A House is not a Home NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Chapter 8 with Answers

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Q1. What does the author notice one Sunday afternoon?
What is his mother’s reaction? What does she do?

Answer: The author, while doing his homework noticed the smoke pouring in through the seams of the ceiling. The room was filled with the smoke very quickly. The author and his mother ran outside to save their life. His mother ran out of the house with a small metal box full of important documents. She became so crazy that she rushed back to the house just after dropping the box.

Q2. Why does he break down in tears after the fire?

Answer: After five hours when the fire was finally out, the author realized that his cat was nowhere to be found. He broke into tears when he got reminded of the new school he had to join, the fire in his house and his cat who might have died in the fire. He had suffered big losses.

Q3. Why is the author deeply embarrassed the next day in school?
Which words show his fear and insecurity?

Answer: The author was humiliated the next day at school since he was still wearing the clothes he had worn to church that morning when the fire broke out, but he had no shoes because he had lost them in the fire. As a result, he had to borrow his aunt’s tennis shoes. Everything had embarrassed him to the point of humiliation. He was dressed strangely, he didn’t have any books or homework, and his backpack was missing.

Q4. The cat and the author are very fond of each other. How has this been shown in the story? Where was the cat after the fire? Who brings it back and how?

Answer: The cat and the author are very fond of each other. This is seen in the author’s weeping and crying. After the fire the cat had run away a mile away. A woman saw it. The author’s telephone number was on its collar. She telephoned the author and delivered the cat to him.

Q5. What actions of the schoolmates change the author’s understanding of life and people, and comfort him emotionally? How does his loneliness vanish and how does he start participating in life?

Answer: The schoolmates showed genuine concern for the author in spite of not knowing him well. They helped him by collecting supplies, books and clothes for him. People whom he had never spoken to before started coming to him and befriending him. They also called him to their houses. The author made new friends. He was overwhelmed by their love and cooperation. He realized that his new school and new people around him were good. He stopped focusing on his feeling of fear and insecurity and became confident that
everything will be alright.

Q6. What is the meaning of “My cat was back and so was I”?
Had the author gone anywhere? Why does he say that he is also back?

Answer: Here the author wants to point out that life without affection is useless. He was depressed after a great loss in all fields. His old school and teachers were always in his mind. The fire had reduced his house to ashes. His cat was also not with him. In such circumstances he considered himself dead and had no interest in life.
In the end as soon as the conditions took the turn he felt relieved. Now he had all the things with him. The author had not gone anywhere. It was his state of mind. He recovered from this gloomy state and started enjoying life when he got his cat back.


TALK ABOUT IT

Have any of your classmates/schoolmates had an experience like the one described in the story where they needed help? Describe how they were helped.

Answer: Two years ago, my friend Raju visited the market to buy some household things. It was a crowded market and a shop caught fire due to short circuit. The panic-stricken people rushed here and there. My friend too was trying to leave that place. He with three people got himself locked in a nearby shop to escape from smoke. But the shop was filled with smoke within a little span of time. They felt suffocated by the fumes. They considered that their end was near. In the meantime, a team of an NGO broke open the shutter and took them out of the shop. They were hospitalised quickly. I could get my friend back because of the team and the grace of God.


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