the narrator? How does he add to the

humour of the story?


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The narrator appears to be a very talkative man. He jumps from one topic toanother.There are too many digressions inhis narration. He takes a lot of interest in village affairs. He decides to get Ranga married to Ratna as soon as he realises that they seem suitable for each other. His narration evokes the humour in the story when he manipulates the situationin a clever way.The astrologers remarks andthe meeting between Ranga and Ratna add to the humour of the story.
(Q.) Why is there no mention of Hosahalli in any Geography book? (2 Marks) (Ans)

The village of Hosahalli had not been mentioned in any geography book. The Sahibs in England , writing in English, perhaps did not know that such a place existed.
(Q.) Give an example to show that the narrator is proud of his village. (2 Marks) (Ans)

The narrator seems to be very proud of his village. He says that Hosahalli is to Mysore State what the sweet Karigadabu is to a festive meal.
(Q.) Why was Rangas homecoming a great event? (2 Marks) (Ans)

Rangas homecoming was a great event because he had gone to Bangalore to study.

He was the first person in the village to have done so. His homecoming was a delight for the villagers and they all thronged to his house to see if city education had changed him or not.
(Q.) What were Rangas views on marriage? (2 Marks) (Ans)

Ranga was of the view that one should not marry a very young girl.A person should mary a girl who is mature.According to him, a man should marry a girl whom he admires.
(Q.) Did Ranga select his bride according to the views he held on the subject

of marriage?
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No, Ranga did not select his bride according tohisideas on marriage.He fell in love withan eleven year old girl Ratna and got married to her.
(Q.) Why does the narrator compare himself to a he-goat and Ranga to a lion? (2 Marks) (Ans)

The narrator referred to a story in which a clever he-goat was able to scare away a lion. Here, he compares himself tothe shrewd goat who has laid a plot for Rangas marriage. Just as the lion was unable to escape the clever moves of the goat, Ranga was alsotaken in by his manipulations.
(Q.) What arrangements did the narrator make with Shastri, the astrologer? (2 Marks) (Ans)

The astrologer had been briefed by Shyama about what to say. He acted accordingly. Ranga was already interested in Ratna. He told her that he could possibly marry the girl he was thinking of marrying.
(Q.) This is a humourous story. Which part did you find the most amusing? (2 Marks) (Ans)

The description of the village of Hosahalli evokes some humour in the story. The narrator and Rangas visit to the astrologer and their conversation produce a few comic moments in the story.
(Q.) How did the narrator arrange that Ranga should meet Ratna? (2 Marks) (Ans)

The narrator was a frequent visitor to Rama Raos place and Ratna was quite free with him. On a Friday, he called Ratna to his house to deliver the buttermilk made by Rama Raos wife. He asked Ratna to sing for him and sent for Ranga at the same time. Ranga arrived while Ratna was rendering the melodious song.In this way,Ranga was able tomeet her there.

(Q.) Words, mere words! The fellow said he would leave but he did not make

a move. How can one expect words to match actions in these days of Kaliyuga? Who said these words and in what context?
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The narrator spoke these words when Ranga came to his house only to find Ratna singing beautifully. Ratna stopped singing when she saw Ranga watching her. Ranga felt guilty that his arrival had made her stop singing. It was then that the narrator spoke these words.
(Q.) Character sketch of the narrator. (10 Marks) (Ans)

Shyama, the narrator of the story Rangas Marriage is also the central character. His style of narration evokes a lot of humour in the story. He is an elderly gentleman and refers to himself as a dark piece of oil cake. He is passionately in love with his village and the villagers and rambles incessantly while describing it. He is a keen observer of his surroundings and uses a colourful style of narration. He feels it is disgraceful to use English words in the native tongue. He is a good judge of people and regards Ranga as a generous and considerate fellow. He is conservative at heart and feels unhappy at Rangas decision to remain single. He means well and his intentions are good. He schemes to get Ranga married. He calls Ranga when Ratna was singing. He also arranges a meeting with Shastri whom he had tutored thoroughly. He had decided that Ratna would be a suitable bride for him. He is a shrewd contriver as he tells Ranga that Ratna was married. This he does in order to rouse Rangas desire for the unattainable.

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