NCERT Solutions of CBSE Class 8 English Honeydew - Chapter 8, A Short Monsoon Diary by Ruskin Bond


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Class VIII NCERT English Honeydew Chapter 8 - A Short Monsoon Diary by Ruskin Bond

A Short Monsoon Diary - Brief Summary (Introduction)

'Diary' is a record of events, personal experiences and observations written daily or at frequent intervals over a long period of time.

“A Short Monsoon Diary” is a book of experiences during monsoons written by Ruskin Bond where he portrays the silent miracles of nature and also little joys and regrets those he felt in life. Ruskin The diary depicts how Ruskin Bond enjoys the monsoons in the hills along with the accompanying changes in the world of flora and fauna.

Comprehension Check (Honeydew Page 111)

Question 1: Why is the author not able to see Bijju?

Answer: Because of the mist on the hillsides, the author can hear Bijju calling his sister but can’t see him.

Question 2: What are the two ways in which the hills appear to change when the mist comes up?

Answer: When the mist comes up, the hills appear to change. All the birds sitting on the hills fall silent when the mist comes climbing up the hill. When the mist comes up, it conceals not only the hills but blankets them in silence also. 

Comprehension Check (Honeydew Page 113)

Question 1: When does the monsoon season begin and when does it end? How do you prepare to face the monsoon?

Answer: Monsoon season begins in the end of June and ends in the end of August. To prepare to face the monsoon, we star to purchase raincoats, umbrella etc.

Question 2: Which hill-station does the author describe in this diary entry?

Answer: In this diary, the author describes the beauty of the lovely hill station named Mussoorie.

Question 3: For how many days does it rain without stopping? What does the author do on these days?

Answer: It rained for 8 or 9 days without stopping. The author has no way to go outside. He has to sit in the room and look out of the window.

Question 4: Where do the snakes and rodents take shelter? Why?

Answer: The snakes and rodents take place in roofs, attics and godowns in order to save themselves from rain water.

Question 5: What did the author receive in the mail?

Answer: He received a cheque.


NCERT Solutions - A Short Monsoon Diary by Ruskin Bond

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Working with the Text important questions

Question.1: Look carefully the diary entries for June 24-25, August 2 and March 23. Now write down the changes that happen as the rains progress from June to march.

Answer: June 24 is the first day of monsoon mist. The hills are concealed by the mist. It blankets the hills with a cover of silence. The real monsoon shower comes on June 25. The whole nature welcomes it. The first cobra lily rears its head from the ferns. By August 2, the people become weary of the monsoon. There is no storm, no thunder, just a steady tropical downpour. People keep in their houses and enjoy the sound of raindrops falling on their roofs. Snakes and rodents take shelter in roofs, attics and godowns. March 23 heralds the end of winter. The sky starts to become clear after a hailstorm. And a rainbow starts forming in the clear sky. One can enjoy this sight of rainbow which shows the beauty of nature.  

Question 2: Why did the grandmother ask the children not to kill the chuchundar?

Answer: The grand mother asked the children not to kill the chuchunder as it was treated lucky.

Question 3: What signs do we find in Nature which show that the monsoons are about to end?

Answer: Wild balsam, dahlias, begonias and ground orchids begin to appear. The seeds of cobra lily are turning red. These signs show that the monsoons are about to end.

Question 4: Complete the following sentences.

(i) Bijju is not seen but his voice is heard because ……………
(ii) The writer describes the hill station and valley as …….
(iii) The leopard was successful in …………….. but had to flee when …….
(iv) The minivets are easily noticed because ……..
(v) It looks like a fashion display on the slopes when …..
(vi) During the monsoon season, snakes and rodents are found in roofs and attics because ……


(i) ….. there was mist all around over hills
(ii) paradise
(iii) ….. lifting up a dog ………. Bijju’s mother approached there.
(iv) .… they have bright colours.
(v) ……. different flowers rear their heads from the rocks.
(vi) …… their holes get over flooded with rain.

Question 5: Although tin roofs are given to springing unaccountable leaks, there is a feeling of

being untouched by, and yet in touch with, the rain,

(i) Why has the writer used the word ‘springing’?
(ii) How is the writer untouched by the rain?
(iii) How is the writer in touch with the rain at the same time?

(i) The roof has many holes; moreover it is not a plain one. That’s why the writer has used this word ‘springing’.

(ii) The rain is not directly pouring on the writer.

(iii) The writer is continuously listening to the crackling sound of downpour on the tin roof, so he is supposed to be in touch with the rain.

Question.6: Mention a few things that can happen when there is endless rain for days together.

Answer: The weather becomes cold and soggy when there is endless rain for days together. Flood may come if it rains continuously for days. To get out becomes difficult. Constant rainfall is an invitation for many insects, rodents, snakes etc to enter the house.

Question.7: What is the significance of cobra lily in relation to the monsoon season, its beginning and end?

Answer: The cobra lily is the symbol of beginning and ending of the monsoon season. The monsoon season starts when the first cobra lily rears its head from the ferns. When the seeds of cobra lily turn red, signifying that the monsoon is coming to an end.

Working with Language important questions

Question.4: Complete the sentences below by using the appropriate phrases:

       (i)          I saw thick black clouds in the sky. And _______ _______ it soon started raining heavily.

     (ii)          The blue umbrella was ______ ______ for the brother and sister.

    (iii)          The butterflies are ____ _____ to get noticed.

    (iv)          The lady was _____ _____ to chase the leopard.

     (v)          The boy was ______ ______ to call out his sister.

    (vi)          The man was ______ ______ to offer help.

  (vii)          The victim’s injury was _____ ______ for him to get admitted in hospital.

(viii)          That person was _____ ______ to repeat the same mistake again.

    (ix)          He told me he was sorry and he would compensate for the loss. I said, ‘____ ____’.


     (i) sure enough

    (ii) big enough

  (iii) colourful enough

  (iv) brave enough

   (v) anxious enough

  (vi) kind enough

 (vii) serious enough

(viii) foolish enough 

(ix) Fair enough 

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